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What is The Big Meet?

The Big Meet is a one-day careers fair, organised by the AAGE, which is promoted to all students from all universities in each host city. The dates for The Big Meet 2018 are:

  • Hobart – Monday 5th March
  • Melbourne - Friday 9th March
  • Perth - Thursday 15th March
  • Adelaide - Friday 16th March
  • Brisbane - Tuesday 20th March
  • Sydney - Wednesday 28th March

The Concept

The Big Meet Careers Fairs have been created as a result of feedback received from employers from both the private and public sector. Employers have asked for a cheaper or more efficient way of promoting themselves to potential candidates rather than attending several different careers fairs in the same city. Each Big Meet event is held at a purpose built exhibition venue at a central location.

The Benefits

The Big Meet Careers Fairs offer a range of unique benefits to exhibitors:

  1. Promote your organisation across an entire city in just a single day.
  2. Promote your organisation to students from several universities at a single event.
  3. Access up to 2,000 genuine job seekers at each event.
  4. Receive contact details for candidates who pre-register for the event, where candidates have approved this (note: these details are only provided to exhibitors that are employers).
  5. Students wear badges indicating their university.

Why Exhibit?

The Big Meet provides the perfect solution for exhibitors wishing to maximise their exposure to potential candidates whilst minimising their costs. If you have limited time, resources or budget, The Big Meet is the ideal way to reach the right students from a range of universities in one day. Feedback from previous exhibitors confirms The Big Meet as one of the best careers fairs in the country.

What does it cost?

Indicative pricing is listed below. Please note, prices willl vary depending on when you book and whether your organisation is a Member of the AAGE. Pricing will also vary based on the number of spaces being booked.

AAGE Member Rates - Standard Rate (bookings made prior to Thursday 31st August 2017)

  • Hobart – Single space starting from $550.00 (Ex GST)
  • Melbourne - Single space starting from $1,550.00 (Ex GST)
  • Perth - Single space starting from $1,300.00 (Ex GST)
  • Adelaide - Single space starting from $650.00 (Ex GST)
  • Brisbane - Single space starting from $1,000.00 (Ex GST)
  • Sydney - Single space starting from $1,650.00 (Ex GST)

Non Member Rates - Standard Rate (bookings made prior to Thursday 31st August 2017)

  • Hobart – Single space starting from $850.00 (Ex GST)
  • Melbourne - Single space starting from $1,950.00 (Ex GST)
  • Perth - Single space starting from $1,700.00 (Ex GST)
  • Adelaide - Single space starting from $850.00 (Ex GST)
  • Brisbane - Single space starting from $1,400.00 (Ex GST)
  • Sydney - Single space starting from $2,050.00 (Ex GST)

Who Exhibits?

The Big Meet attracts a range of exhibitors from both the private and public sector as well as professional associations and not-for-profit employers.

The following exhibitors have so far registered for one or more Big Meet events in 2018:

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, Australian Federal Police, Australian Industry Group Graduate Employment Pty Ltd, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CPA Australia, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Industry Innovation & Science, DLA Piper, Evans Dixon, GHD, Glenview Community Services Inc, GradAustralia, Honda Australia, IBM, icare NSW, Immigration SA (DSD), John Holland Group, KordaMentha, KPMG, Level Crossing Removal Authority, Mainfreight, National Australia Bank Ltd, Navitas Professional, Pitcher Partners, Public Service Commission (QLD Government), RSM, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Stryker, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Australia & New Zealand.                  

The following exhibitors attended one or more Big Meet events in 2017:

40K Foundation, ACCA, ACS Foundation, Accenture, Aconex, AITPM, Akuna Capital, AMP Horizons, anzuk* Education Services, Arup, Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department, Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd, Australian Catholic University, Australian Federal Police, Australian Government Department of Human Services, Australian Industry Group Graduate Employment Pty Ltd, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office, AWM Electrical, BAE Systems Australia, Bankwest, BDO, BHP Billiton, Bluestone Lane, Built, Caltex, Capgemini Australia and New Zealand, Carlton & United Breweries, Carsales, Case Meallin & Associates, Chartered Accountants ANZ, CIMIC, Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd, Coles, CPA Australia, CSC, CUA, Curtin University, Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Dentsu Aegis Network, Department for Child Protection, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Department of Defence, Department of Education - WA, Department of Employment, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC), Department of Finance, Department of Finance - ICT Entry Level Programmes (Department of Finance), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Health, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Human Services, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Department of Justice and Regulation, Department of Mines and Petroleum (WA), Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA), Department of Social Services, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the Treasury, Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Treasury and Finance (NT Government), Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), Dixon Advisory Group Limited, Duke-NUS Medical School, Empired Ltd, Engineers Australia, Etax Accountants, Expedia Singapore Pty Ltd, Fashion Factory Outlets Pty Ltd (Trade Secret), Ford Motor Company, FTI Consulting Australia, Fulton Hogan, Fyfe, GHD, Glencore Grain / Viterra, Governance Institute of Australia, GradAustralia, GradConnection, GSK, Harvey Norman, HOBAN Recruitment, HomeStart Finance, Honeywell Ltd, Housing Authority, Hydrix, IBM Australia Limited, icare NSW, Immigration SA (Department of State Development), Inditex, Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education, The University of Queensland (ICTE-UQ), Intelematics, Intrax Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd, IP Australia, Ixom, John Holland Group, Kain Lawyers, Kindred Global Mentorship Pty Ltd, KordaMentha, KPMG, Kraft Heinz Company, Law Society of NSW, Law Society of South Australia, La Trobe University, Leed Engineering and Construction, Leidos, Life Care, Lockheed Martin Australia, L'Oreal, Mainfreight, Mars Recruitment, MinterEllison, Monash Professional Pathways, Murdoch University, NAB, National Disability Insurance Agency, National Disability Services, Navitas Professional, Newmont Asia Pacific, NotedCareers, NSW Public Service Commission, NSW Treasury, Oneflare, Outware Mobile, InfoReady & MIT Group, Palladium, PageUp, People's Choice Credit Union, Performance Education Group, Performance Staffing Pty Ltd, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Philip Morris International, Pitcher Partners, Projects Abroad, Public Service Commission, Public Service Commission (Qld) - Department of the Premier and Cabinet, PwC, Queensland Audit Office, RACV, ResMed, Rising Sun Pictures, RMIT University, Robert Bird Group, RSM Australia Pty Ltd, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, SCVI Pty Ltd (Trading as SCVI Migration), Servian Pty Ltd, Service Stream, ShineWing Australia Pty Ltd, South Australian Perioperative Nurses Association, Successful Graduate Pty Ltd, Suncorp, Synergy Construct, Teachers Mutual Bank, Teach For Australia, Teach Now Ltd, teach.NSW - Department of Education, Teaching Jobs London, Technology One Limited, Telstra Corporation Limited, Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo Adelaide ( TSCEA ), Thales Australia, The College of Law, The Royal Society for the Blind, The Australian National University, The Financial Planning Association of Australia, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thomson Geer, Tradewind Recruitment and SANZA Teaching Agency, Transmax, Transport for NSW, Transurban, VicRoads, Victorian Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (VPS GRADS), Vision Teaching, Wallbridge & Gilbert, Wallmans Lawyers, Water Corporation, Westpac Group, WorkSafe Victoria, World Class Teachers.

Who Attends?

The Big Meet can attract up to 2,000 attendees at each event. Around 80% of attendees are final year students or recent graduates. The majority of attendees are Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Feedback from previous exhibitors tells us that the students who attend The Big Meet are genuine job seekers rather than people who are looking for a free pen.

Promotion to Students and Graduates

The Big Meet will be promoted to all students at all universities within the host city. Promotional activities include:

  1. Promotion of the event by universities in the host city.
  2. Promotion via university student societies.
  3. Promotion via professional associations.
  4. Event website  
  5. Promotion via social media.
  6. Promotion by the exhibitors themselves.

Attendance at The Big Meet will be free for all students.

AAGE Member Rates

AAGE Member organisations are entitled to a discounted rate to exhibit. Current pricing can be found on the registration forms (links below).

What is Included? - Basic Exhibitor Package: "Space Only"  

Our basic exhibitor package is called "Space Only". Each exhibitor will be provided with the following inclusions:

  • Exhibition space approximately 3 metres wide by 3 metres deep 
  • Trestle table, table cloth and 2 chairs for each exhibitor.
  • Connection to a power supply.
  • Catering for up to 5 of the exhibitor's staff.

Exhibitors will need to bring their own display banner(s) and promotional literature. 

Please note that a "Space Only" package does not have any walls for hanging/sticking posters.

If you want to have a larger display area then you can purchase 2 or 3 "Space Only" packages.

The two images below show a "Space Only" stall. The left hand image shows an undressed "Space Only" and the right hand image shows how an example of how the "Space Only" can look once dressed by exhibitors.

  • Example setup of a "space only" (pre & post exhibitor finishes)

Additional Item 1 : Walled Display Booth $450+GST

A purpose built "Walled Display Booth" can be ordered for an additional fee of $450 + GST per space.

Under this option exhibitors receive everything provided under the "Space Only" package plus the "Walled Display Booth".

The "Walled Display Booth" includes fascia signs displaying the exhibitor's name and carpeted walls which are velcro compatible.

The two images below show a "Walled Display Booth". The left hand image shows an undressed "Walled Display Booth" and the right hand image shows how an example of how the "Walled Display Booth" can look once dressed by exhibitors.

  • Example setup of a Walled Display Booth - single (pre & post exhibitor finishes)

Additional Item 2 : Catering at your Stall $200+GST

If you want to bring along significant food or drink items to give out during the fair there will be an additional fee of $200.00+GST.  Examples of significant food or drink items might be bottles of mineral water, muffins, cupcakes, popcorn machines, juicing machines, ice cream machines etc. 

Both branded and non-branded items of this nature fall within the definition of significant food items and must be organised through the venue only.  You must list these items within your registration form.    

Minor items such as branded or non branded lollies and mints do not count as significant food items and do not attract fees and you do not have to indicate these items on the registration form. 

Please note that the event venue may levy its own fees and charges on exhibitors providing food and drinks.

How To Book

Organisations can book to exhibit at The Big Meet by clicking on the following links (current pricing can be viewed on the registration forms):

Feedback From Previous Big Meets

“Very satisfied with the calibre and quality of candidates.”
“Very well organized, venue perfect”
“One of the best fairs we have attended. We were particularly impressed with the number of high quality students and the organisation of the event.”
“Just wanted to thank you all for your help leading up to and on the day of the Careers Fair, it went really well and we are so pleased with the calibre of attendees.”
“Fantastic EVERYTHING.”
“It was a great day and well organized. ”
“It was the first time we’d been a stall holder, and it was a great experience. The event itself was extremely well organised, with great communication beforehand about logistics for the event, and support during the event. I also loved that students all had a coloured name tag to denote their University.”
“Well done Team! Sydney was a great event. Excellent attendance. Your staff super helpful and so appreciated!”
“Congratulations on the Big Meet event in Sydney! My manager was very pleased with the event and we are keen to participate again next year.”
“We enjoyed the experience to attend the Big Meet for the first time. This allowed us to touch base with a number of students from various NSW unis and to present our program to interested candidates.”
“Brisbane candidates were again very focused and keen.”
“Not as busy as expected, but there were a number of good "quality" candidates that attended. Sometimes it's not just about quantity - quality is just as important.”
“Happy with all elements of the coordination of this event, so well done.”
“Not as many candidates as last year, but the quality was there, which is what mattered most in the end.”

2018 Sydney Law Careers Fair

The Big Meet in Sydney will be run in conjunction with the Law Society of New South Wales' Law Careers Fair on Wednesday 28th March 2018. Both the Big Meet and the Law Careers Fair will be promoted to law students across NSW.

The Law Careers Fair will target penultimate and final year students, particularly those interested in obtaining summer clerkship and graduate employment. This is a fantastic opportunity for law students to meet and speak with potential future employers from Australia’s leading law firms, government, regional firms and non-legal employers.

Click here for more information and to book.

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