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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 Big Meet was established in 2008 and is now in its 16th year.

The dates for The Big Meet 2023 are:

  • Brisbane - Wednesday 15th March 2023, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Sydney - Wednesday 22nd March 2023, International Convention Centre Sydney
  • Adelaide - Friday 24th March 2023, Adelaide Convention Centre 
  • Perth - Wednesday 29th March 2023,  Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 
  • Melbourne - Friday 31st March 2023, Crown Melbourne

    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 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).

    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.

    How to book?

    Indicative pricing is listed below. Please note, prices will 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.

    Click on the hyperlink below to be taken to the relevant booking form. 

    AAGE Member Rates - Special Launch Rate (for bookings made prior to COB Tuesday 31st May 2022)

    Non-Member Rates - Special Launch Rate (for bookings made prior to COB Tuesday 31st May 2022) 

    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 booked to attend one or more Big Meet events in 2022

    Acacia Systems, Accenture Australia, ACH Group, Activ Foundation, Acumentis, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Venue Management, Alcoa - Australia, Alliance Nursing, Allianz Australia, AMP, AMpowered, AnglicareSA, ANZ, ANZIIF,APC Technology, APM, APT Travel Group, Asahi Beverages, ASC, Attorney-General's Department, Aurecon, Aussie Home Loans, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police,Australian Health and Management Institute, Australian Internships, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority,Australian Taxation Office, Autism SA, Axe Group, Babcock Australasia, BAE Systems Australia, Baker Hughes Australia Pty. Limited, Bankwest, Baptistcare, Barunga Village Inc, BAT Australia, BDO, Bennett + Bennett, BG&E,Breight Group, Caleb and Brown, Camphin Boston Chartered Accountants, Capgemini, Cara Inc, Carsales, CEA Technologies Pty Limited, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Codan, Cognizant, Community Living Options, Country and Outback Health, Crown Perth, Data Action, Defence Force Recruiting, Defence SA, Delta Group, Dentons, Department for Correctional Services, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning and Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (VIC),Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,Department of the Premier and Cabinet (QLD) - Policy Futures Graduate Program, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Transport, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Detmold Group, DEWC Services,DLI, Downer Group, Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging, DXC Technology, ECH, Edith Cowan University, Empire Project Management, Enerven, Enzen Australia, FDM Group, Fivecast, Flinders University, Fortescue Metals Group,Gallagher Bassett, Gen Physio, Georgiou Group, GHD, Government of South Australia, Green Leaves Early Learning, Griffith University, Guide Dogs SA/NT, Guidera O'Connor, Hastings Deering, HBF Health, Healthcare Australia, Helping Hand Aged Care,HomeStart, Hood Sweeney, I Can Jump Puddles, IBM, Infin8Care, Infinite Aged Care, Infosys,Infosys, INPEX Australia, Inspect Real Estate, Jones Day, Kalyra, KBR, KordaMentha, La Trobe University, Land Services SA, Linfox, LMS Energy, Lockheed Martin, Macquarie University - Careers and Student Employment,Macquarie University - Future Students, Main Roads Western Australia, Mainfreight, Maptek Pty Ltd, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, McMahon Services Australia, Megaport, Mentoring All Men/Mentoring All Women, MGI DobbynCarafa, Mineral Resources Limited, Mitchell Services, Moore Australia, mthree, NAB, Naracoorte Physiotherapy Clinic, Naval Shipbuilding College, Navitas Professional, Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program, NEC Australia, NetApp, Newmont Australia, Nova Systems, NSW Department of Education, NSW Government - Public Service Commission, Okane Consultants, Opengear, Opex Consulting Pty Ltd, Optus, Origin Energy, Pitcher Partners, Prestige Inhome Care, Primero Group Ltd, Professionals Australia, Prosple, Public Transport Authority of WA, PwC, QBE, QIC, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Rail, QUT, RAA, RACQ, RACV,REA Group, REDARC ELECTRONICS, Reece Group, Resthaven Incorporated, RMA Engineers, RMIT University,RSM Australia, SA Health, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, SACARE, Sandhills Pacific Pty Ltd, Santos,Schneider Electric, Scope Australia, SEAWAY, Servian, Sintelix, Smart Energy, South32, Southern Cross Care,Stanwell, Stockland, Stone & Chalk , Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA), Suncorp, SunPork Group, Swinburne University of Technology, Sydney Water, Symal Pty Ltd, Synergy, TBH, Teach For Australia, Telethon Kids Institute,Thales, The Financial Planning Association of Australia, The French Beauty Academy, The Physio Co, The University of Queensland, The Western Australia Department of Justice, The Y Brisbane, Titan Recruitment, TK MAXX, Tonkin,Torrens University, Treasury, Ultra Electronics Australia, Unique Student Identifier (USI), UniSA, University of Southern Queensland, University of Technology (UTS), University of Wollongong, Ventia, Victoria Police, Victoria University, Victorian Public Sector Commission, Viterra, Water Corporation, Westforce Construction, Westpac, WGA,WGAWA Pty Ltd, Whyalla Beef Pty Ltd, William Buck, Wipro, Worley.

    Who Attends?

    The Big Meet can attract up to 2,000 attendees at each event (please note, attendee numbers vary from state to state). 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 www.thebigmeet.com.au  
    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 2 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: Walled Display Booth $550 + GST

    A purpose built "Walled Display Booth" can be ordered for an additional fee of $550 + 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)

    COVIDSafe Plans

    Click here to view all of current COVIDSafe Plans at each Big Meet venue around Australia. Please keep an eye on this page as details will be updated in accordance with the changes that occur on a regular basis. 

    FAQ's

    Are the physical events happening in the current COVID-19 climate? 

    Given these events are being held in March 2023, we are assuming that all Big Meets are face to face events and we will be proceeding with event plans as usual. We will of course be communicating closely with each venue and ensuring that all COVID-19 safe regulations and relevant government policies, are being followed. 

    When will we receive more detailed information? 

    A detailed Logistics document will be sent out to all registered exhibitors in late January/Early February 2023. We usually send this out prior to the New Year, however, we will send this later to ensure that it contains the most relevant and up to date information regarding the COVID-19 policies in each location.  This document will outline further information relating to each event. Details such as: The Event Timetable, Details on Stall inclusions, Catering, Delivery Instructions, will be outlined in this document. 

    What happens if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19? 

    If we are unable to proceed with a face to face event, due to venue or government restrictions, exhibitors will be able to obtain a full refund or a rollover of their booking fee to 2024. 

    Will we receive a refund if we decide to cancel our attendance in the lead up to the event? 

    The AAGE abides by the ACCC Australian Consumer Law refund policy. No refunds will be given for cancellations if the event proceeds. This applies to all registrations received and is enforced irrespective of if an invoice has been raised or not, or if an invoice remains paid or unpaid.

    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.”


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