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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 14th year.

The dates for The Big Meet 2021 are:

  • Adelaide - Friday 12th March 2021
  • Brisbane - Monday 15th March 2021
  • Melbourne - Friday 19th March 2021
  • Perth - Wednesday 24th March 2021 
  • Sydney - Friday 26th March 2021

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).
  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 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.

AAGE Member Rates (for bookings made prior to 23rd October 2020)

  • Adelaide - Single space starting from $900 (Ex GST) 
  • Brisbane - Single space starting from $1,100 (Ex GST)
  • Melbourne - Single space starting from $1,700 (Ex GST)
  • Perth - Single space starting from $1,400 (Ex GST) 
  • Sydney - Single space starting from $1,800 (Ex GST) 
  • Bulk Booking, All Venues - Single space starting from $6,400 (Ex GST) 

Non-Member Rates (for bookings made prior to 23rd October 2020)

  • Adelaide - Single space starting from $1,200 (Ex GST)
  • Brisbane - Single space starting from $1,500 (Ex GST) 
  • Melbourne - Single space starting from $2,100 (Ex GST)
  • Perth - Single space starting from $1,800 (Ex GST)
  • Sydney - Single space starting from $2,200 (Ex GST) 
  • Bulk Booking, All Venues - Single space starting from $8,300 (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 registered to attend one or more Big Meet events in 2021:

AMP Services, Appian, ASC, Attorney-General's Department, Aurecon, Aurizon, Australia Post,Australian Communications and Media Authority, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA),Australian Taxation Office, AustralianSuper, BAE Systems Australia, Benson Radiology, British American Tobacco, Capgemini, Carlton & United Breweries, Caterpillar, Civilex Pty Ltd, Colas Australia,Coles, Community Living Options, Council For Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), CSL Behring, Defence Force Recruiting, Department of Education (WA), Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC), Department of Transport, ENREACH Education, Flinders Port Holdings,Georgiou, Hanson Australia, Hastings Deering, IBM, Infosys, Jumbo Interactive, L'Oreal Australia,McConnell Dowell, Mineral Resources Limited, NAB, Navitas Professional, NEC Australia, NetApp,NSW Department of Education, NSW Government, Opengear, Professionals Australia, Queensland Rail, RACQ, Reserve Bank of Australia, Resthaven Incorporated, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks,Shell, Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) INC , Stanwell Corporation, Suncorp, Teach For Australia,Thales, The Australian National University (Crawford School of Public Policy), The Treasury, The University of Sydney, University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP), UNSW Sydney, Victoria Police, Victorian Government graduate program, Westpac Group, WSP.

The following exhibitors registered to attend one or more Big Meet events in 2020:

7-Eleven, AABD Recruitment and Consulting Specialists, Aboriginal Family Support Services, Accenture Australia, ACSO, ACT Government, AFM Services Pty Ltd, Alinta Energy; Loy Yang B Power Station, Allianz, Alstom, AMP Services Limited, AnglicareSA,Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZ, Appian, Applus, APT Travel Group, ASC Pty Ltd, Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department (South Australia), Aurecon, Aurizon, Aussie Home Loans, Australia Post, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Australian Federal Police, Australian Internships, Australian Naval Infrastructure, Australian Network on Disability, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australian Services Union SA+NT Branch, Australian Taxation Office, AustralianSuper, AvantiCare, AVEVA, BAE Systems Australia, Baker Hughes, Ballestin / McMahon Services / Intract, Banksia Palliative Care Service, BDO, Benson Radiology, BP Australia, Brisbane Catholic Education, British American Tobacco Australia, Broadspectrum, Built Pty Ltd, Bunnings Group Limited, Caltex, Camp Counselors USA, Capgemini, Capricornia Correctional Centre, Careers in Insurance, Carers SA, Carlton & United Breweries,carsales.com , Caterpillar, CEA Technologies, Chamonix IT Solutions, Chartered Accountants ANZ, Chevron Australia, Civilex Victoria, Cognizant, Colas Australia, Coles, Community Legal Centres (SA), Community Living Options, Consulate General of Canada, Council For Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), CPA Australia, Crown Sydney, CSG, CSL Behring, Daronmont Technologies , Dassault Systemes, Data Action Pty Ltd, Data School Downunder, Defence Force Recruiting , Department for Education, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Health, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA), Department of Social Services,Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Downer Group, Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging, DXC Technology, ECH Inc, elmTEK, ENREACH Education, Ernst & Young , FDM Group Australia , Financial Planning Association of Australia, Flinders Port Holdings, Ford Australia, Forethought Research, Frank Recruitment Group, FTI Consulting, Georgiou Group Pty Ltd, GHD, Global Talent Visa Program, GradConnection, HAMBS, Hanson Australia, Hastings Deering (Australia) , HBF,Helping Hand Aged Care, HomeStart Finance, Honeywell, Hood Sweeney, Hydro Tasmania, I WORK FOR SA, IBM Australia ,ICEMEDIA, Immigration SA, Infosys, IQPC, Iress, Jetstar, Jumbo Interactive, KPMG, Kraft Heinz, L'Oreal, Latitude, Leidos, Life Care,Linfox, Lockheed Martin Australia, Logic Plus, Lucid Consulting Engineers (SA) Pty Ltd, Luerssen Australia, Mainfreight, Mayfield Group Invesments, McConnell Dowell, Minda Inc, Mirvac, Monadelphous Group, Mondelez International, Moore Stephens,Murdoch University, My Flex Health International, MYOB, National Australia Bank , Naval Shipbuilding College, Navitas Professional, NEC Australia , NetApp, Northline, NotedCareers, NSW Department of Education - teach.NSW, NSW Government,Ocean Software, Opengear Pty Ltd, Palladium, Perpetual / Fordham, Pitcher Partners Advisors, Planit Testing, PPG, Professionals Australia, Project Everest Ventures, Prosple, Protiviti, QIC, QLD Corrective Services, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Rail,QUT, RAA, RACQ, Readygrad, Reece Group, Reserve Bank of Australia, Resthaven Inc., RMIT, RSM Australia , SA Power Networks,SA Structural, Saab Australia, Sandhills Pacific, Santos Ltd, SAS Institutes, Schneider Electric Australia Pty Ltd, Science & Planning Graduate Program (DELWP/DJPR), SCVI Migration, Services Australia, Siemens Healthineers, South32, Southern Cross Care,Standards Australia, SYSTRA Scott Lister, TBH, Teach For Australia, TechnologyOne, Thales Australia, The Australian National University (Crawford School of Public Policy), The Financial Planning Association of Australia, The French Beauty Academy, The Smith Family, Thermo Fisher Scientific Scoresby, Toll, Townsville Catholic Education Office, Ultra Electronics, Ungerboeck Software International, UNIQLO Australia, Uniting Communities, University of NSW (Sydney), University of South Australia,University of Sydney, University Specialist Employment Partnership, Urban Utilities, Victoria Police, Victorian Government graduate program, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, Water Corporation, Westpac Group, William Buck, WSP, Xceptional.

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 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: 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)

Sponsorship Packages

There will be an opportunity for exhibitors to add value to their exhibition space by investing in a range of sponsorship packages.

Information on sponsorship packages can be found here.

Sponsorships will only be sold to exhibitors on a first come first served basis.

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):

FAQ's

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

Given these events are being held in March 2021, 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 2021. 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 2022. 

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.”

2021 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 Friday 26th March 2021. 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.

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