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 2019 are:
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 Big Meet Careers Fairs offer a range of unique benefits to exhibitors:
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.
Non Member Rates - These rates will apply until COB 30th June 2018
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 registered for one or more Big Meet events in 2018:
ACCA Global, ACS Foundation, Alstom, AMP, AMP Advice Recruitment, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Arup, Aurecon Australiasia, Australia Post, Australian Catholic University, Australian Federal Police, Australian Government ICT Entry-level Programs, Australian Industry Group Graduate Employment, Australian Internships, Australian Network on Disability, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Public Service Commission, Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Securities Intelligence Organisation, Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Wool Innovation, BAE Systems, Bankwest, Baptist Care SA, BDO, BHP Billiton, British American Tobacco, Built, Caltex, Capgemini Australia and New Zealand, Careers in Insurance, Carlton & United Breweries / AB InBev, carsales.com, Caterpillar, CCUSA - Career Creators International, Chandler Macleod, Chartered Accountants ANZ, CIMIC Group, Cisco Systems Australia, Civilex Victoria, Clayton Utz, Coles, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CPA Australia, Defence Force Recruiting, Defence Jobs, Deloitte, Dentsu Aegis Network, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Department of Communications and the Arts, Department of Communities (WA), Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Human Services - Adelaide Delivery Centre, Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Department of Justice and Regulation, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA), Department of Social Services, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Development Together, DLA Piper, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Dulux Group, DXC Technologies, Empired, Engineers Australia, Essential Energy, Etax Accountants, Evans Dixon, Fair Work Ombudsman, Financial Planning Association of Australia, FINEOS Corporation UC, Ford Motor Company, Fordham Business Advisors, Frank Recruitment Group, Fulton Hogan, Georgiou, GHD, Glencore, Glenview Community Services Inc, GradAustralia, GradConnection, GWI, Hands On SA, HESS International Educational Group, HESTA, Hickory, Hilti, Hireup, HomeStart Finance, Honda Australia, Honeywell, IAG (Insurance Australia Group), IBM, icare NSW, Icon Co, IJF Australia, Immigration SA, Intrax Consulting Engineers, Intuit, IRESS, Jacobs, John Holland Group, Jumbo Interactive, Kaplan Professional, KordaMentha, KPMG, Kraft Heinz Company, Leidos, Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA), Lockheed Martin, Lode, L'Oréal, Lucid Consulting Australia, Mackay Hospital and Health Service, Mainfreight, McConnell Dowell, MECCA Brands, Minda Inc, Mindfields, Monadelphous Group, Monash Professional Pathways, National Australia Bank, Naval Group, Navitas Professional, NEC Australia, Newcrest Mining, Newmont Asia Pacific, Northern Territory Government, NotedCareers, NSW Department of Education - teach.NSW, NSW Public Service Commission, ofo Australia, People's Choice Credit Union, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Pitcher Partners, Policy Futures Graduate Program, Port Phillip Publishing, PrimeQ, Project Everest, Protiviti, QIC, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Government, Queensland Urban Utilitites, QUT, RACQ, Readygrad, Redox, Reece Group, Ribit.net, RMIT University, Robert Bird Group, RSM, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Sandhills Pacific, SCVI Migration, Seqwater, Servian, Servian (Victoria), Shell, ShineWing Australia, Smart Teachers Australia, South Australian Government - I WORK FOR SA, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT), Stryker, Suncorp Group, TasNetworks, TBH - Planning Consultants, Teach For Australia, TeacherActive, Teaching Jobs London, TechnologyOne, Telstra, Thales Australia, The Australian National University, The Macro Group, The University of Sydney, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Toll, Tonkin Consulting, Transmax, Transport for NSW, Transurban, UniSA - Business School Internships & Placements, UniSA - Careers Service, UniSA - Health Sciences Clinical Placements/Medical Clinics, UniSA - Leadership & Volunteering, UniSA – Postgraduate Studies, Uniting Communities, University Specialist Employment Partnership, UTas - Graduate Research Office, UTas - Student Leadership, Careers and Employment, UTas - Student Mobility Office and Study Overseas Opportunities, Vicinity Centres, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Victorian Public Service, Vivir Health Care, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, Water Corporation, Wattle Range Council, Wellways Healthcall, Westpac Group, WLF Accounting & Advisory, Woodside Energy, Working for UniSA - UniSA HR, Yarra Valley Water.
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.
The Big Meet will be promoted to all students at all universities within the host city. Promotional activities include:
Attendance at The Big Meet will be free for all students.
AAGE Member organisations are entitled to a discounted rate to exhibit. Current pricing can be found on the registration forms (links below).
Our basic exhibitor package is called "Space Only". Each exhibitor will be provided with the following inclusions:
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.
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.
Additional Item 2: Catering at your Stall
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.
There will be an opportunity for exhibitors to add value to their exhibition space by investing in a range of sponsorship packages.
These sponsorship packages will be sold separately at a later date.
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.”
“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.”
The Big Meet in Sydney will be run in conjunction with the Law Society of New South Wales' Law Careers Fair on Friday 29th March 2019. 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.