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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 13th year.

The dates for The Big Meet 2020 are:

  • Perth - Tuesday 10th March 
  • Adelaide - Friday 13th March
  • Brisbane - Monday 23rd March
  • Melbourne - Friday 27th March 
  • Sydney - Friday 3rd April

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 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  (these Early Bird rates will apply until 30th August 2019)

  • Perth - Single space starting from $1,300 (Ex GST)
  • Adelaide - Single space starting from $800 (Ex GST) 
  • Brisbane - Single space starting from $1,000 (Ex GST)
  • Melbourne - Single space starting from $1,600 (Ex GST)
  • Sydney - Single space starting from $1,700 (Ex GST) 
  • Bulk Booking, All Venues - Single space starting from $5,900 (Ex GST) 

Non Member Rates  (these Early Bird rates will apply until 30th August 2019)

  • Perth - Single space starting from $1,700 (Ex GST)
  • Adelaide - Single space starting from $1,100 (Ex GST)
  • Brisbane - Single space starting from $1,400 (Ex GST) 
  • Melbourne - Single space starting from $2,000 (Ex GST)
  • Sydney - Single space starting from $2,100 (Ex GST) 
  • Bulk Booking, All Venues - Single space starting from $7,800 (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 2020:

Accenture Australia, Alinta Energy, Loy Yang B Power Station, Allianz, AMP Services Limited, Attorney-General's Department, Aurizon, Australian Federal Police, Australian Naval Infrastructure, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Taxation Office, AvantiCare, BDO, Benson Radiology, Capgemini, Careers in Insurance, Civilex Victoria, Coles, CSG, CSL Behring, Defence Force Recruiting, Department for Education, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Home Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Financial Planning Association of Australia, GradAustralia, Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited, HomeStart Finance, Immigration SA, Kraft Heinz, Mainfreight, McConnell Dowell, National Australia Bank, Naval Shipbuilding College, Navitas Professional, Pitcher Partners Advisors, Professionals Australia, Project Everest Ventures, RACQ, Resthaven Inc., RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Thales Australia, The Financial Planning Association of Australia.

                           The following exhibitors registered to attend one or more Big Meet events in 2019:

7-Eleven, ABD Group, Ace Contractors Group, ACS Foundation, Adelaide PTE Study Centre, AFSS, AGSM, Akuna Capital, Allan Hall Human Resource Services, Alstom, AMP Financial Advice Careers, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZIIF, APA Group, APT Travel Group, ASC, ASIO, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department (South Australia), Aurecon Australiasia, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO), Australian Federal Police, Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Wool Innovation, AustralianSuper, BAE Systems Australia, Bankwest, BDO, Bega Cheese Limited, Benson Radiology, BGC Contracting, BHP, Bloomberg Australia, Boral, BP Australia, Brisbane Catholic Eduation, British American Tobacco Australasia, Built, Bunnings Group Limited, Burnside War Memorial Hospital, Caltex, Capgemini Australia, Career Teachers, Careers In Insurance, Carlton & United Breweries, carsales.com, CEA Technologies, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CIMIC Group, Cisco, Cisco Systems Australia, Civilex Victoria, Clayton Utz - Forensic & Technology Service Team, Cognizant, Coles, CPA Australia, CSG, CSL Australia, Defence Force Recruiting, Dentsu Aegis Network, Department for Education, Department Industry Innovation & Science, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Department of Communities (WA), Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Home Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC), Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA), Department of Social Services, Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), Dexus, Digital Emerging Talent Programs, Digital Transformation Agency, Downer Group, Dr Jones & Partners, DXC Technology, Enhanced Lifestyles, Essential Energy, Etax Accountants, Eureka Language Services, Evans Dixon, Eventbrite, FDM Group, Financial Planning Association of Australia, Findex, FMG Engineering, Ford Motor Company of Australia, Foresight International Education Center, Frank Recruitment Group, FTI Consulting Australia, Fulton Hogan, Georgiou, GHD, Glencore Agriculture / Viterra, Global Payments AU/NZ, GradAustralia, GradConnection, GWI, HAMBS, Hastings Deering (Australia), HomeStart Finance, Honeywell Ltd, Hydro Tasmania, I Work For SA, IBM, Immigration SA, Info for QUT Students, Infosys LTD, IQPC, IRESS, Ixom, Jetstar, Jumbo, Kennards Hire, Kloud & Readify, KPMG, Kraft Heinz, Leidos, Linfox, Lockheed Martin Australia, L'Oreal, Mainfreight, Matchworks, McConnell Dowell, McDonald's Australia, MECCA Brands, Minda, Monadelphous Group, Monash Professional Pathways, Murdoch University, Mylan, National Australia Bank, Naval Group Australia, Navitas, NEC Australia, Netwealth Investments, Newcrest Mining, NotedCareers, NSW Department of Education – teach.NSW, NSW Government Graduate Program, People's Choice Credit Union, Perpetual / Fordham, Pitcher Partners, Port Phillip Publishing, Professionals Australia, Project Everest Ventures, Prysmian Australia, QIC, Queensland Government, Queensland Rail, Queensland Urban Utilitites, Quickway, RAA, RACQ, RACV, Readygrad, Redarc Electronics, Reece Group, Rentality, ResMed, Resthaven Inc., Rheinmetall Defence Australia, Ribit, Riding for the Disabled South Australia, RMIT, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Sandhills Pacific, Santos, Schneider Electric, Science and Planning Graduate Program, Victorian Government, Scouts SA, Servian, Shell, ShineWing Australia, Siemens Healthineers, Sika Australia, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT), Stockland, Sugarman International, Suncorp, Supashock, Swagelok Eastern Australia & New Zealand, Symbio Laboratories, Synergy Construct, Systra Scott Lister Australia, Teach For Australia, Teach In, Teaching Jobs London, TechnologyOne, Telstra, Tempro, Thales Australia, The Australian National University, The Smith Family, The Treasury, The University of Sydney, The Westpac Group, The Melbourne Metro Water Partnership, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Toll, Ultra- Electronics, UniSA Business School – Careers & Mentoring, UniSA Business School Internship Program, UniSA Career Services, UniSA Health & Medical Clinics, UniSA Information Strategy & Technology Services, UniSA Leadership & Volunteering, UniSA Postgraduate and Research, University Specialist Employment Partnership, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Victoria's Big Build, Virgin Australia, VPS GRADS, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, Water Corporation, Watpac, Westpac Group, World Youth International, Wrike, yourtown.

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 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.

Sponsorhsips 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):

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.”

2020 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 3rd April, 2020. 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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