Meetings & Events Australia (MEA)
MEA is the largest and oldest association for event professionals in Australia; dedicated to representing the broader events sector which employs more than 229,000 professionals who stage, produce, manage, support and supply the 480,000+ events held nationally each year.
Craig Watson here, General Manager of the Sydney Props Group and recently appointed to the board of directors of MEA (Meetings and Events Australia), also holding the role on that board as treasurer.
One thing you need to know about me – I love working in events! I love the people, the passion, the pizzaz, the technology, the competitiveness, the “we can do anything” attitude – it’s that spirit that fuels my day.
I decided to stand for the MEA board and get involved more widely within our industry to connect with other like-minded professionals and organisations. I see MEA as our industry association and its purpose is to represent all our members, sponsors and associates.
If you would like to know more about MEA and the benefits of becoming a member or sponsor or if you’re already an existing member or sponsor and want to know more, please read through this newsletter. Our aim is to help advance advance our community and industry.
A brief overview of our objectives
MEA is the largest and oldest association for event professionals in Australia, dedicated to representing the broader events sector which employs more than 229,000 professionals who stage, produce, manage, support and supply the 480,000+ events held nationally each year. MEA’s core purpose is to support progress in the careers of our members and advance the event industry.
We believe that education, training, professional standards and collaboration are key to the growth of the events sector. We provide valuable membership privileges to support you at every stage of your event career and connect you to a community of event professionals.
What types of individuals and organisations typically become MEA members, and how does membership benefit different groups, such as students, senior professionals, and businesses?
MEA members vary from individuals to small and medium sized event organisations up to larger hotel and corporate groups offering education, training, collaborations, and networking of like-minded professionals within our industry. We help develop skills and be part of a growing and vibrant community.
How does MEA's focus on education and training manifest in the benefits offered to members? Could you provide some examples of these educational opportunities?
Every organisation has unique training needs for the ongoing development of their teams. MEA can provide bespoke courses; we offer diplomas of Event Management along with mentor programs and short courses.
Networking is a key benefit of MEA membership. Can you elaborate on the kinds of networking opportunities available to members?
MEA is a strong believer of bringing people together both remotely and face to face and offer regular mixer and networking events in each state of Australia, it’s great to share opportunities and achievements with others within our industry.
What are MEA’s core values and future?
Models excellence, innovation, evolution, and quality standard that its members and the greater events industry may draw inspiration from and be motivated to emulate, for the aggregate betterment of the industry.
Enables and validates the Australian events industry to achieve potential, by facilitating an environment that avails and fosters opportunity; education; business, professional and personal development; recognition; career; networking; resources; and advocacy and representation.
Exists as an ecosystem to link the diversity of people and businesses who constitute the Australian events industry; one which fosters nourishing, mutually beneficial relationships that, through their existence, achieve the delivery of quality events that bring optimal returns on investment for all stakeholders.
What are MEA's future goals for enhancing member experiences, and are there any upcoming initiatives or programs that members should be excited about?
To grow our membership base, offer sponsorship programs mutually beneficial, recognise and celebrate industry achievements with sharing of ideas and information.
We host an annual conference and awards program “Evolve”, this year held 12-13th June in the Hunter Valley, we believe it’s important to recognise the great work produced by our members.
What advice would you give to someone considering MEA membership, particularly those just starting their careers in event management?
Get involved and join to connect with other professionals in our industry. It’s particularly a perfect start for those beginning their careers in events by gaining access to experienced and established individuals and organisations with access to further training and education programs.
Whether you’re a student taking the first steps in your event career, a senior event professional interested in raising your profile and improving your skills and experience; or you have a business and are looking to upskill your team and grow your customers, you’ll find a suitable membership package.
Become a MEA member today to grow your network, develop your skills and be part of a growing and vibrant community.
MEA membership offers access to an extensive network, accredited education, professional development, recognition, and valuable resources.
Link below through to our membership types as below.