30 Under 30

Celebrating and recognising our industry’s next generation –

30 Under 30 Awards are widely regarded as the leading showcase for the brightest young talent working across marketing communications. Your job must relate to the advertising, marketing or media sector to enter.
ENTRIES CLOSE: Monday 22 February 2021
LATE ENTRIES CLOSE: Monday 1 March 2021
AWARDS: Thursday, 15 April 2021, The Factory Theatre

Three outstanding individuals will be recognised for their achievements in each of the 10 categories, as well as a Grand Prix Award for the most influential individual overall. All entrants will also be a part of the People’s Choice poll, to be opened after entries are closed.

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Some may already be in positions of leadership, while others may be starting out, but these awards champion those people that go above and beyond the call of duty in the daily working lives, and demonstrate excellence and a vital contribution to their current employer and their determination and desire to progress their careers.

1. Creative
2. Entrepreneur
3. Journalist/Producer
4. Marketing
5. Media Planner/Buyer
6. PR
7. Project Manager
8. Sales/Account Manager
9. Strategy
10. Tech

Key Dates

Entries close
Monday 22nd February 2021
on-time entry fee $199

Late entries close
Monday 1st March 2021
late entry fee $249

People’s choice poll launching
Monday 8th March 2021

Shortlist announced
Wednesday 24th March 2021

Early bird tickets close
Wednesday 2nd April 2021

People’s choice poll closing
Friday 26th March 2021

Award night
Thursday 15th April 2021

Thanks to our sponsors and partners


2020 Winners


  • Marina Vasilieva – Host/Havas
  • Melanie Huang – AKQA
  • Stephanie Allen – BMF



  • Christie Ding – Brand Catalyser
  • Fergus Creese – My Careers
  • Harry Sanders – StudioHawk



  • Deirdre Fogarty – Triple M/ Southern Cross Austereo
  • Elissa Ratliff – Pacific Magazines
  • Tahlia Pritchard – Punkee



  • Liana Rossi – MONA – Museum of Old and New Art
  • Maxine Husmann – Google
  • Tom Willis – Lawpath


Media Planner/Buyer

  • Leona Irvine – Initiative
  • Maddison Keogh – Initiative
  • Tim Hull – MediaCom


People’s Choice

Max Weipeng Yang – China Social Solutions


  • James Kean – Herd MSL
  • Louise Morrisey – Hotwire
  • Maya Ivanovic – Palin Communications


Project Manager

  • Melanie Ochmann – News Corp
  • Melissa Gray – Pedestrian Group
  • Rebeccah Churchward – Kamber


Sales/Account Manager

  • Alicia Doessel – Nine
  • Rosie Brennan – SomeOne Sydney
  • Suzi Williamson – Taboo



  • Max Learmont – M&C Saatchi
  • Rebecca Drummond – Wavemaker
  • Thomas Davies – Mindshare



  • Cameron Woodford – Appello
  • Hoang Nguyen – CHE Proximity
  • Mohadeseh Ganji – Mondo – AusNet Services


Grand Prix:

Liana Rossi MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

Categories descriptions

1. Creative

For those who transcend traditional ideas, rules and relationships to achieve imaginative, progressive and original. Example roles

2. Entrepreneur 

Championing the corporate escapees who have taken the plunge and followed their passions, taking on the role of CEO, CFO, sales manager, strategist, accountant and everything in between. Example roles

3. Journalist/Producer

More than just news breakers, they are story tellers, connecting with audiences across all platforms and devices. Example roles

4. Marketing

Multi-channel; above, below and through the line – these brand champions are connecting with customers on all levels. Example roles

5. Media Planner/Buyer

No longer just planners and buyers, these young guns are putting the message back into the medium. Example roles

6. PR

Brand ambassadors and their reputation promoters, redefining what it means to manage a message. Example roles

7. Project Manager

The planners and coordinators who create a consistent pulse to guide every project towards on-time and on-budget delivery. Example roles

8. Sales/Account Manager

More than just bringing in revenue, these individuals are client relationship management experts, product champions and the frontline for any business. Example roles

9. Strategy

For the thinkers, goal setters and solution creators who put forward plans to move their organisation onto a better path. Example roles

10. Tech

The coders and number crunchers who weaves all the tech under the hood. Example roles

Entry Criteria

  • Outline your career path and any key achievements to date (300 words).
  • What makes you a future leader in your chosen field (300 words)?
  • What represents success to you (300 words)?
  • What do you think needs to be improved in your industry and why (300 words)?
  • Describe your attributes in no more than five words.
  • Please include a written reference from either your current employer, a client or service provider (you can supply more than one reference, but total word count for this section is 300 words).


  1. The on-time deadline for entries is Monday 22nd February 2021 (5pm AEDT). Late entries are accepted until Monday 1st  March 2021 (5pm AEDT).
  1. The cost of each on-time entry is $199 (ex GST). Late entries are $249 (ex GST) each.
  1. To be eligible to enter you must be under the age of 30 years as of midnight on 15th April 2021.
  1. You are eligible to enter even if you have already appeared in a previous B&T 30 Under 30 list, as long as you meet age criteria above.
  1. Entrants need to provide a scanned copy of a photo ID; as well as a high res photo of themselves in order to submit entry. All information supplied, excluding that of your ID, may be published in B&T.
  1. Entries for pairs or teams are not accepted. Each individual must create a separate entry.
  1. Both third party nominations and self-nominations are accepted.
  1. Where you feel your current occupation spans across more than one of the 10 categories, select the category you believe best fits the industry you work in.
  1. There will be three winners named in each of the 10 categories, as well as a Grand Prix Award for the most influential overall. A People’s Choice round will be conducted separately to include all entrants.
  1. B&T reserves the right to move entries into other categories.
  1. All sections of the entry must be completed in order to be judged. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  1. Finalists announced 24th March. The Awards will be held on 15 April 2021 at The Factory Theatre.


Rosie Oakshott
General Manager – B&T & Travel Weekly
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Erin Macdonald
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Sarah Greenan
Business Development Executive
0412 533 279

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Vivian Luo
Head of Digital & Events
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