12 December 2014

Tony Hale Appointed Ceo Of The Communications Council

Tony Hale, previously CEO of The Newspaper Works, has been appointed CEO of The Communications Council, Australia’s peak industry body representing marketing communications agencies.

After an extensive, broad reaching search and much interest from a diverse range of candidates, the Board has unanimously agreed that Tony was the standout candidate to take the organisation forward. Future plans for The Communications Council include international partnerships with the IPA and D&AD, the invigoration of our professional development program with international IPA qualifications, the Economic Value of the Industry study, and kicking off 2015 with a Leadership forum with Dan Wieden.

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11 December 2014

AJF Partnership’s Brigitte Bayard And Pieter-Paul Von Weiler Awarded Grand Prix At 2014 Apg Creative Strategy Awards

AJF Partnership’s Brigitte Bayard and Pieter-Paul von Weiler have been awarded the Grand Prix at this year’s APG Creative Strategy Awards for their work on the Australian National Preventive Health Agency campaign, ‘How Suffering Made People Quit’. The winning case – which also took out the Grand Effie at this year’s dedicated effectiveness awards – also scored the pair Gold and the special prize for Best Insight/Input.

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9 December 2014

Bravo! Awards Announce 2014 Global Award Winners

Five Australian agencies were presented with six Global Awards at last night’s Bravo! Awards in Sydney. A celebration of the world’s best healthcare advertising, the ceremony run by The Communications Council is one of two Global Awards presentations, with a second taking place in New York City the same day.

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27 November 2014

AWARD Appoints Four Female Leaders To Council

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has appointed four female senior creatives to the AWARD Council in a progressive move to ensure a greater diversity of gender and experience on its leadership team.

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5 November 2014

2014 APG Creative Strategy Awards Finalists Announced

The Communications Council’s Account Planning Group has today announced the shortlist for the 2014 APG Creative Strategy Awards, with 27 from a total of 99 entries gaining a finalist spot.

Saatchi & Saatchi leads the way with three finalists, followed by Leo Burnett Melbourne, DDB Group Melbourne, AJF Partnership Melbourne, M&C Saatchi Sydney, Leo Burnett Sydney, and JWT Sydney – all with two finalist spots. The
full shortlist can be viewed below.

Media ReleaseAPG Creative Strategy Awards Finalists

3 November 2014

Dan Wieden Appointed Chairman Of Judges For 36Th AWARD AWARDS

Awards Call closes Monday 10th November

Call for Judges to join AWARD Jury

Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body AWARD, is delighted to announce Dan Wieden, Co-founder and Chairman of Wieden+Kennedy, has been appointed Chairman of Judges for the 36th AWARD Awards.

… AWARD is now recruiting judges for its 2015 jury. Judges must be AWARD members and can be based in Australia, New Zealand or Asia, however, all must be available at the beginning of February in Sydney to participate in the judging process. To be eligible for selection, interested individuals need to submit a hundred word note on their suitability for the job in addition to a short biography. To nominate, email

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16 October 2014

Margaret Zabel Accepts Senior Marketing Role At Mcdonalds After Three Years As Ceo Of The Communications Council

Following three years as CEO of The Communications Council, Margaret Zabel has accepted VP Marketing role at McDonalds and will be leaving The Communications Council at the end of December.  

Under Margaret’s leadership, the industry body has forged a number of important alliances including confirming an international association with the UK’s IPA and forming greater ties with the AANA and MFA through the development of collaborative best practice projects and industry events.

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1 October 2014

Applications Open For Comms Council 2015 Graduate Program

Applications for The Communications Council’s 2015 Graduate Program open today, in a search for Australia’s next generation of talent for the marketing communications industry.

Recruiting on behalf of member agencies in NSW and VIC, the Graduate Program provides successful applicants with the holistic base training, placement experience and industry contacts to help launch a career in an account service or planning role within an Australian Advertising or Public Relations agency.

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29 September 2014

Call For Entries To 2014 Apg Creative Strategy Awards

The search for outstanding and unexpected thinking for business is now underway, with the deadline for entries to the 2014 APG Creative Strategy Awards on Thursday, 2nd October.

Showcasing the best of Australia’s planning community, the awards provide entrants a unique opportunity to demonstrate their strategic thinking capabilities and how that contribution has impacted their agency and clients.

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16 September 2014

Comms Council And Ipa Launch International Qualifications In Australia

The Communications Council has collaborated with its UK counterpart, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), to deliver the IPA portfolio of award-winning qualifications and courses to agencies and clients in the Australian marketing communications market. 

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7 August 2014

APMA Star Award Winners 2014 – Leo Burnett Melbourne Takes Home Grand Prix

The Communications Council’s Australasian Promotional Marketing Association (APMA) today announces the winners of the 2014 APMA Star Awards, following last night’s annual awards presentation, held at the Shangri-La in Sydney.

It was a successful evening for Leo Burnett Melbourne, which received three gold awards for Peters Ice Cream, SPC Ardmona and 7-Eleven, as well as the coveted Grand Prix for #SPCSunday – a campaign which leveraged user-generated content to raise awareness and money for Australia’s oldest and declining fruit processor, SPC Ardmona.

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8 July 2014

APMA STar Awards Finalists Announced

A total of 21 agencies, 36 clients and 44 campaigns have made it through to the 81 finalist spots in the Australasian Promotional Marketing Association’s Star Awards.

The agencies that secured the most nominations were Leo Burnett Melbourne with 13, Momentum Worldwide with 10 and ApolloNation with nine.

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19 June 2014

Rise In Entries To Apma Star Awards 2014

Entries to the APMA Star Awards have risen significantly this year, with a 32% increase in entries from 2013.

An additional nine new agencies entered submissions, spanning the specialisms of Experiential, Promotional, Creative, PR, Media, and Digital.

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3 June 2014

Entries Remain Strong For The 2014 Australian Effies

  •   The 2014 Australian Effie Awards have attracted 193 entries from 58 agencies on behalf of 85 clients

  •  Entries spread across 19 categories

  •  Presentation to announce the winners is set for Thursday, 4th September

Entries to The Australian Effie Awards remain strong, with 193 entries submitted by 58 agencies across 19 categories.



19 May 2014

Creative Is A Man’s Job – Award Tackles The Gender Gap At Semi-Permanent

Creative is a man’s job – according to figures from The Communications Council’s latest Salary Survey (2013).

The findings are released ahead of a dedicated panel discussion at Thursday’s Semi-Permanent event, addressing ‘The Creativity Gap’. Presented by the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD), the discussion will welcome female creatives, Rebecca Carrasco (Creative Director at Clemenger BBDO), Kieran Flanagan (Creative Director at McCann), and Mietta McFarlane (Copywriter, Droga5) to investigate why our industry is ignoring the business imperative to achieve a gender balanced workforce and how the situation can be reversed.



27 March 2014

35th ANNUAL AWARD Awards Winners Announced

A total of 24 gold awards were presented at this year’s ceremony, with 81 silver, and 143 bronze.  

McCann Melbourne achieved unprecedented success, becoming a record seventeen-time gold winner across 12 categories for its ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ campaign, as well as taking home Agency of the Year.

Three Gold awards were presented to FCB New Zealand across Film and Video, Direct Marketing and Digital for the ‘Driving Dogs’ campaign, with a further Gold in the Digital category awarded to DDB DM9JaymeSyfu/Digit in Digital for ‘TXTBKS’. Clemenger BBDO New Zealand also took home Gold in Film and Video for ‘Blazed’, while Clemenger BBDO Melbourne scored two for ‘Melbourne Remote Control Tourist’ in the Film and Video and Digital categories – a campaign which was also awarded Best in Show by Sir John Hegarty, Chairman of Judging.

Sir John Hegarty said: “Creating something fresh that unlocks a genuine consumer advantage is rare. This idea utilises technology to deliver an experience that gives Melbourne a competitive edge. I wish I’d done it.”

The award for Network of the Year went to BBDO, while Metro Trains topped the list for Client of the Year, and Finch for Production Company of the Year.



3 February 2014

APG Presents: ‘Unexpected Thinking In Innovation’

The APG committee presented key findings to members in Sydney and then in Melbourne last month.

Following an insightful trip to Google’s headquarters in the United States at the end of last year, the APG committee presented key findings to members in Sydney and then in Melbourne last month, unveiling opportunities that could benefit strategic planning in Australia.

First revealed on B&T, the below footage is the first in the series of seven, detailing what and how Australian planners can learn from the tech giant.



30 January 2014

2014 Australian Effie Awards Launched

The Australian Effie Awards Call for Entries opens today, with 20 categories available …

Effies Chairman Matthew Melhuish stressed the importance of continuing to build Australia’s culture of accountability and effectiveness and said: “The Australian Effie Awards has experienced extremely high volumes of entries each year since its inception, reaching a record 228 in 2013. Emphasis on achieving, and being able to demonstrate, outstanding results has never been so important to agencies and their clients. It means each year we are inspired again by the innovative and creative ideas being put before the judges. I look forward to seeing how high the bar will be raised this year.”

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13 January 2014

AWARD School To Run Across Australia And New Zealand In 2014
Information Nights For Sydney, Melbourne And Perth On 15Th January

AWARD School, the pre-eminent training program for aspiring Creatives, Copywriters and Art Directors, returns to Australia and New Zealand this year, kicking off in Sydney and Melbourne on 10th March before moving to Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Auckland.

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100 Strong Jury To Judge 35Th AWARD AWARDS

AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, today announces the line-up of the 35th AWARD Awards judges to work under Chairman of Judges, Sir John Hegarty (BHH).  

Selected Chairmen, judging alongside Sir John, include:

Steve Cochran – Colenso BBDO

Steve Coll – Havas Worldwide

Iain McDonald – Razorfish

Paul Reardon – Whybin TBWA

Paul Middleditch – Plaza Films

Grant Rutherford – Mojo

Damon Stapleton – Saatchi & Saatchi

Michaela Webb – Round Studio

Ben Welsh – M&C Saatchi

A total of 100 of Asia Pacific’s creatives will be tasked with selecting the 35th AWARD award winners, with the first jury starting on 30th January 2014.