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Daily co-chairs announced for Creative Leadership Residential

Co chairs

Thursday, 21 September  2017

Chaired and curated by industry trailblazer Warren Brown, partner at Gutthink & Partners and BMF founder, The Creative Leadership Residential is Australia’s only custom-designed Residential for senior creatives looking to transition into leadership roles and acquire the new skills required to spearhead the industry’s next generation of creative leaders...Read more

Mind the leadership gap


Thursday, 21 September  2017

I was 31 when I abruptly became a CEO when my boss got sick (Jon Clark, a wonderful man). Obviously it was unexpected, so I had no training, no succession plan, no support network, and NFI what I was doing. Predictably I failed miserably over the course of two increasingly desperate years (apologies to all involved)...Read more

5 takeaways for PR professionals from, A Conversation with Event Experts - leveraging large scale events.


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Sydney’s PRC members assembled last Wednesday night at Woollahra’s Hotel Centennial to learn the tips and tricks some of Australia’s most revered event strategists apply to leverage optimum PR outcomes...Read more

Q&A with national AWARD School winner Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Prior to claiming the coveted national AWARD School prize–packing his bags and jetting off to meet acclaimed ad man, David Droga, in bustling New York City Tom Lawrence was busy working in video production and documentary making. His campaign Proudly Pokies Free which he started with his sister was ticking over and keeping him busy...Read more

2018 Comms Council New Grad Program open

The Graduate Program

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Communications Council 2018 Grad Program is now open. Graduates from all disciplines who are looking to launch a career in advertising are encouraged to apply Running successfully for 36 years, the program recruits on behalf of member agencies in NSW and VIC, and offers successful applicants...Read more

AWARD School Launch Alumni group

Award School Alumni

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

AWARD School announce the launch of the Award School Alumni, a group aimed at helping the transition from the intense 12-week course to a career in creativity. The initiative will assist recent graduates to establish and maintain connections, develop mentor relationships and to continue to foster their own creativity...Read more

APG launch 2017 Planning Idol competition

APG Planning Idol

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Account Planning Group (APG) today launch the APG Planning Idol competition to find Australia’s next top planner. The competition targets young professionals 30 years or under with an interest in strategic thinking and a passion for communications, to apply their talent to a good cause...Read more

AWARD School appoints Karen Ferry NSW as school head

Karen Ferry

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Karen Ferry, senior copywriter of Leo Burnett, has been appointed NSW AWARD school head alongside Brendan Willenberg, creative director of Clemenger BBDO. Karen joined Leo Burnett in 2016, as a senior copywriter. Her career spans 11 years, acquiring over 70 awards and accolades through her work with...Read more

Peter Field: Short-termism is undermining long-term success in advertising

Peter Field

Friday, 18 August 2017

Ahead of his much-anticipated return to Australia, UK's Godfather of Effectiveness Peter Field is on a mission to break Aussie brands out of their short-term thinking. OPINION: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you listen to everything that is said these days about the effectiveness of new advertising channels and tools you might be forgiven for thinking that all was rosy in advertising. It is not....Read more

Mental availability - does your brand have it?

Rachel Kennedy

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ahead of her guest appearance at our 'Marketing Effectiveness on Trial' Summit, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute’s Associate Professor Rachel Kennedy explains the role of mental availability in driving brand success...Read more

Mark Earls and Peter Field set to take centre stage at 2017 IPA Strategic Planning Course "Changing Perspectives"

IPA Strategic Planning course guests

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Communications Council is pleased to announce award-winning writer and strategist Mark Earls (aka HERDmeister) and prolific UK author and effectiveness expert Peter Field as special guests at this year’s IPA Strategic Planning Course, to be held in Sydney (27-29 Aug) and Melbourne (3-5 Sept)...Read more

Tom Lawrence crowned 2017 AWARD School National Top Student

Tom Lawrence

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Tom Lawrence from NSW has been awarded Australia's Top Student at the 2017 AWARD School National Announcement, which was held at The Dolphin Hotel in Sydney on Monday night (7 August)...Read more

Godfathers of Effectiveness Les Binet and Peter Field put 'Marketing Effectiveness on Trial' at national summits


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Effectiveness in the digital era will be top of the agenda this year, as The Communications Council welcomes a stellar line-up of industry heavyweights, including the world’s leading authorities in marketing effectiveness Les Binet and Peter Field, to Australia for a series of summits kicking off on August 31...Read more

Award Creative Leadership course back by popular demand

Warren Brown

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s sell-out event, The Communications Council is proud to announce the return of the AWARD Creative Leadership Course in Sydney, with an additional course to run in Melbourne for the first time....Read more

AWARD School WA announces 2017 Top Students

Luke Williams

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Luke Williams has been awarded Top Student at the Western Australia 2017 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at Showcase Gallery - North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth on Friday night (28 July)...Read more

My Journey: Camilla Stapley, group account director, TBWA Sydney

Camilla Stapley

Friday, 28 July 2017

TBWA Sydney group account director and AdSchool Digital Strategy & Experience Design graduate Camilla Stapley says she fell into the industry by accident (originally wanting to be a chef) but after completing the AdSchool Digital Strategy course and reaching some of her career goals she is not looking back!...Read more

AWARD School SA announces 2017 Top Students

Layla Firth

Friday, 28 July 2017

Layla Firth has been awarded Top Student at the South Australia 2017 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at The Austral Hotel in Adelaide on Thursday night (27 July) She is now in the running for Top Student at the National AWARD School Competition...Read more

AWARD School VIC announces 2017 Top Students

Jesse Young

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Jesse Young has been awarded Top Student at Victoria’s 2017 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at Smart Artz Gallery in Melbourne on Wednesday night (26 July). Jesse was tutored by: James Willis, Kieran Moroney, Aaron Pepper, Jake Barrow of Y&R; and Pete Cvetkovski and Adam Ferrie of Publicis...Read more

AWARD School NSW announces 2017 Top Students

Tom Lawrence

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tom Lawrence has been awarded Top Student at the NSW 2017 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at The Rawson Room (Bar 100) in Sydney on Tuesday night (25 July) Tom was tutored by agency groups: Jerome Gaslain, Oskar Westerdal and Rene Schultz...Read more

AWARD School QLD announces 2017 Top Students

Jackie Elliott

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Jackie Elliott has been awarded Top Student at the Queensland 2017 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at The Gunshop Cafe in Brisbane on Tuesday night (19 July)...Read more

AWARD School announces international 'Super Jury' to select winner of NYC trip to meet David Droga


Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has today announced an international ‘Super Jury’ to select the Top Student in the National AWARD School Competition, with the winner offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet David Droga in NYC...Read more

Mike Spirkovski appointed AWARD chair as Wilf Sweetland steps down

Mike Spirkovski

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Mike Spirkovski, national chief creative officer at Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, has been appointed chair of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD), taking on the role from Wilf Sweetland who steps down after seven years on the Committee with the last two as Chair...Read more

2017 Australian Effie Awards announce 97 finalists in round one

Effie Awards 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

Following a rigorous round of online judging by 125 industry experts, The Communications Council announces 97 finalists from 34 agencies have made it into round two of the Australian Effie Awards. Finalists now compete for effectiveness awards across 24 categories, assessed by a team of 50 senior marketers, consultants and researchers. ...Read more

WA industry announces student co-labs to tackle youth disadvantage

Award School Exhibition

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

For the past three years AWARD School Perth has hosted a three-day graduate exhibition displaying the work of the year’s graduating AWARD School students....Read more

Society’s Jake Ausburn named winner of AWARD School Pop Up

Jake Ausburn

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Ausburn offered full scholarship to AWARD School 2018 - Jake Ausburn, content executive at social media agency Society, was named winner of the AWARD School Pop Up at Semi Permanent on the weekend. Ahead of 13 finalists, 12 of whom travelled from Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Ausburn walked...Read more

M&C Saatchi’s Tom McFarlane inducted into AWARD Hall of Fame

Tom McFarlane

Monday, 29 May 2017

Tom McFarlane, one of the Australian advertising's most influential and effective creatives, has been inducted into the AWARD Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Sydney. M&C Saatchi's founding creative director took his place among adland's greats as just the 17th inductee....Read more

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne dominates at 38th AWARD Awards

38th AWARD Award winners

Monday, 29 May 2017

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne takes 20 gold pencils, Agency of the Year, Best in Show and Chairman’s Choice - BBDO awarded Network of the Year - M&C Saatchi’s Tom McFarlane inducted into AWARD Hall of Fame....Read more

Alcohol advertising in line with community standards

ABAC alcohol regulations

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

New research has found that rulings under the ABAC Responsible Alcohol Marketing Code over the past three years are in-line with community standards. Colmar Brunton Social Research has updated research undertaken in 2013, conducting a series of six focus groups and surveying 1,225 people to assess alcohol marketing considered by the ABAC Complaints Panel....Read more

Around the web - motivation, management and punching above your weight

Around the web

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

This week's story selection brings you top career advice to beat boredom and stay on top of your game, as well as advice for new managers on how to succeed. ‘Five smart ways to pull yourself together’ and ‘Forbes’ Top Influencers’ - Forbes...Read more

Youngbloods NSW appoints M&C Saatchi's Alistair Stephenson as chair

Alistair Stephenson

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

M&C Saatchi strategist Alistair Stephenson (pictured) has been appointed chair of Youngbloods NSW.  Stephenson's appointment kicks off 2017 alongside a fresh calendar of events and three new committee members. Building on the success of 2016, this year will focus on bridging the knowledge gap between young people and creative industries....Read more

Around the web - unlocking and evaluating creativity

Around the web

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

This week, we highlight some expert advice when it comes to unlocking fresh new ideas and ways of thinking, and more importantly, how to tell which ideas are keepers and which ones to kill....Read more

Around the web - education, culture and career advice

Around the web

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Adapting ways of working and the skills requirement for new talent were hot on the news agenda this week. Our pick of online stories also offers advice from 72andSunny and Harvard Business Review. ‘Are schools failing Australia’s advertising industry?’ and ‘Droga5 CEO Sudeep Gohil takes Publicis India role’ ...Read more

Around the web - technology, strategy and creativity

Effie Awards Gold

Thursday, 30 March 2017

This week the impact of technology on creativity has been a hot talking point from SXSW - but is it the threat the industry is fearing? Our story selection looks at the creative opportunities technology can unlock, as well as tapping into creative juices the old-fashioned way....Read more

Culture, creativity and competition - our picks from around the web

Around the webWednesday, 22 March 2017

This week, these stories on company culture grabbed our attention, from the role creativity and competition play, to the increasing importance of wellbeing. Here they are for your reading enjoyment: “The Adam & Eve/DDB school of creativity” and.... Read more

Nominations open for 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

Elizabeth Ann MacgregorFriday, 17 March 2017

The NSW Government is calling on the state’s brightest creative talent to nominate for the 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards. The awards, to be held on 14 June at the Museum of Contemporary Art during Vivid Sydney, are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW creative industries... Read more

Constraining and unleashing creativity - our picks from around the web

Around the webWednesday, 15 March 2017

We took to the web to digest the most interesting recent stories on creativity, whether it’s pressure thanks to either politics, time or bad behaviour, or defying convention as Warhol did. Here they are in case you missed them. ‘Has the democratisation of distribution revolutionised creativity?’ ... Read more

The Australian Directors’ Guild awards first Gender Matters: Commercial & Content Directing Mentorships to eight recipients

ADG CPCWednesday, 15 March 2017

Eight recipients of the first Australian Directors’ Guild’s (ADG) Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship program were announced at an event last night at FINCH attended by members of the screen and advertising industries... Read more

Youngbloods QLD announces GPY&R’s Angus Whitton as chair

Angus WhittonTuesday, 14 March 2017

Youngbloods QLD is kicking off 2017 with the appointment of GPY&R’s Angus Whitton as this year’s chairman. Assisting him as co-chair is last year’s PR manager, Nina Clarke of Ray White Commercial. Says Whitton: “I’m very excited to begin working with the committee this year. We have a few fresh faces... Read more

News Corp Australia opens entries for the Cannes Young Lions competition

Cannes Young LionsMonday, 13 March 2017

News Corp Australia, the official Australian representative of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, has today announced that entries for the 2017 Cannes Young Lions competition are now open. Now in its ninth year, the competition searches for the best young talent... Read more

110-strong jury to judge 38th AWARD Awards

JuryTuesday, 7 March 2017

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has today announced the full line up of jurors for the 38th AWARD Awards - an annual celebration of the most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia-Pacific region. A total of 110 creatives will be tasked with selecting the 38th AWARD Award winners, with the first round of judging kicking off on 16 March 2017... Read more

Youngbloods WA appoints The Brand Agency's Sarah Kappeler as President

Sara KappelerTuesday, 7 March 2017

The Brand Agency Account Manager Sarah Kappeler (pictured) has been appointed Youngbloods WA's 2017 President. Kappeler's appointment kicks off 2017 alongside a fresh calendar of events, a new committee and reinvigorated focus on networking and education... Read more

Attracting talent and secrets to successful client relationships - our picks from around the web

Around the webMonday, 6 March 2017

We scoured the web for the most interesting recent stories on talent attraction, retention, and agency best practice. Here they are in case you missed them. ‘Attracting young talent to the industry’ and ‘Media companies are like leaky buckets’... Read more

AWARD graduates Barbara Humphries and Scott Dettrick promoted to Creative Directors at The Monkeys

Barbara Humphries and Scott DettrickTuesday, 21 February 2017

Long-time Monkeys, senior creatives Barbara Humphries and Scott Dettrick, have both been promoted to the role of Creative Director effective immediately. Both Humphries and Dettrick have worked across a number of high profile campaigns during their respective careers at The Monkeys... Read more

Glenn Cole appointed chairman of judges for 38th AWARD Awards

Glenn ColeFriday, 17 February 2017

Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD), is delighted to announce Glenn Cole, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of 72andSunny, has been appointed Chairman of Judges for the 38th AWARD Awards... Read more


Planners need to focus on the outcomes they create, not the output they make 

Anuj Mehra & Sophie PriceFriday, 10 February 2017

Sophie Price and Michelle Katz to chair IPA Campaign Planning Course Sydney and Anuj Mehra to chair Melbourne. In 2017, planners need to pivot out of the fragmented view they have of their brands and campaigns. They need to be able to stitch discrete campaign thinking, zooming in and out, and ultimately, develop a ‘T-shaped’ skillset... Read more

Creative Director turned author and director Steve Harrison to present Exclusive Masterclass Down under

Steve HarrisonWednesday, 1 February 2017

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) is proud to present, Creative Masterclass by Steve Harrison, an exclusive event to be held in three capital cities this March. Dubbed 'the greatest Direct Marketing Creative of his generation', the ex-Wunderman Global Creative Director will run exclusive courses... Read more

Flawed Labor Policy to cost West Australian Jobs

Steve HarrisonSunday 22 January 2017

The peak body representing an industry worth $4.6 billion to the WA economy has expressed concern over Labor’s plan to gut the sector if it’s elected to office in the upcoming March state election.
The Communications Council is a non-political body representing creative, advertising, PR, production and corporate communications agencies...
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Could you be the next Droga?

David DrogaTuesday, 7 February 2017

2017 is the 30th anniversary of a teenage David Droga, founder and creative chairman of renowned agency Droga5, winning Top Student at AWARD School. To mark the occasion, this year’s AWARD School top student - selected from the winners of all the Schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Auckland - will win an amazing opportunity to meet David Droga himself.... Read more