The Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA)

Formed in 2002 to unite web industry professionals across Australia, AWIA's purpose is to keep members up to date with news, events, resources and best practice, and to build trust and understanding of the Australian web industry.

AWIA has become one of the largest dedicated web industry associations of its kind in Australia. Our monthly networking meetings regularly attract 40-60 individuals from varying cross-sections of the web industry, our occasional speaking events have attracted 150-200 attendees each, and our online communities (Facebook, Twitter, Slack, LinkedIn and Meetups) have over 7,000 active participants and a total of over 40,000 posts.

Already a member?

Check out the latest news, put the next event in your diary - and don't forget to submit your own. If you haven't received an AWIA Slack invitation email (and you are a member) let us know.

Interested in Sponsorship?

Do you have a product or service you'd like to expose to Australia's largest online community of web professionals? Be an AWIA sponsor. Simply email us to discuss your sponsorship ideas, and the opportunities we can provide.

Not a member yet?

Join now, or come along to one of our Port80 meetups where members can tell you about the benefits of joining AWIA. Port80 meetings are held in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, with associated events in Brisbane and Hobart.

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Upcoming Web Industry Events
Friday Night Startup
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Silicon Beach Perth meets every two weeks with amazing people.


Evening schedule:

5pm – general chat

530pm – facilitated discussion kick-off

630pm – end of facilitated discussion, general chat resumes

730pm – close

Location wise, once you head inside 45 St Georges Terrace, on your right, beside the lifts, is a hallway: You’ll find us through this door!

Search Marketing Summit @ SMC Conference & Function Centre
May 7 @ 8:00 am – May 9 @ 5:00 pm

Search Marketing Summit is Australia’s only dedicated search engine marketing conference designed with search marketing practitioners who have mid to high levels of experience in mind, we don’t do the basics.

Our conference is jam packed with sessions to help you learn from leading International and Local experts on how to improve your natural search ranking and paid search advertising and remember – we don’t do basics!

Why Attend?

Firstly, you’ll be satisfied with Search Marketing Summit and we Guarantee it.

Search Marketing Summit content is so compelling, you’ll want to implement what you’ve learned before leaving the conference, if you find that hard to believe then read this blog post by one of our satisfied delegates.

Dramatically increase the number of people who come to your site with ROI enhancing paid search advertising, search engine optimisation and social media marketing techniques and best practices.

Personalise your Search Marketing Summit experience. Attend any of the more than 40 sessions and keynotes that suit your needs and maximise your investment. There are sessions just for you – whether you’re an experienced online marketer, employed at a top end of town company or run your own business or agency.

Perth UX Camp @ Telstra CIC
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – May 11 @ 1:30 am
Following the Bar Camp format, it is a low-cost ($45), collaborative event where participants of all levels are welcome and encouraged to bring and share talks, case studies, workshops and group discussions. The program is made after a big vote, on the day! Example themes: A workshop on a UX tool or technique A talk on accessibility, UX writing, or a book you read A discussion group on driverless cars A case study of how your company handles UX within the agile cycle… The sky’s the limit.
Friday Night Startup
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Silicon Beach Perth meets every two weeks with amazing people.


Evening schedule:

5pm – general chat

530pm – facilitated discussion kick-off

630pm – end of facilitated discussion, general chat resumes

730pm – close

Location wise, once you head inside 45 St Georges Terrace, on your right, beside the lifts, is a hallway: You’ll find us through this door!

Edge of the Web Gold Coast @ Kurrawa Surf Club
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

awa19 Edge of the Web – Gold Coast

As part of this year’s awards celebration, we are coming together with some of Australia’s Web Industry leaders for our Edge of the Web Gold Coast conference, Friday 17 May at Kurruwa Surf Club.

The conference is set to inspire, create change and provide research & insights into some of Australia’s leading creative agencies including AWIA founder, Miles Burke of BAM Creative. Miles will take you through how his startup, 6Q, attracts millions of readers to their blog and has over 200 page one keywords. In his talk, Miles will share the exact process he uses to create great content and attract customers through the SEO that results.

Joining him on stage is Sydney creative, George Pappas of GSquared to cover topics

  • Unique brand challenge
  • Research & insights
  • UX challenge & solution
  • UI wins
  • Results

Edge of the Web is a conference by which brings you and your team the opportunity to innovative practices, creative thinking and some of what the web will turn in to over time.

For more information, please head to


2019 Australian Web Awards @ Q1
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

2019 Australian Web Awards


The Australian Awards for Aussie web development, especially for technical excellence.

Judged by web industry peers, to determine the best websites and digital agencies in Australia. The awards date back to 2005 in Western Australia and have been national since 2009.

This year will be the first year that the awards will be held on the East Coast and will be set at the stunning Q1, one of Australia’s most iconic buildings.

An express elevator will take you 77 floors in 43 seconds to the Gold Coast’s only beachside observation deck which is 230m in the sky with 360 degrees views from surf to hinterland!

The categories for the Australian Web Awards 2019 are:


Small Business





Not for Profit


Social Media

A single site can be entered in up to two (2) categories. Each category requires a separate entry.

National finalists will be chosen from entries judged in each category.

Excepting the Social Media category, websites in each category are judged according to the following five criteria:

User Interface Design

User Experience Design




A huge thank you to Rocket Validator, the preferred HTML and Accessibility validator of the Australian Web Awards Judging Panel.

As a valued AWIA member, you receive 50% off entry! Contact [email protected] today for you discount code

For more information, head to

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