Please note

The information on this page was prepared prior to the deferment of APPA + State Awards being announced on August 6th 2021. The awards are now scheduled for March 2022, with specific dates to be confirmed shortly.

This information remains pertinent. It is recommended you check this page before booking flights or accommodation for March 2022.

Closed Judging at Sunstudios

APPA Judging is usually live and free to attend. Due to Coronavirus restrictions on venues, we are unable to host a live audience at this time. Therefore we advice entrants to not book accommodation or transport to the live judging at this time.

Instead there will be exciting online judging and live events that will be confirmed before judging commences in March 2022.


Sunstudios is located on Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne. This venue is within 3kms of Melbourne's CBD and, as such, many city accommodation options may prove suitable for those travelling to enjoy APPA.

Accommodation options on Southbank will see the judging venue within 2km which will take on average 20 - 25 minutes to walk.

There are also plenty of Air BnB options in the CBD as well as South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and St Kilda, all within easy transport distance to Sunstudios.

We advise the general public not to book accommodation or travel at this time, as Covid-19 restrictions will prevent us hosting a live audience for judging. There will be exciting online events and judging to accommodate all.

Travel Advice

Travel to APPA should be considered and planned carefully and it is worth visiting HERE prior to committing to travel arrangements. Those joining us from interstate are encouraged to check Covid-cancellation policies on all flights and accommodation bookings prior to committing financially. Travel insurance is strongly recommended, as is trying to secure the latest possible confirmation dates for accommodation bookings. will take bookings that don't require payment or confirmation until 48 hours before the booking commences. AirBnB will take your funds but will release them in full if you cancel up to 5 days before the booking is due to commence.

In terms of the Covid-19 pandemic, AIPP APPA and AIPP Epson State Awards will be run under government-stipulated covid regulations at the time of the event. At this time there will be no in-person attendance of live judging due to restrictions placed on venues in Victoria. Online judging and events will be made available to all, as well as events in each state.

Please note that AIPP will not be liable for any quarantine costs visitors or competitors experience as a result of travel to Melbourne for APPA + State Awards.

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