What is the refund policy?
The entry fee and, if applicable, the nomination fee, become the property of Melbourne Royal on receipt by Melbourne Royal and, without limitation, the entry fee and, if applicable, nomination fee paid in respect of an entry which is withdrawn, or which does not satisfy the requirements for entry or conditions of eligibility will not be refunded.
When do I deliver my entries?

Delivery dates for the 2024 Melbourne Royal Show Entries are as follows: 

  • Art/Photography/Craft/Preserves/Junior and Open Decorated Cakes – Tuesday 10th September 2024, 12pm – 7pm
  • Cookery/Confectionary/Preserves/Junior Cookery – Saturday 21st September 2024, 9am-12pm

    When delivering your entries, please enter via gate 4 and exit from gate 5 (both on Langs Road). A parking pass will be included with your entry confirmation.”
What happens If I can’t make it to delivery day?

If you are unable to make it on delivery day, you can send it via post or email us at artcraftcookery@melbourneroyal.com.au to arrange another day. However, please note that the days and times will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

How do I send in my digital entries?

You can send your digital entries to us via File Share, We Transfer, Google Drive or Dropbox to our email artcraftcookery@melbourneroyal.com.au. Make sure to include your full name in the email so that we can match it to your entry.

Can I collect my exhibit after the Melbourne Royal Show?

All exhibits can be collected after the Melbourne Royal Show on Tuesday 8th October 2024, 12:00PM – 7:00PM. Perishable items will be disposed of at close of the Show. Only fruit cakes and preserves may be collected.

How do I collect my prize or ribbon?

If you have won a prize or a ribbon, they can be collected from the Pavilion on the same day as collecting your exhibit – Tuesday 8th October 2024 between 12pm – 7pm. Any certificates or ribbons not collected will be posted,

How do I know if I have an existing Melbourne Royal account?

If you entered the Melbourne Royal Art, Craft & Cookery Competition in 2012 or after, either online or by post, then you will have an online login ID. You should login using your email address as the login ID and enter your password. If you do not know your password, select "Forgotten Your Password?" on the login page to reset it.

What do I do if I am unable to log in or reset my password?

If you are unable to log in or reset your password, please send us an email at artcraftcookery@melbourneroyal.com.au or give us a call on 03 9281 7444 and we will be happy to assist.

When do entries open and close?

Entries open Wednesday 5th June 2024 and close Wednesday 28th August 2024.

Can I post my entry?

Entries may be delivered by courier or post if unable to be delivered in person. 
The name of the exhibitor or school and the class numbers relevant to the exhibits must be clearly shown on the outside of the parcel.

Melbourne Royal
Art, Craft & Cookery Competition
Building 13
Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road
Ascot Vale VIC 3032


How do I know whether I should enter the novice, open or master section?

See detailed definitions below:

NOVICE: An exhibitor with no more than two years’ participation in that section and has not placed first in that section in the Art, Craft & Cookery Competition at the Melbourne Royal Show at any time. Must not work professionally in that craft, art form or technique.

OPEN: Competition open to all.

MASTER: An Exhibitor who has won a 1st prize in the open classes of this section at any Royal Show. Please state qualifying year and Show.

Do I need to qualify to enter the Melbourne Royal Show?

Most sections are open to all, however individual classes may have specific criteria. The Junior Competition has an age limit and the People with Disability Section has specific entry criteria. Please check the Competition Schedule.

When is judging?

The judging will occur on:

Saturday 14th September 2024 (Art, Photography, Craft, Junior & Open Decorated Cakes)
Saturday 21st September 2024 (Cookery, Confectionary, Preserves)
Sunday 22nd September 2024 (Overflow Cookery, Florence Monod, Grand Culinary)

How do I withdraw my entry?

You can withdraw your entry by moving through the online entry portal, prior to the closing date for entries.

Can I list my entry for sale at the Show?

Currently, only art and photography can be sold. Items made available for sale incur an additional non-refundable $10 handling and administration fee as well as a 35% royalty on sales.

An Art Launch will be held on the eve of the first day of the Melbourne Royal Show, where exhibitors and the public will have the ability to preview the Pavilion and buy pieces from the creative collection. There will also be the opportunity to buy art throughout Show.

I am bringing someone else’s entry, whose name should the entry be under?

The entry should always be under the name of the person who created the item that has been entered. This includes junior entries.

I am entering on someone else’s behalf, whose name should the entry be under?

The entry should always be under the name of the person who created the item that has been entered. This includes junior entries.

As an exhibitor, am I entitled to discounted Melbourne Royal Show entry tickets?

Art, Craft & Cookery exhibitors are not entitled to discounted entry tickets. However, by purchasing the restricted or full Melbourne Royal membership, you will receive tickets to the Melbourne Royal Show and a discount on your competition entry fees.