The Helpmann Awards Nominating Panels comprise representatives of the live performance industry, including the LPA Executive Council and previous Helpmann Award Winners, in addition to other prominent industry practitioners. Panelists include artists, creatives, arts administrators, writers, journalists, producers, promoters, venue managers and educators.

The Helpmann Awards Administration Committee selects the Panel Chairs who then appoint Panelists to ensure broad geographic and artistic representation. All Chairs and Panelists participate on a voluntary basis and we thank them for their generous contribution.

Once all entries for the Awards are received, each Panel meets in June to consider the entries. The Panels then select up to four entries for nomination per category, or up to six in exceptional cases. They also recommend any entry within the artistic discipline to the Industry Awards Panel for consideration for the Industry Award nominations.

All Panelists are also eligible to vote in the Awards.

Nominating Panel Lists

Cabaret Panel

Comedy Panel

Contemporary Music Panel

Ballet, Dance & Physical Theatre Panel

Musicals Panel

Opera & Classical Music Panel

Presentation for Children & Young People Panel

Regional Touring Panel

Theatre Panel

Industry Panel

Increase your chances of being nominated:

If you are an LPA Member and your show is eligible to enter into the Helpmann Awards, be sure to invite members of the appropriate nominating panels to your production to increase your chances of being nominated for a Helpmann Award. For information about how to invite Panelists to your production, please contact or 03 8614 2000.