Event news you need to know for the week ahead


New funding for Queensland events, changes to Business Events Grants and more.

At A LIST Guide, we’re not only a one-stop shop for sourcing the best venues and suppliers for events, we’re also dedicated to keeping event professionals up to date on the latest industry news.

To kick off the working week, here are the latest industry headlines you need to know:

Changes to Business Events Grants program

The $50 million Business Events Grants program has been amended as part of the Federal Government’s latest package for the tourism industry.

The program has been extended by three months to cover events scheduled through to 31 March 2022, while the minimum grant amount has been reduced to $5,000 from $10,000.

Other changes include an increase in the number of delegates covered by the grant, an expansion of the priority sectors and an increase to the sponsorship cap.

Applications for the grant will be extended to 30 June 2021 and expressions of interest for event owners to have their event included on the Schedule of Approved Business Events will also reopen in early April.

Find out more here.

BECA responds to grant program changes

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has acknowledged the changes to the Business Events Grants program, with BECA chair Vanessa Findlay saying it is a “starting point” for critical government support.

“The business events industry is clearly a sector that requires targeted assistance to enable its recovery,” she said.

“Given the challenges we are facing with operating restrictions, border closures, consumer confidence to travel to participate in events and the lead time required to plan and deliver events, our research shows the industry is still 9-12 months away from any significant return to business operations.

“Targeted support is critical to sustain valuable businesses and event professionals in the interim period as is the timing and implementation of this support.”

PCOA Conference heads to Hobart

The PCO Association (PCOA), the peak body representing professional conference organisers, will take its annual conference and exhibition to Hobart, Tasmania this year.

Now in its 14th year, the PCOA21 Conference & Exhibition will take place on 5-7 December, and PCOA president Barry Neame said the timing “couldn’t be better”.

Expressions of interest in the 14th annual PCOA Conference & Exhibition 2021 can be made online.

Image credit: Business Events Tasmania

Funding available for Queensland events

The Queensland Government has launched a new funding program to attract business events to the sunshine state.

The National Business Events Program aims to help rebuild the business events and tourism industries in the wake of COVID-19.

Tourism and Events Queensland will be coordinating the program, which will focus on national association or corporate events with more than 350 delegates.

Applicants can apply for funding between $17,500 and $95,000 based on $50 per persons attending a two-day event or $100 per persons attending an event with a minimum duration of three days.

For more eligibility details or to apply, click here.

Meet in person at Events Uncovered 2021

With 2021 set to be a year of reigniting the business events industry, Events Uncovered is excited to be taking place again this year, back with its in-person format.

Taking place at Sydney’s SMC Conference & Function Centre on Thursday 15 July, the event will comprise a boutique expo, a speaker program and networking event hel

As always, the expo promises to be a creative, inspiring space – think interactive activations in place of pull-up banners, plus roaming entertainment.

Register your interest to attend the event here.

If you’re interested in showcasing your venue, product or service, contact the team to request an exhibitor prospectus.

Events Uncovered 2020

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