The event news you need to know this week


Events resume in Victoria, business support for NSW, plus the top 5 AV trends to watch.

In this week’s news wrap-up, we’re covering everything you need to know about the latest event capacity rules for Victoria, support for NSW businesses and more.

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Business events resume in Victoria

As of 11.59pm 27 July, Victorians are now able to leave their homes for any reason, as the state’s lockdown restrictions ease.

As part of the rolling back, the Authorised Worker List will no longer apply, allowing businesses and venues to reopen with density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres.

According to the latest table of restrictions, indoor fixed-seated function venues can open up to a maximum of 100 people per space, while outdoor fixed-seated function venues can open up to a maximum of 300 people per outdoor space.

The density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies in non-seated areas of the venue and COVID check-in marshals must be on site to ensure attendees check-in.

Meanwhile, indoor non-seated function venues can have up to 100 people per space and outdoor non-seated function venues can have up to 300 people per space, both adhering to 1 person per 4 square metres.

Find out more here.

NSW businesses urged to seek support

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged business owners and individuals not to “suffer in silence” and to seek COVID-19 financial support if they are experiencing a loss in revenue as a result of the current Greater Sydney lockdown.

The NSW Government’s COVID-19 business grants offer a one-off payment of between $7,500 and $15,000 to help businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations experiencing financial hardship.

Smaller businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 may be eligible for the COVID-19 micro-business grant, which offers a fortnightly payment of $1,500 to businesses with a revenue decline of 30 per cent or more.

The latest information on business support can be found here.

Perth extends funding for event planners

Business Events Perth has announced a six-month extension of its Event Here Now fund, designed to boost business events activity across Western Australia.

Organisers planning a new, in-person business event for Western Australia can apply for sponsorship of up to $15 per delegate, up to a maximum of $10,000.

The Event Here Now funding is valid only for new business event bookings to be held in Western Australia prior to December 31, 2021.

Eligible events include conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program.

To enquire about funding for your next event, contact Business Events Perth.

Five AV trends expected to grow in 2021/22

Audio visual (AV) technology is always evolving, but even more so as the event industry adapts to new ways of meeting.

Bryan Dochstader from AV supplier Microhire shares his trend predictions for event technology and AV over the next 12 months.

Read the list here.

Featured image: Perth, Western Australia

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