Events Industry News – 10 July 2020


A personally addressed letter from EIA President Tony Williamson acknowledging the work of the Australian Government in managing the health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was sent to the

·         16 House of Representative Members from WA electorates, and

·         12 Western Australian Senators.

The letter highlighted the size of the WA events industry and the range of sectors represented. The key message was seeking to have Government continue to take an expansive view with the JobMaker stimulus package to include businesses that support and manage events.

Already there has been a positive response and a meeting with the member for Cowan, Dr Anne Aly is scheduled for next week.


If you’re an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) or Managing any upcoming events you need to be at this seminar that has been put together by the Events Industry Association.

With a strong focus on health and safety in a post COVID-19 era as the subject matter there is much to be gained by attending. Presentations by our expert panel on Health & Safety Guidelines, adding your event to the WA Department of Health Calendar of Events and Occupational Health & Safety matters.

Held at RAC Arena on Wednesday 29 July from 9am to 12pm, registrations are now open!

Speakers Include:

Jaala Downes

Senior Scientific Officer, Biological and Applied Sciences, Environmental Health Directorate, Public and Aboriginal Health Division, Department of Health.

Presentation: Covid-19 health and safety guidelines for events

Beth Robinson

Special Counsel – Mason Ledger – Employment & Workplace Relations.

Presentation: The Legal Framework for Safe Events – Approaching and Managing Safety Risks

Glenn Charles Dowding

Senior Sergeant – WA Police Force, Current role – Officer in Charge – Major Events Coordination Unit

Presentation: Risk Mitigation (Policing an Event)

If you are a member of the EIA, WASMA, WAMFVA or the special Recovery Group, the registration fee is $50 which includes morning tea.

The Non- member fee is $100 and there is a special daily parking rate of $10 per vehicle.


We have previously acknowledged our appreciation to members for their response to our request for data which highlighted how the events industry has suffered – and is continuing to suffer during the COVID-19 crisis.

This week we are sharing some of the alarming statistics –

98.5% expected to continue losses from I July until 30 September 2020
·         79.1% were eligible for JobKeeper but only 20.3% of their employees qualified for JobKeeper
·         1.5% were eligible for the Tourism Survival Program
·         48.4% expect to be able to employ the same number of employees within 12 months.

Again, we thank members for providing intimate details of their business operations.


Put 2020’s lockdown in your past, because we’re reopening your favourite FRINGE WORLD castle with movies and more!

Set atop the highest point in the city in East Perth, we’ve transformed the Fringe hub into the ultimate hideout complete with colourful beanbags, an ultra-cosy bar and lounge, fresh mouth-watering pizzas and open fire-pits for marshmallow toasting. Check out the full program and special movie events!


The EIA has continued the communication with the following industry groups to achieve a better outcome for all Events Industry businesses.

·         LIEF

·         WA Chamber of Arts & Culture


We welcome our new full status members to the EIA:

·         City of Rockingham

·         Origin Fields P/L

·         City of Cockburn

Next week we will publish details of the “Need to Re-establish an Industry” proposal document which was recently presented to the WA Tourism Minister Hon. Paul Papalia MLA for consideration.

The extent of the support being requested will demonstrate to members and the industry at large, that the Strategic Recovery Group (SRG) has developed a strong case for financial support.

It’s important to know why you should join our FREE recovery membership program. The more voices we have behind the Events Industry Association, the louder we can shout your needs from the rooftops.

This week’s update should highlight how much work is going on behind the scenes in your name, and why having your name attached to this cause is so important.

It costs nothing for you to join but the value that your membership adds, is priceless. Become the voice that supports the industry you work in.

As reported last week, the easing of the mass gathering restrictions has been a real positive with several members reporting receiving enquiries for bookings.

For further information, please contact:
Ray Bird, EIA Executive Officer at or 0437 204 679