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 admin@eia.com.au or 0437 204 679


Events Industry News – 12 June 2020


Tourism WA has announced details of the Tourism Business Survival Grant. Successful eligible tourism operators demonstrating extreme business hardship with grants of $25,000 to $100,000 are being made available.

This is a positive initiative by the WA Government, and we encourage any of our members to head to the website and read the Tourism Business Survival Grant guidelines, to determine the eligibility of your business. We believe there might be some opportunity for our members within the three associations.

Note that applications close 4pm AWST, Monday July 6, 2020



Minister Paul Papalia CSC MLA and Minister David Templeman MLA met with leaders of key industries including Hugh Singe, Events Industry Association Vice President who represented the event industry as part of a series of ministerial roundtables. A number of the key challenges faced by the event industry have been discussed at length.

The Western Australian Government acknowledges the importance of a road map for the industry to progress along the lengthy lead times associated with the planning and delivery of events. The Events Industry Association will continue to work with the state government and our industry partners for solutions to the challenges facing the industry.

We are looking forward to the release of a staged road map for the industry in the near future. This will allow the industry to commence planning with confidence and see the return of events during the second half of this year.



Since the outbreak of COVID-19 we have been gathering data to support our efforts to have Government recognise the value of the Events Industry. Earlier this week we distributed another Survey Questionnaire seeking an update on how businesses are handling this unprecedented crisis.
If you haven’t filled it out yet please head to our survey and fill it out before COB today.


In April, we conducted the initial survey which provided some alarming statistics, which we now share:

·         75% had lost most of their work by the time the first restrictions came into effect on 15 March

·         90% saw at least 80% of their bookings cancelled in the first week of the COVID restrictions

·         50% lost 100% of their income through March and April

·         66% had closed their businesses by the end of March

·         38.5% expect to re-open at the same size

·         50% are not expecting to re-employ the same number of pre-COVID employees in the first 12 months.

The results of the June Survey will be published next week.


An industry working group was created to develop and refine proposed guidelines for implementation across all sectors of the event industry to support safe and responsible staging of events in the post COVID-19 environment. The Committee is Chaired by EIA Vice-President Hugh Singe with representatives from:

·         WA Department of Health

·         Event Health Management

·         Brodes Consulting

·         Caravan Industry Association WA

·         Royal Agricultural Society WA

·         City of Perth

·         The Event Team

·         Mellen Events

·         Targa West Events

·         Carnival Amusements

The group is considering the implications of the guidelines across, but not limited to the following sectors:

·         Live entertainment

·         Business events

·         Mass Participation

·         Sport

·         Local Government

·         Community

·         Not-for-Profi

The group’s work has contributed greatly to the ongoing discussions with government about the challenges faced by the industry.

We would like to acknowledge the time and work of this group to date.


The DOH has released a position statement regarding events, along with a COVID19 Guideline.  Both documents can be found on their website.

Filed under “Local Government” and “Industry”. Enquiries can be directed to Jaala Downes or Crystal Kennett at WA Department of Health on 9222 2000


This week Australia’s biggest Promoters of Entertainment and Sport, Venue Managers and Key Peak Bodies announced the formation of the Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF).

LEIF’s mission is to support the safe reactivation of events with live audiences across Australia from July 2020 as restrictions are eased.

LEIF will put in place a comprehensive, flexible, all-of-industry re-opening and risk management strategy that meets the needs of the public, governments and performers and industry, with safety at its core.

Being pro-active, the SRG through the EIA has established a formal exchange of material with LEIF for our mutual benefit. Watch this space!


We have continued the exchange of information with the following kindred groups:

·         Live Performance Australia

·         Australian Mass Participating Sporting Events Alliance

·         Exhibition & Events Australia Association

·         WA Chamber of Arts & Culture

·         NZ Events Association

·         Business Visits and Events Partnership (UK)

·         Coalition of Major Professional and Participating Sports


EIA Board Member, Graham Cole has undertaken the role of coordinating our Social Media activity, which has received the amazing Facebook results:

  April       May     Variation
Posts                                29          35            + 6
Followers                      1350      1494         + 144
Posting Reach             25684    33603        + 7919
Post Engagements      2988      8388          + 5400


We are working with key parties on a Road Map to our Recovery

We trust this update has been informative and useful in keeping you abreast of the developments impacting the event industry.

For further information, please contact:
Ray Bird, EIA Executive Officer at admin@eia.com.au or 0437 204 679

Zaccaria Touring – JD’s is going National!

JD’s Food Trucks & Events,  is proud to annouce that we have teamed up with Zaccaria Touring as the national front of house, food and beverage manager.
Thanks to our friends at Zaccaria Concerts and Touring we will be supplying a stellar line up of boutique Food Trucks and Market Stalls at events all across Australia. If you are a local Food Trucker or Market Stall and keen to get involved, hit us up at admin@jdsfastfoods.com.au * FIRST CONCERT is
Summer Salt – Geelong Saturday, 1st December, Leura Park Estate
Geelong, Victoria #jds #jdsfoodtrucks #eventlife #foodtruckqueen

Corporate Sports

CSA_logo_webCorporate Sports Australia is one of the leading player management organisations in Australia. Corporate Sports Australia’s athlete representation offers a total management solution. This means that Corporate Sports Australia not only sources and negotiates athlete-playing contracts but also offers a full range of management services.


Corporate Sports Australia uses its market leading buying power to create the biggest and best exclusive hospitality experiences that enhance attracting and reinvigorating key business relationships or rewarding outstanding performance and loyalty. Corporate Sports Australia has hosted millions of Australians and our clients have entrusted us with over $526 million making us Australia’s leader in sports marketing.


Corporate Sports Australia connects brands to mass participation events through unique and creative sponsorship properties. Our dedicated event management team’s attention to detail and quality controls ensure an unmatched event experience. Our management of logistics ensures all requirements from licensing and approvals through to water closets and security are delivered with precision and competence. Our experience, knowledge and creativity means we are always ahead of the pack.


Corporate Sports Australia has completed over $147 million of sponsorship deals to connect Australia’s top brands with the most exclusive sporting properties. We understand brand value, brand equity and brand engagement and can tailor our sponsorship properties to meet your objectives.


Corporate Sports Australia’s dedicated team of event managers are responsible for all areas of the event from planning to completion with excellence and exclusivity. We are responsible and well recognised as at the forefront of design, event marketing, event administration and complete operational management. We offer a tailored approach to your exclusive private event and deliver on your personal requirements.


Our team of innovative and experienced event management and marketing professionals can deliver an event that will create the right impression for your most valuable asset – your brand. Creating the right atmosphere whether for the launch of a new product, experimental marketing, consumer experience days, showcase events or communicating your key message is a crucial part of the marketing process. We pride ourselves on being able to work to achieve your objectives and outcomes on time and on budget. We will source inspiring venues, create tantalising programmes and handle all of the logistics from invitations and web registration to on site management.


With our unique brand of programmes, we can tailor an event around you. Our aim is to capture the imagination of your guests and to encourage your team of people or customers to strive that extra yard to ensure your targets are met. In return, we will treat them to an experience they will never forget: powerboating in luxurious 40 foot Sunseekers at speeds over 40 knots. Driving formula Fords and V8 Supercars around motor racing circuits. Flying lessons in jet ranger helicopters and vintage Tiger Moth biplanes. Capturing that Aussie magic as we take them into the outback for our bushman experience.


Official Website: http://csports.com.au/

Optus Stadium

2018-OptusStadium-EventCalendar-180704 (1) Find out about upcoming sporting matches and concerts at Optus Stadium.


Official Website: https://optusstadium.com.au/

Mellen Events

Mellen Events are responsible for many of the great concerts that go on here in Perth, and country-wide, with many of these at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. We work closely with Mellen and cater for all of their outdoor events, bringing food to the larger crowds or smaller intimate crowds, a partnership formed on the similar goal of bettering the events industry and customer satisfaction.