What is available in your state?
To assist with the return of face to face business events we aim to keep our members up to date and across any grant opportunities available to them or their clients for future business events.
Applications for the Advance Program are currently closed for 2022/23 with all supported activity being delivered in the 2022/23 financial year. Sign up to the Business Events Australia Industry newsletter to keep informed on when the 2023/24 program will be available.
Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund (ALF)
TEQ’s ALF provides bid support to assist in securing international business events to Queensland. To enquire about potential funding assistance, please complete the enquiry form here.
To be eligible to apply for funding, the following criteria must be met:
- The Event must be an International Event.
- For International Corporate Incentive Groups only, there must be a minimum 200 international delegates in attendance per day.
- For International Association Conferences only, there must be a minimum of 400 delegates in attendance each day, of which 50% must have travelled from overseas.
- The Event must be in the bidding phase and must be bidding against international destinations. No confirmed Events will be considered.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Convention Bureau to discuss how they can provide assistance including the provision of relevant destination information.
Brisbane Economic Development Agency (EDA) is offering financial support to eligible business events that choose Brisbane for their 2021 or 2022 event. For a limited time, cash support of $50 per in-person delegate is available to help reduce event costs and upgrade your conference program. Funding is limited to an allocated budget and applications will be assessed in the order in which they apply, until the funds have been expended. For further details including terms and conditions and the enquiry form please go to https://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/conventions/upgrade-your-conference.
CAIRNS & GREAT BARRIER REEF
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef also offer funding for eligible events with a minimum of 300 delegates. Funding is assessed on a case by case basis with priority given to events held during the shoulder season of October – May. Funding is awarded based on the number of delegates attending the conference in person with an average amount of $50 per delegate. For further information contact Kylie Brand on +61 7 4015 1239 or mail: Kylie.email@example.com
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW REGIONAL BUSINESS EVENT DEVELOPMENT FUND
Applications for the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund will be accepted until midnight, 31 March 2023.
What is the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund?
The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event infrastructure projects. The Fund aims to enrich these business events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions, while helping secure successful conferences and events for regional NSW.
The two streams of the program are:
- Creation, attraction and/or support for a business event – to encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events or assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
- Support for a business event project – to support small-medium scale infrastructure projects designed specifically to support the growth of business events in a destination in regional NSW.
How to apply?
Applications to the Fund are to be submitted via the online portal which will open from 5pm, Monday 13 February 2023. Applications must be submitted prior to midnight on 31 March 2023.
For more information on this fund visit https://www.meetinnsw.com.au/business-event-development-fund
Tourism New Zealand offers strategic funding and support to any Australian or Australasian association or organisation that wants to explore holding a conference or incentive in New Zealand.
To find out how Tourism New Zealand can support your conference or incentive please contact Helen Bambry on
0415 933 325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUSINESS EVENTS TOOLKIT
Business Events Australia, the specialist division of Tourism Australia, has released a new toolkit of resources for the local business events industry.
The initiative is part of a broader recovery strategy to aid the industry following the ongoing impact of COVID-19, offering event organisers, venues and other stakeholders free access to a range of marketing assets. The collateral can be used in event bids and pitch presentations as well as across social media channels and other promotional platforms.
A dedicated Business Events Australia folder is now part of Tourism Australia’s online resource portal, featuring 30 and 60 second video vignettes, maps, a social media guide, logos and marketing collateral promoting key Australian business event destinations. There’s also a social media guide and information plus fact sheets on funding programs. https://resources.australia.com/
If you are looking to bid to host an international conference please speak to Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) directly to receive details regarding their international subvention fund by contacting Beverley Williamson on +61 3 9002 2307 or by email email@example.com.
BEV is the convention bureau for regional Victoria, we are a not-for-profit body and a state-government funded and supported organisation dedicated to promoting regional Victoria for business events and connecting businesses and organisations with communities around Victoria. We are an industry-led organisation with strong involvement with the business events sector throughout regional Victoria – from conference venues, shire councils, regional tourism boards, and operators.
We offer a comprehensive suite of services in support of associations and organisers :
- Free resource to assist and facilitate with location and program planning, and venue sourcing;
- Bid assistance for regional Victoria to be destination host;
- Destination and venue information and recommendations;
- Facilitation and connections with local government and industry stakeholders;
- Assistance to coordinate site inspections.
Funding applications have opened for Tasmania’s $8 million Events Support and Attraction Fund, which will help draw visitors into regional Tasmanian communities and attract new events to Tasmania.
Events Tasmania aims to encourage event organisers to stage their next event in Tasmania by providing funding and development assistance.
For further information visit https://www.eventstasmania.com/grants_and_funding
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Considering Canberra for your next business event?
The Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB) can partner with you to ensure it is a rewarding success.
To learn how CCB can support your next event in the Capital please contact their destination experts at 02 6263 5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are considering Adelaide for your next business event the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) can partner with you to ensure it is highly successful.
To find out how ACB can support your event please contact directly by phone 1300 277 774 or by email email@example.com.
NT Business Events Support fund
The Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund (NTBESF) aims to assist the Territory business events sector by providing funding assistance to organisers of qualified corporate meetings, conferences, conventions, exhibitions and incentives.
Who can apply?
Business events planners or organisations considering the Northern Territory as the destination in which to stage their business event may apply for financial assistance of AUD$100 per delegate.
For more info and to apply visit: NT Business Events Support fund | Northern Territory Business Events
Business Events Perth (BE Perth) offers targeted funding support to business event organisers considering Western Australia as the destination for their next business event.
Visit our website to explore the range of support available for international and national association conferences or corporate meetings and incentive groups to come to Western Australia.
BE Perth undertakes a focus to support business events aligning with Western Australia’s Diversify WA strategic sectors.
BE Perth can now also support State-based events to occur and will continue to do so in the near-term, to support local industry due to COVID-19.
BE Perth has supported over 110 State-based events and nearly 60,000 delegates to meet in Western Australia since August 2020.
Support for eligible State-based business events is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Contact the BE Perth team to discuss the wide range of innovative support programs we can offer.