Questions on Notice No 6218
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 7 October 2021

Question on Notice

Ms McLeish to ask the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events — With reference to a Government media release dated 5 October 2021 regarding the National Business Events Program. The release states “funding for 73 events has already been approved”. Can the Minister please provide details of each of the approved grant recipients, including the event organiser’s name, event name, and allocation of funding.

Answered: 29 November 2021
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The Victorian Government recognises the importance of the business events sector to Victoria and acknowledges the significant impact that COVID-19 pandemic has had on this sector.

The 2021-22 State Budget provided a renewed investment of $42.913 million over four years for the Business Events Program to secure a strong pipeline of international and domestic business events in Melbourne and regional Victoria.  Funding has been allocated for a second round of the National Business Events Program, including for business events secured for Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Working in partnership with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and Business Events Victoria, the National Business Events Program delivers a range of benefits to Victoria including venue utilisation, direct and indirect spending by visitors and organisers, and trade and investment outcomes.

Designed to stimulate short and medium-term recovery of the business events sector across Victoria, the National Business Events Program offers funding amounts up to $90,000 per applicant for business events in Melbourne and up to $25,000 per applicant to hold events in regional Victoria before 31 December 2023.

The first round of the National Business Events Program supported 73 events.

The MCB has signed contracts with the following events, with the remaining contracts to be finalised in coming months:

-         Victorian Association for Library Automation - VALA – Conference, Feb 2022

-         2022 Australasia-Pacific Extension Network International Conference (APEN), Feb 2022

-         Australian Toy, Hobby & Licensing Fair, March 2022

-         2021 Risk Management Institute Australasia Conference, March 2022

-         2022 Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Annual Conference, April 2022

-         Actuaries Summit 2022, May 2022

-         2021 Burson Auto Parts Managers National Conference (Client: Burson Auto Parts), May 2022

-         Fire and Climate – Impacts, Issues and Futures 2022, June 20202

-         Juice Plus Australia and New Zealand Conference 2022, June 2022

-         2022 The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, June 2022

-         Melbourne Retail Festival 2022, June 2022

The Melbourne Convention Bureau 2021-2022 Annual Report will include the number of events that received funding, and the room nights and economic impact generated from the events.






Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events