Getting Victoria’s events industry safely back on track

The Victorian Liberal Nationals today announce a comprehensive new plan to reopen and rebuild Victoria’s events industry and put smiles back on the faces of local communities.

After 251 days of lockdown – the most anywhere in the world – countless local festivals, weddings, school fates, celebrations and corporate events have been cancelled with no clear return date in sight.

Event operators face significant uncertainty and often have been excluded from critical financial support. Without a new path forward, many events in Victoria will be forever lost.

Victoria’s events industry employs about 70,000 people, runs more than 12,000 events a year and contributes over $12 billion a year to the economy.

The Victorian Liberal Nationals have listened to industry stakeholders and understand the importance of this sector to local communities across the state.

As a result, the Victorian Liberal Nationals have developed a comprehensive Local Events Recovery Plan, including;

  1. $140 million to establish a Local Events Insurance Scheme to cover the cost of the potential cancellation of events from $20,000 up to $10 million.

  2. $150 million for a new Local Events Attraction Fund to assist the events industry to attract and re-start local events. $20 million of this fund will be allocated to regional and rural events.

  3. $10 million towards a new Local Events Safety Fund to assist industry stakeholders, businesses and local organisations to plan and deliver COVID-safe events.

In addition for events, the Victorian Liberal Nationals will adopt New South Wales indoor density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres or a 75 per cent of fixed seated capacity once National Cabinet’s 70 per cent double vaccinated target is reached.

These density limits mean event venues in NSW can host over 1,000 guests, as opposed to Victoria’s blanket ban on indoor events at this stage.

Furthermore, a future Victorian Liberal Nationals Government will create a designated taskforce within government to oversee, support and be a strong advocate for the events sector.

These measures will provide the financial assistance and certainty needed to support operators to hold COVID Safe events and begin to get this critical sector back on track.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for the Events Industry, David Southwick:

“After 251 days, in lockdown our crown as the events capital of the nation has been lost interstate. We need a new plan to get it back.

“From school fetes to community festivals and the AFL Grand Final, the events that put smiles on faces have been yet another COVID casualty.

“This comprehensive plan to reopen and rebuild our events industry will give much needed certainty and support to operators across Victoria.”