EEAA calls for urgent extension of the business events grants program

EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti.

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has called for the Federal Government to extend the money available under the Business Events Grants Program to the industry immediately.

As an active member of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), EEAA supports BECA’s pre-budget submission which calls for targeted support to add the rebuild of the business events industry.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA’s chief executive, said its members need the AUSTRADE Business Events Grants Program to urgently re-open for new applications.

“In September 2020, AUSTRADE opened applications for exhibitors and potential exhibitors, with $50 million available for assistance,” she said.

“The EEAA is aware of many exhibitors across a range of exhibition types and locations applying for and being approved and welcomed the speed with which AUSTRADE acted to process applications.

“The fund was closed temporarily at the end of March. While the closure was announced as temporary, it isn’t clear whether there are funds left over from the original $50 million available to assist the industry.

“If there is money left after currently approved applications, EEAA calls for applications to urgently re-open to distribute any remaining money.”