‘Vital to keeping the industry alive’, AACB welcomes JobKeeper extension

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has welcomed the extension of the JobKeeper program for another six months beyond September.

It was reported in the latest Business Events Council of Australia survey that JobKeeper is a lifeline to 96 per cent of event industry businesses, with the payments helping to support approximately 47 per cent of the industry’s workforce.

“Retaining JobKeeper has been a priority for Australia’s convention bureaux in supporting their 1,800 members and stakeholders across the country,” AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl said.

“The wage subsidy scheme has been vital to keeping the industry alive.”

To aid the recovery of the business events industry, AACB have dedicated resources to support BECA by working in conjunction with BECA Chair Dr Vanessa Findlay to advocate for business events and the industry’s recovery following the pandemic.

“AACB’s support has been vital to raising the profile of business events and the impact the industry has on the Australian economy,” AACB president Michael Matthews said.

“The board has fully backed AACB’s pivot to supporting BECA and the critical ‘one voice’ advocacy undertaken to put the business events industry in the strongest possible position to get through these incredibly tough times.”