EEAA ENEWS – Final news for 2018 and important information

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 20 December, 2018

Well it’s a wrap for 2018 – we’ve just finished the business year with a meeting with One Music Australia which is planning to roll-out a new music licencing regime which will affect many venues, organisers and potentially suppliers. Stay tuned we’ll have more to say about this in the new year.

It’s been another big year for the Association and I’d like to thank our Members and Partners for supporting us so enthusiastically.

There have been many “highs” – too many to name. Our Awards for Excellence night is always a personal favourite occasion. Seeing our Members celebrating their nominations and wins is a thrill. This year, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison sent a video message honouring our Members and our industry. This recognition was an historic milestone and proof of the cut-through EEAA has achieved in advocacy and representation on behalf of the industry.

Thank you to all those Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Advisors and Government agencies that have embraced the importance of the work done by our Members.

Last week, we held our last Board meeting of the year in Adelaide. A year after the opening of the expanded new Adelaide Convention Centre and it was very exciting to hear first-hand about the impact this facility has had on the city. It was a salient reminder of the huge impact of business events. This year the MCEC also opened its new exhibition centre – another major investment from the State Government that is yielding great economic impact and lasting legacies.

This is a big message we have also taken to Canberra in a pre-election blitz undertaken with our colleagues in the Business Events Council of Australia. We are asking the Government – and those who aspire to govern – to support our industry and to release a policy ahead of the election that demonstrates their commitment. See story below.

The work of the EEAA Sustainability Working Group was presented to the EEAA Board last week – in February we will seek the feedback of our younger Members to this work ahead of rolling it out to the wider Membership. The working group has done excellent work and I’d like to thank them for investing so much of their knowledge and expertise to this important mission.

I’m also pleased that we will kick off 2019 with a new EEAA Young Stars Committee – I look forward to them creating lots of new opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking amongst our younger Members.

It’s been a big year. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and to having lots of long swims over the break.

Thank you to our little team – Claudia and Gretel – who have worked so hard. A special thanks to our President and Board for all their working in keeping the Association in great shape and always looking out for our Members.

I hope you all spend time with those you love most over the break.

Our office reopens on 14 January. We look forward to seeing you in 2019 for another exciting year.

Joyce DiMascio

Chief Executive


  • Awards for Excellence photos and videos released
  • Key dates for 2019
  • EEAA Board visits Adelaide for South Australian Industry Roundtable
  • Advocacy: EEAA supports BECA in Federal election campaign blitz in Canberra.
  • Meet the 2019 Young Stars Committee
  • EEAA Meets with One Music on Music Licensing Changes
  • Two Upcoming events for the Events Sector
  • Training: EEAA and SkillsIQ campaign for fit-for-purpose events training
  • Training: Do you qualify for our new free training program – Excelling in Exhibitions 2019
  • Invitation: Join Australia delegation at UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Tokyo – March 2019
  • Marketing and Member Services: Have you updated the 2018 calendar with you events?
  • Member News
  • Jobs Portal
  • Research

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