Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources

The EEAA is collaborating with key industry stakeholders and government to secure advice, assistance and a restart date for the exhibition and business events industry.


The Federal Government has announced its approach to the phased lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Please view the documents located in the DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS section to the right of the screen: The Federal Government RoadMap and Framework for operating in a COVID-19 safe Australia. The EEAA and Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) are continuing their lobbying work with Governments to ensure the exhibitions and business events industry will be able to restart operations in the Government approved COVID-19 operating environment as soon as possible.


Under Step 3 of the Framework for a COVID-safe Australia, states and territories can allow small premises to apply a one-person, per two square-metre rule with a COVID-safe plan in place.

Find out what applies in each state and territory:

New South Wales

The NSW Government has moved the limit on indoor gatherings to the one-person, per four square metre rule.  Events are required to be ticketed and seated. A further announcement around restrictions is expected to be made shortly. More information is available here.


Queensland will move to stage three of lifting restrictions on 10 July. Discussions are continuing on outdoor events. More information is available here.

South Australia 

SA implemented the one-person, per two square-metre rule for indoor gatherings, restaurants, bars and cafes on Monday 29 June. Large events and the reopening of nightclubs are also due for consideration under Stage 3. More information is available here.

Western Australia

WA’s roadmap has been updated to complete the removal of all restrictions from July 18, meaning events can restart in WA . More information is available here.


The Victorian Government has revised its plan due to the new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.  More information is available here.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT has moved to a maximum of 100 people at indoor and outdoor gatherings along with adherence to the one-person, per four square-metre rule. Further consideration around larger gatherings is expected to commence in July. More information is available here.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has a record to date of zero community transmissions and closed borders. Darwin Supercars event, taking place in August, will be the first major event to be held in the NT since the COVID-19 lockdown. More information is available here.


A staged approach of lifting of restrictions is in place for Tasmania. More information is available here.


As COVID-19 restrictions and borders change across Australia’s states and territories, the Government has released the COVID-19 Restriction Checker which provides advice on social distancing measures and travel arrangements in each state and territory.


The EEAA encourages all Australians to download and use the #COVIDSafe app. The more widely this app is used, the more quickly Federal, State and Territory Governments will be able to ease restrictions and commence recovery. Download the App here.

EEAA Updates to Members

Federal Advocacy

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is working closely with Government, including through Minister Simon Birmingham and his office, and the Treasury Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit to design and implement a support package for the Australian exhibition and events sector. On behalf our industry, BECA has conducted an urgent survey of the Australian exhibition and events sector to ascertain the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry. These facts will be used to inform Government as to what we need to assist in our recovery program.

See their latest updates and media releases:

Financial assistance

The Federal Government confirmed the JobKeeper scheme will be extended beyond September for six months, in an adjusted format.

Businesses currently on the JobKeeper scheme receive $1,500 a fortnight per staff member to keep them employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Post 27 September, JobKeeper will become a two-tiered system, with a higher and lower level payment based on hours worked.

For further information is available here.

The Federal Government mandated  a Code of Conduct around commercial lease agreements that applies to all tenancies that are suffering financial stress or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as defined by their eligibility for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper programme, with an annual turnover of up to $50 million. See further information.

BECA have also collated the Federal, State and Territory Government COVID-19 measures which may assist you during the coronavirus pandemic. See further information.

Mental Health Support

Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is designed to help people deal with the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.

The free service is available around the clock, delivering clear, evidence-based information, advice and support specifically tailored to the mental health and wellbeing challenges raised by the pandemic

  • Call the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service on 1800 512 348 for 24/7 support from mental health professionals.
  • For practical information, tools and support options to help support your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, visit

Helpful Links


Next stages

OTHER Government Information

Industry Information AND RESOURCES

  • BECA Coronavirus Information page
  • The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has launched a COVID-19 dedicated website , featuring a series of guides that can be viewed and downloaded
  • UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has collated relevant updates and advice
  • UFI Connects – online talks, sessions and panels to keep the industry connected during this time
  • Crisis Recovery Guide for the exhibition industry from MBB Consulting
  • See latest updates from EEAA Members

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