"We're helping to build the skills for a sustainable future for our sector."


Investing in a sustainable future for the sector

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is proactively involved in ensuring the exhibition and event industry prospers well into the future. We do this by collaborating with our members in the training sector to support and nurture an adequately trained workforce that will help to provide the sector with access to a skilled talent pool. In 2016,  the Association ramped up its engagement with government and training sector stakeholders to ensure that students are being appropriately equipped for jobs in the sector.


  1. represents the industry on advisory committees that influence training packages and make recommendations on changes to course models, such as the SkillsIQ Industry Advisory Committee
  2. works with training providers and academic institution to develop and deliver industry-relevant course content and training programs, including the College of Event Management and Sydney TAFE
  3. advocates on behalf of the sector to influence policy in relation to skills training and access to labour
  4. connects EEAA members to institutions that offer internships and trainees
  5. provides its members and the broader exhibition and event community with professional development opportunities via its year-round calendar of seminars, workshops and events.

Collaborating with educational institutions

In March 2016, TAFE NSW (previously Sydney TAFE) and the Exhibition and Event Association Australasia (EEAA) jointly launched the Excelling in Exhibitions Program – a unique training program designed for individuals who are working in the exhibitions industry and who are seeking to add to their existing knowledge and skills to further their career.

TAFE NSW, one of the largest training providers in Australia, offers nationally recognised qualifications and works closely with industry partners to ensure their training is current and relevant. The Excelling in Exhibitions Program is delivered by TAFE NSW’s highly experienced exhibition management facilitators in partnership with EEAA’s industry leaders, who participate in specialised ‘closed sessions’ as part of the workshops.

“There are five separate series involved in the Excelling in Exhibitions Program which have been developed to suit those newer to the industry as well as those with management and executive experience in exhibitions,” said Anne Cazar, Relieving Faculty Director Tourism, Hospitality and Service Industries.

In 2018,  a new traineeship program developed with the EEAA, TAFE NSW and Apprenticeship Support Australia was launched. The program acts as a direct employment pipeline.

Employer benefits of taking on a trainee include:

  • Workforce development from the ground up and improved staff retention
  • Trainees can contribute to your bottom line with practical skills and knowledge gained through their training
  • Financial incentives and benefits are available to employers of trainees
  • Flexible training component delivered to suit industry and workplace demand
Learn more about taking on an industry trainee

Professional development opportunities

The EEAA delivers a year-round calendar of relevant and thought-provoking events about key issues facing the industry, including an annual conference, regular seminars and workshops, as well as frequent networking opportunities to help build business and peer-to-peer relationships between Members and, ultimately, a stronger exhibition and event community.

Search our event calendar to see what's coming up

Jobs and careers

Imagine being part of a team that organises events for 300, 3,000 or even 30,000 people… or creating something that doesn’t yet exist… or turning your hobby into a successful career. It takes all types of people, with all kinds of skills, to create an event.

‘A career for life’ is a campaign developed by the Association to promote the vast and exciting opportunities and career pathways available in the exhibition and event industry.

Learn more about our 'A career for life' campaign