Earlier this week Save Victorian Events released the findings of their second detailed survey of the events industry. The purpose of the survey is to quantify what Australian operators are experiencing into ‘easy to understand’ facts for governments and mainstream media.
Simon Thewlis who is the co founder of the movement, wants events professionals all over Australia to write to their local MPs to pressure their governments to act. “We are sharing the results to encourage all in the event industry [not just Victoria] to make sure that your local state and federal members of parliament are aware of these numbers, and what they mean in real terms to the event people and businesses in their electorates.” He said.
“Conversations with local MPs really do have an impact.” Said Thewlis.
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This link will bring up the names and phone numbers of your local MP, wherever you are in Australia https://savevictorianevents.good.do/CallMPs/CallMPs/
Use your own experiences and the survey findings below, to explain to your MP why support is now critical for the events industry and for everyone who works within it.
Loss of earned income
From April 2020 to May 2021 event businesses lost 81% of their usual income.
During the most recent lockdown (May to August) businesses have survived on just 14% of their usual income.
Businesses forecast that they will have to survive on just 18% of their usual income to the end of the year.
These are average figures, so some businesses have earned more, but many have earned significantly less.
Cancelled Events and Projects
The most recent lockdowns have resulted in over a third of Victorian event industry businesses (34%) losing all their events for the rest of the year.
Loss of people
On average businesses are down to only 40% of their permanent staff and 16% of their skilled freelancers, contractors & casuals.
Loss of businesses
Only 27% (just over a quarter) of Victorian event industry businesses are confident they will be operating by the end of the year.
Nearly half (47%) are not sure if they will survive and over a quarter (26%) believe they are unlikely or very unlikely to survive the year.
“The survey results we’ve published today are horrific.” Says Thewlis. “They are a call to action.”
“There has never been a time when it’s been more important for all of us to work together as one Australian event industry, to push for the change and support necessary so we can successfully get to the other side of this crisis.”
Other Industry data
The events industry contributes $36billion a year to the Australian economy, employs 230,000 people and most of the revenue it generates flows directly into local communities.
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