National Disability Conference Initiative Grants now open to make conferences more accessible

The Liberal-National Government has announced the opening of the National Disability Conference Initiative grants, with organisations set to share in $315,000 of funding.

The grants aim to assist conference organisers maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at nationally-focussed, disability-related conferences in Australia.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said the grants directly support people with disability and their carers to attend disability-related conferences that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.

“Grants of up to $10,000 are available to organisations to help people with disability participate in conferences from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020,” Mr Fletcher said.

“It is vital that the voices of people with disability and their carers are included and heard at a national, state and local level.

“The National Disability Conference Initiative promotes inclusive and accessible communities as part of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.”

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson said organisations could use the grants in a number of ways to support people with disability attend conferences.

“The grants can assist people with disability and their carers with the costs of attending conferences, for example with conference fees, accommodation and travel costs,” Ms Henderson said.

“The grants can also be used to facilitate access so that people with disability can participate in conferences, such as funding accessible materials, AUSLAN interpreters, assistive computer devices or software, aids or appliances or other costs relating to venue accessibility.

“As an example of how grant funding has made a difference, 26 people on the autism spectrum received sponsorship to pay for their registration to attend and present at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in September 2017.”

Applications open on 9 January 2019 and close at 2pm (AEDT) on 20 February 2019. To apply for a grant or for more information on the National Disability Conference Initiative grant round, go to Australian Government Community Grants orGrant Connect at

Proud achievement’ as bid fund helps secure events worth almost $100m

It’s only been running for six months but Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) has already received over 69 applications for events worth a combined economic impact of over $503 million.

Ten wins on the board as bid fund helps convert $97m worth of business.
To date 10 bids worth over $97 million have been converted to business for Australia since the BFP launched back in May.

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Penny Lion, executive general manager events at Tourism Australia, says they are excited by the opportunities the BFP has provided Australian industry.

“Both large and smaller destinations can be more competitive because of the support they can access through the BFP, and it’s great to see results coming through,” she said.

Lion says the newly established fund now means the Australian industry can compete for international events and create “a really compelling” offer that complements Australia’s already strong credentials in hosting business events. “And it’s working” she says.

“Tourism Australia has made available $12 million over three years to secure international business events, making Australia more competitive than ever in the increasingly crowded international marketplace,” she said.

“The majority of applications to the BFP are from the Associations sector, making up 68 per cent of total applications, with the health sector in particular being a strong performer.”

Incentive programs made up just under a third of the events but attracted a greater number delegates for each event.

“2018 was the first year of the BFP, and we’re constantly analysing all aspects of the program’s performance but to date it’s been a success for the Australian industry, and a proud achievement for Tourism Australia,” said Lion.

By cim  /  December 19, 2018

Showtime Events showcases the State Library of Victoria to PCOA18 delegates

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Barry Neame, PCO Association president said, “the PCOA18 networking function attendees were breath-taken with the sheer beauty and history of the State Library of Victoria”.

“It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to hold the associations annual conference networking function in such a historical building”.

Neame said, “attendees to the PCOA18 networking function were meeting and event professionals who were clearly excited to learn the State Library of Victoria has such diverse spaces available for group events”.

Video footage of part of the PCOA18 conference networking evening can be viewed here

The 12th annual PCOA19 conference will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC) from 08 – 10 December, 2019