July 8, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

Simon Thewlis, one of the leaders of Save Victorian Events campaign, continues to champion the importance of getting the Victorian events industry back on its feet.

In his latest statement he has issued a reminder that business events greater than 300 can happen in Victoria under the rules of the Public Event Framework.

He said latest communications from the Victorian Government do not reflect this.

“The government trumpeted that 40,000 people are allowed at the football and 2,000 people are allowed at theatre productions.  But no mention of business events despite the critical role they play in Victoria.” Thewlis said.

He says that prior to COVID-19, 120,000 business events were happening in Victoria every year.

“It would be very easy to think that business events are stuck at just 300 people – as this is what was implied in the media release – but this is not the case.

“It is important for everyone to know that larger business events are allowed in Victoria.”

While the standard limit for most of the venues used by business events is 300 people per space, event organisers can hold larger business events under the Public Event Framework.

He points out that a Tier 3 business event under the Public Event Framework for up to 1,000 people can happen under a simple checklist process and that a Tier 1 or 2 business event for more than 1,000 people can happen with a more formal application process.

“It is important that people know that business events are allowed in Victoria, and that they are a really important part of Victoria’s path to recovery,” he said.