Conference and Event Organisers organise and coordinate services for conferences, events, functions, banquets and seminars.

A skill level equal to an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

Tasks

  • promoting conferences, conventions and trade shows to potential customers
  • responding to inquiries concerning services provided and costs for room and equipment hire, catering and related services
  • meeting with clients to discuss their needs and outlining package options to meet these needs
  • arranging and coordinating services, such as conference facilities, catering, signage, displays, audiovisual equipment, accommodation, transport and social events, for participants
  • organising registration of participants
  • negotiating the type and costs of services to be provided within budget
  • overseeing work by contractors and reporting on variations to work orders

Job Titles

  • Conference and Event Organiser
  • Conference and Event Organiser (also called Event Management Consultant)

    Specialisations: Event Manager, Exhibition Organiser, Wedding Coordinator

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,313 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    23,200
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    24.1%
  • Female Share

    75.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    76.4%

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This is a large occupation employing 23,200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Conference and Event Organisers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Administrative and Support Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,313 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 35 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200513500
200621400
200720400
200819300
200921300
201021200
201126200
201225200
201323700
201429200
201523200
202025400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsConference and Event OrganisersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13131230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryConference and Event OrganisersAll Jobs Average
Full-time76.468.4
Part-time23.631.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.640.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Administrative and Support Services36.1
Accommodation and Food Services14.0
Education and Training9.0
Other Services7.3
Other Industries33.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateConference and Event OrganisersAll Jobs Average
NSW36.231.8
VIC25.425.5
QLD18.919.8
SA5.06.8
WA10.711.2
TAS0.42.0
NT1.11.1
ACT2.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketConference and Event OrganisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.45.4
20-247.3-9.99.9
25-3441.3-23.423.4
35-4427.6-21.721.7
45-5415.6-21.121.1
55-592.9-8.78.7
60-642.0-5.95.9
65 and Over1.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryConference and Event OrganisersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males24.1Males53.6
Females75.9Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Conference and Event Organisers who provide good customer service, can communicate clearly and are well organised.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    87% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English Language

    85% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Communications and Media

    74% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  4. Clerical

    70% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Administration and Management

    69% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    93% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    91% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    90% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    89% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  5. Interacting With Computers

    89% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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