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

Also known as: Event Management Consultant.

Specialisations: Event Manager, Exhibition Organiser, Wedding Coordinator.

You can work as a Conference and Event Organiser without formal qualifications, however, a course in event management may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Conference and Event Organisers.

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

All Conference and Event Organisers

  • $1,347 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 39,800 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 75% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Conference and Event Organisers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 39,800 in 2018 to 44,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 29,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Conference and Event Organisers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,347 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 75% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200820400
200918200
201023600
201122500
201226400
201323700
201425800
201530300
201630300
201730100
201839800
202344900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings13471460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Administrative and Support Services25.7
Accommodation and Food Services19.3
Arts and Recreation Services10.7
Public Administration and Safety8.3
Other Industries36.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW36.431.6
VIC26.925.6
QLD18.220.0
SA5.67.0
WA8.510.8
TAS1.32.0
NT0.71.0
ACT2.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketConference and Event OrganisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-2412.4-9.39.3
25-3438.2-22.922.9
35-4424.5-22.022.0
45-5414.7-21.621.6
55-594.3-9.09.0
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationConference and Event OrganisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree34.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.9-21.121.1
Year 1218.9-18.118.1
Year 112.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Conference and Event Organiser without formal qualifications, however, a course in event management may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Conference and Event Organisers.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    73% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English Language

    67% Skill level

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

  3. Clerical

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and Electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Communications and Media

    50% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1121.00 - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Contact With Others

    98% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Electronic Mail

    98% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    96% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1121.00 - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners.

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