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

  • $1,313 Weekly Pay
  • 39,800 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 70.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 72.9% female Gender Share

The number of Conference and Event Organisers 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 average in 2017.
  • Location: Conference and Event Organisers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (70.4%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.0 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 72.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services29.3
Accommodation and Food Services13.8
Arts and Recreation Services11.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8.0
Other Industries37.5

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 2017, 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
NSW36.931.6
VIC33.126.2
QLD13.719.7
SA5.36.7
WA6.410.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.21.1
ACT2.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-191.7-5.25.2
20-248.5-9.99.9
25-3439.3-23.623.6
35-4426.5-21.721.7
45-5412.6-20.820.8
55-594.8-8.88.8
60-643.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The 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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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The 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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