Coronavirus information for Business Events
Facts and resources for business event planners as travel, meeting and event restrictions begin to ease across Australia.
The Australian Government has established a national three-step framework to lifting restrictions and reopening a COVIDSafe Australia. Each Australian state and territory is following the plan at their own pace, based on the circumstances in their region.
Use the Australian Government’s Restriction Checker to see what’s allowed in each state.
See the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Australia via the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.
Australian interstate and international borders
International travel to Australia is on hold for visitors. See the Australian Department of Home Affairs for more details.
Borders between some states in Australia are reopening. For the latest updates on travel within Australia see Tourism Australia’s Australian Travel Status Map.
As travel restrictions ease across the country, domestic airlines within Australia including Qantas and Virgin Australia are gradually increasing scheduled services to re-introduce flights and routes.
Each state and territory has different rules around how many people can attend an event. Updates for all states can be found in the Entertainment Venues section of the Australian Government’s Restriction Checker.
There are varying additional restrictions in place for event seating and activities allowed in these settings. It’s best to check State Government sources to get the most up to date information on what’s permitted.
Venues are implementing new hygiene measures and making other changes to ensure physical distancing and maximise the safety of visitors. Check what is in place at different venues on their websites. See below for links to major Australian convention centres’ COVIDSafe information:
Note: Cairns Convention Centre is closed for renovations until March 2021
Most major hotel and resort chains have introduced elevated hygiene measures to ensure guests have a COVIDSafe stay. These include contactless check-in, enhanced cleaning programs, disinfection of all high-touch areas and providing guests with sanitiser, wipes and masks. Some hotels may also offer guests access to medical professionals and tele-medical support during their stay. Many hotels are publishing new health and safety policies on their websites or you can contact individual operators for more information.
Some hotels have also introduced more flexibility into their booking terms and conditions to give planners peace of mind regarding postponements, cancellations and attrition.
Other businesses which make up Australia’s business events offering are implementing COVIDSafe plans as they reopen including modifying their offerings to prioritise visitor safety. For many, this will mean smaller groups, to allow for physical distancing.