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​​​Tourism WA's Regional Events Scheme (RES), which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions, is an annual funding round for smaller, developing regional events across the State.

​​The scheme is administered by Tourism WA and supports regional events in WA that:

  • ​bring additional tourism income to regional communities by increasing visitor numbers and expenditure in the host community (economic impact);
  • attract media coverage that will help raise the profile of the region as a tourist destination (media impact);
  • involve and inspire the local community (social benefits);
  • extend the length of the traditional tourist seasons and better utilise tourism facilities and services during off-peak or shoulder periods; and
  • improve the vibrancy and vitality of the State.

The scheme is administered through a competitive application process.  Applications are reviewed and assessed against criteria then compared against each other. Regional dispersal and the diversity of funded events will also be considered in the assessment process. Funding is competitive and on some occasions, events that sufficiently meet the criteria may not be awarded funding.

RES is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions, a funding program delivered by the State Government to reinvest 25 per cent of mining and offshore petroleum royalties into regional WA. Royalties for Regions recognises that the sustainable development of regional WA is vital to the State's future. It focuses on building communities in regional areas through six policy objectives:

  1. Building capacity in regional communities
  2. Retaining benefits in regional communities
  3. Improving services to regional communities
  4. Attaining sustainability
  5. Expanding opportunity
  6. Growing prosperity

2016-17 Regional Events Scheme

A total of 63 events have been awarded funding as part of the 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme. These events will run between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 

FOR REFERENCE ONLY, the 2016-17 RES guidelines, application template and budget spreadsheet are available for download below.

2016-17 RES Guidelines (PDF) - Document 1 of 3
2016-17 RES Application – Template only (PDF) - Document 2 of 3
2016-17 RES Budget spreadsheet (XLS) - Document 3 of 3

If you wish to view a sample sponsorship agreement for event holders successful for Regional Events Scheme funding, please follow the link below. 
Sample Regional Events Scheme Sponsorship Agreement (PDF)

The 2017-18 RES round, for events that fall between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, will open around October 2016.

​Risk management for event holders

Event holders who receive event funding through RES are required to have a risk management plan that complies with the latest Australian standard for risk management and the appropriate insurance requirements. 

An Introduction to Risk Management For Event Holders in Western Australia provides practical guidance to event holders to help manage risks associated with events. The resource has been developed to support Regional Events Scheme funding recipients however it can be used by any event holder as it aligns with the Australian New Zealand Standard: Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines (AS/NZS ISO 3100:2009). 

Managing your event risks is a video presentati​on that provides an overview of event risk management and information on the importance of risk management to ensure a successful event.

Risk management workshops for successful event holders

Tourism WA will conduct risk management workshops for regional based event holders successful through the 2016-17 RES. 

The workshops will be facilitated by RiskWest Management Consultants and are designed to assist regional event holders to gain a greater understanding on the importance of risk management for events. Three sessions will be held: 
  • Kalgoorlie on Tuesday 7 June
  • Perth on Wednesday 8 June 
  • Margaret River on Thursday 9 June. 
​Each workshop will run for approximately half a day and is free of charge for successful 2016-17 RES event holders. All 2016-17 RES applicants are highly encouraged to attend one of the sessions. Additional information regarding the workshops will be sent directly to successful applicants.  

Resource for Events in Western Australia

The Resource for Events in Western Australia contains important information, contact details and advice for event holders. 

More information

For more information about the Regional Events Scheme email the Events Division or view other funding options.​

Last Reviewed: 2016-06-01