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What is the Regional Events Program?

Tourism WA's Regional Events Program (REP), funded by Royalties for Regions, supports medium to large regional events across the State. The program aims to attract and develop major events that will generate significant benefits for the State and the regional communities in which they are hosted.

How much funding can an event apply for?

Event holders can apply for event funding of $40,000 and above for medium to large regional events.

Regional Events Program aims to assist events 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;
improve the vibrancy and vitality of the State; and
support job creation in regional WA and benefit social amenity and wellbeing of regional WA.

How are event proposals assessed?

Proposals are assessed on a case by case basis and evaluated against the REP Criteria , annual budgets and Tourism WA’s strategy. A rigorous event assessment process will be conducted by Tourism WA's Events Division and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 

How to apply for funding?

Event holders are to submit an event proposal that addresses the REP Criteria . Proposals must be submitted at least 12 months prior to the date of the event.

Boundaries for Regional Events Program

To be eligible for funding, your event must be held within regional Western Australia. The boundaries are determined by Schedule 1 of the Regional Development Commission Act 1993 and comprise nine regions - Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West, Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance, Pilbara and Kimberley. See Map 

Helpful documents 

Risk management for event holders

Recipients of REP funding are required to obtain a risk management plan that complies with the latest Australian standard for risk management as well as current insurance certificates of currency for their event. Risk management workshops are held for successful applicants in June.

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 RES funding recipients however it can be used by any event holder as it aligns with the Australian Standard: Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines  (AS ISO 3100:2018).

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

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 Program please email  the Events Division.

Last Reviewed: 2019-10-10