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What is the Regional Events Scheme?

Tourism WA's Regional Events Scheme (RES), supported by Royalties for Regions, is an annual funding round for smaller and emerging events in regional Western Australia. The scheme is designed to assist with the development of events as tourist attractions within regional Western Australia.

How much funding is available?

Event holders funding request must be a minimum of $5,000 and maximum of $40,000 per year. The total funding amount available is up to $1 million, inclusive of a quarantined pool of $150,000 for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES). To be eligible to apply for RAES funding, your event must deliver Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.

When do submissions open for the next round?

Applications for the 2021-22 round closed on December 1, 2020.

The next round of applications will open in mid to late 2021 for events held between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

The Regional Events Scheme 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

  • support job creation in regional WA and benefit social amenity and wellbeing of regional WA and 

  • boast a strong point of difference and/or profiles the unique features of the town and/or region. 

How are applications assessed?

  • Applications are evaluated against the RES criteria detailed in the RES Guidelines.
  • Regional dispersal and the diversity of funded events will also be considered. 
  • Funding is competitive and on some occasions, events that sufficiently meet the criteria may not be awarded funding as other events deliver more strongly against the criteria. 

How to apply for funding?

The next round of applications will open in mid to late 2021 for events held between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Boundaries for Regional Events Scheme

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

2020-21 Regional Event Scheme

Seventy seven events were awarded funding as part of the 2020-21 Regional Event Scheme, with seven of the events supported through the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the events and tourism industry, these events will be held between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Download the successful recipient list here.

Risk management for event holders

Recipients of RES 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. Tourism WA will hold free risk management workshops 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).

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 please email the Events Division.

Last Reviewed: 2021-01-13