Business Events Assistance Program

Business Events Sunshine Coast (BESC) in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council offers support for eligible corporate and association conferences, meetings, incentives or exhibitions that have the potential to be held on the Sunshine Coast. Business events are recognised as making a significant contribution to the local economy and the Sunshine Coast presents a diverse and attractive events offering for event organisers. The Business Events Assistance Program, through the administration of a support fund, seeks to assist business events which align with the region’s high value industries and raise the profile of the destination.

Criteria for support

To be eligible for support, business events must meet the following criteria as a minimum. Preference will be given for events that target or are aligned with Sunshine Coast Council’s high value industries (Aviation and Aerospace, Clean Technologies, Health and Wellbeing, Education and Research, Tourism, Sport and Leisure, Agribusiness, Knowledge Industries and Professional Services). For further information on Sunshine Coast Council high value industries.

1.    Events that will target a minimum of 200 delegates and conference for a minimum of two full days.

2.    Events that will attract a minimum of 75% of delegates from outside of the Sunshine Coast region.

3.    Events must occur entirely within the Sunshine Coast Council area (including accommodation and key event activities)

Who can apply?

Business event planners, professional conference organisers or organisations who are considering the Sunshine Coast as the destination to hold their business event.

Ineligible events

Community events, school and sporting groups, sports events, festivals and concerts.

Business Events Assistance Program enquiry form

From where will the delegates originate? Select all that apply.:*

Please upload an overview of your event or any supporting documentation here.
If this event has been held previously, please fill in the below fields:
Which of the following industry sectors does your event belong to? Select all that apply:*

Are you willing to include destination and pre and post extension promotion as part of your event marketing plan?:*

How did you hear about this program?:*

Select any that apply