East Gippsland Shire Council plays a major role in supporting, approving and delivering over 200 events each year. Through events, Council is committed to promoting our region, supporting tourism and encourage connected communities. We look forward to hearing from organisations and groups about your next event.
Good News for events
From 23 November 2020, The Victorian Government released the Public Events Framework to help get events happening again.
The Public Events Framework guides users through the changes that events now go through to be able to operate, categorising events into different tiers and approvals. Events up to 1000 people will need to register their event with DHHS. Events over 1000 people will need to register and get DHHS approval. Please visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus Public Events website for more information and your copy of the framework.
Register your event with DDHS' COVIDSafe events
All public events, whether in a venue or outdoors, must register their event with DHHS.
Events are categorised into one of 3 tiers, depending on level of risk and number of attendees. Events up to 1000 people will need to complete and register a COVIDSafe Event Checklist. Events over 1000 people will need to complete and register the COVIDSafe Event Plan and get DHHS approval. Low risk events over 1000 people may be able to register only (at the discretion of DHHS).
For more information, visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus Public Events website.
To find out what major events are happening in East Gippsland visit the What's On Calendar.
Want to list your event for free on Visit East Gippsland? Register your event with Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) and your event will automatically be listed on Visit East Gippsland’s What’s On, as well as other tourism websites and other media opportunities.
For tips and a how to guide to register with ATDW, go to Destination Gippsland Listing with ATDW, and ensure you are registered and benefit from the marketing opportunities ATDW offers.
Need to know more? Contact East Gippsland Marketing Inc.
Public events held on public land require the completion of the Initial Event Permit Advice Form, submitted at least three months before your event.
At a minimum, all event permit applications will need:
Depending on event activities, other considerations include:
Public events held on roads or Council land without a permit will be penalised 20 Penalty Units.
If you need helpwhen filling out the form, contact email@example.com.
We have an Events Concierge who is committed to helping organisations and groups develop, plan and implement successful and safe events. We also provide specialist advice to facilitate and support events that attract visitation and contribute to developing East Gippsland into a major event destination.
You will find a range of resources below which will help you plan and execute a successful event.
Business done different. Take your business event to East Gippsland and promise your delegates a memorable and unique experience.
Host your event in Bairnsdale and enjoy comfort and attractions, choose Lakes Entrance or Mallacoota for a picturesque beachfront setting, or head inland and seclude yourself in the lush greenery and rugged mountain ranges of the Snowy River or the Alpine High Country.
From purpose build conference venues, to cosy farm style spaces and elegant function centres, East Gippsland offers versatile venues anywhere from 10 to 300 delegates, accommodating corporate functions, intimate retreats, through to venues with up to 75 bedrooms, conference facilities and catering on site.
East Gippsland is the place where conference breaks are mindful, delegates are energised, and business events are more natural with less stress.
Visit the Visit East Gippsland website for more information.
The Council Community Grants Program aims to support groups and organisations with projects with two funding rounds a year. There are three funding programs suitable for events; Community Grants, Arts and Heritage Grants, and Regional and District Events Sponsorship (RADES).
RADES program is exclusively focussed on events that bring economic benefit to the region and can show a level of innovation and creativity towards new experiences and opportunities within the community. Events can apply up to $10,000 for up to 3 years.
For further information, please see Council Grants.
See Grant Guru information below.
There are many public open spaces, community halls, parks and foreshores available for community events. East Gippsland is also home to incredible natural assets such as our lakes, rivers, mountains and forest reserves which are ideal locations for outdoor adventure sporting events.
To discuss possible locations for your event, please contact your Events Officer.
Council also controls the historic Bairnsdale Rotunda, Bairnsdale Nicholson Mall, Lakes Entrance Rotunda, our regional libraries and other facilities. To make a booking contact Council.
We are excited to partner with Grant Guru to provide the ‘East Gippsland Grant Finder’ to all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals. This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to you from many sources including; State and Federal Government, corporate and philanthropic.
Our free service means you will never miss a grant opportunity again.
You can register to receive email alerts for new grants, save your favourites and access tips to help you apply for grants.
For more information, visit the East Gippsland Grant Guru portal.
Grant opportunities offered by East Gippsland Shire Council including Community Grants, Arts and Heritage Grants, and Regional and District Events Sponsorship (RADES) can be found on our community grants page.