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IQA Conference supporters eligible for government grant


The Institute of Quarrying Australia’s (IQA) 2021 National Conference is eligible for Austrade’s Business Events Grants Program.

On 11 September, 2020, the Australian Government announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business Events Grants Program.

This initiative aims to support Australian businesses by providing grants between $10,000 and $250,000.

The IQA’s 63rd National Conference in Newcastle – from 4 to 7 October, 2021 – has been listed by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.

This means eligible businesses can apply for funding under the Business Events Grants Program to cover up to 50 per cent of the costs of participating in the IQA 2021 conference.

Conference chair James Collings stated the grant was open to priority sectors and the IQA was able to demonstrate that the extractive industry clearly aligned with one or more Australian Government priority sectors.

“Being an Approved Business Event means that conference exhibitors and stakeholders can apply for a grant through Austrade from $10,000 to $250,000 per entity,” Collins said.

“The terms and conditions also provide some certainty if the event is postponed or changed due to COVID-19.”

The Newcastle region will host one of the most innovative conferences yet. Delegates and sponsors will experience a program aligned to the theme “Re-source, Re-think, Re-engage”.

Further information about the Business Events Grants Program can be found at the Austrade website.

Applications for the program close at 5pm AEDST on 30 March, 2021 – or earlier if funding is exhausted.

The sponsorship prospectus for the 2021 IQA annual conference has also been issued to the industry.

Hitachi, Komatsu and Caterpillar have been confirmed as the Platinum sponsors of the event. There is already solid interest in the numerous sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

If you have not received a prospectus you can download it from the conference website: