Events Queensland Regional Development Program - Queensland


Why the Support is Provided?

The Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP) is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

In collaboration with local councils and Regional Tourist Organisations (RTOs), the EQRDP supports a diverse portfolio of events which help to attract a continuous stream of interstate and international visitors to Queensland while also raising the profile of the state nationally and overseas, encouraging future tourism and investment.

Events that receive funding through the EQRDP vary in size, theme and purpose and range from music, art and food festivals, to sporting events and regional and cultural celebrations.  These events showcase regional Queensland, attract visitors and enhance their experience, and retain valuable tourism dollars within the region and state.

Tourism and Events Queensland has created the most comprehensive portfolio of supported events of any state in Australia with more than $21 million invested through the EQRDP across 976 events since 2001.

What Support is Provided?

Financial assistance of up to 25% of the event budget can be applied for.  Please read the EQRDP Funding Guidelines for further information:

Important Information:

You can obtain more detailed information about the EQRDP in the Events Queensland Regional Development Program Funding Guidelines.  You can obtain a copy of this brochure by contacting the regional secretariat in Brisbane on 1300 881 255 or you can download a copy from the website at

Service type

Support Service

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Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for funding through the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP), your event must comply with the following eligibility criteria.

The EQRDP invests in events held outside the Brisbane City Council (BCC) electoral boundary* and is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as helping to establish new events. (*Please visit and search for Brisbane City under the Local Government Electoral Districts link to find out what area the BCC encompasses).

Core Program
The following eligibility criteria must be met for an event to be considered for Core funding:

  • Events that take place in regional Queensland - this excludes events held within the Brisbane City Council electoral boundary;
  • Events must have the capacity to further develop and grow in terms of audience, spectator and participant numbers or media profile;
  • Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be either an Australian Corporation registered with ASIC or an Incorporated Association; or be a Queensland Government body;
  • Events must have been held at least once or, if at a concept stage, planning must be advanced to the point where there is significant, demonstrated council support for the event;
  • Events must take place in the time frame relevant to the round to which the application is submitted.  Funding cannot be granted retrospectively or outside of a funding round;
  • All applications must detail how the EQRDP funds will be used to maximise the event's development;
  • Events must obtain tangible (cash or in-kind) community, council and RTO support, and letters outlining this tangible support must be received with the application;
  • The event must be listed with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) and evidence of this listing must be submitted with the application.  There is no cost to list an event with tourism potential.  (Visit to find out more);
  • Applications must be completed in full and on time.  The Application Form is a legal document and as such, it must not be altered in any way or the event will become ineligible for funding.

Significant Regional Events Scheme
In addition to the Core eligibility criteria listed above, the following criteria applies to events seeking SRES funding:

  • Events must have received a minimum of one year of support under the Core Program and have met all requirements as outlined in the contract;
  • Events must have a documented track record of growth and sustainability;
  • Events must present a strong opportunity for Queensland and have extensive recognition outside the region in which they are held in terms of visitation and/or media profile;
  • Events must attain tangible (cash or in-kind) support from their local council and RTO and letters outlining this support must accompany the application.  Confirmation of the type and extent of the support must be supplied on an annual basis for each year of EQRDP support;
  • Applicants under this program must complete a Core Program Application Form in addition to presenting a detailed business case, including a concise three year plan, for SRES funding support.


  • Business events (conferences, seminars, symposium, etc);
  • Charity events or fundraising activities;
  • State championships;
  • Anniversaries/centenaries;
  • Trade shows;
  • New Year's Eve celebrations;
  • Christmas pageants;
  • Fireworks displays;
  • Tours;
  • Open gardens;
  • Open days;
  • Dedicated markets;
  • Reunions;
  • Any events currently supported by Events Queensland under any other program;
  • Events that have previously failed to acquit an Events Queensland grant; and
  • Events held in the Brisbane City Council authoritative boundary.


There is no fee to submit an application to the EQRDP.

Publications Details process

Publications Available:

  • Events Queensland Regional Development Program - Funding Guidelines
  • Events Queensland Regional Development Program - Application Form

Administering agency

Events Queensland Corporation Pty Ltd

Events Queensland Regional Development Program

Contact details

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Events Queensland Regional Development Program

Operating address: Level 25, Waterfront Place,
1 Eagle Street,
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: PO Box 7990,
Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300881255
Fax: 07 32221684
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