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Events Coordinator

Work with clients to plan, design and coordinate events.

What's it like to be an Events Coordinator?

Event Coordinators are organisational specialists who pull together particular occasions such as meetings, festivals, weddings, conferences and exhibitions.

Tasks and duties

  • Liaising with clients to understand their needs and establishing the aims and agenda of the event.
  • Researching elements related to particular events, such as lighting, styling, food and venues.
  • Ensuring that staff for the event are hired, supervised and briefed.
  • Monitoring the event as it's taking place and resolving issues if they arise.

Event Coordinators work closely with Event Managers. The main difference between the two roles is that Event Coordinators tend to work with clients to achieve their aims, whereas Event Managers take particular responsibility for monitoring the event while it is occurring and resolving issues as they arise.

Individuals who are organised, have excellent communication skills and can work well in a fast-paced environment make good event coordinators.

What can I earn as an Events Coordinator?

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The most common salary for an Events Coordinator is between $50k and $60k
Source: SEEK job ads

How to become an Events Coordinator

SEEK Learning
Event Coordinator is not a profession where there is one standard or formal career pathway. However, many Event Coordinators have a certificate, diploma or degree in events, PR, marketing or hospitality management.
  1. Complete a qualification in the field. This may be a Certificate III in Events (SIT30516) or a Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316). Alternatively, complete a Bachelor of Business (Event Management), which is usually full-time for three years.
  2. There are numerous opportunities for Event Coordinators to further their career, such as undertaking senior roles in hospitality, tourism or event management. There are also academic pathways, such as completing a Master of Management (Tourism and Event Management).

How do Events Coordinators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Events Coordinators surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
4.0

Latest reviews

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Positive
Negative
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
N/A
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Creating that bond with your favourite regulars. They can really brighten up your day.
The challenges
Doing a job where you work yourself to the bone and get no thanks for it. Being expected to work well over 50hrs with no overtime or DIL. If you don't and you have a great employer, you are extremely ...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Higher Education Studies
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Producing
The good things
You are always thinking on your feet, facing challenges and solving problems and saving the day! Every event is different and crating something that stands out from every other event is what I enjoy.
The challenges
In the lead up - working through many issues, budget changes, infrastructure and site changes, permit approvals and planning for possible worse case scenarios. Extra early hours, long long days, nego...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Business
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Business
The good things
Being a senior events co-ordinator is a rewarding career. You will interact with a diverse group of people, use your problem solving abilities and never get bored.
The challenges
You need to be flexible and think on your feet. The ability to deal with a variety of people with different personalities can be a challenge.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Marketing
The good things
Working as part of a team to achieve an amazing event each and every time. Also the ability to work independently and seeing everyone enjoy the event you have put together. The feedback and compliment...
The challenges
Being able to multi task and juggle several events at once is very challenging. You need to be motivated in ways like you never have before. Strong attention to detail will help create the perfect eve...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
WSET L2 certificate
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Wine events
The good things
Interaction with customers/ clients was great. Finding venues and menus that suited the wines and clients was an exciting part of the job.
The challenges
Working from home part time was a challenge as I felt socially isolated and ended up seeking additional work in wine retail outside of my home to interact with others and earn more money
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Events
The good things
Working in events, no day is the same! There are three key elements of the role planing, executing and reviewing which require collaboration across the business and other industries to be able to enga...
The challenges
The hours increase substantially as an event deadline nears, as you will be required to work additional hours and late nights to ensure smooth sailing. There is also heavy collaboration across many de...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BTEC National Diploma
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Marketing and Events
The good things
This role is different every single day and can change at the drop of a hat. My tasks are organising, planning, running, marketing and managing the budget for a large calendar of educational events. U...
The challenges
Managing a tight budget can be difficult, but when I pull it off and continue to save the charity funds, I get such a buzz.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Corporate Events and Marketing Manager
The good things
Working in Events and Marketing means no 2 days are the same. While some days you are working on creative concepts for outstanding corporate events, other days you are liaising with venues, clients an...
The challenges
It can be challenging liaising with venues and getting the best possible price for your events, so I would say time and budgets are the most challenging parts on my role.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Creative Industries
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Conference management
The good things
While it does depend on the venue you work for or the type of events you do, one of my favourite things is the wide variety of events you can create and getting creative and inventive with budgets. A ...
The challenges
Events is a very time consuming job with a lot of last minute changes and stresses. If you don’t work well under pressure or making quick decisions it may not be for you. A lot of times we have to com...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate of Hotel Management
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Event Coordination
The good things
Being able to be part of something special for someone and gaining their trust to execute it well. Whether it's a Wedding, Conference or Social Event - for each client it's important. As a Coordinator...
The challenges
Some challenges that you face can be complaints or difficult clients. These challenges only help you grow and strengthen your role as a Coordinator.
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

Working hours for Events Coordinators

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 29 Events Coordinators

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