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30 May 2024

Workplace Health & Safety Show, smashes attendance record with 247% increase

Workplace Health & Safety Show, smashes attendance record with 247% increase

May 2024

Workplace Health & Safety Show, Melbourne delivered record-breaking results, with 4,908 attendees over the two-day event. National Media’s Commercial Director, Stephen Blackie, reports an increase of 247% in attendance over the last Melbourne show.

“We were genuinely overwhelmed by the positivity of the event and the great feedback we received from suppliers and attendees from across the Work Health and Safety community.

“What is clear is that there is an appetite for an event that not only provides crucial OHS-related content, but also provides the connections and solutions to address the challenges faced by professionals in the field” says Stephen.  

The Show attracted C-suite professionals, national safety managers, as well as senior managers from some of the country’s largest companies, including Woolworths Group, Melbourne Water, the Department of Defence, FedEx Express, Coca-Cola, Virgin Australia, Ford Motor Group, Australia Post and Veolia – to name a few.    

Overwhelming response from exhibitors - 73% rebooked

Exhibitors reported positive sales results through the opportunity to create new connections and generate more business from existing customers.

“The quality and quantity of the attendees was overwhelming resulting in 73% of exhibitors having already rebooked or upgraded their space for the Melbourne event in 2025 and many more securing space for the Sydney Show taking place on 23 & 24 October 2024. 

A continual theme was the significant return on investment from exhibitors.

"We achieved ROI by 1pm on day one due to the high number of quality leads. The rest was icing on the cake,” raved Hamish Baker, Co-Founder of TEG Risk.

"We welcomed this opportunity to see people face-to-face, building trust and understanding peoples’ challenges. There's no better place to do that than in an event space," said Luke Williams, Asia Pacific Director of Sales, Evotix. 



With 170 brands showcasing their solutions, the show also received positive feedback from visitors. 

“We were able to meet with several potential new suppliers and will shortly start a trial of WHS software that we're excited about. We were able to walk around and pick up new ideas for safety innovations for our workforce.” commented Nick Rush, A.G. Coombs Group. 

“I think if it's important to you that your business is best in class and making sure you're taking care of your people, you need to do the research, and it's all here.” said Ashley Banks Health & Wellbeing Lead at Reece Group. 

Stephen Blackie went on to say, “As the new owners, we have started a journey to create world-class events that showcase innovation and best practice within Australia.”

“The feedback we received reaffirms our decision to invest heavily in the event content and education, adding new Summits to support learning and growth within the sector. We have plans for an even bigger event in Sydney later this year, and only have 30 stands remaining. We look forward to continuing the growth trajectory of the Workplace Health & Safety Show in collaboration with the industry” concludes Stephen.


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