Record turnout at Melbourne Workplace Health & Safety Show

National Media

Monday, 03 June, 2024

Record turnout at Melbourne Workplace Health & Safety Show

A record 4908 safety professionals attended the Workplace Health & Safety Show Melbourne this year, with National Media’s Commercial Director, Stephen Blackie, reporting a 247% increase in attendance over the last Melbourne show. The event 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.

“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,” Blackie said.

The show’s exhibitors also reported positive sales results through the opportunity to create new connections and generate 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 and 24 October 2024,” Blackie said.

With 170 brands showcasing their products, the show also received positive feedback from visitors, with Blackie adding that the feedback reaffirmed the company’s decision to invest heavily in the event content and education and to add new summits to support learning and growth within the sector.

“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,” said 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.

“We have plans for an even bigger event in Sydney later this year, and only have 30 exhibition stands remaining. We look forward to continuing the growth trajectory of the Workplace Health & Safety Show in collaboration with the industry,” Blackie said.

The Workplace Health & Safety Show will take place in Sydney from 23–24 October at the Sydney Showground. To register for the event, click here.

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