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Functions Coordinator

Functions Coordinators are in charge of every facet of organising functions around food and drink. They report to the Event Manager and are crucial in the creation and development of a broad range of food and beverage orientated events for both companies and individuals. Examples include festivals, conferences, ceremonies, formal parties and concerts.


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Employment Levels

There are currently 22 700 people employed in Events roles that may be similar to Functions Coordinators in Australia. According to the Department of Employment over the next 5 years (up until the year 2018) there will be more than 3 000 additional job openings within similar professions.

Employment by State

The majority of Functions Coordinators are employed within NSW. There are a higher proportion of Functions Coordinators in VIC and QLD than the average for all occupations, while the population in SA, TAS, NT and ACT is close to the national average.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry. 75.9% of Functions Coordinators are female and 24.1% are male.

Age Brackets

The median age for Functions Coordinators is 31 years. Functions Coordinator are 9 years younger than the average age for all occupations.

Hours Worked

Functions Coordinators work an average of 43.1 hours a week. This is 3 hours more per week than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have at least a Year 12 qualification. 59.9% of Functions Coordinators have a qualification that is Certificate III or higher while 34.7% have a qualification that is Year 12 or lower.

Functions Coordinator Duties & Tasks

  • Promoting conferences, conventions and trade shows to potential customers
  • Responding to inquiries concerning services provided and costs for room and equipment hire, catering and related services
  • Meeting with clients to discuss their needs and outlining package options to meet these needs
  • Arranging and coordinating services, such as conference facilities, catering, signage, displays, audio-visual equipment, accommodation, transport and social events, for participants
  • Organising registration of participants
  • Negotiating the type and costs of services to be provided within budget
  • Overseeing work by contractors and reporting on variations to work orders



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.