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Functions Manager

Functions Managers 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 148 700 people employed as Functions Managers in Australia. According to the Department of Employment over the next 5 years (up until the year 2018) there will be more than 8 000 additional job openings within this profession. The demand is expected to be high.

Employment by State

The majority of Functions Managers are employed within NSW. There are a higher proportion of Functions Managers 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. 50.3% of Functions Managers are female and 49.7% are male.

Age Brackets

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

Hours Worked

Functions Managers 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. 82.4% of Functions Managers have a qualification that is Certificate III or higher while 12.8% have a qualification that is Year 12 or lower.

Functions Manager Duties & Tasks

  • Manage food and beverage provisions for functions and events
  • Supervise catering and waiting staff at functions and events
  • Recruit and train catering and waiting staff for company functions and events
  • Ensure health and safety regulations are adhered too
  • Manage payroll, monitor expenses and other administrative tasks

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*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.