Important Information COVID-19

As of 20 October 2020

AUSPACK 2021 postponed, relocating to Melbourne May 2022

After careful consideration, the APPMA Board has made the difficult decision to postpone AUSPACK 2021 in Sydney, and re-schedule the next event for Melbourne 2022.

Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Chairman Mark Dingley said, “With an event of this scale and significance, the most important factors in our decision were if we held the event in 2021, the uncertainty around protecting the health and safety of our industry community when it comes together, and preserving the experience and value that exhibitors and visitors alike receive from attending an event the calibre of AUSPACK.

“This exhibition is known for the depth of products and services on the show floor, and the unique networking opportunities available from the many events held around the show. With the continuing uncertainty around domestic state-border openings, and the very likely reality that international flights will not be allowed until the second half of 2021, we felt we could not deliver this experience to the same high standards as previously. Moving the event to 2022 was, therefore, the right thing to do from the perspective of human health and the financial and marketing value that exhibiting businesses would receive.”


Mr Dingley said the APPMA Board did not want to add to the congestion created by other commercially focused exhibitions moving dates from 2020 to mid-2021.

“It’s not really ideal for the industry to have a slew of shows held so closely together, and we believe the value to exhibitors and visitors will be vastly reduced. As an industry-based association, the APPMA believes moving AUSPACK to a later ‘quieter’ date provides the best outcome for industry, including the best financial ROI for exhibitors and visitors.”

Jon Perry, Event Director with organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said, “The last edition of AUSPACK in 2019 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre was a record show. It surpassed all expectations. Melbourne 2022 is ideally placed to provide the scale and breadth of event that this industry needs as it gears up for the post-COVID recovery.”

Mr Perry said exhibitor bookings for 2022 will be managed in a phased approach, focusing firstly on exhibitors who are currently booked into 2021 and those who regularly exhibit in Melbourne. He said exhibitors will be contacted directly by November 17th about their options, while new bookings for the 2022 show will be open in late January 2021.

Conference and awards

Mark Dingley said, “The APPMA introduced the Business and Industry Conference as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019 and it was very well received. The conference provided an excellent platform for the packaging industry to drive collaboration and conversation on key issues facing the sector.”

“At AUSPACK 2019, the APPMA reinstated its Awards of Excellence as a high-value way to seek out and recognise industry innovation and outstanding performers. This is the only dedicated processing and packaging machinery awards program of its type in Australasia, and recognises those who make a significant difference in the industry.”

The APPMA Board are currently exploring Packaging and Processing Week events with the intention to run them in 2021, as we believe  it is important to connect as a community and that visitors will be able to receive great value from these activities. We will be in a position to announce dates and further information later.

As of 15 March, 2020

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) and the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association are closely monitoring the ongoing advice and guidance regarding COVID-19 issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Australian Government and local health authorities.

At this time, AUSPACK 2021 will proceed as planned. 

We wish to assure our attendees that their health and safety is paramount and as such, we have implemented additional measures around hygiene and safe food practices to reduce risk. This will include the implementation of sanitising stations, additional and regular cleaning services, public health messaging, and onsite medical support.  

To help promote the safety of all patrons, the following measures in regards to hygiene and safe food practices will be adopted:

  • Implementation of sanitizing stations at high-touch points; event entrances, catering areas, stages, main aisle intersections and on large stands.
  • Additional cleaning services to ensure high-contact areas are being sanitized on a regular basis:
    • Cleaning of hand rails,
    • Cleaning of ticket box windows and ledges.
    • Cleaning of ticket scanning stations and registration equipment (keyboards & touch screens).
    • Replenishment of restroom consumables (soap/paper towels).
    • Cleaning of catering area tables and seating.
    • Cleaning of feature areas including the sanitization of microphones, lecterns and handheld microphones.
  • Installation of prominent health and hygiene signage requesting that all patrons clean their hands as they enter the event.
  • Promotion of public health and hygiene messaging shared with all patrons in pre-event communications. Messaging will state that if patrons are feeling unwell, they should refrain from attending the event and to seek medical advice.
  • Appointment of onsite First Aider and onsite medical support.

 As further instruction becomes available we will continue to update our plan.

If you are exhibiting at AUSPACK 2021, we suggest you consider implementing further measures to reduce risk for and amongst your team:

  • Where possible avoid physical greetings and contact (handshakes)
  • Encourage the regular washing of hands.
  • Avoid activities that could promote the transfer of germs such as communal confectionary bowls and lolly giveaways.
  • Ensure all surfaces and products being frequently touched are being wiped down regularly.
  • Have a supply of tissues, sanitiser and disinfectant wipes available on stands.
  • Ensure ETF is notified immediately if any member of your team feels unwell. Insist staffs that are unwell to remain at home.

ETF encourages the community to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organisation as standard to reduce exposure to and the transmission of COVID-19 including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Avoid hand-shaking and maintain distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. If you have a fever, cough and or difficulty breathing, please seek medical care.
  • Avoid the consumption of raw or under cooked animal products.

If you do not feel well, please do not travel and do not attend the event.

You do not need to wear a mask to this event if you are healthy. While the use of masks can help to prevent transmission of disease from infected patients to others, masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for the prevention of infections like COVID-19.  

Please find below further relevant resources and links:

The Australian Government Department of Health are actively monitoring the COVID-19 and providing daily updates via their website:   

Basic protective measures against the virus:

The Australian Government Department of Health’s isolation guide: 

Alternatively, please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

We will keep you informed on any further developments as the event approaches. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


As of 13 March, 2020

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is closely monitoring the ongoing advice and guidance regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus issued by the Australian Government, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local health authorities.

The health and safety of our staff, exhibitors, suppliers, clients and patrons is paramount.

We look forward to continuing to present our event schedule, including AUSPACK 2021, and delivering successful events for our partners and clients.

ETF remains vigilant and understands COVID-19 as a fluid situation that will continue to be watched closely.

The advice of the authorities and health professionals will be followed in the planning and execution of all events, with all required measures to be implemented. These measures will include public health messaging shared pre-event and during the event, and strengthened hygiene, sanitization and disinfectant availability.

ETF encourages the community to follow the recommendations of the Australian Government, the World Health Organisation and local health authorities and as standard to reduce exposure to and the transmission of COVID-19.

Should you feel unwell, seek immediate medical assistance and reconsider your attendance at any event.  In the following scenarios, we ask that you please refrain from attending an event:

  • left, or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days (please isolate yourself for 14 days from leaving mainland China)
  • left, or transited through Iran on or after 1 March (please isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving Iran)
  • been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days (please isolate yourself for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case).

For further information on isolation please consult:

For information on protecting yourself and hand and respiratory hygiene please consult:

For further advice, please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

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