Congratulations to Tayla Harvey, Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316) Graduate

The MEA and Destination NSW partnership continues to deliver excellent results across regional NSW. Students are completing the MEA Diploma of Event Management (SIT50316) courtesy of this regional scholarship program while working across the state in a range of event-related roles.

"The business events sector presents a major opportunity for the visitor economy of regional NSW, particularly as we steer our path to recovery,” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said.

We know that the best way forward is to help to create more jobs and these scholarships will do exactly that - giving people the tools and extra support needed to kick-start their careers in the field of event management.

Another recent graduate is Tayla Harvey. Tayla lives and works in Orange and is the leading Event Manager for the Orange Ex-Services Club and The Greenhouse of Orange. During recent COVID disruptions to the event industry, Tayla has taken every opportunity presented to expand the opportunities for her venues to ensure ongoing service for her region, while expanding her own repertoire of skills and experiences. Tayla has been a great asset to the training room and could always be relied upon to share her experience of regional event management and help others interpret the varying regulation changes and pivot their events and teams to the 'new normal'.

Tayla's enthusiasm or all things events will be missed in the classroom as she graduates and her trainers and fellow students are delighted with her success.

MEA caught up with Tayla to ask her about what she found valuable about the program, what she's most looking forward to now that she's done, and any piece of advice she has for those interested in the Diploma. 



Q: What did you learn during SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management course?

"There are many different aspects to Event Management, it really helped put everything into perspective with thinking about the purpose of an event and how we can best bring that idea to life."


Q: What was your favourite topic?

"Planning in house events – as a Event Manager in a venue it was great to learn diverse ways we can enhance client and customer expectations and experiences."


Q: How will you use what you have learned in your current role?

"I am putting together a brand-new strategy for the Functions & Events Department at Orange Ex-Services’ Club as a pathway to recover from the impact of COVID-19, utilising the resources, industry standards and connections provided by the course."


Q: What are you most looking forward to now that you have the SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management qualification under your belt?

"Being able to enhance customer experience by working with a diverse range of contacts both within the organisation, and within our region to create a unique experience to draw more people to Orange."


Q: If you could give one piece of advice to those thinking about doing the course, what would you say?

"The course is the perfect combination of hard work and fun, which is reflective of the industry itself, and the diploma is one of the most rewarding experiences to change your perception on events and customer experiences."



Thank you Tayla for sharing your experience with the Diploma! For those interested in learning more about the Diploma, visit: