4 Jul 2018

Why you should join ACETA now

Our industry peak body, ACETA, has tremendous power to address the problems that every sector of the industry faces, but needs you to put your hand in your pocket and become a member.

It’s not enough to think that the Board and the current members have ‘got it covered’, and are ‘doing a great job’. They are, but the true power of ACETA to transform this industry will only come to be once every responsible production company, distributor, manufacturer, and service provider joins up.

ACETA Accreditation for Production


Production companies – want to stop local councils from hiring Barry the Backyarder who undercuts you by 50% every year on Carols in the Park and then does the gig with dodgy gear on an unsafe stage? Join ACETA and they’ll lobby local government to only hire ACETA accredited companies.

ACETA accreditation is being worked on right now by a subcommittee headed by Showtech’s Tiny Good. At the end of the development process, they’ll have a system of quality assessment and accreditation, and from there it will be relatively simple to get government to adopt policy only to hire accredited companies. Let’s face it, local councils need all the help they can get in hiring production – they’ll love this for the removal of risk.

Distributors – stop non-compliant product at the dock, get preferential supplier status

Distributors – sick of getting undercut by grey importers bringing in containers of cheap non-compliant product? Join ACETA and they’ll lobby federal government to stop containers at the wharf if they can’t produce compliance documentation. This has been implemented in other countries such as South Africa and there is no reason it can’t happen here.

We have the inside word that there are already major institutional customers (who we can’t name in print) who have internal processes that preference ACETA members in their supply chain. There will be more, especially after an ACETA membership drive and awareness campaign. This is about having a competitive edge, and you don’t want to be left out.

Like having a job and being able to sleep at night? So do we

Want to protect this entire industry and your livelihood? Join ACETA. We are collectively one bad day away from a tragedy and the kind of government scrutiny and over-regulation that could ruin us all.

If, god forbid, there’s a serious accident and our industry is responsible, investigators and government will treat us more favourably if we have standards and certification in place, and we can show that we are working towards making sure the entire industry is doing the right thing.

Only ACETA can get that done. If we don’t have a strong peak body with majority membership that is also enforcing standards, we could be shut down overnight.

And look at the EU stage lighting situation right now – their strong peak bodies are fighting that ridiculous legislation with all of their power, and will win. What’s going to happen when some MP gets the same hare-brained idea here?

Will you be supporting the peak body that stops it, or will you have sat idly by because ‘someone else will handle it’.

You are that someone. Join ACETA now


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