Club events are the most fun part of being in a club, but it pays to be organised. This page provides some general info about the practicalities of organising club events. There are guides to booking space for on-campus events, info about event equipment, showing films, running online events, and running accessible and sustainable events. There's also info about promoting your events and the RUSU affiliate logos to add to your promo. The final section is about when to contact RUSU Clubs Department about event issues.
For links to the required club event risk management approval form (ERMA) and other event risk management resources (RMIT Security, food safety., responsible service of alcohol, liquor licensing, etc), see our Event Risk Management Page. For information about Clubs and underage members/Child Safety, please refer to the Child Safety Page
Clubs must submit an ERMA for all club events (on and off campus) except for club leader meetings and some General Meetings. Events that do not gain approval must not go ahead. On-campus events may also need to pay for RMIT Security guards.
For more info and the links to apply, see our Event Risk Management Page
IMPORTANT - CHILD SAFETY - Clubs that wish to open their membership and/or events to students under 18 years of age must meet the Child Safety requirements See our Child Safety Page
On-Campus spaces are available for club bookings. Only a club's designated room booker may submit a booking for their club.
Spaces are free for Clubs to hire but there may be other costs involved. I
Items/services that are not free include RMIT venue staff, university audio-visual equipment, and staff (required for some spaces), RMIT Security, RMIT cleaners etc.
These costs might be reduced Monday to Friday during regular working hours.
And, of course, clubs must pay for damage to RMIT property resulting from their club event!
Free extra bins for on-campus events! Clubs can order extra rubbish bins for their on-campus events for free! Email the Property Services Help Desk and ask for extra bins – firstname.lastname@example.org For club events, provide the club name, the booker's student number, the event location event, event date, the time you want the bins delivered and the bin type/ numbers required (general waster, recycling, compostable).
Except for simple club Board of Management Meetings, all club events must gain risk management approval. It can sometimes be easier to receive the required risk management approval for off-campus events. HAVE A BACKUP PLAN!
The minimum timeline is at least 2 weeks before the event for booking applications
IMPORTANT if your event does not receive the required risk management approval, the booking will be canceled. HINT - book early so you have plenty of time for the risk management approval process and to promote your approved event.
The process for booking spaces is different, depending upon what type of space is being booked. All Clubs need to follow the correct procedure for the space they are booking.
Academic Spaces include most classrooms, tutorial rooms, and lecture theatres.
Academic Spaces are not available to book until after Week 4 of each semester (until the academic timetables are finalised).
Club bookings of Academic Spaces are managed through the RMIT Venues department.
Clubs apply for an Academic Space by completing a form and emailing it to email@example.com
The club's designated room booker emails the completed form to the RMIT Venues department at least 2 weeks in advance of the event.
For a full description of this process and hints about making a successful application clubs should first read the RUSU Clubs Guide To Academic Space Hire
Once you have read the guide, complete and submit the Application for Student Hire of Academic Spaces Form form well in advance of the required date.
Make sure you submit your booking well ahead of the required date - if the space is not available, you will have to make a new booking at least 2 weeks in advance.
Venues are non-academic spaces on campus that may be booked and used for events and activities.
Venues are managed by the RMIT Venues department.
Venues include Storey Hall on all levels, the Multiflex Rooms B8 Level 3, Alumni Courtyard and other outdoor spaces including BBQ areas and Bowen Street (not A'Beckett Urban Square), Building 12 Market Space and walkway, SAB (B80) function spaces including rooftop, Kaleide Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Oxford Scholar and the Garden Building (Building 10 Levels 6&7), etc.); NOTE -The Garden Building is also a venue but a slightly different process applies.
Clubs apply for a Venue by making a booking inquiry through an online calendar called Priava
Only a club's designated room booker may apply for their club. They must provide their personal details and student email with the booking (but make it clear is for a club event)
For a full description of this process and hints about making a successful application, Clubs should first read the RUSU Clubs Guide to Booking On Campus Venues
Once you have read the guide, you can enquire about venue availability through RMIT's Priava Venue Booking System (online calendar)
Make sure you book your Venue well ahead of the required date - if the Venue is not available, you will have to make a new booking at least 2 weeks in advance.
There are many other bookable spaces on campus that may meet the needs of your event.
These include spaces such as Library and B80 Meeting Rooms, RUSU Spaces, A'Beckett Urban Square, RMIT Maker Space, the Media Portal, the Bundoora Netball & Sports Centre, etc.
Each of the "Other Spaces" has a different booking process.
Only a club's designated room booker may apply for their club.
Clubs should first read the information about booking Other Spaces_RMIT and Community, and follow the directions for the space they wish to book.
The info sheet also includes links to campus local government venue and outdoor spaces and facilities hire info.
RUSU events equipment is not available for club use except by special arrangement with the RUSU Activities Department for significant club events held on during business hours. Speak to your Clubs Officer about this well in advance of your event.
RMIT does not lend its event equipment to RUUS Clubs.
Free extra bins for on-campus events. Clubs can order extra rubbish bins for their on-campus events for free! Email the Property Services Help Desk and ask for extra bins – firstname.lastname@example.org For club events, provide the club name, the booker's student number, the event location event, event date, the time you want the bins delivered and the bin type/ numbers required (general waster, recycling, compostable).
Clubs may request to borrow a RUSU EFTPOS machine for certain types of club events held on the City Campus (not for Clubs Day etc). RUSU Clubs Department can't guarantee all requests will be approved. To make a request, submit the RUSU Clubs EFTPOS Machine (Albert) borrowing request form AT LEAST 2 WEEKS in advance of your event.
RMIT's AV support service "Insight Systems" is permitted on campus. It is required in RMIT Venues including Storey Hall, Kaleide Theatre, etc. This is not free. Details below
If you just want some basic equipment for an on-campus event, it might be easiest to use Insight Systems anyway
Please complete and submit an inquiry form at https://form.jotform.com/vnoc/rmit-av-services-student-form
The form includes some prices.
Learn everything you need to know to run a successful event online.
Getting the word out there is essential to running a successful event online.
RMIT runs on Office 365, and you will get the best results from your online event, and have more ITS support available to you if you use Office 365 too. Find out in advance how to successfully install Office 365 so you are ready on event day!
Make it easy to make your event accessible to everyone by reading our Accessibility Best Practice guide.
Film screenings are fun club events, but you must ensure you obtain a copyright license to broadcast your film in public.
Read the RMIT guide to sustainable events.
If you are planning on filming or taking photographs, you must display a disclaimer at your events, telling people that you are taking images. You can print out the RUSU Clubs' photography disclaimer poster to display at your events.
Make sure you have everything ready for your big day by completing our handy, step-by-step checklist.
RUSU Communications staff are available for you if you need help with logo design and design for posters and other event marketing materials.
Get advice and etiquette information on how to promote your event at RMIT.
Download the RUSU Clubs Affiliate logo for use on your posters and marketing materials.
For approved events and (especially), club events supported by RUSU funding, print this poster and place it at a couple of high visibility locations at your event (entryway, on the podium, behind the podium etc),
It's important to know that RUSU Clubs Staff do not make event space bookings for Clubs. It is the responsibility of each Club to book spaces for their own events and to correctly follow the university procedures outlined above. However, when something has gone wrong with the process, RUSU Clubs Staff can help you. You should contact us if:
If you receive new, confusing, or conflicting information from RMIT Security, University venues, etc. and you are unsure which process to follow.
If three weeks have passed since you submitted your event booking, and you haven't received any response from RMIT.
If five weeks have passed since your event was held, but your Club hasn't received the expected invoice(s) for an RMIT event or service yet (e.g. for RMIT Security, AV Hire, Venues Staff, etc).
When your club wants to organise a large and/or complicated event, and needs some help to know how to work with University (you must contact RUSU Clubs Staff at least 8 weeks before the event).
If there was a significant problem at your event, whether with the venue, staffing, or event attendees.
Email your Clubs Officer directly or our general email.