To see your Upcoming Jobs and last 4 weeks pay history:
- Go to the Show Support login area
- Select Crew as your User Type
- You will need to know your username (your mobile number).
- Use your mobile number as your password as well, then log in and change your password yourself.
Contact the office during business hours to find out your username and password if unsure.
To call the Office - 0295562011
To SMS the Office - 0429368718
Incoming SMS how to accept/deny shifts and send in your finish times.
You must send SMS in this format: Start Time (4 digits, no punctuation, 24hr) Space Finish Time.
EG. 0800 1630
- Excerpts from the SHOW SUPPORT OHS Health and Saftey Handbook
- The meaning of O-F-V-H at the end of your booking SMS.
- The Tools you will need for the job.
- To become a Recruit
- How to Invoice if you're a Contractor
- Contacting the office After Hours
- Ranks and Insignia
- How to be a Crew Chief
- How to work in a Corporate environment (Staging Connections jobs).
- A Show Support Job Safety Analysis (JSA). Your responsibilities as an employee/contractor to assist in providing a safe workplace.
- To request new items of Uniform
- A link to the NSW Workcover OHS site. All employees/contractors are invited to contribute to our Occupational Health and Safety.
- Fill in the Online Quiz to test your level of industry knowledge.
- Training Initiatives
- What will happen to you if you Blow Out a Gig
- Also the Employment Policy that everyone who works for Show Support should read and adhere to.
- Requirements for Crew Uniform
- A rule pertaining to Poaching
- And the 27th April 2007 Newsletter which was sent off to the crew.
Tony Cawsey Funeral Oration
1972 - 2009
Friends and Family, Clients, Crew Past and Present, Show Supporters.
Tony Cawsey was a good man, a top bloke and an excellent worker who will be fondly remembered by us all. He will be sadly missed.
Early in the morning of Saturday, 26th September, on his way home from work, Tony's life was cruelly snatched away from him, and from us, in the prime of his youth. He was returning from a midnight bump out for SCEC at the convention centre at about 5am and through circumstances which are not too clear, was robbed of his life in Centennial Park.
"He had a heart of gold", "his blood's worth bottling", "he was the salt of the earth". These are all sayings that may not be applicable to everyone in this world, but definitely hold true for Tony Cawsey. He was a beautiful soul.
I was first introduced to Tony by Al Morgan on a gig at the Hordern where Tony was working for his previous employer. As I drove my scissor lift around some truss, there he was, frantically grabbing some heavy looms that were in my way and holding them up for me so I could pass through unhidered, without even having to slow the machine. Even though he was working for another company, his desire to help was the most powerful motivation he had. And that is how I will always remember him.
He was good value on a car trip as well, and no matter what music you played, Tony was into it. Right into it. He had a wide range of musical tastes which attests to his very open mindedness. I recall one recent occasion when a group of us went to Canberra for a Lots of Watts gig and we shared a room at the Carotel and had dinner at a Japanese restaurant together. We toasted some Sakes with Tony, Al Morgan, Jordan Renouf and myself. He was so enthusiastic about it. And if he went to the shop to get things he always enquired if anyone wanted him to get them anything and seemed genuinely distressed if the shop did not have exactly what they wanted. He was that helpful.
I also recall another occasion in the catwalk of the Entertainment Centre, packing up a ridiculous amount of amp racks for Norwest, dripping with sweat, thirsty as. All of a sudden Tony appears with plastic cups full of frozen green cordial, like crushed ice granitas, for us all. It was the best drink I have ever had in my life and it left me thinking...
"What a top bloke!"
On Facebook there is a group called Tony Cawsey should have a Facebook account, it has 44 members. This surely is a testament to what a good bloke he was that even though he did not have a Facebook account, many people wished he did and created one, in a sense, for him.
Tony was also an excellent boxer and a great martial artist. I had actually been getting some boxing coaching from Tony in Redfern park where I learnt that he had a lightning left jab and a proficient boxing style, easily able to adapt from right handed to south paw, with a brilliant defence. I learnt that I would not like to be on the receiving end of Tony Cawsey should he be boxing in earnest, although I seriously do not believe that Tony would be able to bring himself to hurt another person, although he undoubtedly had the ability to do so. How many people can have that said about them? Normally the very opposite is the case, and it is further testament to Tony's talent and good nature that he can be deemed a gentleman in the very truest sense of the word.
It is often said that we should not speak ill of the dead. But I would be very hard pressed to say anything bad about Tony were he still with us today. He was too positive, too upbeat, too helpful. He had that rare quality as the French say of 'Joie de Vivre', or joy of life, which makes his passing all the more tragic. Although it is of some consolation that Tony had experienced many good things in life, had enjoyed many moments of it, had helped those around him and I for one can honestly say that I feel proud to have known Tony and blessed in the all too short time I have spent in his presence. The only thing I can think of now is that I used to say he talked too much, and I joked with him that he was loquacious. But now I wish he had talked more, I wish I had listened more and I wish he were talking right now. Depending upon your opinion of the afterlife, perhaps he is! If Tony could hear me now though I would like him to know that I did value the things he said and I enjoyed every minute of his company.
As a worker you would never find many people that could approach Tony Cawsey let alone equal him. He was exactly the type of person that we at Show Support value so highly. He was reliable, committed, dependable, consciencious, and extremely hard working. I personally rate him as one of the best workers I have ever known. He always showed inititiative, assisting our clients admirably. He would find out what needed to be done, and do it, quickly no matter how difficult the task, without complaint. And when it was done, he would be straight back there finding out what needed to be done next so that he could get stuck straight into that. And he would keep doing that until the job was over. You never had to carry Tony on a gig, but undoubtedly he carried many of those around him on a daily basis, which is something I know he would be proud of and is in my opinion, highly commendable. When I crewed up a job and picked those who I wanted to work with me Tony would be my first choice. And if I ever had to be in the trenches, I would want him there too. Tony also was not afraid of long hours and always worked many late night shifts, straight into the next day's shift, as indeed he was intending to do on the very last night of his life. Tony Cawsey put the needs of others before his own, he was a selfless individual and an awesome team member. The world, our lives and the entire entertainment industry will be so much the worse for his absence.
Let us not dwell too much upon the unfair nature of Tony's demise.
Although to be honest, my human side craves some act of retribution to correct this injustice. An act to punish those people that would hurt Tony, and by doing so prove that they would be prepared to harm people like him, people like us. An act that would make people think twice before even approaching anyone wearing our uniform let alone setting upon them in such a callous, cowardly fashion unfit for so called human beings, worse even than the behaviour of animals, a deed so despicable that their own lives are deemed forfeit as a direct result. But my spriritual side advocates nothing of the sort. This part of me sees life as a prolongued test, where we all must face challenges on a daily basis, ups and downs, trials and tribulations. Whatever our individual opinions of whether or not this universe was designed by an intelligent force, or whether a completely random set of circumstances have combined against all probability to create a world inhabitable by so frail yet powerful a species as us humans is a question that will never be settled by the living. But it's a question that will be settled for us all, as it has been for Tony before us.
One thing that we can be very certain of, as times like this are a resounding reminder, is that life is short. Remember Tony and honour him. He was one of us, a Show Supporter.
Let's learn from this. Let's try and be a little more supportive of each other from now on, a little more forgiving of each others faults. Try and look out for each other at all times, listen to every word said by our valued colleagues and treasure every moment with them. Be very careful on our way to and from work, as well as at work. Take extra precautions when riding pushbikes at night, choose our routes carefully and try not to travel alone.
Let us all stop for a moment and think about what is really important in life. Try and gain as much enjoyment from each experience as we can. Let's all talk to each other more, like Tony did. Let us raise a toast to Tony and be not too saddened by his loss and let's use this occasion to celebrate life for the living as I am sure Tony would want us to do.
Hans Erik Finister
23 September 1968 – 3 July 2013
SHS is very sad to hear the news of the passing of our top Canberra crew member Hans Finister.
Hans was a regular member of our team down there for several years.
He was always happy to accept work at short notice at any time of the day or night. He worked hard and with a great attitude.
Many clients requested him on jobs and gave us good feedback about his efforts.
Hans was a true-blue "Showie" and will be missed by all office staff and Canberra crew.
I worked with Hans personally and was very impressed with him as a worker and a person.
John Sledge and Hans were a great team working on many gigs together.
RIP Hans, you will be sorely missed!
Hans 2nd from the right.
1972 - 2016
On 7th July, 2016, Show Support tragically lost one of its favourite sons, Andy Niall.
After 8 years of staunch service to Show Support, Andy succumbed to a condition that robbed us of a great worker and, moreover, a dear friend.
Duty Managers will fondly remember Andy's willingness to answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in order to get himself onsite with amazing speed and regularity, literally coming to the rescue of clients and crew on too many occasions to count.
All Crew Members who have worked with Andy will know him to be an experienced worker, great in the back of a truck, who always took the time to help juniors in a protective, caring manner.
Although the cruel ravages of misfortune had affected Andy in his all too brief time on this planet, everyone who knew the man will know that with true nobility of character, Andy never allowed the weight of his troubles to diminish the gentle nature of his soul. Many visits were conducted by staff and friends during Andy's final months and efforts were taken by SHS management to improve the comfort of his surroundings.
A Tribute Meeting was held for Andy, attended by senior crew and office staff, where we shared stories and speeches about our beloved fellow Crew Member in the honour of his company.
In the presence of National Operations Manager Rebecca Morrison, Supplies Manager Julie Tomlin, Field Manager Benjamin Albrecht, Senior Crew Chief Anthony Horler, Crew Chiefs Alexander Morgan, Scott Johnson, Calum Ross, Adam Harris, and many long term SHS Crew Members including Jade Matthews, David Beck, Karel Kubes, Richard De Gersigny, Tristan Rentz, Matthew Johnston, David Chaplin, Richie Duarte-Rudder and Geoffrey McIntyre, Show Support Managing Director David Neil had the privilege of bestowing upon Andy Niall the highest possible recognition for his many faithful years of service to the greatest Crewing Agency in history - Immortality.
Andy was buried in his Show Support Immortals Hoodie, according to his last wish.
From all SHS Crew Members, past and present - Andrew Niall - we salute you. May you Rest in Peace eternal, among the pantheon of Show Support Immortals.
"He that filches from me my good name robs me of that
which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed"
Shakespeare - Othello
If you need to contact the office after normal business hours either send an SMS to 0429368718 (you cannot call this number or send an SMS to cancel a job you are booked on)
Call 0295562011 and leave a voice message. The phone will not answer after hours but all messages will be listened to and responded to according to their priority.
All Show Supporters must arrive at work on each shift with at least:
One Shifting Spanner Shifter, as well as a Podger (a 19:24 wrench with a spike purchasable from Stall No 443 at Paddy's Markets, Hay St, China Town, Sydney for $35.00 each. Make sure you also purchase a 'Frog', a belt holder, for $5.00 as well)
The SHOW SUPPORT office also has a large stock of podgers for sale so anyone wishing to purchase podgers should email or call 02 9556 2011
Another thing that is mandatory is Steel Capped Safety Shoes. While you are at Paddy's Markets you can also purchase Dunlop Volley BLACK Steel Caps for under $50.00.
LEAVING A GIG EARLY
Any crew member that leaves a gig before they have been knocked off by the client will be zipped.
The end times quoted to you are approximations only, gigs can go way overtime, as we all know. So when you are booked to work for Show Support, do not plan anything personal after the gig that you cannot get out of. If there is a chance that you may not be able to work past the approximate end time of your shift (and to be fair add an hour) then please advise the office at the time of the booking. Only if you have been booked on another Show Support gig can you leave a gig at the predicted end time (provided that Show Support gig is within an hour of the predicted finish time). If you use another Show Support gig as an excuse to leave the gig you are on, and the other gig is more than an hour from commencement (add more time for greater distances), you will be zipped.
Crew Chiefs should always be the last person to leave a gig and as such they are responsible to ensure others stay with them to finish the gig. Crew Chiefs who leave a gig before their crew will be zipped, will not receive Crew Chief rates, and may not be made Crew Chief again. The same applies if they leave a gig early, before they are knocked, whether they are officially booked as Crew Chief or not.
If a client expects you to go back to their factory at the end of a bump out then you must go. Never presume to tell a client that you must finish at the same place that you started. You may expect the client to get you safely back to the city, or public transport, or the venue, if you end up at their factory after hours. If a client leaves our female (or young) crew stranded after hours then we will definitely pay for them to get a taxi home provided we receive a receipt (a proper tax invoice containing an ABN), if the client fails to do so.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Steel Caps - they are mandatory on all call outs.
Safety Vests - All Crew Members are expected to have their own safety vest for all shifts containing the code V at the end of theSMS confirmation. If you do not have a safety vest contact the office on 0295562011
Hard Hats – All Crew Members are expected to have their own hard hat on all shifts containing the code H at the end of the SMS confirmation. If you do not have a hard hat contact the office on 0295562011.
Due to the exceptional quality of the work that you have all delivered, the demand for Show Support crew is increasing rapidly. We would appreciate it if everyone could assist in recruiting new crew. If you come across someone who you believe would make a great Show Supporter (an incredible work ethic and a minimum 18 months industry experience) and who has expressed interest in stepping up to the mark, please get their number and forward it to your Ops Manager. This is not a requirement, only a request.
- Uniform Order
- The Immortals
- How to Invoice if you are a Contractor
- Crew Uniform
- The Database
- The Meaning of O-F-V-H in the Booking SMS
- Letter 27th April 2007
- Ranks and Insignia of Show Support
- Inaugural Newsletter
- Employment Policy
- Job Safety Analysis
- Health and Safety Handbook 2007