The NSW Government is taking action to improve safety at music festivals by implementing the recommendations of an Expert Panel (PDF 493.2 KB) established following the tragic events at the Defqon.1 music festival in September 2018.
A new licence specific to music festivals is being developed and will be implemented in early 2019.
Under the new licence, there will be a power to suspend any pre-existing licence at any premises at which a music festival is to be held.
If you're organising a festival over the summer before the new licence is in place, you need to:
In preparation for the launch of the licence we recommend all future applicants to develop and implement a Safety Management Plan for all future events. Your plan should contain the following:
Your local NSW Police Area Command, Local Health District and local office of NSW Ambulance should be consulted as part of developing your plan.
To assist you in assessing your existing plans, a Event Safety Management Plan Checklist (PDF 313.7 KB) and guidance material have been prepared.
If you are organising a music festival on an existing licensed premises you should review your existing management plans to ensure potential risks are identified and will be appropriately managed. You should do this in consultation with relevant government agencies including NSW Police, the Local Health District and NSW Ambulance.
If we consider that your plans do not have sufficient detail or do not provide adequate safeguards for festival patrons, we may issue a direction to the licensee or impose additional conditions under the Liquor Act 2007. Where a direction is issued it may require the licensee to take specific actions or additional controls may be imposed to prevent and mitigate identified risks.
Where there are ongoing serious concerns about the adequacy of arrangements and risk to public health and safety, Liquor & Gaming NSW will take further regulatory action.
There are a number of materials to assist you in preparing for your licence application:
Event Safety Management Plan Checklist for music festivals (PDF 313.7 KB)Music festivals stakeholder forum presentation (PDF 774.6 KB)Interim music festival guidelines from NSW Health (PDF 852.2 KB)Keeping People Safe at Music Festivals Expert Panel report (PDF 493.2 KB)
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