Australia Day events
Local councils may hold Australia Day gatherings, including citizenship ceremonies, provided they comply with the public health orders, including any restrictions on large events and wearing of face masks.
Learn more about the rules for Australia Day events.
COVID-19 safety guidance for large events
The NSW Government has developed safety guidance for venues and organisers of large events, including risks and potential mitigation measures.
Major Events Taskforce
The Major Events Taskforce supports a COVID Safe return to large-scale sports, cultural and community events for the people of NSW.
The Major Events Taskforce is considering how major events can safely recommence. This will likely involve a staged approach to the types of venues and activities that are able to recommence, subject to public health considerations.
Established in September 2020, the Taskforce is led by the Deputy Premier, the Treasurer and the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney.
Public events and activities will only be permitted if they comply with the current public health order or have received an exemption.
The Minister for Health or a delegate may grant an exemption to this order or specified provisions of the public health order.
Exemptions can only be considered where there are exceptional circumstances and when the applicant demonstrates an understanding of how public health risks will be controlled.
Exemptions can only be considered for events and activities proposed to occur during the period of the current public health order, which expires 5 March 2021.
To apply for an exemption or for information regarding exemptions for major events under the current public health order please complete the online contact form on the NSW Health website.
Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan
If you are planning an event that is allowed to proceed under the current rules, you must complete and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
COVID-19 Safety Plans are comprehensive checklists designed by NSW Health and approved by the Chief Health Officer.
The plans provide clear directions on how businesses and organisations should fulfil their obligations under public health orders to minimise risk of transmission of COVID-19.
- Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, drive-in cinemas
- Controlled outdoor events
- Community centres and halls
- Museums and galleries
For a full list of venues and activities that require a COVID Safety Plan see the current public health order.
Businesses and organisations not listed in the order are encouraged to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan voluntarily.