Coordinating even the smallest event can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. You could save yourself a great deal of time and money by answering key questions before going ahead with an event.
You may need to consult other organisations, government departments, and regulatory and statutory authorities about your event.
Browse this list of useful websites and publications to help make your event a success.
- Arts Law Centre of Australia is a community legal centre for the arts in Australia. You will find sample contracts, information on arts insurance and free advice on legal issues.
- Australasian Legal Information Institute hosts current Australian (Commonwealth) legislation, regulations and case law.
- Australian National Security contains Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism.
- Destination NSW focuses on driving tourism and acquiring and developing major sporting and cultural events for Sydney and regional NSW. It does this by working with industry partners to develop existing events, attract new events and maximise the economic, strategic and community benefits of events.
- International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) publishes an Event Organiser Toolkit for hirers of its venues. This includes an Accessible and Inclusive Events Guide (PDF, published May 2023)
- Live Performance Australia (LPA) has an extensive collection of fact sheets, guidelines, templates and guidance on topics of relevance to the events and entertainment industries under 'resources' on LPA’s website.
- Local Community Insurance Services which is a specialist insurance provider established to manage the insurance needs of clubs and community groups within Australia.
- NSW legislation contains the current and historical NSW acts, regulations, planning instruments and other statutory instruments.
- Secure NSW has online information and resources including a mass gatherings guided self-assessment tool for owners and operators of places of mass gatherings to determine the likely attractiveness of a business to terrorist attack.
- The Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance provides information on wages for arts workers.
- The Office of Sport provides information on risk management and insurance for sporting clubs, much of which is also applicable to event organising. On the website, type “insurance” in the search box, then follow the links.
- The Office of Sport also publishes the Sports Events Resource Library — a practical resource to assist in the planning and evaluation of sporting events in NSW
- The Premier's Department has the Event Starter Guide and the NSW Government’s Whole of Government Policy for the Application of User Charges for Major and Special Events.
- Transport for NSW lists upcoming events involving special traffic arrangements and various Event Management Guidelines.
- Accessible Events — A Guide for Organisers was developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the meeting and events industry. The guide is designed to help event organisers ensure that events are accessible to people with a disability. It can be accessed using the link above or online from the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) website.
- Allen, Johnny (et al), Festival and Special Event Management, 4th edn, 2008, Wiley Australia Tourism Series, ISBN 0 470 81252 4.
- Australia/New Zealand Standard Risk Management AS/NZ ISO 31000:2009, ISBN 0 7337 9289 8 and Risk Management Guidelines HB: 436:2004, ISBN 0 7337 5960 2.
- The NSW guide to traffic and transport management for special events. This guide has comprehensive information for event organisers, with a focus on traffic management.
- NSW Ambulance had a large involvement in the release of the Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook on the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub.
- Web Accessibility Initiative, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, 2021.
- Department of National Heritage, Scottish Office, (UK), Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, known as the Green Guide.
- Health & Safety Executive (UK), Managing Crowds Safely — A guide for organisers at events and venues.
- Health and Safety Executive (UK), The Event Safety Guide — A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events, known as the Purple Guide.
- Goldblatt, Dr Joe, (USA), Special Events — Event Leadership for a New World, The Wiley Event Management Series ISBS 0 471 45037 5.
- Kemp, Chris and Iain Hill (UK) Health and Safety Aspects in the Live Music Industry, Entertainment Technology Press (Safety Series), 2004, ISBN 1 904031 22 6.