Event security and emergency management

In planning your event, it is essential to manage security and plan for emergency management. Different types, scale and scope of events require different levels of security and emergency planning.

Security management

A Security Management Plan may need to be submitted with your Entertainment Events Permit application. Your security management plan should cover:

  • cash security
  • asset protection
  • crowd management with an appropriate number of staff for the crowd expected
  • public safety
  • communication.

Not all events will require security staff, however you may wish to hire staff as part of your event production. Brisbane City Council may also specify that it is a requirement of your event permit. The security company you engage can provide advice on the minimum number of security personnel required for the size of your event. They will provide this information in line with relevant legislation.

Emergency and evacuation plan

An emergency and evacuation plan may be required for your Entertainment Event Permit application. The scale and detail of your emergency and evacuation plan will depend on the size and risk of the event. As a general guide it should include: 

  • emergency and disaster planning and preparedness
  • hazard identification and mitigation
  • emergency response
  • evacuation plan, including means of escape
  • access for emergency vehicles
  • first aid.

First aid facilities

All entertainment events are required to provide adequate first aid facilities. The number of first aid posts and personnel will be different at each event, however the following table should be used as a general guide:

Table summarising first aid requirements at an event including number of patrons, first aid personnel and first aid posts.
Patrons First aid personnel First aid posts
500 2 1
1000 4 1
2000 6 1
5000 8 2
10,000 12 2
20,000 22+ 4

Source: Australian Emergency Management Institute (Safe and Healthy Mass Gatherings – a health, medical and safety planning manual for public events).

Last updated: 10 May 2019