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 must be submitted with all Entertainment Events Permit applications. 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, or Brisbane City Council may 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 is require for all Entertainment Events Permit applications. 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 encompass:

  • 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 utilised as a general guide:

Patrons First Aid Personnel First Aid Posts
500 2 1
1000 4 1
2000 6 1
5000 8 2
10000 12 2
20000 22+ 4

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

13 January 2016