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Training and education focus on event and venue security

Training and education focus on event and venue security
January 24, 2018

In the current heightened security climate that affects events and venues, a series of courses and industry seminars are being aimed at industry professionals and organisations through the early months of the year.

Against the backdrop of sickening acts perpetrated by terrorist organisations and criminals in Australia and overseas, local event and venue professionals are increasingly aware of the need for staff and executive training along with physical measures to ensure patrons and the public continue to enjoy safe entertainment and sporting experiences.

A significant part of the strategies being adopted by Australian event and venue professional is based on the Federal Government’s Australia’s Strategy For Protecting Crowded Places From Terrorism.

Released in August last year, the strategy explains that the “owners and operators of crowded places have the primary responsibility for protecting their sites, including a duty of care to take steps to protect people that work, use, or visit their site from a range of foreseeable threats, including terrorism.”

The objective of this strategy is to protect the lives of people working in, using, and visiting crowded places by making these places more resilient to terrorism. It includes a range of materials that will assist owners and operators to understand and implement protective security measures.

Looking to help in the training of staff in best practice security planning and critical incident response techniques, the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Limited [VMA] is presenting seminars in Sydney and Melbourne in early March to help up-skill staff in a short amount of time and ensure operations are conducted to industry best-practice.

The courses, Venue Security, Incident Response & Business Continuity Planning in an Escalating Environment, are being conducted at the ICC Sydney on Wednesday 7th March and at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Thursday 15th March.

As part of its Safety & Security at Public Venues & Events Series, global conference organiser Marcus Evans is staging the Crowded Places Safety and Security Conference at the MCEC from 28th February to 2nd March.

The conference aims to provide tangible frameworks that compliment the latest government regulations and worldwide developments in event and venue security.

It is being addressed by speakers including Sue Wilkinson, Director of Emergency Management at the MCG; Mark Wheeler, Theatre Operations Director, Southbank Theatre Melbourne; Mal Abley, Physical Security Manager at The University of Melbourne; Hayden Turner, Nat Geo WILD, Manager of Guest Experience, People and Programs, Taronga Zoo and Sean Carroll, Anti-Corruption and Security Manager, Cricket Australia.

The other event dealing with security and safety issues in events and venues is the second annual Public Venue Security and Safety Summit, being held at the Pullman Melbourne On The Park from 21st to 23rd March 2018.

Organised by Akolade, the Summit will bring together leading security professionals to explore the implementation of effective and practical strategies to ensure operational continuity of public venues, events and facilities.

Click here for more information on these events in the Australasian Leisure Management industry calendar.

Click here for details of the Federal Government’s Australia’s Strategy For Protecting Crowded Places From Terrorism strategy.

Images: Bag searches at Stereosonic in Adelaide (top) and security bollards made playful at Luna Park Melbourne (top).

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18th August 2017 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE PLANS TO PROTECT CROWDED PLACES FROM TERRORIST INCIDENTS

10th June 2017 - CONCRETE BOLLARDS TO IMPROVE SECURITY AT MELBOURNE LANDMARKS

24th May 2017 - VENUES ASSESS SECURITY IN WAKE OF MANCHESTER ARENA TERRORIST ATTROCITY 

23rd May 2017 - VENUE INDUSTRY REACTS TO MANCHESTER ARENA TERROR ATTACK

16th May 2017 - ST KILDA’S PALAIS THEATRE TO REOPEN AFTER $26 MILLION REFURBISHMENT 

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22nd December 2016 - ADELAIDE OVAL INTRODUCES UPGRADED SECURITY FOR SUMMER EVENTS 

17th December 2014 - PUBLIC VENUE RISK AND SAFETY MASTERCLASSES TO BE HELD IN BRISBANE, MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY


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