Risk assessment and event safety

All event organisers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public participants attending the event and also any employee, volunteer, helper or contractor involved in organising the event.

When planning an event, you will need to consider legal requirements such as the Electricity Act 1996, Gas Act 1997 and Food Act 2001.

All hazards associated with the event need to be identified, the level of risk assessed and appropriate action taken to reduce these risks to an acceptable level. This can be ensured by carrying out a risk assessment.

All events must comply with recognised safety standards, and event organisers must take all reasonable precautions to ensure the event takes place safely.

Safe Work SA has developed a set of materials that are a good starting point for information about the types of things that need to be considered by event organisers.

For future reference, keep a record of these risk assessments.

Public liability insurance

There is an insurance facility set up by the council and its insurance brokers to provide public liability cover for ad hoc hirers of council facilities for the period of the hire. For more information, please contact the Insurance and Liability Officer on (08) 8384 0666 or email mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

For community groups and clubs who require ongoing cover, insurance is available through Local Community Insurance Services.

Reporting Incidents that occur on council land or in a council building

All incidents that occur when an event is being held on council land or in council venues must be reported to the council. Should an incident occur during your event, please complete and return the Event Incident Register form to the Insurance and Liability Officer and mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au