Disability discrimination occurs when people are treated less fairly because they have a disability, or because they are relatives, friends, carers, co-workers or associates of a person with a disability. Disability discrimination can be direct or indirect. This relates directly to event management too.
Whilst the BCA is generally not applicable to events, there are three relevant legislative requirements to consider when planning an event:
- Events fall under the umbrella of the DDA, and even though the Premises Standards is only applicable to new or refurbished existing buildings, Section 23 of the DDA requires non-discriminatory access to premises which the public or a section of the public is entitled or allowed to use. “Premises” are defined to include any place whether enclosed or built on or not. This would, therefore, include any building or external area.
- An existing building undergoing a change of use might trigger compliance or a need for a Temporary Occupancy Permit under the Building Act 1993.
- An outdoor even space could be deemed to be a Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) by the local council and require an Occupancy Permit as a Class 9b building.
MAA has been involved in many events over the years, including many POPE Occupancy Permits. From this experience, MAA has a unique understanding of the dynamic and fast-paced event management industry. We know that once the wheels are in motion they won’t stop under members of the public are moving through the entry gates.
MAA can assist at all stages of an event, from an initial review of the event management plan or risk management plan, through to a walk-through inspection of the proposed site, review of concept layouts, and assistance in the lead up to the event to ensure that access barriers are identified and removed where possible (or control measures put in place to deal with them).
Please check with your local Council if you are planning an event to determine any necessary Occupancy Permit requirements (including any other permits such as road closures, health or the like).