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Major Event Venues in New South Wales

The Major Events Act 2009 NSW states that a person must not sell or attempt to sell a ticket for admission to a major event venue or facility, except as authorised by the responsible authority; so on 8 November 2012, STSA sent an email to Arts NSW to ask which venues this year have declared as major event venues and facilities, but did not get a reply.  Upon contacting them about 2 weeks later, the response was that “Destinations NSW” should be contacted to ask this question and the initial question/request should have been forwarded to them, but somehow had not.

Therefore, STSA emailed the question on 21st November 2012, this time directly to Destinations NSW at info@dnsw.com.au but still did not get a reply.

A third email has been sent to DNSW today, 30 November 2012, and once the answer is received, if ever, it will be posted here.

See the following pages for further relevant information.

https://stopticketscalpingaustralia.wordpress.com/resources/

https://stopticketscalpingaustralia.wordpress.com/legislation-and-reports/

Good luck with contacting the ANZ Stadium about whether it has been declared a “Major Event Venue” for any particular Event that you are interested in.   STSA contacted them in 2013 but did not get a response, however after then writing to the Football Federation of Australia, STSA did get a reply – about the A-League All Stars versus Manchester United match at the ANZ Stadium, on 20 July 2013.

Read  THIS   post here for the response from the FFA.  Scroll down the linked page until you come across the letter from the FFA under “Response from FFA” which contains the statement “This event is not a Declared Event.”  Thus in the case of this Match, the Major Events Act 2009 did not apply (and which has limited effect anyway, as it only makes ticket scalping at the actual Stadium illegal ).

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6 comments on “Major Event Venues in New South Wales

  1. stopticketscalping
    26/04/2013

    FURTHER EMAILS – Still trying to get a reply from someone !!

    Note from STSA: First email sent in 2013

    From:
    To: “info@dnsw.com.au”
    Sent: Monday, 1 April 2013 6:30 PM
    Subject: Declared “major event venues

    Hello

    Please can you advise me which venues in 2013 are declared “major event venues” in New South Wales, per the Major Events Act 2009?

    Arts NSW advised me you are the Department to ask this question.

    Many thanks
    ***********************************
    Note from STSA: 2nd email below, as no reply to 1st email received

    From:
    To: “info@dnsw.com.au”
    Sent: Wednesday, 10 April 2013 6:52 PM
    Subject: Re: Declared “major event venues

    Please can someone reply to my query below, thank you.

    From:
    To: “info@dnsw.com.au”
    Sent: Monday, 1 April 2013 6:30 PM
    Subject: Declared “major event venues

    Hello

    Please can you advise me which venues in 2013 are declared “major event venues” in New South Wales, per the Major Events Act 2009?

    Arts NSW advised me you are the Department to ask this question.

    Many thanks

    **************************************
    Note from STSA: 3rd email below, as no reply to 1st or 2nd email was received

    From:
    Sent: Sunday, 21 April 2013 6:38 PM
    To: info@dnsw.com.au; Public Annesley’s Office Email
    Subject: Re: Declared “major event venues

    To Destinations NSW

    I first emailed you on 21 November 2012 to ask what the “declared major event venues” in NSW were for 2012, and since then I have sent 2 emails, as below, asking what the “declared major event venues” in NSW for 2013 are, but have not received a reply.

    I had emailed Arts NSW on 8 November 2012, and they told me to email you. It is about time that somebody replied to my email, with what is a straight-forward question – someone must know the answer “are there declared major event venues for 2013 for NSW?”

    If you do not know, then why did Arts NSW refer me to you? I still have their email advising me to email you. If you don’t know, then I really would appreciate someone competent enough to find out for me whom I should be contacting.

    Or do I have to send a letter to the Minister for Sport and Recreation?

    Thank you

    ***************************************************************
    Note from STSA

    Do some of these Government departments know what they are doing?? The email above was also sent to Graham Annesley’s office, Minister for Sport & Recreation.

    Finally, we did get a prompt reply (thank you) from the Minster for Sport and Recreation’s Office, in terms of they have
    referred the matter (yet again our enquiry is being forwarded on) to the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, Minister Souris.

    Hopefully the email to STSA from Minister Annesley’s Office ( see below ) was bcc’d to Destinations NSW, for their information.

    STSA has not yet heard back from Destinations NSW, and will wait one month for a reply from the Office of Minister Souris. Maybe we will need to write and post a physical hardcopy letter to the Minister or to a few recipients to get a reply!!

    See the Email response below from the office of Minister Graham Annesley, Minister for Sport & Recreation. Note the spelling/grammatical error, “fall” should be “falls” obviously. There was no name given of the actual sender, just signed off “Office of the Minister for Sport and Recreation”. So far, it has taken 5 months to try to get an answer to a simple question. Unbelievable.

    —————————

    Good Morning,

    Thank you for your email to the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon Graham Annesley MP.

    The matter raised in your email fall within the ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, the Hon George Souris MP. We have forwarded your email to Minister Souris for consideration.

    We trust your correspondence will receive their full attention.

    Kind Regards

    Office of the Minister for Sport and Recreation

    _____________________________________________

    [ picture – NSWWaratah ]

    Email: office@annesley.minister.nsw.gov.au
    Tel: 02 9228 5259
    Fax: 02 9228 5727

    • stopticketscalping
      30/04/2013

      Received the email below from a Manager of Destinations NSW.

      Thank you for your enquiry. On behalf of Destination NSW, please accept my apologies for not responding to your email earlier.

      The Major Events Act 2009 does not specifically declare any venues as “major event venues”.

      Under the Act, the Minister can declare a major event venue or facility for the duration of the event. This can include:

      · the event venue

      · a media centre or other comms facility,

      · the accommodation for people attending the major event

      · transport and other physical infrastructure associated with the major event

      · any public place, or any part of a public place, within 50 metres of a major event venue or facility

      · any other development under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

      The Major Events Act 2009 does not come under Destination NSW’s responsibilities.

      I trust that the above information will be of use.

      ************************************
      Note from STSA

      Looks like the administration of the Act comes solely under the ambit of the “Minister”, the Minister in question being the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, currently George Souris.

      Interesting that Destinations NSW is a statutory authority carrying out the administrative tasks for Minister Souris, but did not reply in the first place and won’t help further. Too bad that STSA has come “full circle”, i.e. has contacted DNSW in the first place last year and has now have discovered that it actually is DNSW acting on behalf of Minister Souris, whom is responsible for answering the initial question.

      DNSW seems to be saying they never know when a venue becomes a “declared major event venue” which is nonsense, seeing as they are the support or administrative section for the Minister!! We wonder if they don’t know when their own Minister declares an event as such, what they actually do know or do for that matter. Unbelievable.

      It seems that STSA will have to look out for “declared major events” in the “Gazette” (however that is done), or in the NSW news, or perhaps contact the event organisers directly and ask if the event in question has been declared a “major event” under the Act.

      The Major Events Act 2009 NSW states in part, at clause 2 –

      For the purposes of this Act, a major event venue or facility is:

      (a) any of the following that have been declared to be a major event venue or facility by the Minister by order published in the Gazette:
      (i) a venue or facility used for the conduct of a major event,
      (ii) a media centre or other communications facility for the media for a major event,
      (iii) lodgings and other accommodation for persons attending a major event,
      (iv) transport and other physical infrastructure associated with a major event,
      (v) any other development (within the meaning of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) determined by the Minister to be required for, or is associated with, a major event, and

      (b) any public place, or any part of a public place, that is within 50 metres of a major event venue or facility, being a public place, or part of a public place, that is specified or described in an order of the Minister published in the Gazette, and
      (c) any place prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection, but is only such a venue or facility during the relevant major event
      period.
      (3) Notes included in this Act do not form part of this Act

      **********

      A NOTE FROM STSA

      SEE THE RESOURCES POST OF THIS SITE FOR ACCESS TO THE FULL ACT

  2. Michelle Durham
    01/10/2013

    So did they end up saying which events are declared major & where they can be easily accessed by all? eg: NRL Grand Final Tickets to Sydney Olympic Stadium for Oct 2013.

  3. stopticketscalping
    21/04/2014

    The NSW Regulations are available at the link below, but GOOD LUCK with finding any to do with declaring an event a “Major Event” for the purpose of the Major Event Act. We tried with terms such as “major event” or “major events’ and looked at the list for Regulations passed so far in 2014, but cannot find any declared major event later than 2010 in the search facility.

    It would be helpful if the Minister concerned provided a page on his website listing “declared major events” as they are declared, or at least if the site OR the staff from Destinations NSW referred people to HOW TO GET THIS INFORMATION.

    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_reg/

  4. stopticketscalping
    25/08/2016

    The ANZ Stadium in Sydney is a Venue of a high standard capable of hosting major events, but the Stadium has to be declared as functioning as a “Major Event Venue” for an individual and specific Event. See the following website.

    http://www.anzstadium.com.au/footer/news-and-media/2015/sydneys-biggest-stadium-supports-baird-governments-643m-pledge-to-bring-more-major-events-to-nsw/

    Go to the Event website for events at this Stadium ( i.e. to the Ticket Sellers website ), to see if the website has information about the Stadium being declared as a “Major Event Venue” for the Event ( in other words, showing that the Event is a Major Event ).

    The NSW Gazette can be searched online when tickets to the Event you are interested in have been advertised or promoted – click on the link below to access the Gazette in which declarations of any NSW Venue being a “Major Event Venue” have to be made.

    http://legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/notifications

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