All organisers of events in the City of Greater Dandenong must demonstrate their COVIDSafe Planning to the Victorian Government. This is in addition to all other event approvals required for events, including from Council event permits.
Organisers of events in Greater Dandenong are advised to familiarise themselves with the relevant regulations and ensure their event is COVIDSafe. A good starting point to prepare for a COVIDSafe event is the Victorian Government’s Public Events – Information for event organisers.
Phased resumption of public events
Victoria is shifting into a phased resumption of public events. Limits on numbers and other conditions will ease progressively with each phase. Refer to Section 9 of the Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe Public Events Framework for a table showing each phase.
Is my activity an event?
The definition of an event in this context is: “an organised public gathering for a common purpose which is conducted on a one-off or periodic basis, it may be open to members of the public, publicly announced or advertised, and may be subject to specific license, approvals or permits.”
If you are unsure if your activity is an event contact the Festivals and Events team for more information via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allocated seating and gated venues
Tier One and Tier Two events must have allocated seating; free-standing (general admission) Tier One and higher risk Tier Two events will not be permitted. Tier Three events may have some standing and roaming.
Where an event could attract attendees who do not have a ticket, the organiser must use a gated venue with designated points of entry and exit.
Face masks are required on public transport and in ride-shares or taxis.
It is strongly recommended that face coverings be worn in other situations when physical distancing is not possible, even if outdoors. For example, at outdoor concerts, street festivals, or while waiting at a bus stop or tram or train station.
The Public Events Framework categorises events in one of three tiers. Complete the Public Event Self-Assessment Tool to find out what tier your event is.
Please ensure your COVIDSafe planning incorporates all of the following:
- Oversight and Administration – educating event staff, liaising with public health officials, managing attendees with symptoms, ticketing, collecting attendee contact details etc.
- Spectator Management – pre-event health messaging, signage, limiting interaction between groups, entry and exit management etc.
- Environmental and Personal Hygiene – pre-event cleaning, cleaning schedule, hygiene stations, toilets etc.
- Staff, Vendors and Contractors – obtain COVIDSafe Plans from vendors and contractors, queue management, contactless payments etc.
If you are planning a Tier One or higher risk Tier Two event, it is recommended you engage with the Victorian Government officials early in your planning process. Please note: If the event organiser does not provide enough information within the deadline, your event may not be approved.
The following resources provide useful references in preparing for events. It is recommended you read all the documents that relate to your event, not just the ones highlighted below.
- Plan safe and successful events
- COVIDSafe Public Events Framework
- Guidance for preparing a COVIDSafe Event Plan