Frequently asked questions

How do I know if my event is high risk?

You know your event better than anyone else, so you are in the best position to assess the risk of your event. By undertaking the risk management planning process outlined above, you will be able to ascertain where your event may be high risk and what you can do to manage and control that risk.

What does a change to the national terrorism threat level mean to my event?

A change to the national terrorism threat level can mean different things, depending on the type of change. If the threat level reduces, it may mean that the risk of a terrorist attack is low, but it should not mean that you stop planning for risk for in general. It may mean that you assess that particular risk as low and therefore, may not put additional resources into that area.

If the threat level rises, you should revisit your risk and security plans and continue to engage first with your local Council and Police. You, along with them, will be able to assess the real risk to your event.

Will I have to spend more money to ensure my event is safe and secure?

Not necessarily. During your risk management and security planning, you will be able to ascertain the needs of your event based on your event’s risk profile. The risk management planning process can help you prioritise your existing resources to ensure you’re most comfortable. 

I want the Police to help me plan my event security, and I would like the Police to attend my event.  Is it possible?

As an event organiser, you are the one primarily responsible for safety and security at your event. You know your event better than anyone else, so you are best placed to make these plans. If you do have concerns, you can contact your local police, but it is best not to rely on police presence at your event as a part of your risk or security planning.

I run a private venue, so my local council has no connection with events I hold, and neither do the police.  What should I do if I think an event might carry extra risk?

Even if you don’t have a direct connection with your local council or Economic Development Agency, you can still get in contact – especially if you think that your venue might carry additional risk. Councils, as venue owners too, may be able to provide advice to help you manage risk. You can also contact your local Police to let them know.