NSW Health is committed to continuing to work with music festival organisers and other stakeholders such as private medical providers to keep people safer at music festivals.
The NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Ambulance and local health districts (LHDs) are available to provide support and advice on harm reduction strategies and risk management approaches for all music festivals across NSW.
The NSW Ministry of Health can assess event and medical plans and provide advice to ensure they are in line with the
Guidelines for music festival event organisers: Music festival harm reduction.
This includes providing advice on:
A safety management plan template can be found at
Liquor & Gaming NSW - Music festival safety management plans.
Guidelines for music festival event organisers: Music festival harm reduction have been written to support event organisers to deliver safer music festivals. NSW Health will use the Guidelines to assess festival event and medical plans. The Guidelines include information regarding general health considerations, onsite medical service provision, emergency escalation protocols and harm reduction strategies.
The Guidelines are updated regularly to reflect current best practice and experience. Feedback on the Guidelines is welcomed and can be provided to
Music festival organisers and promoters play an important role in communicating harm reduction messages to patrons. Harm reduction messages can be delivered before, during and after events. These messages can be distributed using festival communication channels including social media platforms, websites and promotional material.
Harm reduction messages should encourage patrons to seek help early if they experience adverse effects from drug and alcohol use and advertise the presence and location of care spaces, harm reduction service and medical services.
Harm reduction messages may include:
For more information about drugs and alcohol, visit
YourRoom to get the facts.
NSW Health has developed a series of short harm reduction videos. These videos can be used by event organisers and promoters and we encourage you to share them on your social networks.
Transcript: Sophie: Overdose survivor
Transcript: Dr Phil Smith: Know the signs and get help
Transcript: Music Festival Safety – DanceWize
Transcript: Chenea Roles Paramedic, NSW Ambulance: Look out for your mates and they will look after you
For further information on music festival safety for patrons please visit
Patron information on rights and responsibilities at music festivals is available from the
NSW Users and Aids Association and DanceWize NSW