7. Legal issues

The complexity of event organisation means there may be legal issues to address before, during and after the event. It is important that you seek professional legal advice before you begin planning for your event.

Some matters that may require legal advice are:

  • contracts with staff, volunteers, suppliers, performers, sponsors, contractors, venues, any other relevant parties
  • use of intellectual property including copyright material (see Australasian Performing Right Association and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia in 4.2 and 14)
  • conduct of revenue-raising activities (see 6.19 and 15)
  • necessary insurance (see 6.2 and 14.2)
  • wages and other employee entitlements e.g. correct wages must be paid to all staff including performers, as well as superannuation and other entitlements that might arise in relation to a particular engagement. The relevant union for arts workers is the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (see 4.2)
  • taxation issues, including GST where applicable
  • need for obtaining relevant licences and approvals for the event e.g. planning approval, liquor licence, Working With Children Check etc.
  • environmental protection laws, including those for noise and waste management (see 9.3, 9.6 and 12)
  • compliance with other applicable laws.

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