Major events are unlike any other business. They attract considerable media attention, draw sizeable investment from Government and/or the private sector, involve a mass gathering of participants, contain a non-negotiable start date and may be one-off, without the benefit of continuous improvement. All this means that major events are exposed to a unique set of risks involving safety, security, legal, financial, environmental, project-based and, most importantly, reputational risk.

Preparation is essential

Risk management for events must start early. This ensures that all essential risk management criteria are set in place. Considerations include budget allocation, contract details, management systems, governance, risk, compliance and accountability structures.


Reliance Risk provides event specific services to assist event organisers.

  • Event Risk Management Plans - covering event context, risk registers, roles and responsibilities and insurance certificates.
  • Event Safety Plans - including risk assessments, contractor safety and emergency management.
  • Event Operating Plans - including detailing venue relationships, event team organisational structures, functional area suppliers, and event delivery plans.
  • Event Risk Officers - provision of an event safety and risk on-site auditor and post incident loss investigator for events.
  • Operational readiness - scenario planning, readiness inspections, desk-top exercises and simulations.
  • Verification - audit of event risk management or crowd management plans.
  • Crowd capacity estimates - we work with venues to establish appropriate crowd capacity estimates.

Reliance Risk Projects

Reliance Risk has a wealth of experience in event planning in both risk, safety, security and operations, providing the right skill set to suit each client's needs.

  • Fairfax Events - Producing Event Risk Management Plans, Emergency Management Plans, and Risk Assessments for events including the City2Surf, City2Sea, City2South, and Night Noodle Markets in each state (2012-present).
  • Public Arts Exhibitions - Event Risk Management Framework and Operational Readiness Inspections; including Sculpture by the Sea Bondi and Cottesloe (2008- present).
  • Conventions and Trade Events - including TRENZ, Rotorua (2016) on behalf of Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Meetings on behalf of Conventions and Incentives NZ (2016).
  • Music Festivals - including Beyond the Valley (2015 - present), Raggamuffin (2017).

If you would like to find out more please contact us.