Public buildings and mass gatherings

COVID-19 State of Emergency Declarations: 

Please refer to the current Directions related to prohibited gatherings, restriction of activities and closure of affected places.


History shows that serious incidents and deaths have occurred for a variety of reasons at all types of buildings and even in open spaces where people assemble. Many incidents could have been prevented if basic precautions had been taken.

Building legislation provides minimum construction standards but may not consider and address specific issues that are relevant to how buildings are used. Building use is critical as not all hazards are addressed by building legislation. For example a large sporting facility designed as a sporting facility may not be suitable as a concert venue with a much larger number of people in attendance. For public safety n Western Australia the principal legislation is:

Guidelines

Guidance to help manage and eliminate risks associated with public buildings and mass gatherings is contained in the following guidelines

The Guidelines on the application of the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 are currently being amended and will be replaced as soon as possible. In the meantime, please refer to the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 (external site) or contact the Department of Health for further advice.

Overview of events management in WA

More information

  • For information about organising an event, or information related to a public building, contact the relevant local government Environmental Health Services where the event or building is located. Refer to the online local government directory (external site) for contact details. Ask to speak to an Environmental Health Officer. 
  • For events or public buildings located in Kings Park, Rottnest Island, or locations not within a local government district, contact the Environmental Health Directorate by emailing Public.Events@health.wa.gov.au or call 9222 2000