Policy & Advocacy
As the peak body for our industry, our role is to protect and promote the interests of our Members. This includes:
- Formulating industry codes of practice for areas such as ticketing, censorship, auditions, arts access, privacy and child employment
- Sitting on relevant government and industry committees and working groups
- Making submissions to government on behalf of our industry on current issues
- Lobbying government on issues such as venue infrastructure and investment incentives for live productions and events
- Conducting research and collecting data for the benefit of our Members and the industry. This includes the annual Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report, which values the overall worth of the industry to the cultural, economic and social life of Australia
- Creating effective partnerships and strategic alliances with like-minded bodies and complementary industries
We provide information and advice on ticketing and consumer-related matters, promote consumer awareness of safe and fair ticketing practice, and work with federal and state governments to improve regulations to protect consumers.
Compliance with our Ticketing Code of Practice is mandatory of all Members. It has two parts:
- the industry code, which provides guidelines on complaint handling procedures, ticket proceeds handling protocols, advertising, ticket pricing and other industry practices
- the consumer code, which covers consumer rights
The Ticketing Code is independently reviewed and re-issued every three years. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provide feedback as part of the review process.
Our information for consumers includes the Safe Tix video, which is a companion to the Safe Tix Guide, and the Consumer Guide: Buying and Selling Tickets in the Ticket Resale Market.
Click below for the Ticketing Code of Practice and other information on ticketing and consumer issues.
We support and undertake research integral to building knowledge and promoting the value of our industry.
Our annual Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report is the most comprehensive report of ticket sales for Australian live performance events and is drawn upon extensively by the industry, government, media and business.
We periodically produce an economic study – The Size and Scope of the Live Performance Industry – which calculates the industry’s economic contribution in terms of gross output, value add and full time equivalent employment.
Click below for the latest reports.
We actively engage with government, specifically focusing on cultural policy, industrial environment and conditions, infrastructure and cultural precincts, and investment in the performing arts.
We work with other industry bodies such as MEAA and SPA to provide a united industry front and lobby federal government, and we frequently make submissions to federal and state governments.
Click below for past submissions.
We care about the environment as much as you do. Our Greener Live Performance platform helps you reduce the environmental footprint of your event, venue, production or tour.
The platform includes:
- guidelines and checklists
- design guides
- management guides
- greenhouse gas calculator
- information about potential funding sources for sustainability projects
- case studies
- video interviews with participants
Best Practice Guides
Our resources section includes a range of guides on industry issues such as employment, touring, privacy, arts access and content warnings.
Click below for all our guides.
We represent and actively support our industry in copyright related matters. We consult and negotiate with copyright collecting societies, including APRA and AMCOS, to represent the rights and interests of Members (licensees).
We also provide information and advice on all copyright licensing matters.
It is becoming increasingly problematic for our industry to finance new productions due to the high cost of pre-production and the difficulties in attracting the required level of incentive.
We have been lobbying the federal government to provide tax incentives for pre-production costs, similar to those offered to screen producers, to attract the level of investment required to produce and stage world-class shows.
Our work in this area includes a 2019-20 pre-budget submission, supported by economic modelling by Ernst and Young.
Click below to read submissions to government on this topic.