Event Accessibility

When planning an event, it is a legal requirement to consider the access needs of people with a disability. With over 16 per cent of the NSW population living with some form of disability, making an event accessible is extremely important.

Further information and key considerations of an access plan

"As a wheelchair user, this is one venue that I never hesitate to book tickets at. That's because I know I'm always able to sit with my friends to enjoy the game, rather than by myself."

"As a person with a vision impairment, the increased lighting and audio announcements about where to catch buses and taxis were a great help as I was leaving the event to get home. These little things can help to make an event so much more enjoyable and stress free."

"As an event organiser for a popular local community event, we have tried to incorporate access considerations into our planning over the last few years. We have noticed a significant increase in attendance by people with a disability and their families and friends, as well as parents with prams and older members of the community. Our event now better reflects our community."

When planning an event, it is a legal requirement to consider the access needs of people with a disability. With over 16 per cent of the NSW population living with some form of disability, making your event accessible is also an important commercial decision. Promoting an event's focus on accessibility may also be an attractive prospect for supporting partners or sponsors.

Access customers might be:

  • Someone with a hearing or vision impairment
  • A person in a wheelchair (wheelchair user)
  • A person with intellectual disability
  • A parent pushing a stroller
  • An older person.

Access customers are either born with a disability or they may acquire a disability, temporarily or permanently, at some point in their lifetime. It is also worth noting that as we all age, our access needs increase.

The most effective way of ensuring access for everybody is to consider access at the initial planning stages of your event. Developing an access plan can help you to identify features that may make it difficult for people with a disability to access your event and ensure that your event is accessible to the greatest possible number of people. Key considerations of an access plan for your event are: