The Commissioner may declare any event or class of events of regional, state or national significance to be a Special Event. Declared Special Events must be published on the NSW Police Force SLED website.

SLED may consider applications to grant a Visitor Permit to carry on one or more kinds of security activity during the period of a specific Special Event.

Generally a security business that is located and licensed in another state or territory may apply to provide security operators to a Special Event. The business will also coordinate and lodge the applications for the operators they wish to provide for the Special Event.

The applicant must supply evidence to the Commissioner’s satisfaction for the following.

If the applicant is an individual, that the applicant:

  • is ordinarily resident in another State or Territory
  • is licensed or otherwise authorised in that State or Territory to carry on the activity or activities of the kind proposed to be authorised by the visitor permit.

If the applicant is a Corporation they must supply evidence that:

  • the applicant’s registered office and, if the address of that office is not the address of its principal place of business, its principal place of business is in another State or Territory
  • the applicant is licensed or otherwise authorised in that State or Territory to carry on the activity or activities of the kind proposed to be authorised by the visitor permit

The security business is to forward their employee's applications to the SLED.

All applications must be received one month prior to the first day of the event.

Under section 39H of the Security Industry Act 1997 the holder of a visitor permit must produce the visitor permit for inspection on demand by:

  • a police officer or any other member of the NSW Police Force, or
  • any person with whom the holder has dealings when carrying on a security activity.

For more information about Special Events and Visitor Permits refer to Sections 39C - 39H of the Security Industry Act 1997.

Special Event / Visitor Permit application forms

    Note: Application forms for Visitor Permits must be lodged with SLED well in advance of the Special Event. The cut-off for receipt of Visitor Permit applications is one month prior to the first day of the event.

Special Event Declarations

  • 'Byron Bay Bluesfest 2019' has been declared a Special Event for the period 15 April to 24 April 2019 inclusive in accordance with Part 3A of the Security Industry Act 1997. View a copy of the declaration (PDF)
  • 'Splendour in the Grass 2018' has been declared a Special Event for the period 16 July to 23 July 2018 inclusive in accordance with Part 3A of the Security Industry Act 1997. View a copy of the declaration (PDF)
  • 'The Falls Music & Arts Festival 2016' has been declared a Special Event for the period 30 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 inclusive in accordance with Part 3A of the Security Industry Act 1997. View a copy of the declaration (PDF).
  • 'The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest 2015' has been declared a Special Event for the period 1 October to 6 October 2015 inclusive in accordance with Part 3A of the Security Industry Act 1997. View a copy of the declaration (PDF)
  • 'The Deniliquin Ute Muster' has been declared a Special Event for the period 3 October to 5 October 2014 inclusive in accordance with Part 3A of the Security Industry Act 1997. View a copy of the declaration (PDF)