Power management at events

You need to manage power for you event site - to ensure you have an adequate supply and that all uses of power are appropriately managed.

Many events require power - for lights, entertainment, amusement activities and a range of other elements.

Industry standards

You need to ensure the following issues relating to power are managed, monitored and controlled prior to and during your event.

This list is not exclusive. When doing your risk assessment and event planning, refer to the Industry Standard for Electrical Installation on Construction Sites issued by Worksafe.

Consider the following:

  • ensure that a 10 amp 1.0 millimetre square heavy duty lead is a maximum 25 metres in length to the power source. This doesn’t mean that another lead can be co-joined to reach the distance required. It means that either the power source is bought closer to the powered site or the powered site is brought closer to the power source
  • ensure all electrical leads provided by event participants have been tagged and tested by an electrician prior to the event.
  • all electrical tools should be tagged and tested by an electrician, and checked regularly.
  • ensure that electrical leads and connections are waterproof
  • ensure electrical leads are not trip hazards
  • ensure electrical leads are not coiled, twisted or tied
  • determine how will the mains power, distribution boards and generators be made inaccessible to the public
  • the risk assessment should identify any trip hazards and ensure that generators and fuel are not accessible to the public.

If your event is run solely from mains power, think about arranging a back-up generator in case of a power outage.

If a Division 2 Occupancy Permit (POPE) has been issued and the event is partly or wholly supported by mains power, then a generator is required to be on site as a back-up power.

Page last updated: Friday, 29 April 2022