Conference Day One: Tuesday, 24 October 2017


Rodger Watson

Deputy Director, Designing Out Crime Research Centre
University of Technology Sydney


9:30 AM - NaN:NaN AM Emergency Services Response to recent attacks offshore (including London and Paris)

  • The first 5-10 minutes: How this makes a phenomenal difference to the outcome of an attack
  • What Australian emergency services can learn in terms of inter agency co-ordination
  • The roles that police, counter terrorism, ambulance and hospitals played in minimising impact
  • Interaction with venue owners and the local precinct- emergency management plans could be changed

10:10 AM - NaN:NaN AM Commonwealth Games Case Study: Hardening Strategies for Existing Venues

Graham Coleman, Superintendent, Program Manager Games Operations, Commonwealth Games Group, Queensland Police
  • Understanding the threat - conducting an appropriate security risk assessment
  • Working with stakeholders in a shared response to emerging threats
  • Thoroughly reviewing emergency management plans including organisational policy and procedures
  • Identifying vulnerability to target harden your venue/event
  • Modelling scenarios: planning to protect an existing venue from attacks
  • Introducing emerging technologies, such as facial recognition and hydraulic bollards
  • Going the extra yard to protect VIP's

Graham Coleman

Superintendent, Program Manager Games Operations, Commonwealth Games Group
Queensland Police

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM Speed Networking


11:40 AM - 12:50 PM Interactive Discussion Group

Not only will you hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice, you will also receive focused thought leadership and insight into the future of the Public Venue and Soft Target Security Management.

How will the IDGs run?
  • The entire audience will break up and choose IDGs based on which topics are most relevant and interesting to them.
  • Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space
  • Each delegate will have the opportunity to select 2 topics and will rotate between their choices after 30 minutes.
  • Discussion groups are kept small to ensure all delegates get the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions, ensuring a perfectly tailored experience.

Table One

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Physical Perimeter Hardening to Prevent Vehicle-borne Attacks

Graham Coleman, Superintendent, Program Manager Games Operations, Commonwealth Games Group, Queensland Police
  • How vehicles can access the area – strategies for bollard strengthening
  • Perimeter fencing – what’s a good standard?
  • Modelling the bollards required for weight and speed of the potential vehicle
  • Hardening through landscaping – preventing vehicles approaching the venue
  • How to design the site to separating the crowd from the road and control where vehicles can access
  • Best practice rehearsing lock down situation


Graham Coleman

Superintendent, Program Manager Games Operations, Commonwealth Games Group
Queensland Police
  • Architectural considerations to present your venue as a hard target
  • Ensuring your building design complies with the latest regulations in safety security
  • Crowd movements and crowd flows - dos and don’t for safer management of mass gathering
  • Designing the funnel points to ensure control of who enters
  • Improving your emergency training and security threat assessments

Pernille Christensen

Senior Lecturer, Property Economics, Property Development & Planning
University of Technology Sydney

Kim Wan

Research Officer, Designing Out Crime Research Centre
University of Technology Sydney

Table Three

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Best Practice Emergency Management Planning and Training

Matthew Elkins, Senior Manager - Events and Operations, Venues Canberra
  • Refining how your emergency management plan integrates with the rest of the organisation
  • Developing a culture within your organisation to make emergency management priority
  • How the plan reaches out across the stadium and into the wider parts if the jurisdiction
  • Integrating and scenario planning with emergency services
  • Ensuring risk assessments are reviewed regularly


Matthew Elkins

Senior Manager - Events and Operations
Venues Canberra

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM LUNCH

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM Case study from the Australian Football League (AFL): The Hirer’s Perspective on Safety, Security and Emergency Management

Carla Coslovich, Security Operations Manager, Australian Football League (AFL)
The AFL is one of Australia’s best attended sports, attracting more than 6.8 million attendees annually.
On any weekend it has 9 games running, each with an average of 30,000 spectators.

It is also the only sports hirer in Australia to own a venue – Etihad stadium. In this session, Carla will discuss:

  • The Safety Officer Program – dedicated security consultants reviewing security measures at each match and providing real time information back to the AFL Security Function
  • Linking in to the Emergency Management Command Structure – The AFL Commander’s role at AFL matches
  • Lexer software, geofencing and emergency management tools to communicate with staff during an emergency

Carla Coslovich

Security Operations Manager
Australian Football League (AFL)
Vivid Sydney 2017 attracted 2.3 million people in an open environment. Based in the open streets of Sydney, it’s a challenging event to harden against attack.

This case study will examine:
  • Strategies for managing the safe and smooth flow of people in an open space
  • Target hardening intersection and installations
  • How commercial business leaders, artists, and agencies were involved in planning
  • Planning for worst case scenario - crisis and emergency response procedures review

Craig Sheridan APM

Lead Security and Risk Advisor, Vivid Sydney 2018, Destination NSW and Security Lead,
Vivid Sydney 2017, 2018, Destination NSW, Star Entertainment Group


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM NSW Police Perspective: Protecting places for mass gathering

Mark Murdoch APM, Assistant Commissioner, New South Wales Police Force
  • Lessons learned from recent terrorist attacks internationally
  • Open source intelligence on suspects – how this is disseminated to businesses and other stakeholders
  • How venues can respond more quickly to intelligence regarding persons and groups of interest

Mark Murdoch APM

Assistant Commissioner
New South Wales Police Force

4:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Champagne Solutions Clinic: Improving Venue Security Without Impacting on the Fan Experience

Attendees will split into 3-4 groups and debate how best to balance security and the fan’s experience. At the end there will be a 10 minute discussion, with each group putting forward their ideas.