24 - 25 October, 2017 | Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia

Phil England


Health and Safety Manager
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)


11:00 AM Case study: Best Practice Venue Hardening Strategies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the city’s home of sport.

It has been the home of Australian football since 1859, and was the birthplace of Test cricket in 1877 and one-day international cricket in 1971. It was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games, attracts up to 100,000 fans to the annual AFL Grand Final, and comes to life each Christmas at the Boxing Day Test.

This session will address:
  • Adapting to a changing threat environment
  • Changing the organisation’s risk and threat assessments in order to be fully prepared
  • Getting the business case right to ensure funding
  • Hardening perimeters, security points and processes while creating a non threatening fan experience
  • Managing the security of ‘event days’ versus ‘nonevent’ days
  • Changing the culture and managing insider threats

5:20 PM DISCUSSION PANEL: Strengthening the Interaction Between Police, Venues, Transport and Emergency Services

The threat environment for security has changed as we know it. This discussion will examine in broad terms how key stakeholders are now responding to the changing nature of security incidents:

  • Comparing the counter-terrorism mandates across venues in Europe and the US - what can Australia learn?
  • Analysing intelligence sharing between all stakeholders – how can this be improved?
  • In terms of protecting public venues, how is the level of police presence decided?
  • Should the community or the venue pay for police presence?
  • Defining active security responding capability
  • How this drives the strategy for venue owners
  • Security at Major Events - Where does a Venue’s Protection of the Public Stop?


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Phil.

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