Sunday 25 – Friday 30 August, 2024 at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

The Institute of Venue Safety and Security (IVSS) is committed to enhancing the safety, security and service of the venue management industry. IVSS takes a proactive approach, equipping attendees with practical skills, valuable resources, and actionable advice.

IVSS is a tailored program for professionals engaged in venue management, those involved in supplying the industry, or those working in safety and security roles within the field.

Enhance your knowledge and upskill employees to safeguard your organisation against risks and threats.

About the Program

IVSS is a two-year program delivered by a diverse range of experts to train venue and event managers, security professionals and other key personnel. Our Instructors are industry-leading professionals from Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in roles such as Global Vice President, Risk; Head of Security and Safety; Director of Facilities; Vice President IT & Security; and more.

The two-year program is comprised of:

  • Two x one-week residential programs held in August of each year delivering 25 safety and security-specific subjects utilising case studies, classroom discussions, industry best-practice analyses, industry specialist panels, and small group discussions to ensure you master them all;
  • Each one-week residential includes daily Independent Discussion Groups (IDGs) where students dive deep into discussions on the subjects covered throughout the day. IDGs include venue site visits to ensure that the teachings are applied directly into the workplace;
  • Venue Application Projects where students are provided with resources to apply and implement the teachings back in the workplace. The resources are discussed in the IDGs to ensure application and implementation can commence immediately; plus
  • Quarterly IVSS Town Halls: A platform and community for our IVSS instructors and students to stay connected throughout the year and discuss issues and topics relevant to venue safety and security.

Who should attend IVSS?

The program is designed as an in-depth, hands on experience with practical exercises and activities targeted toward:

  • Head of Operations
  • Facility Managers
  • Security Managers
  • Head of People and Culture
  • CFOs
  • WHS Managers and Representatives
  • Company Secretaries
  • Suppliers to the industry

Attendees who complete the program will gain new skills, valuable resources and practical advice to bolster their professional growth and add value to their organisation.

What will students learn?

IVSS will equip every attendee with the best practices, resources and tools needed to face the ever changing landscape of providing safe venues.

The tailored program will cover topics such as:

Year 1

  • Behavioural Awareness
  • Risk Assessment
  • Health and Safety Law: Duties and Obligations
  • ISO45001: Safety Management Systems
  • Building Code Compliance & Site Security
  • Fundamentals of Venue Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Planning
  • Fundamentals of Crowd Management
  • AS3745: Emergency Planning in Facilities
  • Safety and Security Leadership: Training and Induction
  • Safety and Security Policies, Procedures, Documentation and Reporting
  • Venue and Event Planning
  • And more!

Year 2

  • Advanced Safety, Security and the Law
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Safety and Security Auditing and Assurance
  • Conducting Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Advanced Security Operations: Events and Mass Gatherings
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Advanced Crowd Psychology and Crowd Science
  • Venue and Event Accessibility
  • Australian Inter-Service Incidence Management System (AIIMS)
  • Safety and Security Leadership: Communication and Information Sharing
  • Safety and Security Leadership: Governance, Strategy, Budgeting, Change and Influence
  • Building a Resilience Security Culture, Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Managing Events Around Severe Weather
  • And more!

Invest in your team and foster a culture of safety and security.


  • Five nights’ accommodation  (Single occupancy)
  • Check in Sunday and check out Friday
  • Breakfast, lunch, daily breaks and all dinners
  • Site Visits and Offsite Dinner
  • Guest Speaker Dinner
  • Graduation Ceremony and Dinner


Thank You To Our Program Partners

VMA Members

$4,890 for current VMA Members

Non Members

$5,390 for Non Members

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