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Major Events Act 2014 – 1 January 2015

Major Events (Commonwealth GamesVisiting Health Practitioner Exemptions) Regulation 2016 – 29 July 2016

Major Events (Motor Racing Events) Regulation 2015 – 9 September 2016

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The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Minister, prescribe by regulation an event as a major event (and information related to the event). The Minister may recommend the event as a major event if the Minister is reasonably satisfied that the event is a large State, national or international sporting or cultural event; and it is in the public interest to prescribe the event. If the major event organiser intends to carry out temporary works for the major event or maintenance on the temporary works, the major event organiser may enter the public land during a period prescribed by regulation only if the Minister has published notice in the newspaper (among other conditions). As soon as reasonably practicable after the major event period, the major event organiser must generally return the land to the condition the land was in immediately before the temporary works were carried out. For the definition of ‘public land’, refer to the Schedule 1 dictionary.

  • Sections 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 78, 79, 82, Schedule 1; Regulations 3, 9

A person who lives, works or has a business in a major event area may apply, in the approved form, to the major event organiser for a pass that authorises the person to enter and remain in the major event area during the major event period.

  • Section 19

A person must not throw or propel anything that may injure a person or damage property or anything that may disrupt the major event while entering or within a major event area.

  • Section 20

A person must not do any of the following in a major event area: offer a service for a fee, gain or reward; solicit, or attempt to solicit, money from another person; erect a tent or another temporary structure; distribute a document; busk, etc.

  • Sections 20. 32, 33

A person must not: enter onto a playing field, or a competition or performance area; or obstruct a performer or participant who is participating in the major event.

  • Section 22

A person must not operate an aircraft, or cause an aircraft to be operated, over or in a restricted area that relates to a major event area during the major event period.

  • Sections 29, 35

A person must not sell or distribute a thing on a road or public land in a controlled area during the control period, or a major event area during the major event period, unless: the sale or distribution is a type prescribed by regulation; or the person has the written approval of the major event organiser.

  • Section 30

A person must not sell, or offer for sale, a ticket to a major event: in a controlled area or major event area; or at a price greater than 10% above the original sale price of the ticket. This restriction does not apply with the written approval of the major event organiser.

  • Section 31

A person must not broadcast or record a major event unless: the person has the written approval of the major event organiser; or the person broadcasts or records the major event: (i) on a personal electronic device; and (ii) for personal use; and (iii) for a purpose other than for profit or gain.

  • Section 36

The major event organiser may give a person a written notice authorising the person to use an official logo or official title. Note: A person must not use an official logo or official title, or a logo or title that is deceptively similar, or substantially identical, to an official logo or official title: for a commercial purpose; or to promote, advertise or market a thing or service; or to suggest that the person has a connection with the major event.

  • Sections 51, 52, 53
Reason for law

To enable the State to hold major events in Queensland; and to deliver economic and social benefits for the State of Queensland by attracting major events to Queensland; and to facilitate the safe and orderly running of major events; and to promote the enjoyment of participants and spectators of major events; and to prevent unauthorised commercial activities in relation to major events. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Major events [Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games]

Major events [Tourism and Events Queensland]





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