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Events and programs at our facilities We would like to reassure visitors that City of Newcastle is working in collaboration with government partners to ensure our City is prepared in the event of further spread of COVID-19 to the region. We urge all visitors to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good … Continue reading “Newcastle Events and public gatherings”

Events and programs at our facilities

We would like to reassure visitors that City of Newcastle is working in collaboration with government partners to ensure our City is prepared in the event of further spread of COVID-19 to the region.

We urge all visitors to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. If you are feeling unwell the advice is to stay at home.

Please find information below about programming changes at our venues and facilities.


Event updates

In response to NSW Health Public Health Order, several events to be held in Newcastle have confirmed changes to their planned event. The list of events below includes all available information at the time of publication. This list relates to those events planned to be held on Newcastle community lands under a City of Newcastle event licence. It will be updated regularly as new information is received.

Please contact the event organiser/promoter directly for the latest information on any planned event.

For Council facility and venue events, see each of the facility listings further down this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are events, functions or public gatherings still able to be held in Newcastle?  

Under the Public Health Order, events, functions, or public gatherings with less than 500 attendees in open spaces, or less than 100 attendees indoors can proceed. Any non-essential outdoor event or public gathering where there are, or likely to be, 500 people or more must not be held. Any non-essential indoor event or public gathering which there are, or likely to be, 100 people or more must not be held.

How long will the restrictions on events and public gatherings be in place? 

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The current Public Health Order is dated to 17 June 2020. Please note that conditions and information is being updated daily in response to the changing conditions. 

I have tickets to an event, where do I find out if it is still on? 

Enquire with your ticket issuer, event promotor, or commercial venue on the status of an event.

What type of venues or public spaces are included under the Public Health Order?  

Please refer to the Public Health Order for clarifications and exclusions. 

Who is included when determining the number of people in attendance? 

The total attendance at an event would include spectatorsparticipants (e.g. athletes or performers), support personnel and all venue staff.

Where do I go to get the latest information? 

The latest information from City of Newcastle, NSW Government and Federal Government in relation to COVID-19 is available at:

Can planned events still go ahead? 

The Public Health Order issued by the NSW Government commenced 16 March 2020, and as is currently noted to be repealed on 17 June 2020. Only events that comply with the Order can still proceed. 

I have a City of Newcastle event licence for my event, can it still proceed? 

The Public Health Order issued by the NSW Government commenced on 16 March 2020. Only events that comply with the Order can still go ahead. 

Can I still apply for an event licence with CN? 

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Event licence applications can still be lodged, although approval will be subject to any current or updated COVID-19 restrictions on the size and timing of events

What period/dates will I be able to apply and hold an outdoor event of over 500 attendees, or an indoor event over 100 attendees in Newcastle?  

The current Public Health Order is noted to be repealed on 17 June 2020. Please note that conditions and information is being updated daily in response to the changing conditions.

Under what circumstances can I hold an event or public gathering in Newcastle? 

Determination on the holding of an event rests with the event organiser, based on review of all current information as provided by the Federal and State Government authorities

If I cancel my planned event based off the requirements of the Public Health Order, what is the necessary process and are there any applicable fees? 

Any cancellation of an event that has already received a licence must be submitted in writing to the City of Newcastle Event Licencing Team via events@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

Please note any applicable fees will be reviewed on a case by case basis, due to the varied circumstances and any costs already incurred. Further information can be provided following submission of the notice of cancellation. 

If postpone my licensed event to a later date, am I charged any fees? 

You will need to notify the City of Newcastle Event Licensing team of the proposed new date/s via events@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

Alternate dates will be subject to availability, and there will be no fee charged for the initial rescheduling of the event date. Any further changes to the event date will be subject to the standard fees and charges.

Are CN owned/managed facilities and outdoor event venues still able to host events and functions?  

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Facilities and venues will be subject to changing conditions based of operational decisions made around COVID-19 management. Please contact events@ncc.nsw.gov.au for further information around the availability of CN owned/managed facilities and outdoor venues.

We will provide updates on events and public gatherings on this page. Find out more on how Council is responding.

Source: 16 News http://www.16news.com.au/index.php/2020/03/20/newcastle-events-and-public-gatherings/

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