Rebecca Barry, General Manager, Organisational Development, VenuesLive NSW

You will have seen a bit in the press recently about the establishment of the Live Event Industry Forum (LEIF). VenuesLive has taken a seat on the LEIF taskforce, the leading industry-based group that is collaborating across the events industry to develop a best practice ‘restart’ and response plan to COVID-19.

Ultimately, this plan will provide government, industry participants and audiences with confidence and assurance that the live entertainment industry can safely present live events at scale and provide rapid response to any outbreaks that may occur.

Daryl Kerry, VenuesLive Managing Director, sits on the taskforce alongside other industry heavyweights including our good friend Harvey Lister from ASM Global, Geoff Jones from TEG and Roger Field from Live Nation. Joining them representing the WA event industry is David Etherton, CEO of VenuesWest. LEIF’s mission is to support the COVIDSafe reactivation of events with live audiences across Australia.

Former Cricket Australia Chief Executive, James Sutherland, has been appointed Chair of LEIF and will lead the development of LEIFs strategy. Additionally, James will take the lead in representing the live event industry on behalf of all LEIF participants and contributors.

Some of the collaboration LEIF has engaged in has taken the form of the establishment of a range of workgroups that are coming together to deliver a best practice guide to preparing for and staging live events in Australia in this current environment. The workstreams include:

  • Front of House Operations
  • Hygiene and Cleaning
  • Security and Patron Management
  • Biosecurity and Health Policy
  • Back of House Operations and Logistics
  • Audience
  • Workforce, Legal and Risk
  • Public Affairs and Government Relations
  • Promoter / Producer
  • Event Spaces

VenuesLive has a number of staff sitting on the workgroups assisting with the development of the documentation and supporting the efforts of LEIF.

In further support of LEIF and ensuring the ‘ready for reactivation’ message is out there loud and clear, Daryl Kerry participated as a presenter in week 7 of the Venue Management Association (VMA) Digital Series. Joining Daryl were Steve Harper, VMA President, James Sutherland and Glen Rainsbury from Frontier Touring.

The webinar went for about an hour and saw the presenters take a deep dive into LEIF, progress so far and what’s to come. Specifically, Daryl spoke about the extraordinary and unprecedented level of cooperation we are seeing across the industry, challenges we’re facing and how we’re overcoming them and the requirement for us to all be thinking about new ways of doing things. It’s a great watch and Daryl, as always, steals the show.

To view a recording of the webinar, visit

To learn more about what LEIF is up to, visit