The live music sector has interaction with government at local, state and federal levels across cultural, regulatory and built environment policy.

Venues operate within a co-regulatory framework. Often there is a lack of alignment, information and transparency across the various hoops that you have to jump through before you can operate a venue or host an event.

Liquor licensing, planning and environmental protection guidelines are determined at the state level, for example. Whereas local planning controls, development consent for venues, loading conditions for venues and events approvals lie with local government.

There are significant differences nationally between states and territories in how regulations are applied, as well as how resources are allocated to grants and sector development strategies.

These issues are discussed further throughout these policy pages.