Car Festivals and the Northern Territory Major Events Company have committed to spend a combined $1.2 million in legally binding agreements, when it became clear NT WorkSafe was considering laying charges over an incident.
Acting Executive Director of NT WorkSafe, Melissa Garde, said enforceable undertakings and prosecutions were both sanctions under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011, and the decision on which sanction to use was based on achieving the best health and safety outcomes for Territorians.
“Car Festivals have committed to spend more than $255,000 on activities that include provide safety equipment and build volunteer capacity with the aim of improving safety at NT motorsports events,” said Garde.
“NT Major Events will spend more than $944,000 on activities that will not only improve safety at organised public events, but also improve safety at community events by building the knowledge and capacity of the volunteers and organisations running them.
“Large numbers of Northern Territorians and visitors attend these events,” said Garde.
“The incident at 2017 Red CentreNATS highlights the importance of safety at public and community events due to the potential for multiple injuries, and the possible lasting effects on the injured, witnesses and first responders.
“I requested an additional assessment in April of both enforceable undertakings after further information was provided by the lawyer representing 11 of the injured spectators.
“That information and the views of the injured 11 have been considered; however, prosecuting both companies would not provide the tangible benefits of making improvements to prevent further incidents from occurring at public and community events.”