As the event organiser, you may need to supply additional toilet facilities specifically for your event attendees.

Requirements for toilet facilities

Toilet facilities must comply with the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.

They must be:

  • accessible for people with disabilities
  • cleaned and re-stocked regularly (at your expense)
  • located away from food service or food storage areas
  • protected from weather
  • fitted with a sharps disposal unit
  • well-lit to ensure security and safety.

It’s your responsibility to obtain a manufacturer’s statement of compliance for any portable toilets supplied at the event.

If the event is likely to attract families, consider providing baby change facilities. To ensure that there is a suitable number of toilets at an event, the Australian Emergency Manual recommends the following as a guide

Events where alcohol is not available

Attendee numbers For males For females
Fewer than 500 1 toilet, 2 urinals, 2 HB* 6 toilets, 2 HB
501 to 1000 2 toilets, 4 urinals, 4 HB 9 toilets, 4 HB
1001 to 2000 4 toilets, 8 urinals, 6 HB 12 toilets, 6 HB
2001 to 3000 6 toilets, 15 urinals, 10 HB 18 toilets, 10 HB
3001 to 5000 8 toilets, 25 urinals, 17 HB 30 toilets, 17 HB
  • *HB = hand basin
  • Additionally, at least one unisex disability access toilet is required.

Events where alcohol is being consumed

Attendee numbers For males For females
Fewer than 500 3 toilets, 8 urinals, 2 HB* 13 toilets, 2 HB
501 to 1000 5 toilets, 10 urinals, 4 HB 16 toilets, 4 HB
1001 to 2000 9 toilets, 15 urinals, 7 HB 18 toilets, 7 HB
2001 to 3000 10 toilets, 20 urinals, 14 HB 22 toilets, 14 HB
3001 to 5000 12 toilets, 30 urinals, 20 HB 40 toilets, 20 HB
  • * HB = hand basin
  • Additionally, at least one unisex disability access toilet is required.

Maintaining amenities

If your event is less than four hours long, you may reduce the number of toilet facilities by 30%.

Toilets must be regularly serviced throughout the event to ensure that they are clean and that a continuous supply of water, soap, paper hand towel and toilet paper is provided.

Where portable chemical type units or effluent holding tanks are used for events longer than four hours, they must be located so that they can be pumped out during the event.