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Building, Safety & Security

As a World Heritage building, the Opera House requires a high level of asset maintenance to ensure its significance is preserved for future generations. Ongoing building maintenance is supported by an annual grant from the NSW Government.

Following the re-opening of the upgraded Joan Sutherland Theatre in 2017, a new passageway and lift for the northern foyer of the theatre was commissioned, opening more of the Opera House to the wider community. These additions earned industry recognition, including being shortlisted for a National Trust Heritage Award and winning a small project architecture award in the Australian Institute of Architects 2019 NSW Awards for Scott Carver Architects.

The Emergency Planning & Response Group (EPRG)  is responsible for:

  • Fire safety including fire systems and equipment
  • Site security
  • The day to day emergency management for all visitors and staff on site.

The EPRG develops and manages plans and resources to ensure the security integrity of Sydney Opera House and provides first response to all security and life safety related incidents and issues.

Their duties include:

Fire Safety

  • Managing and responding to fire related incidents
  • Assisting to manage site hazards relating to fire and explosion
  • Issuing of hot work permits
  • Overseeing site fire systems
  • Conducting daily safety inspections of the site

Site Security

  • Site surveillance
  • Access control
  • Public safety and crowd management

Emergency Management

  • Evacuation and Emergency Response plans and procedures
  • Training and drills for wardens and other staff
  • Emergency-related familiarisation and instruction for hirers, contractors and staff