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General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events

1. Application of General Terms and Conditions

The sale of Insider Memberships is subject to the Insider Terms and Conditions here.

The sale of tickets for an Event and attendance at an Event are subject to these General Terms and Conditions as well as any specific terms and conditions notified at the time of ticket sale.

“Event” means a concert, show or other performance at the Sydney Opera House, or that is arranged by the Sydney Opera House, or for which the Sydney Opera House sells tickets.

“You” means the person acquiring a ticket or seeking to attend an Event and “we” means The Sydney Opera House Trust.

By acquiring a ticket for an Event and/or seeking to attend an Event, you agree to these General Terms and Conditions.

By purchasing a ticket on behalf of someone else, you undertake to inform them of these General Terms and Conditions and any other terms and conditions notified at the time of sale.

These General Terms and Conditions also apply to tickets issued by an authorised ticket seller (if any). To the extent of any inconsistency, these General Terms and Conditions, and any other conditions of sale relating to the specific Event notified at the time of sale, will prevail.

If another company is presenting the Event, tickets and attendance may also be subject to the other presenter’s terms and conditions. Alternatively, if the ticket is for an Event at a venue other than the Sydney Opera House, attendance at the venue may also be subject to the other venue’s terms and conditions. You will be notified of this on our website with the information relating to the specific Event.

2. Resale Restriction

You agree that Sydney Opera House tickets cannot be resold for more than 110% of the original supply cost. Tickets resold for more that this amount are subject to cancellation in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events. We may request evidence of the resale price paid in order to enforce this resale restriction. We will consider any authentic evidence which can reasonably prove that the resale price paid was no more than 110% of the original supply cost. This evidence may include:

(a) a bank statement;

(b) a resale account receipt;

(c) a tax invoice;

(d) official documentation which evidences the original acquisition cost and resale price paid; and

(e) correspondence between reseller and buyer accompanying any of the above.

The Sydney Opera House is the only authorised ticket seller for Events at the Sydney Opera House, unless we specify on our website that there are other authorised ticket sellers for a specific Event. We strongly recommend you only purchase tickets from an authorised ticket seller.

If you purchase tickets from another source, such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised reseller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. Purchasing tickets from an unauthorised ticket seller means that we cannot refund you if an Event is cancelled, and we cannot inform you of important changes to Event times, parking arrangements, and production details.

Tickets must not be included in packages or used in advertising unless authorised by us in writing.

3. Other Terms and Conditions of Sale

We may impose other terms and conditions of sale in relation to specific Events, in which case you will be notified of these at the time of sale, including on our website with the information relating to the specific Event.

We may impose a maximum ticket limit to specific Events. Unless otherwise specified, the maximum number specified applies to the Event or season overall, not to each performance. Tickets purchased in excess of a ticket limit may be cancelled without notice.

Normally you may choose your preferred method of ticket delivery but we reserve the right to require you to collect tickets at the Box Office if we deem it necessary for operational reasons, for example to ensure the tickets are issued correctly.

4. Refunds and Exchanges

We are not required to refund tickets which have been cancelled due to fraud or a breach of these General Terms and Conditions.

We will not be responsible for refunding resold tickets, including those purchased from unauthorised resellers. Otherwise, you are entitled to a refund if we cancel an Event or reschedule it to a time more than 2 hours earlier or later than originally programmed and you cannot or do not wish to attend the rescheduled Event. You are also entitled to a refund if we issue a ticket to you by mistake and we are unable to provide you with the Event in question.

If you believe an Event you have attended was not provided substantially as advertised, we will give reasonable consideration to your request for a refund. However, we reserve the right not to provide a refund: 

(a)       merely because you did not enjoy the Event, performance or venue, you arrived late or did not attend;

(b)       if you were refused entry or removed due to your breach of these General Terms and Conditions or for the reasons described in paragraph 7; or

(c)       if, despite our reasonable diligence, the cause was outside our control.

If you believe you are entitled to a refund you should apply within five days after the Event’s scheduled commencement. If you do not seek a refund within a reasonable timeframe we may not provide you with the requested refund, unless required by law. If you purchased your ticket from another authorised ticket seller, you should apply to them for your refund.

Any refund payable will be made to the original purchaser, and when practicable to the original form of payment used to purchase the ticket.

We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred or to be incurred by you, for example travel, car parking, child care, accommodation or other goods or services, even if the Event is cancelled. You should consider whether insurance is appropriate for your circumstances.

We may, in our sole discretion, exchange your tickets between performances for certain productions. Only tickets for future performances are eligible for exchange and seat placement may differ. A fee and other conditions may also apply. Enquiries for ticket exchange should be directed to the Box Office.

5. Lost Tickets

It is your responsibility to keep your tickets safe. Replacement of lost, stolen or missing tickets may be permitted at our sole discretion and fees may apply. We will not replace lost, stolen or missing tickets that have been resold

6. Changes

While we endeavour to keep ticket-holders informed, details may change sometimes with little or no notice. For example, artists or other participants may be added, withdrawn or substituted or the venue may change.

Despite any seat number on your ticket, we do not guarantee you any particular seat. If we need to allocate a different seat to you for operational reasons, including a change of venue, we will use reasonable endeavours to ensure it is in a location of comparable value to the seat number on your ticket.

We make every effort to ensure pricing is correct but we reserve any rights we may have to correct genuine errors. 

7. Refusal of Admission

We may refuse entry to an Event or have you removed from the venue on valid grounds, including if:

(a)     you fail to comply with these General Terms and Conditions or the Sydney Opera House Trust By-law;

(b)     we have not received payment for your ticket or you are unable to produce a ticket;

(c)     you are intoxicated or you behave in a threatening, disruptive or offensive manner;

(d)     you interfere unreasonably with another visitor’s enjoyment of the Event or venue or with our staff carrying out their functions; or

(e)     as specified elsewhere in these General Terms and Conditions.

We may need to refuse admission for safety or security reasons, in which case we will refund your ticket if it was purchased in accordance with these General Terms and Conditions.

Unless otherwise specified, we do not provide supervision of children. All children requiring supervision must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times and may be refused admission or attendance if not accompanied by a supervising adult.

Latecomers may be admitted to a performance during a suitable break, which could be the first interval, if an interval is scheduled. In some cases, latecomers may not be admitted at all.

8. Venue Requirements

To help ensure the safety and security of the Sydney Opera House, bags and personal belongings may be subject to visual inspection.

Umbrellas, prams, backpacks, larger bags and other items that may be hazardous or restrict the movement of visitors may not be permitted into the venue or may be required to be cloaked, depending on the nature of the Event and relevant circumstances.

It is your responsibility to collect any cloaked items after the performance.

Normally food and drink are not allowed inside a theatre or auditorium, unless otherwise specified.

Other items that are prohibited inside the Sydney Opera House include, but are not limited to: alcohol purchased from outside; glass bottles; offensive signs or clothing, laser pointers; and any other items that could present a safety hazard to others or interfere with the performance.

Commercial activity including promotions, marketing, photography and filming are not permitted at the Sydney Opera House, unless expressly authorised by us.

You must switch your mobile phone to silent while in a theatre or auditorium or on a tour.

9. Photographs, Recordings and Privacy

We reserve the right to record, broadcast and/or telecast any Event at the Sydney Opera House and you consent to the use of any image or recording taken of you, and anyone for whom you are responsible, while on the premises. We are not obliged to use, broadcast or provide to you any such recording.

We use closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the Sydney Opera House.

Refer to the Sydney Opera House Customer Privacy Statement for information about how we handle personal information.

10. Liability

The Sydney Opera House will not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage or injury to the extent arising from your negligent acts or omissions, any pre-existing medical condition,  your breach of these terms and conditions, or your reliance on reviews and opinions about Events and performers.

You should make your own further inquiries before deciding whether an Event is suitable.

You are responsible for your personal possessions such as bags, mobile phones and other items you carry with you.

Our liability to you in relation to tickets is limited to the obligations specified in these General Terms and Conditions and our obligations under applicable laws and the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice – Consumer Code.

The Australian Consumer Law provides certain statutory guarantees for consumers which cannot be excluded, for example that services will be provided with due care and skill. Nothing in these General Terms and Conditions modifies or excludes those guarantees. 

11. No Waiver

We reserve the right to enforce these General Terms and Conditions if:

(a)       you have purchased a ticket to an Event in contravention of these General Terms and Conditions and you attempt to attend the Event; or

(b)       we have not enforced our rights under these General Terms and Conditions on a prior occasion.

12. Guided Tours

Without limiting any other provision, the following provisions apply to guided tours:

(a)       the tour route and access to venues, including theatres, auditoriums and backstage areas, vary depending on availability and performance and rehearsal schedules so no particular route or access is guaranteed;

(b)       ticket holders must remain with the tour guide and follow instructions;

(c)       latecomers will not be able to join a tour and their tickets will not be refunded;

(d)       there may be up to 300 stairs on a tour so flat, rubber soled shoes should be worn.

13. Complaints

We value your feedback, both positive and negative. You can provide your comments by completing our feedback form or posting your comments to:

Customer Feedback

Sydney Opera House

GPO Box 4274

Sydney NSW 20001

If you experience a problem or issue with our venue or our services, please let our staff know promptly and we will use reasonable endeavours to address the issue.

If you wish to make a complaint about our venue or services, we ask that you do so within five days after the relevant Event or issue.

14. Amendments

We may amend these General Terms and Conditions by updating them on our website. You should review them before seeking to purchase tickets for, or to attend Events.

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