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. You can find detailed information on these matters at http://livemusicoffice.com.au/policy/
MusicNSW exists to support the creative and economic expansion of the NSW contemporary Music Industry through advocacy, resource assistance, activating growth of industry infrastructure, delivery of tailored initiatives and provision of advice and referrals. It is a not for profit Industry Association set up to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in New South Wales, Australia, in addition to managing a number of Music Development projects.
If you are interested or involved in contemporary music you should be using it to check on grants, workshops and other opportunities. It also has a number of very useful templates. http://www.musicnsw.com/