We are the Night Time Industries Association

Keep Our Venues Alive

In March 2020, we launched an urgent campaign to the government. It is called Keep Our Venues Alive and is continually evolving as the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 unfold. The campaign is calling for government support for the hospitality sector.

Core to our government ask is certainty around a roadmap so that businesses can plan their next 6 months.

Current Advocacy Focus 

The NTIA has made a submission in respect of the Liquor Amendment (24 Hour Economy) Bill. We have shared an approach for the future that highlights the importance of bold, flexible and collaborative thinking.

While the Bill isn’t an overall solution to sector challenges, it does represent the opportunity to address regulatory issues.

Led by the NTIA, a collection of independent hospitality businesses have come together to push the State Governments to consider our principles-based approach for re-opening. In consultation, we developed our flexible principles and guidelines to assist hospitality businesses at every scale – from small bars and cafes through to large restaurants and pubs – as part of the recovery of the sector as it re-opens. 26-05-20. 

We have speedily adapted these guidelines to mesh with the NSW Government checklist approach. These might be helpful as you prepare your COVID-19 Safety Plan, and go about reopening generally. 28-05-20. 

Live music venues require additional COVID-19 safety precautions. The NTIA guidelines now include a selection of further planning and sanitisation considerations for live music venues. 15-06-20.  {UPDATED 23.06.20}

Easing of venue capacity restrictions in NSW have been incorporated in the updated guidelines. 01-07-20. 

Tightening of restrictions in NSW have been included in the updated guidelines. 24-07-20. 


Previous Advocacy Focus 

We believe that unless immediate cash flow support is extended, there will be sector-wide administration and insolvency. Our report urges the NSW Government to provide emergency loans to hospitality SMEs, and demonstrates their urgent need with accounts of real-life stories and experiences in the hospitality sector. 22-04-20.

What is the vision of Sydney we want to work towards? Do we want a retirement village for young people? Or do we want a city that is vibrant, diverse, inclusive and inspiring?


Dedicated to change

In 2018 The Night Time Industries Association originally launched to promote Sydney as a vibrant and creative city, and to build a new positive narrative for Sydney’s nightlife that includes:

  1. that Sydney is a fun and inspiring place to live, work and play;
  2. that Sydney’s nightlife contributes to the cultural value of the city; and
  3. nightlife stimulates creativity which is an important economic driver for NSW;

In March 2020 prompted by the impact of COVID-19 related physical distancing measures, the NTIA launched the Keep Our Venues Alive campaign which aims to mitigate the human impact on the hospitality sector (including venues and their supply chains), to help businesses in the sector trade to the best of their ability for so long as physical distancing measures prevail, and to position the sector for a rapid recovery as physical distancing abates.

Who we are

The Night Time Industries Association consists of: Hospitality (bars, pubs, clubs, restaurant); Entertainment venues; Festivals; Retail operators; Arts and Culture organisations; Precincts; Other Commercial Businesses with an interest in the Night time economy.

Michael Rodrigues (Time Out Australia)

Kerry Glasscock (Sydney Fringe Festival)

Rennie Addabbo (Sonos)

James Hulme (Committee for Sydney)

Kenny Graham (Mary’s Group)

Roger Field (Live Nation)

Current Members

The NTIA has a growing national membership base. For membership enquiries, please email michael.rodrigues@ntia.org.au


Hospitality Venues (NSW, VIC, TAS)




Join the Night Time
Industries Association

Night Time Industries Association is now open to members from across Sydney’s nightlife scene. We accept membership from individual and organisations from: Hospitality (bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants); Entertainment venues; Festivals; Retail operators; Arts and Culture organisations; Precincts; and other commercial businesses with an interest in the night time economy.

To apply for NTIA Membership, please download and complete the form below, before returning it to michael.rodrigues@ntia.org.au

We understand the challenges facing SME Hospitality Businesses in particular at this time and thus we are offering a free membership through to 30 September 2020.

To apply, please download and complete the form below, before returning it to memberships@ntia.org.au

Contact the Night Time
Industries Association


Michael Rodrigues, Chair
Email: michael.rodrigues@ntia.org.au


Email: media@ntia.org.au

Acknowledgement of Country

Night Time Industries Association would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, and pay respects to the 29 clans of the Eora Nation. We pay respects to the Elders of the community and extend our recognition to their descendants.