NT Motor Accidents Compensation Commission

Darwin Cup Carnival Car Park Security

The Darwin Cup Carnival is the Top End’s premier sporting event, attracting tens of thousands of people from across the country. 

MACC has been sponsoring the provision of overnight car park security at the event since 2009. This encourages people who drink too much to leave their car behind and find a safe way home with less fear of their vehicle being stolen or vandalised.

MACC’s involvement in the event complements NT Police enforcement with random breath testing, a free bus service and TV advertising specifically targeting the event. The aim of the program is to make sure people do not drink and drive after a day at the Darwin Cup.

Statistics from 2009 to 2014 indicate the program as a whole is creating behavioural change – at least at the Cup Day event. In 2014, only three people were charged with drink driving compared with 20 in 2009.

The number of vehicles left in the Darwin Turf Club car park overnight on Cup Day 2014 was estimated to be around 300, compared with less than 18 vehicles left overnight in 2009.