about us

First In Last Out (FILO) is a collective of high-level events & production personnel,

based in Melbourne, Australia.

We deliver management services for cultural & corporate events, festivals and the performing arts,

with a focus on  Production + Technical Management, Operations + Logistics Management and Risk + Safety.

We collaborate with a wide range of independent and freelance production personnel and with other production and technical services organisations.  We expand & contract, allowing us to engage the most appropriate collaborators for each unique project.



We focus on comprehensive, best-practice documentation; keeping abreast of, and utilising, cutting-edge technologies; and placing the aesthetic value of our collaborative undertakings at the centre of all we do.  


We believe that art is important.  Helping other artists achieve their creative vision is what makes us tick.


We work across Australia but are based in Melbourne (Naarm). The Wurundjeri-willam people of the  Kulin nation are the traditional owners of this place and sovereignty was never ceded.  We pay respect to their elders past, present & emerging and pay tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people who call this place home. 

our services

First In Last Out has the experience, the knowledge and the industry relationships to provide a wide range of services, assisting clients in realising the full potential of their creative projects.

Project Safety, Crowd and Risk Management Planning 


Lighting Design, Venue Design, Site Design, Graphic and Visual Design


Budget Preparation and Management

Schedules, Technical and Project Documentation, development and implementation of Project Systems


Site Layout and Scale Mapping, Permit Consulting and Procurement


Site Equipment, Vehicles and Plant, Management of Third-Party Contractors


Staffing, Onsite Operations and Advance Planning, Vendor Management


Assistance during the initial ideas phase of a project to plan out the production components, providing draft budgets/plans/documentation to help ensure the project can be delivered on time and on budget!










images from selected projects


risk management for artists

Do you need a Risk Assessment for a project or are you preparing a Risk Assessment?

You may find our specialist Artist Risk Management Pack very helpful.  The pack, available for purchase in our  shop, contains the FILO Risk Management Guide for Artists, as well as template Risk Management documents, fact sheets and checklists.  It’s an invaluable resource for artists wanting to embrace risk-taking as part of their practice, in a safe way!

Do you have a more complex risk management requirement or would like to chat?  Get in touch via the Contact Form

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contact us

Need some staff or advice on a project?  Need a plan drawn or a budget created?  Get in touch! 

If we can't help you out, we'll be able to recommend some fantastic practitioners who can:

we have many co-conspirators in Melbourne, across Australia and internationally

get in touch

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Contact:  mail (at) firstinlastout . net