The Australian Festival Association have shared a passionate open letter, pleading with state and territory governments across Australia to implement new strategies in order to ensure the safety of festivalgoers across the country.

Over the last few months, there have been a spate of drug-related deaths at Australian festivals. While these deaths are undoubtedly a tragedy, they have once again stirred up discussion relating to pill-testing at festivals, and other methods of ensuring the safety of patrons.

Now, the Australian Festival Association has weighed in on the discussion, asking for state and territory governments to be the beacon of change in the country.

Formed as a way to “represent the common interests and aspirations of the Australian festival industry”, the AFA consists of members from some of the country’s biggest festivals, including Splendour In The Grass, Download, Groovin The Moo, and St Jerome’s Laneway.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the deaths at Australian festivals during the recent holiday period and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives,” the AFA write in their letter. “Our thoughts are also with the medical, festival, production, security and law enforcement staff who were on the ground when these tragedies occurred.”