Light contact exemption applications now open - closing 16 September 2019
Applications for light contact combat sport exemption are now open, closing on 16 September 2019.
The Controlled Sports Act 2019 section 8 allows for light contact combat sports to be exempted upon consideration of an application from a person or sporting body.
Please go to the light contact exemptions page for more information.
Controlled Sports Act to commence on 11 October 2019
The Controlled Sports Act 2019 will commence on 11 October 2019 after a transition period. Until this time, combat sports are regulated under the Boxing Control Act 1993.
See the Controlled Sports - New Legislation page for more information.
Interim Arrangements for Combat Sports
Interim arrangements have been in place since 20 March 2018 under the Boxing Control Act whilst new legislation was being developed. All combat sports covered by existing legislation must comply.
Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018
All fight shows need to adhere to the Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 (No 1). Please note:
- All applications must be submitted no later than 28 Days prior to the proposed contest/s with supporting documentation and payment (your applications from this point forward are now required to be submitted online. Please refer to the Online Applications and Payments section below); and
- Draft fight card is required at the time of lodging your application, unless you have made prior arrangement with Sport and Recreation. The final fight card is required no later than 5 working days prior to the contest/s. There is also an option to provide a list of substitute fighters to accommodate for last minute changes to the fight card, as only the combatants listed on the final fight card will be considered as part of the approval by Active Canberra. You will no longer be able to add a combatant to a fight show once the final fight card has been submitted.
Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 (PDF 21.6 KB) Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 (Word 18.7 KB)
You are encouraged to read the full Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 (No 1) and its Explanatory Statement to understand the full requirements. These documents are available online at ACT Legislation Register.
Boxing Control Regulation 2018
The Boxing Control Regulation 2018 defines what activities are not defined as a ‘boxing contest’ under the Boxing Control Act 1993. This includes low-risk demonstration and training activities. These activities no longer fall under the requirements of the Act, providing they meet the stipulated requirements set out in the Regulation. For routine training activities, this means that the session is closed to the public and is not-for-profit. This includes sparring. For demonstration events to meet this criteria they must be a display or exhibition that showcases the skills of the contestants participating in the event and the particular movements of the style of the combat sport, are not-for-profit, for which no official score is kept and no official winner recorded. You are encouraged to read the full Regulation and Explanatory Statement to ensure you understand these requirements, also available online at ACT Legislation Register.
On 7 September 2016 the ACT Government issued a Policy Position Paper with a focus on developing legislative amendments to provide a modernised regulatory framework to improve the safety and integrity of combat sport in the Territory and to better harmonise the ACT with other jurisdictions.
Discussion Paper: Regulation of combat sport in the ACT(PDF 1.0 MB) Word Version(125.5 KB)
Revised Range of Combat Sports Captured in the ACT - 8 December 2016
The existing Boxing Control Act 1993 (the Boxing Act), through its connection with the NSW regulatory scheme, has a wider application. A broader interpretation covering a wider range of combat sports better reflects the expectations of the Canberra community.
As a result, current Boxing Control Act 1993 is applied in line with the definition of combat sports in the Combat Sports Act 2013 (NSW). This means that all combat sports operating in the Territory are regulated by the Boxing Control Act and require approval, unless excluded under the Combat Sports Regulation 2014 (NSW), Schedule 1 - excluded sports, martial arts and activities, or the sport, martial art or activity otherwise meets the requirements of clause 5 of the NSW Regulation.
Unless your combat sport has a specific exclusion above, prior to any contest an online application for approval to conduct a combat sport event must be provided to the Territory together with the required documentation and accompanying payment. Only upon approval from the Territory can a combat sport contest take place.
Combat Sports Project Officer
Phone: (02) 6207 2528 (+61 International)
Postal Address: PO Box 147, Civic Square, Canberra, ACT, 2608