Combat Sport Event Applications and Notifications
Controlled Sports Act 2019
The ACT Government is no longer accepting applications for combat sports events under the Boxing Control Act 1993. All event applications and notifications must now be made under the new scheme (the Controlled Sports Act 2019).
The information below will assist you in providing the correct information in your application or notification. There is a list of useful links below.
On this page
- Register or Notify your event
- Registrable events
- Non-registrable events
- Useful links
Register or Notify your event here
Event applications and notifications can be made here.
Registrable Controlled Sports Events
Apply to register a registrable event here.
Registrable events are defined in the legislation as:
- being held for commercial purpose (for more information on commercial purpose, see the Commercial Purpose Policy); or
- contestants in the event compete for a monetary or other valuable reward; or
- the event is held in a casino; or
- the event is a sports bookmaking event; or
- the event is held at a place that is, or part of the place is, a sports bookmaking venue.
All contestants and officials participating in a registered event must be registered. Rules regarding residency apply. See the contestant and official registration page for more information. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to compete in registrable events.
Registered events must be conducted in accordance with the Controlled Sports Code of Practice 2019 (No 1). Please read the Code of Practice to ensure you are familiar with the requirements and your responsibilities.
The Controlled Sports Regulation 2019 (No 1) section 13, 14, Part 3 and Part 5 also contains information relating to registered events. Please ensure you read the Regulation as well as the Controlled Sports Act 2019.
Details & Documentation Required
In order to make your application, please have the following information ready:
- Contestant and official details including date of birth, controlled sports registration number or interstate registration number (if you are unable to obtain an interstate registration number, we will check this on your behalf); and
- Event location, address, time of first contest and time of last contest (approximate time for last contest is fine); and
- Number of spectator tickets to be sold; and
- Weigh-in details (if applicable and scheduled); and
- A draft draw of contests (including any substitutes), including contestant details; and
- Floor plan with evacuation route marked - please use the Evacuation Plan proforma for this purpose; and
- The rules to be used for the contest; and
- Evidence of public liability insurance (minimum coverage of $20 million), professional indemnity insurance (minimum coverage of $5 million) for promoter and officials, and worker's compensation insurance (if applicable, where an employment relationship exists).
- Unless you have made prior arrangements with the Controlled Sports Registrar, draft draws are due at the time of lodging your online application, which must be made at least 28 working days prior to the proposed event.
- Final draws are due no later than 5 (five) working days prior to the commencement of the first contest, unless prior agreement has been made with the Controlled Sports Registrar or their representative
- Online applications can be saved and returned to at a later time if required. Be sure to record your reference number in a safe place. You are encouraged to commence this process early to allow sufficient time to meet this deadline; and
- Document uploads have a maximum size limit of 10MB. File formats are accepted in Word, Excel, PDF, GIF, PNG or JPEG. It is acceptable to take a photo of a document as an alternative to scanning. Please make sure the image is clear and readable for uploading.
Fees for a registrable event depend on the number of tickets to be sold. Table 1 below outlines the fees:
Application fee for up to 500 tickets to be sold
Application fee for between 501 to 2000 tickets to be sold
Application fee for 2001 or more tickets to be sold
* Ticket means a ticket or entry voucher that admits one person only as a spectator.
Non-registrable Controlled Sports Events
Apply to notify a non-registrable event here.
A non-registrable event must not meet any of the criteria for a registrable event. If your event meets any of these criteria, it must be registered as a registrable event.
An event is non-registrable when:
- It is approved or run by an Authorised Controlled Sports Body (list of bodies coming soon); and
- It is not run for commercial purpose (see the Commercial Purpose Policy for more guidance); and
- Contestants do not compete for a monetary or other valuable reward; and
- The event is not held in a casino; and
- There is no sports bookmaking (gambling) on the event; and
- The event is not held in a place that is, or part of the place that is, a sports bookmaking venue (for example, the event cannot be in the same room as the gambling area; a function room without gambling facilities in a venue with gambling facilities is fine).
Non-Registrable events must be conducted in accordance with the Controlled Sports Code of Practice 2019 (No 1). Please read the Code of Practice to ensure you are familiar with the requirements and your responsibilities.
Notice must be supplied to hold a non-registrable event
The Act requires that notice must be supplied to the Controlled Sports Registrar at least 28 working days prior to the event.
The notice (supplied in this form) must include:
- The name of the non-registrable event
- The name of the Authorised Controlled Sports Body that has approved the event and a copy of their written approval
- Each controlled sport to be contested at the event
- The date, time and location of the event
- Details about the person conducting the event
- The name of each controlled sports official at the event and the official's capacity at the event
- The name and age of each contestant competing at the event (NOTE, this may be supplied after the event if a draw is not possible when you notify)
- A draw for the event (NOTE, this may be supplied after the event if a draw is not possible when you notify)
- A copy of the rules that apply for each controlled sport, including any modified rules for children
- A completed declaration that the event is not a registrable event (available in the form)
Contestants do not need to be registered with the ACT Government to compete in non-registrable events. There are no restrictions for contestants to compete in both registrable and non-registrable events, however contestants must declare their participation in non-registrable contests as part of the contestant's medical assessment for registrable events.
Contestants registered interstate should be aware that some jurisdictions place restrictions on contestants competing as both 'amateur' and 'professional'. Any enquiries should be directed to the appropriate authority.
Minimum age of contestants
The minimum age for contestants to compete in a non-registrable event is 14 years old. However, this does not apply to a non-registrable event if—
- (a) for an event conducted or approved in writing by a national sporting organisation—the event is conducted in accordance with the organisation’s rules; or
- (b) for an event conducted or approved in writing by an authorised controlled sports body other than a national sporting organisation—the Minister has approved a lower minimum age for the event.
More information will be supplied shortly for non- National Sporting Body Organisations on how to seek approval for a lower minimum age.
Officials do not need to be registered with the ACT Government to compete in a non-registrable event. The Authorised Controlled Sports Body must satisfy themselves that the official has sufficient experience to perform the role.
There is no charge for notifying a non-registrable event.
Event application/ notification form (for both registrable and non-registrable events)
Evacuation Plan for registrable events