Consultation on Regulations


Community Consultations Now Open

Closing Friday 28 June at 5.00PM

The ACT Government is now consulting on three pieces of subordinate legislation that will form part of the new Controlled Sports Act 2019 operations. You can have your say on:

Industry stakeholders may also be interested in reviewing two policies relating to components of the legislation that have been raised in previous consultations. These are:

  1. The Light Contact Combat Sports Exemption Policy - this policy explains how to apply for exemption as a light contact combat sport under Section 8 of the Act.
  2. The Commercial Purpose Policy - this policy explains how commercial purpose will be determined in distinguishing between registrable and non-registrable events.

Documents

Subject MatterDocuments for Download
(opens in new window)
Code of PracticeDraft Code of Practice PDFDraft Code of Practice - Word
Fact Sheet - Code of Practice PDFFact Sheet - Code of Practice Word
Establishment of a
minimum age
Fact sheet - minimum age PDF Fact sheet - minimum age Word
Arrangements for 
non-registrable events
Fact sheet - non-registrable
events PDF 
Fact sheet - non-registrable
events Word
Light Contact Combat 
Sports Exemption Policy
Light Contact Combat Sports
Exemption Policy PDF 
Light Contact Combat Sports
Exemption Policy Word
Commercial Purpose Policy
(for registrable events)
Commercial Purpose Policy PDFCommercial Purpose Policy Word

How to have your say

There are a number of ways that you can have your say about these subordinate laws, including:

Industry

Industry representatives are invited to provide their feedback on all three items of subordinate legislation.
You can have your say by attending an industry forum, run by independent facilitators, The Communication Link. Details are below:
DateTimeLocationRegister for session
Tuesday 18 June 12.30 - 2.30PM Phillip Oval
AFL Meeting Room
8 Spoering Street, Phillip
Register via Eventbrite
Thursday 27 June12.00 - 2.00PMACT Academy of Sport
@ the Australian Institute of Sport
Building 20
Leverrier Street, Bruce
You can also provide a written submission via email at feedback@communicationlink.com.au.
While it is encouraged that you attend one of the industry forums, we understand that not everyone can make it. If you would like to speak with us separately, please email feedback@communicationlink.com.au or call 02 6226 8880.

Parents and Carers

Parents and carers are invited to undertake the following survey in relation to the establishment of a minimum age for participation in combat sports - open survey (opens in new window). Alternatively, please provide your feedback to feedback@communicationlink.com.au.

A parent/ carer session will be convened if there is sufficient interest, Alternatively, parents/ carers can contact The Communication Link for a one on one meeting by calling 02 6226 8880.   

Children

There will be a number of children's sessions targeted at children aged between 12 and 16 years of age. Children and their families that may wish to participate in this consultation will be identified through their local club, school sports faculty, or can register for a session themselves. Parents and caregivers of children invited to participate in the consultation will receive information and a consent form for their child to participate.
DateTimeLocationRegister for session
Tuesday 18 June5.00 - 6.00PMWeston Creek Community Centre
Parkinson Street Weston ACT 2611
Register via Eventbrite
Thursday 20 June 3.30 - 4.30PM Tuggeranong Community Centre
245 Collishaw Street
Greenway ACT 2900
Tuesday 25 June 4.00 - 5.00PM Gunghalin Community Centre
47 Ernest Cavanagh Street
Gunghalin ACT 2912

Others

If you would like to contribute to the consultations, but none of the above categories apply to you, please email your feedback to feedback@communicationlink.com.au.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email The Communication Link on feedback@communicationlink.com.au or call 02 6226 8880.

Summary of Subordinate Legislation

The information below provides a brief summary of the subordinate legislation available for consultation. The fact sheets available for download above provide more detailed information. You are encouraged to read these in full.

Proposed Code of Practice

The proposed Code of Practice provides the main guide to the conduct of both registrable and non-registrable events under the Act. It contains essential information relating to events including:

Registrable Events

(Schedule 1)

Non-registrable events

(Schedule 2)

  • Requirements relating to contest rules
  • Requirements relating to contest rules
  • Promoter responsibilities
  • Inspectors and Government officials
  • Insurance requirements
  • Medical requirements
  • Matchmaking requirements
  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Requirements for international contestants
    and appointment of international officials
 
  • Weight cutting and doping rules
  • Weigh-in requirements
  • Pre-event medical and medical requirements
    for events
  • Medical Exclusions
  • Venue requirements
  • Contest area requirements
  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Integrity of score cards
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Entertainment requirements

Coverage

The Code of Practice will apply to both registrable and non-registrable events. Schedule 1 relates to registrable events and schedule 2 to non-registrable events.

It is designed to apply to the broad range of combat sports that the Act covers. Feedback is welcome on ways this can be improved.

What are we asking?

We are seeking your views on:

  1. Matters included in the Code of Practice and their application
  2. Matters not included in the Code of Practice that you feel should be included
  3. How practical the clauses would be for you to implement
  4. Any industry specific feedback on the design, structure and content of the Code of Practice

Documents

The proposed Code of Practice and a fact sheet are available in the documents table at the top of this page.

Establishing a minimum age for participation in controlled sports events

What establishing a minimum age means

Establishing a minimum age in the ACT for participation in controlled sports events will only apply to events, it will not apply to the training environment, nor have any impact on after school fitness activities. It will also not apply to exempted light contact combat sports, including exempted styles for children where the prescribed techniques are not used. This means that where children are using the prescribed techniques, they will not be permitted to participate in events. The government is also considering how a minimum age restriction would be applied to both registrable and non-registrable events.

Options

The ACT Government has developed four different options for establishing a minimum age for contestant participation in controlled sports events.

Option One
Prohibit children under the age of 14 from using prescribed combative
techniques that have contact with the head, neck, spine or groin
Option Two
Minimum age set by authorised controlled sports bodies,
subject to approval by Minister on the recommendation of Advisory Committee
Option Three
Set a standard minimum age of 14 years with prohibition on techniques that
have contact with the head, neck, spine or groin; but allow sporting organisations to
apply for an exemption for their sport for non-registrable events
Option Four
Set a standard minimum age of 14 years with prohibition on techniques that have
contact with the head, neck, spine or groin; but allow sporting organisations or
individual athletes to apply for individual exemption based on elite athlete status
(or promising status) for non-registrable events

Coverage

Should a minimum age be adopted, it will apply to both registrable and non-registrable events.

What are we asking?

  1. How you (in whatever capacity) manage risks of significant injury in sports participation
  2. Your understanding of the risks of injury in combat sports and how these are managed
  3. Any industry specific feedback regarding the design, structure and content of a regulation on minimum age
  4. The similarities and differences between current contest rules and the proposed options (for industry representatives)

Documents

The fact sheet on establishing a minimum age is available in the documents table at the top of this page.

Arrangements for non-registrable events

All non-registrable events must be approved by an Authorised Controlled Sports Body (s 62 of the Controlled Sports Act 2019).

What is an Authorised Controlled Sports Body?

An Authorised Controlled Sports Body is either:

  1. A National Sporting Organisation (automatically recognised); or
  2. An entity declared by the Minister to be an Authorised Controlled Sports Body.

Proposed Regulation

This regulation will cover three aspects relating to non-registrable events, including:

How to become an Authorised Controlled Sports Body

Considerations for approving an Authorised Controlled Sports Body that
applies for recognition. The regulation will cover additional aspects not
already identified in the Act. This includes:

  • Education, training and accreditation processes for officials used
    at non-registrable events;
  • Key elements of good governance; and
  • Medical procedures for events.

There will be mandatory conduct requirements that bodies must comply with. 
These relate to safety and integrity. For example, ensuring that all contestants
have appropriate medical clearances before providing approval to the 
non-registrable event promoter. Further detail is in the Fact Sheet found at the
top of this page.

Conditions for approval of non-registrable events

This component will establish the requirements an Authorised Controlled
Sports Body must meet in order to approve a non-registrable event. It 
establishes the promoter/ organiser's responsibilities, as well as clear 
expectations regarding the approval and conduct of non-registrable events.
such as:

  • Requiring applications
  • Providing approvals (with or without conditions)
  • Suspend contestants and officials
  • Impose conditions or cancel registrations
  • Require medical clearance of contestants, in line with the
    certificate fitness requirements for registered contestants
  • Review approvals
  • Ensure appropriate insurance levels for events
  • Report results to the Registrar of Controlled Sports
  • Report any serious injuries or deaths
Notification of non-registrable events

This component will establish the content of a notification of a non-registrable
event to the Registrar of Controlled Sports. This will then become an online 
form that promoters/organisers or Authorised Controlled Sports Bodies
can complete to notify the Registrar of Controlled Sports of an upcoming
non-registrable event. The proposed content of the notification is:

  1. Name of event;
  2. The name of the Authorised Controlled Sports Body approving 
    (or pending approval of) the event;
  3. Approval by the Authorised Controlled Sports Body (if
    applicable - see 2);
  4. Combat sporting style/s to be contested;
  5. Date, time and location of event;
  6. Details of the promoter;
  7. Names of all officials and the role to be performed;
  8. A draft draw of contestants noting contestant names and ages;
  9. Provision of the approved rules of the combat sporting style/s
    that will be contested, including any modified rules for
    contestants under the age of 18 years; and
  10. A completed checklist that confirms the event does not meet the
    criteria for a registrable event.

Coverage

This regulation will only apply to non-registrable events.

What are we asking?

  1. What factors should the government consider when creating the conditions under which entities are to be approved as authorised controlled sports bodies?
    1. What should the ACT Registrar consider when approving an application?
  2. What factors are important when determining whether a non-registrable event should be approved by an Authorised Controlled Sports Body?
    1. Which safety and integrity requirements should be considered for Authorised Controlled Sports Bodies approving events?
  3. Are the requirements for notifying non-registrable events appropriate and manageable for Authorised Controlled Sports Bodies and/or the non-registrable event promoter?
    1. What works?
    2. What doesn’t work?
    3. What do you think about the proposed notification requirements?

Documents

The fact sheet on non-registrable events is available in the documents table at the top of this page.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the consultation, please contact us by one of the following methods:

Privacy Statements

ACT Government Privacy Statement

Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Territory Privacy Principles in Schedule 1 of the Information Privacy Act 2014. Information in brief about how your personal information will be collected, stored and secured, used and disclosed, accessed or corrected, and how you can make a complaint is available in the ACT Government’s Privacy statement at https://www.act.gov.au/privacy. More detailed information about how CMTEDD will handle your personal information can also be found in the CMTEDD Privacy Policy available at CMTEDD Privacy Policy.

The Communication Link will utilise the CMTEDD Privacy Policy for the purposes of this consultation.

Survey Monkey Survey Privacy Statement

The parents and carers survey has been prepared by the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD). Consultations are being run by independent facilitator, The Communication Link. The Communication Link, in partnership with CMTEDD, will use Survey Monkey to undertake the survey. Your responses may store your personal information in Survey Monkey’s offshore servers, including cloud based software. For more information please refer to Survey Monkey’s Privacy Policy at https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/legal/privacy-policy.

Submissions

At times, we may consult with the community and seek written submissions from the public. You may make a submission without identifying yourself. If you do identify yourself, any submission you provide us will generally be made publicly available. CMTEDD’s makes submissions publicly available for transparency and to encourage public debate, however, publication of any submission is not an indication that CMTEDD endorses the views or comments expressed in those submissions.

If you do not want your submission or your identity to be made publicly available, you must advise us at the time you make your submission that you wish to remain anonymous, or that you want the submission to be confidential.

We encourage individuals not to include personal or sensitive information (their own or a third parties) in submissions, however, we may use that information to develop or improve policies and programs subject of the consultation. We reserve the right to not publish any submission, in full or in part, particularly where a submission may contain personal or sensitive information of the individual making the submission or third parties.