Light Contact Combat Sport Exemptions
The Controlled Sports Act 2019 (Section 8) allows for applications from relevant people or organisations to be exempted as a light contact combat sport.
An exemption, if granted, means that the person/ organisation specified is exempted from ALL requirements of the Act. Exemptions are reviewed every three years.
A light contact combat sport is defined as: A combat sport that is not likely to involve forceful contact with a person’s head, neck, spine or groin.
If you are part of a discipline that has both light contact and contact combat sports, you may apply to have a partial exemption for the light contact disciplines.
Applying for a light contact combat sport exemption
A person or organisation can apply at any time using the online form to have their combat sport (or one style or discipline) exempted as a light contact combat sport. Applications will be sent to the Controlled Sports Registrar for consideration, before seeking ministerial approval from the Minister for Sport and Recreation.
While applications can be received at any time, applications prior to the Act commencing will have a closing period to ensure that light contact combat sports can be exempted from the beginning of the legislation’s operations on 11 October. Table 1 below shows when applications will be considered for exemption status:
30 July 2019 - 16 September 2019
(prior to commencement of legislation)
17 September 2019 – 4 October 2019
After 11 October 2019
Open all year
Considered within six weeks of submission*.
Apply before 16 September to ensure your application is considered before the commencement of the legislation
The Act commences operations on 11 October 2019. In order for exemptions to be in place prior to the commencement, applications must be received by 16 September 2019. Late applications may face a delay in consideration, meaning that organisations will be bound by the requirements of the Act until an exclusion is granted (if applicable).
How to submit your application
Applications can be submitted by email or post. See Table 2 for more information.
You can prepare your application in whatever way suits you (example - application addressing criteria below, letter addressing criteria). You can include photographs or other pictorial demonstrations.
File formats may include Word, PDF, JPEG, PNG.
Attention: Controlled Sports Registrar
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Please indicate in your application whether you provide consent for all or part of your application to be referred to experts for advice. Failure to do so may result in a delay in assessment.
What to include in your application
The information below is a general guide only. Please see the Light Contact Combat Sports Exemption Policy for detailed information and answers to frequently asked questions (Table 3).
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The following information in Table 4 provides guidance on the key material that will be considered in granting an exemption as a light contact combat sport. It is recommended that you provide as much information as possible that supports your application, otherwise an exemption may not be granted.
You do not need to answer all of these components, however a comprehensive response will improve the chances of your application being approved.
The techniques and the amount of force used in the light contact combat sport
The rules of the light contact combat sport
The likelihood the light contact combat sport could involve forceful contact with a person’s head, neck, spine or groin
The risk of injury to a person participating in the light contact combat sport
You may supply any other evidence that doesn’t meet the criteria above, providing it supports the case for light contact combat sport exemption.
Assessment of applications
Applications will be assessed in accordance with the Light Contact Combat Sports Exemption Policy. You will be notified of the outcome.
Referral for expert advice
In some instances, the ACT Government may seek expert advice regarding your application. This may include medical or sporting expertise. Once the Controlled Sports Advisory Committee is established (estimated to be in mid-October), these matters will be referred to the Committee for advice.Please indicate your consent or otherwise for this referral to be made.
When will I be advised of the outcome?
Under the initial round, applications close on 16 September. After this time, applications will be assessed by Government officials and a recommendation made to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Applicants will be notified once this has occurred. It is estimated this will be in late September - early October.
After 11 October, it is estimated that applicant's will be informed of the outcome of their application within 6 weeks of submission.
If you have any questions regarding the policy or how to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tina Connor on
(02) 6205 9312 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri).