Community Engagement on Interim Measures for Combat Sports

In September 2016 the ACT Government announced its intention to develop a new legislative framework to regulate combat sports in the ACT. Part of this reform work is to set in place a number of interim measures necessary to ensure adequate coverage under existing legislative provisions (notably, the Boxing Control Act 1993) while the new law is being developed. This includes an updated Code of Practice and a regulation that defines routine training and demonstration events to provide clarity on what activities are and are not covered under the current Act.

Stakeholders are invited to review the draft Code of Practice and draft Boxing Control Regulation and provide their feedback to Active Canberra by 25 January 2018. This feedback will be considered in the final stage of drafting prior to their implementation in early 2018.

The draft Code of Practice encompasses a wider scope of combat sports than the previous version and clearly defines responsibilities relating to medical requirements, venue requirements, registration, promoters and protective clothing. The main updates relate to time periods in which applications and fight card submissions must be made for consideration, and requirements for promoters. These updates are being made to provide clarity around the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in combat sports, and improve the effectiveness of the approval system in a timely manner.

The draft Boxing Control Regulation provides clarification regarding particular activities that are exempt from approval under the Act, including training activities and demonstration events.

Should you wish to provide feedback on the draft Code of Practice or draft Boxing Control Regulation, you can lodge your submission to Active Canberra via one of the following options (submissions close 25 January 2018):

  • Post: PO Box, 147 Civic Square ACT, 2608
  • Email: grant.voysey@act.gov.au
  • Phone: 6207 2073 In person – to arrange a suitable meeting time

Draft Code of Practice (PDF - 48.6 KB) Draft Code of Practice (Word - 26.6 KB)

Draft Boxing Control Regulation (PDF - 376.6 KB) Draft Boxing Control Regulation (Word - 86.5 KB)

Revised Range of Combat Sports Captured in the ACT - 8 December 2016

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.

The Policy Position Paper was informed by the consultation findings following the release of the Discussion Paper: Regulation of combat sport in the ACT in December 2015, as well as earlier industry specific consultation.

In working to progress these reforms, Active Canberra has now formed the view that the ACT’s 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, the Boxing Act will now be 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 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 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: Policy Position Paper (PDF 256 KB) Word Version (202 KB)

Discussion Paper: Regulation of combat sport in the ACT (PDF 1.0 MB) Word Version (125.5 KB)

Application to Promote or Arrange an Amateur Combat Sport Contest (PDF 131.4 KB)  Application to Promote or Arrange an Amateur Combat Sport Contest (Word 21.8KB)

Application to Promote or Arrange a Professional Combat Sport Contest (PDF - 100.5KB) Application to Promote or Arrange a Professional Combat Sport Contest (Word 23.3KB)

Application for Approval for a Female to Compete in a Professional Combat Sport Contest (PDF - 664.3 KB) Application for Approval for a Female to Compete in a Professional Combat Sport Contest (Word 30.9 KB)

Contact Us

Combat Sports Project Officer - Active Canberra 
Phone: (02) 6207 2073 (+61 International)
Postal Address: PO Box 147, Civic Square, Canberra, ACT, 2608