New Interim Measures for Combat Sports - 20 March 2018

Between 24 November 2017 and 25 January 2018, Active Canberra conducted targeted community consultation on a range of interim measures for regulating combat sports in the ACT. This included an updated Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 and a new Boxing Control Regulation 2018. Thank you to those that provided feedback to this process. Active Canberra is pleased to let you know that these regulations are now in effect, having been notified on 13 March 2018.

Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018

All fight shows from this point forward will need to adhere to the updated Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 (No 1). The main updates relate to:

  • 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 Active Canberra. The final fight card is required no later than 5 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)

Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 – Fact Sheet (PDF 365.8 KB) Boxing Control (Combat Sports) Code of Practice 2018 – Fact Sheet (Word 146.9 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 combatants 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.

Boxing Control Regulation 2018 (PDF 393.3 KB) Boxing Control Regulation 2018 (Word 92.6 KB)

Online Applications and Payments

You are now able to apply to promote or arrange professional, amateur or Pro/Am fight shows online through Access Canberra, the ACT’s single unified service for online services and regulatory functions. This includes the ability to make online payments for applications, upload all relevant documents (such as Approved Amateur Body sanction letters and insurance coverage), and the submission of draft fight cards, which unless you have made prior arrangement with Active Canberra, are due at the time of lodging your online application.

The forms have been modified to accommodate changes to the Code of Practice, most notably the structure of the draft fight card.
Please note the following:

  • You are able to commence an online application and return to it at a later/ date or time, noting that the form and all supporting documentation is required no later than 28 days prior to your proposed contest. 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
  • When you are uploading documents, it is acceptable for them to be a JPEG file, which means you can take a photo with your mobile and subsequently upload the file. Documents can also be in GIF, PNG, PDF, Word or Excel and the maximum size limit is 10MB.

Online Application Forms to Promote or Arrange Professional, Amateur or Pro/Am combat Sports Contests in the ACT 

Application for Female Combatants to Compete in a Professional Combat Sport Contest

Professional female combatants can also complete their application form online and upload certificate of fitness and serological clearance certificate. This is the only requirement that currently exists separately from NSW for professional combatants at present. This requirement will be removed once new legislation is in effect as the same process will apply for all combatants, regardless of gender.

Online Application for Approval for a Female to Compete in a Professional Combat Sport Contest

Please ensure that you print off a copy of the below Information for the Medical Practitioner, which includes a copy of the Certificate of Fitness and Serological Clearance Certificates for the Medical Practitioner to complete, so you can upload these documents as part of the online application.

Approval for a Female to Compete in a Professional Combat Sport Contest – Document to take to the Medical Practitioner (PDF 349.5 KB) Approval for a Female to Compete in a Professional Combat Sport Contest – Document to take to the Medical Practitioner (Word 28.4 KB)

Development of New Legislation

All interim changes up until this point have referred to the Boxing Control Act 1993, including the Code of Practice and Boxing Control Regulation.  Drafting of the new legislation, the Controlled Sports Bill 2018, is currently underway. We are working towards an anticipated commencement in early 2019.

It is important the Government takes the time to ensure that the new legislation is as robust as possible, taking into consideration the previous consultations with industry stakeholders. Further consultation will be scheduled as work progresses toward the anticipated commencement in early 2019.

In the meantime, all requirements remain under the existing Boxing Control Act 1993, which includes the new Code of Practice and Boxing Control Regulation, which will remain in place until new legislation is in effect.

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)

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.

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 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.

Contact Us

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