The NSW sport and active recreation sector is made up of many diverse organisations with different organisational structures, membership bases and sizes, geographic reach, organisational health maturity and financial health.
The information and links below provide a wealth of information and knowledge to support your organisation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on this page is relevant for State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting
Organisations for people with Disability, associations, community clubs, and sport and active recreation businesses.
In this section:
- Governance advice and support
- Legal and financial advice and support
- Business and organisational advice
- Rental support
- Risk management and assessment
- Volunteering and welfare
- Learning and development
State Sporting Organisations have the same legal obligations as any employer to their workers. The information and links below are designed to assist your SSO to understand the law surrounding employment, and financial stimulus measures available regarding the impact of COVID-19.
Financial and rental assistance
Both the NSW and Federal Governments have announced financial assistance measures for organisations and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Many of these measures are accessible to sport and active recreation organisations.
For more information on financial assistance, including grants, visit For financial assistance
Sport and active recreation organisations and businesses registered as either Incorporated Associations or companies limited by guarantee under the Commission Act 2001 (ASIC Act) need to be aware of recent changes to the holding of Annual General Meetings and other governance measures to assist them during COVID-19.
NSW Fair Trading (for Incorporated Associations)
Australian Securities and Investment Commission (for Company’s Limited by Guarantee)
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has dedicated COVID-19 information and resources to assist sporting organisations i.e. Guidelines for public company upcoming AGMs and financial reporting requirements.
For more information visit Australian Securities and Investment Commission
The Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission
The Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission recognises that a charity’s usual operations may be affected by the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, as well as measures being established to try and control its spread.
The Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission has information for not for profit sporting organisations who are also registered charities whose operations may be affected by COVID-19.
For more information visit: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Institute of Community Directors Australia
The Institute of Community Directors Australia is Australia’s best-practice governance network for not-for-profit boards, committees, councils, schools, and their staff.
Our Community provides advice and tools for Australia's 600,000 not-for-profit groups and schools. The organisation provides easy-to-digest information, practical tools, training and connections for not-for-profit groups across the country, both face to face and through their websites, www.ourcommunity.com.au, www.fundingcentre.com.au and www.givenow.com.au.
Go to Community Directors for detailed information and links to assist not for profit organisations impacted by COVID-19
For more information visit Our Community
Service NSW can help businesses and organisations impacted by COVID-19. Service NSW is working with federal, state and local government and the private sector to bring together all the support and services available to assist small business. This includes free legal advice, a business concierge service, grants, as well as other resources and support
For more information visit Service NSW Business Concierge
For more information visit NSW Business Connect
Justice Connect is a Not-for-profit Law specialist legal service for community organisations including not for profit sporting organisations.
They provide free or low cost, high quality practical legal help for not-for-profit community organisations and advocate for improved standards and legal frameworks.
Justice Connect has COVID-19 updates, webinars on legal issues impacting on sporting organisations.
For more information visit Justice Connect
Australian and New Zealand Law Association (ANZLA)
The premier not-for-profit sports law organisation in the Australasian region, dedicated to providing education, advocacy and networking opportunities about legal issues in sport.
For more information Australian and New Zealand Law Association
Is a whole of government web site for the Australian Business community providing information, resources and support services including financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new Commonwealth Government support for Australian businesses and which are also applicable to NSW not-for-profit organisations.
For more information visit Business.gov.au
The community services sector across Australia like the sport and active recreation sector plays a vital role in assisting the community.
Keeping community organisations running where possible during the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial.
Community Door is a gateway for not for profit community-managed organisations they provide information, tools, resources, and templates to help you keep your organisation operating and delivering services while protecting the health and wellbeing of staff, clients and the community.
For more information visit Community Door
NSW Office of Sport
The Office of Sport provides a range of support and services to assist State Sporting Organisations, community sport clubs, industry peak bodies and recreation sector organisations through these difficult and challenging times.
There are several resources and tools to help your organisation including:
- Running Your SSO targeting State Sporting Organisations
- Running Your Club resource aimed at NSW sporting clubs
- Financial Ratio Health Check Tool has been designed to help staff and volunteer boards and committee of management monitor their organisations financial health and performance expectations
Facebook Business Resource Hub
Facebook has developed a number of resources for organisations to help manage and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources are focused on helping organisations boost their online presence, keeping in touch with participants and customers and bringing their organisation online.
For more information visit: Facebook Business Resource Hub
See financial assistance for more information on NSW Government rental measures to support commercial tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19.
NSW Small Business Commissioner
The Small Business Commissioner has information, support and resources available to help small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase.
The Small Business Commissioner also has an FAQ and resources for commercial tenants and what tenants can do if they are struggling to pay rent, including advice on how to negotiate a rent reduction.
Additionally, the Commissioner offers a mediation service between tenants and landlords who are in dispute.
For more information visit Small Business Commissioner commercial leases and covid-19 FAQs
Information on NSW land tax support relating to COVID-19 to assist commercial and residential landlords manage their rental properties. These measures are part of the NSW Government’s rental package to support commercial tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19
For more information visit Revenue NSW
Formerly known as the NSW Business Chamber, Business Australia has developed an impacted employee kit to assist both employees and employers including not for profit sporting organisations during COVID-19.
They have also developed a series of templates and letters for tenants to help broker alternative rental payment options with their landlords.
For more information visit Business Australia
The icare sporting injuries insurance scheme is a no-fault scheme that the NSW Government introduced over 30 years ago to provide benefits for people seriously injured playing sport.
The sporting injuries insurance covers both players and officials.
Sporting organisation participants are covered for injuries sustained during an ‘authorised sporting activity,’ which includes competitions, trials and training.
icare understands the impact that COVID-19 is having on NSW sporting organisations and are there to support sporting organisations. One of the key impacts facing sporting organisations is the need to suspend all sport and training within NSW indefinitely. This can impact sporting participant estimates which in turn impacts premiums.
icare encourages sporting organisations experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 disruptions to contact them on 02 7922 5392 to discuss how we can support you and your policy needs.
For more information on COVID-19 and the NSW sporting injuries insurance visit icare
Organisations are encouraged to contact their insurance company or their insurance brokers to discuss your organisation’s situation to see if they can provide assistance. Like other organisations, many insurers have initiatives to assist organisations that are facing difficulty due to COVID-19.
Sport and active recreation organisations and businesses need to be aware their legal obligations and commitment to safety in the context of COVID-19. Organisations should consider getting independent legal advice or speak with their insurance provider or broker in preparing your risk assessment.
Risk management is a proactive process that helps organisations response to change.
Risk management is a proactive process that helps you respond to change and facilitate continuous improvement in your business. It should be planned, systematic and cover all reasonably foreseeable hazards and associated risks.
Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia is an Australian government statutory body established in 2008 to develop national policy relating to WHS and workers’ compensation.
Safe Work Australia has developed resources on undertaking risk assessments. Risk management is a proactive process that helps you respond to change and facilitate continuous improvement in your business. It should be planned, systematic and cover all reasonably foreseeable hazards and associated risks.
A risk assessment involves considering what could happen if someone is exposed to a hazard (for example, COVID-19) and the likelihood of it happening. A risk assessment can help you to determine; how severe a risk is; whether any existing control measures are effective; what action you should take to control the risk, and how urgently the action needs to be taken.
For more information and to access the resources, visit: Safe Work Australia.
Office of Sport – Risk Management
The Office of Sport has risk management resources developed for the sporting sector. This includes a risk register, as well as a Risk Management Policy template.
For more information, visit the Office of Sport’s Running Your SSO Risk Management module
Safe Work NSW
Safe Work NSW is the New South Wales’ workplace health and safety regulator. They provide:
- advice on improving work health and safety
- provide licences and registration for potentially dangerous work
- investigate workplace incidents and enforce work health and safety laws in NSW
Safe Work NSW has developed a guide to assist organisations with safe work practices during COVID-19.
For more information visit Safe Work NSW
Worksafe (New Zealand)
Worksafe New Zealand have also put together a number of COVID-19 risk management resources for organisations.
For more information visit Worksafe (New Zealand).
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted normal activities globally including traditional face to face learning and development.
There are numerous on-line resources which may support Sporting organisations to provide staff and stakeholders with learning and development opportunities to enable them to remain connected with sport, to develop new skills or pursue other interests.
Visit our Learning and Development page for more information on online courses and resources available.