Workplace Health & Safety

Everyone has a right to be safe when working or volunteering in sport. WHS laws require sport clubs to comply with the WHS Act and WHS Codes and Regulations.This information is provided to assist clubs incorporate risk management into their club operations and understand and comply with WHS laws.


Where to Start?

Most clubs and associations already have safety policies and practices in place. The Australian Sports Commission “Sporting Clubs guide to a Safe Workplace”  is designed to further assist sporting clubs understand and action WHS and Risk Management within their organisation.


Risk Management

Risk Management forms an integral part of WHS and providing a safe work and sport environment for volunteers, officials, players, workers and spectators.  The NSW Office of Sport has developed a new resource to assist sport clubs with risk management, as well as a s step-by-step approach to working through issues and appropriate responses to risks.      


Checklists & Policies

These Checklists are for use by Clubs and Associations for WHS compliance and to minimise risk and Public Liability claims exposure.

WHS Information & Links

No Smoking at Sport Venues

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 now applies to sport venues.

Smoking is prohibited in outdoor public areas, including:

  • Spectator areas at sports grounds used for organised sporting events
  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places;
  • Public swimming pools
  • Public transport stations, bus stops, ferry wharves and taxi ranks;
  • Within 4 metres of an entry to a public building
  • Commercial outdoor dining areas (From 6 July 2015)

A fine of $300 applies to people in breach of the Act.

What can your club do to increase awareness?