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 and WHS into their club operations and understand and comply with WHS laws.


Why does WHS apply to your club?

Since the Commonwealth's Work Health and Safety ACT 2012 came into effect in January 2012 people conducting a business (including sport clubs) and workers (including volunteers) are protected by the same WHS laws across Australia. The WHS Act provides greater consistency and clarity about WHS laws, making it easier to understand your WHS duties.  Most clubs and associations already have safety policies and practices in place, however under the WHS laws, some sport clubs may need to take new actions to comply with the WHS Act and the NSW WHS Codes of Conduct and Regulations.

Where to begin?

The ASC “Sporting Clubs guide to a Safe Workplace” and WHS resources are designed to assist 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?