COVID-19 Return to Sport Resources

COVID-19 Return to Sport Resources

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Have a read below of the organisations that are providing support and publishing advice to help re-boot sport, and get your club going again!

If you haven’t already, make sure you read through the Sport Australia + Australian Institute of Sport Toolkit with advice about rebooting sport.

New South Wales:

NSW Government Office of Sport: Coronavirus update.

NSW Government Office of Sport: COVID-19 Sport and Active Recreation Sector Resources Library.

NSW Institute of Sport: High Performance at Home.

Sport NSW: Ongoing COVID-19 response.

Australian Capital Territory:

ACT Government Sport and Recreation: COVID-19 News.

ACT Government Sport and Recreation: Infrastructure resources.


Tasmanian Government: Resources | Coronavirus.

Tasmanian Government: Sport and Recreation Resources.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport: Resources and News.

Northern Territory:

Northern Territory Government, Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture: Support and Resources.

Northern Territory Government: Guidelines for sport and active recreation business.

Western Australia:

Government of Western Australia: Roadmap.

Government of Western Australia: Every Club Hub.

Government of Western Australia: Healthway Resource and Activity Hub.

South Australia:

Government of South Australia (ORSR): Latest Updates.

SA Health: Latest Updates

South Australia Department of Education.

South Australia Department of Education: School Sport.

SportSA: COVID-19 Resources in returning to sport.


Business Queensland: Hospitality, Tourism and sport start-up guides.

Queensland Government Return to Play Guide.

Queensland Government COVID-19: Sport and active recreation providers.

Update on Queensland COVID-19 cases.


Department of Health and Human Services: Advice on Sport and Exercise.

School Sport Victoria: Useful resources and links.

Sport and Recreation Victoria: Updated restrictions and resources.

VicSport: Updates and Links.

Vichealth Resource Hub.

Organisations supporting sport clubs and volunteers:

Play By The Rules:

Parents Guide to Clean Sport: This mini course is designed to help parents enhance their children’s knowledge of how to protect themselves in their sport or career against performance enhancing drugs and drug use. You will gain a better understanding of the important role you play in teaching your children respect for and appreciation of the true spirit of sport and be able to inform your children about how to protect themselves in their sport career in relation to performance enhancing drugs and drug use.

Let Kids Be Kids: The Let Kids be Kids mini-course addresses poor sideline behaviour at junior sport. You will learn about what motivates kids participation in sport; you’ll be able to identify what poor behaviour is; how to address poor behaviour if it occurs and also take into consideration the views and opinions of children and young people.

Introduction to the Integrity of Sport: This mini-course will provide an overview of the issues around the integrity of sport, how they occur, why they occur and some of the things that have been done to address them. Ideal starting point to help community clubs understand and protect the integrity of sport.

Ethics and Ethical Decision Making In Sport: How do we better prepare people to make well-informed, ethical decisions in regard to their involvement with sport in a world where performance and image enhancing drugs, illegal gambling, match fixing, sexism, homophobia, racism and corruption are commonplace? This mini-course is part of the Integrity in Sport mini-series.

Walking the Talk – Putting Integrity into Action: The Walking the Talk mini-course, is part of the Integrity in Sport series of mini-courses. This mini-course is designed to get you thinking about integrity and how it can be recognised and improved in a community sport setting.

Child Protection Online Course

Harassment and Discrimination Online Course

Inclusive Coaching Online Course

Complaint Handling Training

Member Protection Information Officer Online Course


Good Sports:

Good Sports Healthy Eating Program

Good Sports Healthy Minds Program

Good Sports Junior Program

Tackling Illegal Drugs Program

Managing Alcohol in Your Club

Volunteering Toolkit

Social Media Post Images

Guide to Developing Illegal Drugs Policy

Club Functions Policy Guidelines

Sport Australia:

This resource is intended to provide an overview of the currently available information highlighting the unique needs and challenges for elite Australian sport particularly in their preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Australia’s high-performance sport bodies should reschedule their current arrangements in anticipation for a Tokyo Games in the northern summer of 2021.

The AOC, AIS and Paralympics Australia agree that this is consistent with the key principals of putting the health of athletes first and acting in the best interests of sport and the Australian community.

Child safe sport framework: Sport Australia is committed to improving the safety of children and young people in Australian sport from child abuse by:

  • Raising awareness and knowledge of child abuse and child protection
  • Providing an understanding of the specific obligations and expected behaviours towards children under Sport Australia’s Member Protection Policy template
  • Developing confidence for people to take appropriate action when they become concerned for the safety of a child.
  • Designed for national sporting organisations this framework focuses on the specific obligations, expected behaviours and building confidence in people in sport to take appropriate action.

Club DevelopmentClub Health Check: The Club Health Check is the first step in growing your club and helping to make it sustainable.

The Club Health Check looks at a number of factors that are crucial to success, and combines these results to build an overall picture of the way your club carries out its operations.

The online assessment should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. We recommend two or three people from your club complete the online assessment together. Once you have completed the assessment, a detailed report will be emailed to you. This report will identify improvements and growth areas for your organisation.

Governance concerns three key issues:

  • How an organisation develops strategic goals and direction
  • How the board/committee of an organisation monitors the performance of the organisation to ensure it achieves these strategic goals, has effective systems in place and complies with its legal and regulatory obligations
  • Ensuring that the board/committee acts in the best interests of the members

Sport Australia recognises that effective sports governance requires leadership, integrity and good judgment, through Sports Governance Principles. Additionally, effective governance will ensure more effective decision making, with the organisation demonstrating transparency, accountability and responsibility in the activities undertaken and resources expended.

Training for Coaches: The Community Coaching General Principles (CCGP) course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children.

Training for Officials: The Community Officiating General Principles online course has been developed to assist officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.

Physical Literacy: The Australian Physical Literacy Framework activates this commitment through the establishment of a common language to support all Australians develop their physical literacy, at every stage of life.

Physical literacy gives you:

  • Physical skills and fitness
  • The attitudes and emotions that motivate you to be active
  • The knowledge and understanding of how, why and when you move
  • The social skills to be active with others.

Physical Literacy Program Alignment Guidelines: The sport and physical activity sector plays a vital role in building the skills, knowledge and confidence of participants to lead active lives, contributing towards broader societal outcomes. The Guidelines will assist sport and physical activity providers to align new and existing programs to a physical literacy approach that celebrates and enhances participants’ holistic development.

Physical literacy alignment is the process of adapting or developing programs, products, resources and strategies to help participants develop lifelong engagement in sport and physical activity.

Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion: Sport Australia partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports to develop Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport. The Guidelines provide practical advice on how sporting organisations can create and promote an inclusive environment for transgender and gender diverse people.

Find Your 30 Program: Find Your 30 is all about finding practical ways in which anyone can work half an hour of activity into their day. There are simple solutions, like walking the extra block to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and getting the whole family active together.

Playing For Life Cards: Playing for Life activity cards are designed for everyday use by teachers, coaches, out of school hours care staff and parents. Aligned with the Australian Curriculum and the Australian Physical Literacy Framework, these game based activities are easily adapted to different sports and help create a safe, inclusive and challenging environment for children.

Sports Ability Cards: The cards outline all of the details required to plan and execute the activities, as well as information on ways to modify elements of each activity to ensure that every child is able to participate. Through the adaption and modification of game rules, equipment and techniques, the cards provide fun and enjoyable opportunities for everyone to participate and achieve success.

Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Cards: Suitable for children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, Yulunga can be used in schools around Australia as an educational resource and as a guide to inclusive, structured sport within communities.

NSW Office of Sport:

Staying Active Through COVID-19: At the Office of Sport, we remain committed to our mission of building active communities across New South Wales. We’ve compiled this resource to help you find suitable ways to safely exercise in and around your home during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This page will be updated with new information throughout the coming weeks, so please check back for new activities to help keep you and your family active!

PlaySport: Think of it as the world’s largest all-inclusive sports centre – every sport, every level, and every ability – PlaySport connects people to it all. With one login they can find, organise or play sports all in one place.

With 55,000 sport organisations and over 300 different sports on the new platform, PlaySport’s aim is to encourage everyday Australians to get active by allowing people to discover, organise, book, play and follow any sport or activity anywhere in Australia at any time.

Play For Purpose: The Play for Purpose Raffle* is an online, not-for-profit raffle designed to make fundraising for sporting clubs easy. It’s free to sign up and gives Clubs access to a huge prize pool, giving your supporters the chance to win amazing prizes.

It is the ultimate WIN-WIN, with a guaranteed 50% of each ticket sold funding a charitable sporting project for your club or organisation. If clubs have been affected by the recent bushfires, recovery fundraising efforts are classified as charitable projects within the raffle’s guidelines.

With the Play For Purpose Raffle there are no physical tickets or money to handle and no prizes to source, which all helps to save you time and money.

Australian Sports FoundationFor all your other fundraising needs, you can sign up with the Australian Sports Foundation. The Sports Foundation’s mission is to help Australians fundraise to achieve their sporting dreams. The Sports Foundation has helped over 1,600 athletes, organisations and sporting clubs, from the grassroots level through to the elite, fundraise more than $350 million to fund their sporting projects and needs.

Pride In Sport:

Membership Program The Pride in Sport membership program is designed to:

Assist Australian sporting organisations with all aspects of LGBTI inclusion as it pertains to their sport and those working within the sporting organisation;

Work with members to achieve best practice as benchmarked by the Pride in Sport Index (PSI);

Create better health outcomes for LGBTI players, coaches, fans and others by creating inclusive spaces though the reduction of homophobia, stigma and discrimination.

Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport © 2019 Australian Human Rights Commission. Sport Australia partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports to develop Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.

The Guidelines provide:

  • Information about the operation of the federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (the Act) in relation to:
  • Unlawful and permissible discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity
  • Sexual harassment
  • Victimisation
  • Practical guidance for promoting inclusion in line with fundamental human rights-based principles:
  • Equality
  • Participation in sport
  • Freedom from discrimination and harassment
  • Privacy.
  • Other relevant areas of law are also considered.

Social Media & Issues Management in Sport © 2019 Heard MSL & Pride in Sport

The best managed crisis is the one you never hear about. That’s why crisis preparation, planning and training is so important.

It helps to inform decision making, test responsiveness and ensure your organisation has the skills and support to effectively navigate situations that pose a risk, either to people and safety, operations or reputation.

Crisis preparedness involves planning for the high-risk scenarios that are known, and building muscle memory in crisis response that will help you respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen issues that arise.

Anti-Homophobia & Inclusion Framework for Australian Sport © 2014 Bingham Cup Sydney.

This Anti-homophobia & Inclusion Framework (Framework) sets out a structure for the development of Antihomophobia & Inclusion Policies (Policies) to be adopted by the Australian Rugby Union, Australian Football League, National Rugby League, Football Federation Australia and Cricket Australia (each, a Sport Peak Body).

The aim of the Framework and Policies is to eradicate homophobia, including biphobia, from the five sports. This includes the eradication of discrimination, harassment, and bullying on the basis of sexual orientation. It also includes encouraging gay, lesbian and bisexual people to participate in these sports and to maintain their involvement. The Framework includes, at Annexure A, a sample Policy that could, with minimal amendments, be adopted and implemented by the Sport Peak Body.

The pillars and action items in section 6 form the substance of the Framework and the sample Policy. Action items are included in the sample Policy in a form that enables the Sport Peak Body to exclude particular items from the Policy if they consider an item unnecessary or burdensome.

This Framework and the sample Policy do not address discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and intersex status. It is intended that each Sport Peak Body will undertake further consultation with relevant organisations in the near future with a view to addressing these areas of discrimination separately.

Clearinghouse for Sport:

AusPlay Focus: State and Territory Participation: On 31 October 2019 Sport Australia released the latest results from its national sport and physical activity participation survey, AusPlay. This release includes:

  • Results from data collected in the 2018/19 financial year; and
  • Data visualisations that focus on state/territory participation. These visualisations are made possible by utilising AusPlay’s 75,000+ cumulative sample since the survey commenced in October 2015.

Market Segmentation Sports Participation: The Market Segmentation Studies provide key insights regarding how participation in sport is consumed among the Australian population.

This research will help organisations refine strategies to recruit and retain adults, children, parents and volunteers in sport and sport clubs and ensure our sporting landscape remains strong.

Future of Australian Sport: The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has partnered with Australia’s peak science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), to jointly conduct research into the future of Australian sport. The sports played in Australia, as well as how and why we play them, are changing over time.

The recent findings from The Future of Australian Sport report will play an important role in shaping long-term policy, investment and strategic planning within government, the sport sector and broader community. The Report highlights six sports megatrends that may redefine the sport sector over the next 30 years.

Department of Health:

Sport 2030 – National Sport Plan: The Australian Government has a clear and bold vision for sport in Australia — to ensure we are the world’s most active and healthy sporting nation, known for our integrity and sporting success.

Sport 2030 has four key priority areas which will, when fully implemented, create a platform for sporting success through to 2030 and beyond.