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Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19

General questions regarding COVID-19

  • The Government is the best source of information.
  • For the most up to date information, refer to the Federal  Department of HealthSA Government
  • For information regarding Health, visit the SA Health Frequently Asked Questions
  • For information regarding sport, recreation and racing organisations, visit the ORSR website.
  • For general information regarding restrictions in South Australia call the COVID-19 Information Line - 1800 253 787.

Funding available

Government of South Australia - The Department of Treasury and Finance provides information related to many financial support initiatives. Among these are:

To make specific enquiries related to these funds, email communityandjobssupportfund@sa.gov.au

Australian Government - The Treasury provides information related to national economic response to the Coronavirus. Among the responses are:

  • The Department of Treasury and Finance is administering the Community and Jobs Support Fund, with the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing providing input.
  • Thank you to the organisations who provided information through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Contingency Planning questionnaire.
  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing will follow up organisations should further information be required.

  • National bodies should liaise with Sport Australia, their general funder, as federal funding for all employers is available.
  • The State Government will working with state sport and recreation organisations.


Membership fees and sports vouchers

  • You may wish to offer your members a postponed expiry date for their existing member’s fee or provide a credit for the next.
  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing encourages innovation in relation to the way that you can provide services to your members differently.
  • As always, you should seek legal advice regarding your individual circumstances.

  • The Sports Vouchers team will not seek refunds of sports vouchers.
  • The Sports Vouchers team will only offer to process vouchers for groups that have either commenced or completed their activity. They will seek verification of these prior to process claims from that provider.
  • Sports such as calisthenics and martial arts groups are thinking innovatively and offering classes online, and therefore Sports Vouchers are still being processed.


Grants and projects

  • Yes, the existing Sport and Recreation Sustainability funding agreements and any existing Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program agreements will be honoured for next financial year.
  • Funded organisations may need to negotiate a variation to their grant agreement should the intended use for the funding have changed due to COVID-19.
  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing have provided reporting extensions for the 2019-20 period until 30 June 2020, the expiry date of these agreements.

  • Contact the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Funding Services Team to negotiate variations to terms, obligations and even projects if required.

  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing have placed the notification of the recommended projects on hold for the time being.
  • Given the changing landscape the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing will be reassessing the current round of applications to ensure the funding is allocated to areas that will help the sector at this time.
  • As the proposals and initiatives were applied for in November 2019, the sector is now in a very different place, and resources may need to be directed towards re-establishing and rebuilding sport and recreation.

  • Both Game On and the Infrastructure Plan are progressing and you will be provided an update on these projects shortly.
  • Both projects will be playing a big part in the recovery process.
  • The grants review project is currently on hold and will be reviewed in line with the new priorities of the sector post COVID-19.

  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing would love to hear your ideas to support the industry through these times.
  • You can send any ideas through to the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing via the COVID-19 mailbox and we will review their merit.


HR and Governance

  • Examine your business and determine essential people and/or skills and consider your situation against the JobKeeper Payment criteria and information.

  • Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions now in place on public gatherings, some associations may find it difficult to comply with the legislative requirement around holding Annual General Meetings.
  • Where technology can be used, associations may wish to consider holding a 'virtual' AGM (either online, or via teleconference).
  • Associations should remain mindful or good governance practices – including accessibility and inclusiveness, appropriate record keeping and giving members reasonable notice of meetings – regardless of the form an AGM takes. As always, you should ensure that members are able to ask questions or raise concerns about the way a meeting is run.
  • In some cases, for example where members can’t access the appropriate technology, it will be appropriate to instead defer the meeting.
  • Subject to the above, Consumer and Business Services will not take action where a virtual AGM is held, but does not comply with the association’s rules due to requirements that meetings are held in person.
  • In addition, if associations are unable to hold an AGM within the legislated timeframe, Consumer and Business Services will take no action where AGMs are postponed for up to six months.
  • For more information, contact associations@sa.gov.au
  • While Consumer and Business Services will not take action in relation to non-compliance involving actions in response to COVID-19, this doesn't protect the association against any third party claim that the action contravened the legislation.

  • STARCLUB is still being supported, and we encourage organisations to use this time to access or update your best Governance practices.
  • STARCLUB is free and open to all sport and recreation organisations to participate in, and importantly during this time, is all online.
  • The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing know many organisations find value in STARCLUB, which is why we are currently reviewing the program to see how it can best support you in the future.

Staying active

Where ever possible people should stay active.

The mental and physical welfare of South Australians is important.  People are allowed to be physically active and be outside. Recreational walking, running, cycling, social golf, horse riding, tennis and other activities are permitted provided restrictions are adhered to. Information regarding these can be found on the Return to Sport and Recreation page.

Yes.

In South Australia the advice is for people to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. It is okay for horse owners to stay in their local area and ride their horses in the closest available permissible location, and undertake short journeys with a horse float. This is provided other COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to. Information regarding these can be found on the Return to Sport and Recreation page.

Yes, provided the COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to. Information regarding these can be found on the Return to Sport and Recreation page.

Note: there may be different restrictions in other Australian states.

Yes, provided the COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to. Information regarding these can be found on the Return to Sport and Recreation page.