Constitution templates are available for State Associations, Regional Associations and Clubs. The templates meet the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 in South Australia and incorporate best practice governance principles as advocated by the Australian Sports Commission and Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.

To find out more about the requirements of an incorporated club, download publications or lodge a new or updated constitution, visit the SA Government agency of Consumer and Business Services.

State Sporting Association Constitution Template

Regional Sporting Association Constitution Template

Club Constitution Template

It is important for new committee members to know about the workings of the organisation and their responsibilities as a Committee member. Play by the Rules provides helpful tips for committees and board members.

A strategic plan is a document that is designed to give the organisation some direction in the short to mid-term (2-4 years). It takes into account the internal strengths and weakness plus the external opportunities and threats to the organisation, and details strategies to address and build on these. Strategic Planning is a core element of good governance.

A participation plan is a road map to help you deliver on your organisation’s strategic plan, by agreeing on your participation objectives and an agreed set of actions by considering the nine drivers of participation, which are the factors identified by stakeholders as having the most significant influence on driving positive participation outcomes. Sport Australia provides a guide on participation planning.

Being able to generate income through sources other than registration fees is critical to the health and long term survival of a club and remains one of the most challenging aspects for club administrators and volunteers.

Sponsorship is a mutually beneficial business relationship between two parties, the business (sponsor) and the club (sponsored).

Sponsorship is much more than a sign at a park or a logo on a shirt. Sponsorship provides business access, connections, hospitality, affinity, audience access, data and helps to shape public perception for a sponsor. Businesses and clubs working together can create a broader reach and shared objectives, multiplying the resources they have and leveraging the combined power of the relationship.

Sponsorship Proposal Template

The Regional Field Officer Program is a partnership between the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and 34 regional Councils, plus the Outback Communities Authority. The program works with sport and recreation clubs and associations in regional communities to help them develop and prosper.

The Program aims to increase the capacity and capability of regional sport and active recreation clubs and associations, to provide sustainable and quality opportunities for participation by:

  • providing a vital and valued link between stakeholders;
  • assisting clubs and recreation organisations to be well managed and sustainable long term;
  • assisting clubs and recreation organisations to identify needs in order to facilitate actions and programs that help achieve success;
  • providing training opportunities to up-skill regional sporting and recreational volunteers; and
  • facilitating effective management and use of sport and recreation facilities.

If you are a member of a regional sport and recreation club or association and have access to a Regional Field Officer in your region, give them a call to see what support or assistance they may be able to provide you.

Regional Field Officer contact details

  • Australian Sports Commission (ASC) - The ASC Australian Government agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport. The ASC comprises; Sport Australia — responsible for driving the broader sport sector including participation, supporting activities linked to sport and sport industry growth, and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) — leading our high-performance sport system.
  • Sports Community - Sports Community provides training and knowledge, both in person and online, to clubs and their volunteers. They also offer consulting services to peak sporting bodies and local councils.
  • Good Sports - Good Sports is Australia’s largest community health sports program. It has been helping build strong community sporting clubs across Australia for over 20 years. Designed for busy sports clubs, Good Sports takes the guess work out of complying with legal requirements and gives you the upper hand when it comes to attracting funding, new members and volunteers.
  • Play by the Rules - Provides information, resources, tools and free online training for administrators, coaches, officials, players and parents to deal with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport. Play by the Rules is a unique collaboration between Sport Integrity Australia, Sport Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the Office of the Children’s Guardian (NSW) and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW.
  • Beyond the Club podcast - Beyond the Club is co-hosted by former cricketer and coach-turned-journalist Ben Hook, alongside Dr Sam Elliott, researcher and lecturer in youth sport at Flinders University. The podcast aims to support community sporting clubs with solutions to the many challenges experienced within community sport by administration, volunteers, coaches, parents, umpires and players.
  • Beyond the Club is streaming on: