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Information for Associations - COVID-19

Information for Associations - COVID-19


From 1 June 2020, South Australia transitions to Step 2 of the South Australian Roadmap For Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (the Roadmap).

To implement the changes to the Roadmap, the State Co-ordinator has enacted the Emergency Management (Public Activities)(COVID-19) Direction 2020. This Direction replaces the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 7)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 and the Emergency Management (Gatherings No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020.  I encourage you to familiarise yourself with this new document and how it relates to sport.

Clubs/organisations who were forced to closed must fill in a COVID-Safe Plan before recommencing activities from today.

In accordance with Step 2 of the Roadmap please note the following:

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing measures must still be followed.
  • 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • 1.5 metres between people.


  • A maximum of 80 people may gather at a venue ‘as a whole’ (Venues with multiple courts and playing fields and indoor recreation centres are classified as 1 venue).
  • A maximum of 20 people are permitted per group/room.
  • These numbers do not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity.
  • Please note:
    • Primarily outdoor sports venues may have up to 80 people (excluding staff) in the outdoor sporting areas, provided they are clearly separated in groups of up to 20 people, and as long as there are enough square metres to accommodate them.
    • They may also have up to 80 additional people (excluding staff) indoors, with a maximum of up to 20 people per room, as long as there are enough rooms with sufficient square metres to accommodate this.
    • As such, sports venues with indoor and outdoor areas may have up to 160 people on site, provided they have enough and sufficiently large spaces both indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor sport

  • Non-contact outdoor sport competition can commence from 1 June 2020.
  • Contact training can commence from 1 June 2020.
  • Contact competition can commence from 25 June 2020.

Indoor sport

  • Non-contact sport training and competition can commence from 1 June 2020.
  • Contact sport: non-contact skills training can commence from 1 June 2020.
  • Contact sport: contact training can recommence from 25 June 2020.
  • Contact competition cannot yet recommence.

Swimming pools

  • All types of swimming activities at a swimming pool are permitted.
  • No swimmer at the premises is accompanied by more than 1 caregiver who is not swimming.
  • The total number of persons in any swimming pool at the premises does not exceed one person per 4 square metres, up to a maximum of 20 persons per pool.

Gyms, dance studios indoor fitness centres

  • 20 people permitted to be in a gym room doing individual workouts.
  • 10 people permitted in classes or activities at gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities and dance and pilates studios.
  • These numbers do not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity.

Opening of clubrooms/clubhouses for food and beverage

  • Purchase and consumption of food or beverages in clubrooms/clubhouses is permitted if the food and beverages (including alcohol) are only consumed by patrons while seated at tables.

Opening of canteens

  • Canteens can be open for the purchase and consumption of snack or hand-held food and non-alcoholic beverages by people while attending sport (including sports training) fitness or recreation activities.

Communal facilities

  • Communal changing rooms, shower facilities and sauna or spa facilities are not permitted to be used and must remain closed, but toilet facilities may be made available.

Contact Tracing Form

  • All participants are required to provide their name and phone number or email address on a Contact Tracing Form when attending an activity. The person conducting the activity retains a record of those contact details and produces them at the request of an authorised officer.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for any questions you may have.

**Please note: The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing is aware that there is an error relating to the question on when indoor non-contact sports competition can commence in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. The current FAQs indicate that non-contact sport competition cannot commence until 25 June. However, the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing can confirm that indoor non-contact sport competition can recommence from 1 June.


The following information was released by Consumer and Business Services, for associations regarding COVID-19.

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.

With this in mind, the Government is granting a 6 month extension for associations to lodge periodic returns and hold Annual General Meetings.

If 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, CBS 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.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission have both prepared useful advice around holding Annual General Meetings remotely, that may help associations explore this option.

For more information, contact associations@sa.gov.au

While Consumer and Business Services will not take action in related 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.


Hosted by the Hon Corey Wingard MP, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing and ORSR Chief Executive, Kylie Taylor.

The volunteer platforms mentioned by Felicity were communiteer and Vollie.

Participants may also find information in the following whitepapers useful at this time, as they provide the key questions leaders need to be considering around strategy and business models in the COVID-19 context:



Sam and Felicity are also happy for people to contact them via email:

Felicity Green | Associate Director, Spark Strategy


Dr Sam Elliott Senior lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Activity, Flinders University



BDO Head of Strategic Innovation, Tanya Titman, talks through the 5 critical steps for managing cash flow, to help industry businesses and organisations come out the other side of this unprecedented crisis stronger and leaner.

Download a copy of the presentation slides here.

During the session, Tanya referenced a webinar about the JobKeeper payments. This can be viewed here.

Eythan also hosted a webinar on JobKeeper payments and Employment Law with DMAW Lawyers, which can be viewed here.


If you have any questions regarding the content of the webinar, please get in touch with either Tanya Titman or Eythan Barraclough.


Tens of thousands of South Australian small businesses and not-for-profits will be offered a one-off $10,000 emergency cash grant from the State Government to further support them through the coronavirus crisis. The cash grants will be available to help cover a business’ ongoing or outstanding operating costs, such as rent, power bills, supplier and raw materials costs and other fees. Applications for the grant will open shortly and be available until 1 June, 2020.

Businesses can find more information and register their interest on the Treasury SA website: https://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/Growing-South-Australia/COVID-19

The National Cabinet has announced a $130 billion ‘JobKeeper’ wage package available from 30 March - 27 September 2020.

  • Around 6 million workers will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.
  • The payment will be open to eligible businesses that receive a significant financial hit caused by the coronavirus.
    • Eligible employers will be those with annual turnover of less than $1 billion who self-assess that have a reduction in revenue of 30 per cent or more, since 1 March 2020 over a minimum one-month period.
    • Employers with an annual turnover of $1 billion or more would be required to demonstrate a reduction in revenue of 50 per cent or more to be eligible.
    • Full time and part time employees, including stood down employees, would be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment. Where a casual employee who has been with their employer for at least the previous 12 months will also be eligible for the Payment.
    • An employee will only be eligible to receive this payment from one employer.
  • The first payments will be received by eligible businesses in the first week of May and backdated to 30 March.

The Prime Minister’s $66billion stimulus may offer significant relief to some sporting organisations. These measures include:

  • Not-for-profits and small businesses with a turnover less than $50million will receive a tax-free, cash payment of up to $100,000 (with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible companies); delivered by the ATO as a credit on business activity statements (BAS) from late April.
  • The Government is offering to guarantee unsecured loans of up to $250,000 for a term of up to three years. This comes on top of the banks deferring loan repayments for six months.
  • Changes to rules for creditors to instigate a bankruptcy/insolvency – they would need to have outstanding payments by a business/individual of $20,000 (up from $2,000). The company/individual will have longer to respond to the creditors' claims – increasing to 6 months (up from 21 days).

Changes have also been implemented for people who have lost more than 20% of their normal income (including casuals and sole traders):

  • Access will be provided to up to $10,000 of your superannuation savings in the 20/21 financial year.
  • Access to the Jobseeker Payment (formerly Newstart) will be made easier – with the waiver of the asset test and waiting period.
  • The payment will be temporarily increased to $550 per week.
  • Welfare recipients will receive another $750 once-off payment starting 13 July, in addition to the $750 once-off payment announced in stimulus package 1 – for payment in April.

Please consider the above points and talk to staff and coaches about what this could mean for them.