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Grants, resources, legislation

Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing provides funding to a wide range of organisations to help develop facilities and programs that enhance sport and active recreation participation.

Local Council Grants

There are many funding opportunities administered by local councils for recreational purposes.


GRANTassist provides the community with access to up to date information on State Government assistance and programs relevant to community, clubs and individuals. GRANTassist can help you locate the assistance and program initiatives most relevant to your needs.

Grants SA

The Department of Communities and Social Inclusion provides grants to community organisations to support local projects that strengthen communities across South Australia.

Resources, legislation, guidelines

Child Protection Information and Legislation

On 22 October 2018, the second phase of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 commenced. The new legislation will replace parts of the Children’s Protection Act 1993, and some of the child safe environments obligations for organisations that provide services to children and young people in South Australia will change.

Kidsafe SA – playground safety

Kidsafe SA is the lead agency dedicated to preventing unintentional deaths and reducing the incidence and severity of injuries to children aged less than 15 years. Through the provision of information, education, training, advocacy, and working in collaboration and partnership with like-minded organisations, Kidsafe SA works to influence legislation, state and local governments, organisations, communities and families to become more aware of how to reduce unintentional childhood death and injuries.

SA Adventure Activity Standards

South Australian Adventure Activity Standards** have been developed for many recreational activities to underpin the quality and safety of outdoor adventure activities. The current SA AA Standards can be found at Recreation SA.

Australian Adventure Activity Standards

** Work is underway to develop nationally consistent Adventure Activity Standards. Progress on the standards can be found on the Australian Adventure Activity Standards website.

Recreational Greenways Act 2000

An Act to provide for the establishment and maintenance of trails for recreational walking, cycling, horse riding, skating or other similar purposes.

Recreation Grounds Regulations Act 2011

An Act to provide for the use and liability of general and specific recreational grounds.

Governance Principles for South Australian State Sport Organisations

A good practice guide for sporting organisations assists Board/Committee members, chief executive officers and managers of sporting organisations to develop, implement and maintain a robust system of governance to suit the particular circumstances of their sport. The Principles can be adapted for Recreation organisations.

Recreation Items Product Standards

A number of recreation items are subject to mandatory product safety standards upon supply, including aquatics toys, bicycles and bicycle helmets, basketball rings and backboards, exercise cycles and treadmills, moveable soccer goals, portable swimming pools, self-balancing scooters, swimming and floatation aids, treadmills and more.

SafeWork SA

There are requirements that equipment for hire must meet including recreational structures, such as climbing walls, etc.

Fitness Centre Restrictions on Membership Sales

The Health and Fitness Industry Code sets limits around taking payments in advance and opt-out periods between fitness providers and their clients.

Recreational Services – Limiting Your Liability

Under Section 42 of the Fair Trading Act 1987, recreational service providers may be able to restrict or modify some of their liability.
Consumer and Business Services provide information for organisations regarding recreational activities liability.

SA Water Safety Committee and Strategy

For information, policies and strategies related to safety around water, be it at the beach, boating, inland waters, learning to swim or pool fencing, visit the SA Water Safety Committee website.