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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 Human Services provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia.

Resources, legislation, guidelines

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.

Australian Adventure Activity Standards

The Australian Adventure Activity Standard and Good Practice Guides are new national standards that provide a good practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants.

The standards cover abseiling, angling, bushwalking, camping, canoeing, canyoning, caving, challenge courses, climbing, cycling, cycling touring and mountain biking, diving, enclosed & coastal waters paddle-craft, horse trail riding, inland water paddle-craft, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, river sledding, ropes courses, sea kayaking, sit on top kayaking, snorkelling, stand up paddle-boarding (sup).

The standard, guides and further information can be found on the Australian Adventure Activity Standard 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.

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.