Boxing and combat sports

Professional boxing and combat sports in Victoria are regulated under the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985 and the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Regulations 2008 (Refer Legislation website: www.legislation.vic.gov.au) to:

  • reduce the risk of malpractice
  • promote safety
  • uphold industry integrity.

The Act defines professional boxing and combat sports as any contest or exhibition:

  • that is conducted for profit
  • where contestants participate for a monetary reward
  • where admission fees are charged, except if those fees are charged only for a public charitable purpose or for the administration of an amateur association formally recognised by the Minister for Sport and Recreation under the Act.

Contact the Combat Sports Unit on 9096 9833 or email combat.sports@sport.vic.gov.au

Control of professional boxing & combat sports in Victoria

The Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board (the Board) is responsible under the Act for:

  • registering professional contestants
  • licensing promoters, matchmakers, referees, judges, timekeepers or trainers for professional contests
  • issuing permits to licensed promoters for professional boxing, kickboxing and other combat sport contests.

All licences, registrations and permits MUST be approved by the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board before an individual is allowed to compete as a contestant, or act as a promoter, matchmaker, referee, judge, timekeeper or trainer.

Statement of Expectations

In June 2016, the Minister for Sport provided the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board with a Statement of Expectations for 2016-17.

The Ministers’ statement outlines four expectations for the Board for the regulation of professional boxing and combat sports.

The board has provided the Minister with its response outlining the performance improvements planned by the board to meet these expectations.

A report including progress on activities and targets planned by the board in support of achieving the four expectations will be made available on this website shortly after the conclusion of the 2016-17 financial year.

Background

In response to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s 2011 inquiry Strengthening Foundations for the Next Decade: An Inquiry into Victoria's regulatory framework, the Victorian Government agreed to issue Ministerial Statements of Expectations to Victorian regulators, which includes the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board.

Ministerial Statements of Expectations aim to improve regulatory governance and performance. 

The statements articulate the Victorian Government's priorities and objectives for regulators who are required to report annually on actions to fulfil these expectations.

The development of each statement is a collaborative effort. Consultation takes place with each regulator to ensure the statements are fit for purpose and take into account the regulator's circumstances, including objectives, legislative basis, size of organisation, and current practices and processes.

Rules

The Board has determined the following rules for boxing, combat sports and mixed martial arts to supplement the requirements of the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985 and the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Regulations 2008:

Policies

Information for contestants

Anyone interested in registering as a professional contestant should read the instructions:

The instructions include information about paying the application fee, which can be made by credit card, cheque or money order made payable to ‘Department of Health and Human Services’.

Complete the application form:

Arrange a fitness test with a medical practitioner, who must complete the certificate for fitness:

Arrange a blood test with a medical practitioner using the Blood Testing form:

Responsibilities as a registered professional contestant:

Information for promoters

Anyone interested in applying for a promoter licence should read the following instructions:

The instructions include information about paying the application fee, which can be made by credit card, cheque or money order made payable to 'Department of Health and Human Services'.

Complete the application form

Licensed promoters should read the following instructions:

Complete the application form

Information for matchmakers, referees, judges, timekeepers, trainers & medical practitioners

Anyone interested in applying for judge, matchmaker, referee or timekeeper licence should read these instructions.

Complete the application form

Responsibilities as matchmakers, referees, judges, timekeepers, trainers and medical practitioners:

If you are applying for a trainer's licence for the first time you are required to submit a trainers exam.