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:

Changes to the Act – November 2013

Amendments to the Act that came into effect on 7 November 2013 change the requirements for licensing of promoters, matchmakers, referees, judges, timekeepers and trainers. Requirements for contestants are not changed by these amendments.

New "fit and proper person" test

The Board will consider whether an applicant for a new or renewed licence is a fit and proper person to hold a licence, or if it is contrary to the public interest for that person to hold a licence.

People are automatically prohibited from holding a licence if they:

  • have been convicted of an indictable offence and sentenced to imprisonment for 10 or more years
  • are subject to a control order under the Criminal Organisations Control Act 2012, either as an individual or as a member of a declared organisation
  • are banned from the casino or racecourses by an exclusion order made by the Chief Commissioner under the Casino Control Act 1991 or the Racing Act 1958
  • have comparable convictions and sentences, or are subject to comparable orders, in other States or Territories.

The Board may conduct an inquiry into whether a current license holder is a fit and proper person, or if it is contrary to the public interest, for them to continue to hold a licence under the Act.

New process to obtain or renew a licence

Changed requirements and procedures will increase the amount of time it will take to obtain or renew a licence. Applications will need to be submitted well in advance to allow enough time for the new requirements to be met, including:

  • Licence applicants must provide a National Police Certificate with their application. This can be obtained from Victoria Police, who advise that a minimum of 10 working days be allowed for a certificate to be provided (applicants can also provide an existing National Police Certificate so long as it is less than three months old).
  • The Board will forward all applications to Victoria Police for further advice, with a response to be provided by Victoria Police within 28 days.
  • The Board may ask applicants to provide additional information before it considers the application. If this happens, applicants will be given 28 days to provide a response to the Board.
  • Applications may wait to be considered at the next monthly meeting of the Board after all advice and information has been received.

Licence applications or renewals MUST be approved by the Board before an individual is allowed to act as a promoter, matchmaker, referee, judge, timekeeper or trainer.

Acting as a promoter, matchmaker, referee, judge, timekeeper or trainer for professional contests in Victoria without a valid licence is an offence under the Act. The penalties for being found guilty of this offence are a fine of up to 120 penalty units ($17,323.20 based on the value of a penalty unit set from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014) or up to 12 months' imprisonment, or a combination of both.

Information for promoters

Anyone wishing to act as a promoter for professional boxing and combat sports contests must submit an Application for a Promoter's Licence to the Board.

Please follow the Guide to applying for a promoter's licence to ensure all requirements have been met.

All licensed promoters must submit an Application for a Promotion Permit for every professional contest that they wish to run. Please follow the instructions for promotion permit applications (DOC, 32 KB, 1 p) to ensure all requirements have been met.

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

Anyone wishing to act as a matchmaker, referee, judge, timekeeper or trainer for professional boxing and combat sports contests must submit a Licence Application to the Board.

Here is a list of your responsibilities as matchmakers, referees, judges, timekeepers, trainers and medical practitioners.

Please follow the Guide to applying for a matchmaker, referee, judge, or timekeeper licence or Guide to applying to be a trainer to ensure all requirements have been met.

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