The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events has the power to recognise amateur associations pursuant to section 5A of the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985.
Contests conducted by these amateur associations (‘recognised amateur associations’) are not required to comply with the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985 (“the Act”) where:
- admission fees are paid by the public; and
- those fees are put to the administration or running costs of the amateur association.
In those circumstances, a promotion permit will not be required from the Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Board (“the Board”) to hold the contest or exhibition.
The Act will, however, apply if the contest or exhibition is conducted for profit or where contestants compete for a monetary reward or where the admission fees are not put to the administration or running costs of the recognised amateur association. These are professional contests within the definition of the Act and must be conducted in compliance with its provisions.
To be recognised by the Minister, amateur associations must satisfy a number of conditions and, after recognition, meet a range of on-going obligations to maintain recognition.
Recognition by the Minister
The Minister has the discretion to recognise an amateur association. To be considered for recognition, an amateur association must first be found suitable for recognition by the Board. The Board’s criteria for suitability can be found in:
Recognised Amateur Associations: Suitability for recognition and on-going obligations
Minimum safety standards for recognised amateur associations