The Combat Sports Act 2013 (the Act) and the Combat Sports Regulation 2014 (the Regulation) provide the legislative framework that regulates the conduct of combat sport contests in NSW. The Act creates the Combat Sports Authority of NSW which is responsible for the regulation of all combat sport contests conducted in NSW.
The Objects of the Combat Sports Act 2013 are to:
- promote the health and safety of combat sport contestants,
- promote the integrity of combat sport contests,
- regulate combat sport contests on a harm minimisation basis,
- promote the development of the combat sport industry.
The Act sets out the requirements for registration of combatants, industry participants (matchmakers, managers, trainers, seconds, referees, judges and timekeepers) and promoters.
It outlines the conditions under which combatants can compete and events can be staged via the permit system for combat sport contests in NSW.
The Minister for Sport, The Hon. Natalie Ward is responsible for the legislation.
The Combat Sports team undertakes delegated administrative and regulatory functions of the Authority.