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Office of Sport

The Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales (the Authority) is constituted by the Combat Sports Act 2013. The Authority is, for the purposes of any Act, a NSW government agency.

The Authority is subject to the direction and control of the Minister for Sport in the exercise of its functions, except in relation to the contents of a report or recommendation made by it to the Minister.

The Authority has the following functions in accordance with the Act and Combat Sports Regulation 2014:

  • supervise and regulate professional and amateur combat sport in NSW
  • advise the Minister on matters related to combat sports and the Act, and
  • promote awareness of issues relating to combat sports.

Roles within the Office of Sport provide administrative and regulatory support to the Authority.

Members

The Authority consists of the following members:

  • a nominee of the Commissioner of Police approved by the Minister,
  • not fewer than 4 and not more than 6 persons appointed by the Minister.

Of the members appointed by the Minister:

  • one is, in and by the instrument of appointment or another instrument made by the Minister, to be appointed as Chairperson of the Authority, and
  • one is to be a medical practitioner, and
  • one is to be a person who is or has been a Judge of a court in Australia or has been an Australian lawyer for at least 7 years.

​The current members of the Authority are listed below.

Darren Kane (Chairperson)

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
  • Extensive experience in sports, corporate, employment, intellectual property and commercial law; commercial litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Acts for and advises international, continental, national and state sports governing bodies including in sports including rugby league, water polo, archery, fencing, baseball, swimming, volleyball, tennis, basketball, ice skating and football.
  • Acts for and advises professional sporting franchises and a leading Australian elite sports institute.
  • Acted for and advised a number of clients in connection with the joint Australian Crime Commission / Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigations into anti-doping and organised crime in Australian sport.
  • Acted and appeared for numerous international and national level athletes, coaches, trainers and officials from sports including swimming, diving, cricket, track & field athletics, rugby league, football, modern pentathlon, water polo, thoroughbred racing and harness racing.
  • Sports and Sports Law Columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and related Fairfax Media publications (2013 – ongoing).
  • Member, Legal Committee: Fédération International de Natation (FINA) (2017 – 2021).
  • Appointed Director: New South Wales Junior Rugby Leagues’ Association (2015 – ongoing).
  • Secretary and Public Officer: The Carbine Club of New South Wales (2016 – ongoing).
  • Appointed a member of the Combat Sports Authority in 2017.

Dr Jeremy Hsu

  • Currently, amongst other appointments, Director of Trauma at Westmead Hospital.
  • Current President of the Australia and New Zealand Association for the Surgery of Trauma (ANZAST).
  • Current academic and teaching appointments with the University of Sydney and Macquarie University as well a current member of the Court of Examiners (General Surgery) for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • Practising ringside medical practitioner and active Muay Thai participant.
  • Appointed a member of the Combat Sports Authority in 2022

Justin Hayes

  • General Manager, Programs & Activities, Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Ltd (PCYC).
  • Holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Management (Sport) and is a qualified sports administrator.
  • Experience in the development and management of boxing across the NSW PCYC network.
  • Current Director, National Technical Commission, Gymnastics Australia.
  • Former President of Boxing Australia NSW.
  • Appointed a member of the Combat Sports Authority in 2017.

Detective Superintendent Peter Faux

  • Commander, Organised Crime Squad, NSW Police Force.
  • Awarded the Australian Police Medal National Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal, amongst others.
  • Extensive policing experience including as Undercover Branch Operations Controller and protective security and covert services operations.
  • Appointed a member of the Combat Sports Authority in 2022

Peter Kerr

  • Solicitor, Member Law Society of NSW
  • Member Order of Australia (2008)
  • Member National Sports Tribunal (2020-current)
  • Australian Sports Medal (2001)
  • NSW Olympic Council Order of Merit (2018)
  • Commission of Association of National Olympic Committees (2018-current)
  • Represented Australia in National Men’s Water Polo Team (1978-79)
  • Various disciplinary and Olympic selection appeal tribunals for Swimming Australia
  • Appointed a member of the Combat Sports Authority in 2020.

Susan Catania    

  • Extensive corporate business experience in strategic leadership and business growth 
  • Master of Business Administration (MGSM) 
  • Corporate leadership and development experience
  • Member Gender Balance and Women in Leadership Lead corporate committees
  • Corporate training and development experience
  • Appointed a member of the Combat Sports Authority in 2020.

Industry Advisory Group Membership

In accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Industry Advisory Group, the following industry members have been appointed as members:

  • Chris Aliendi
  • Danielle Curtis
  • Dean Groth
  • Derek Milham
  • Andrew Parnham
  • George Rose
  • Elvis Sinosec
  • Annabel Vogel
  • Francis McCardle
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