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Granting of combat sport contest permits suspended until further notice

Updated as at 1 September 2020

The Combat Sports Authority of NSW (the Authority) met on Wednesday 26 August 2020 to consider the current Orders made under the Public Health Act 2010, the NSW Health community sport recommendations and the letter to community sport organisations from the Chief Health Officer, NSW Health, dated 14 August 2020.
  
The objects of the Combat Sports Act 2013 include to promote the health and safety of combat sport contestants and to regulate combat sport contests on a harm minimisation basis.  Consequently, the Authority must place the health and safety of all persons engaging in, and attending, combat sport contests as it highest priority.  The Authority made the following determinations after considering all available information.
  
The Authority will not consider applications for an amateur combat sport contest permit for at least a further five weeks consistent with NSW Health community sport recommendations.
 
The Authority will not consider applications for a professional combat sport contest permit at this time.  However, the Office of Sport is to identify for consideration by the Authority any options that may enable professional combat sport contests to be held in accordance with the Orders made under the Public Health Act 2010, the NSW Health recommendations and the objects of the Combat Sports Act 2013.
 
The Authority is proceeding in this manner because it is required to, as much as it is prudent and necessary.
 
The Authority intends to meet again during the second half of September 2020.

Further information regarding the Orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is available at the NSW Government COVID-19 website:

NSW Government COVID-19 website

More information

Combat Sports Authority
Office of Sport
NSW Health
Commonwealth Department of Health 
Australian Institute of Sport
COVID-19 Safety Plans
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