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Return to Sport

Practical resources that focus on giving sporting organisations a roadmap for the safest return to sport at all levels

Sport Australia has developed a Return to Sport Toolkit that includes a suite of resources to help sporting organisations get ready to recommence training, competitions and programs in a safe, responsible and low risk manner.

Important note: State and Territory governments and their public health authorities are responsible for decisions about the resumption of sporting activities in each jurisdiction, both at the professional and community sport level. This Return to Sport Toolkit may be updated from time to time as further guidance material from governments and public health authorities is provided.

The Return to Sport Toolkit includes resources that can be used by all levels of Australian sport:

  • For National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), National Sporting Organisations for People with Disability (NSODs) and State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) recommencing their own training, competitions and programs; and
  • For participation programs and competitive sport (training and competition) conducted at local club and association level.

The Toolkit builds on the AIS Framework for Rebooting of Sport and the Australian Government’s National principles for the resumption of sport and recreation activities and includes easy to use templates and step-by-step checklists for organisations to follow when planning their resumption of sporting activities.

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Four elements of a safe return to sport


Implementing plans, processes and systems to meet government and health requirements, and provide safe sport environments.


Ensuring safe facility and participant practices, like hygiene practices, attendance registers at training and limiting shared equipment as much as possible.


Being prepared for management of a COVID-19 outbreak, noting things can change quickly in your local area.


Consideration of protocols to optimise good public and participant health into the future.

COVID-19 Return to Sport Toolkit

Sport Australia would like to thank the national sporting organisations for their input into this toolkit, in particular Hockey Australia.

We call on everyone involved – participants, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers, families and the broader community – to take individual responsibility and respect the health of all those around you.

Further COVID-19 resources, policies, and guidelines which have been developed across the Australian sport sector can be found on the Clearinghouse for Sport website.

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