An important message from Kim Ellwood, Executive Director for Sport & Recreation
As I am sure you have heard through the media, National Cabinet met today (Friday 1st May 2020) to consider the resumption of sport and recreation activities.
I am pleased to update you that National Cabinet has formally recognised what we in the sector all know to be true: that sport and recreation brings significant health, social, economic and cultural benefits to our country, and that these benefits will be essential as Western Australia begins returning to normality post-COVID. It is great to have recognition of the cohesive, community-building power of sport from the highest level of Federal Government - and I am sure everyone in the sector can feel extremely proud of the work they do, even in the difficult times we are currently facing.
A number of other decisions were also made today by National Cabinet that are relevant to the section, including:
- Agreement that the resumption of sport and recreation activity at any level must not compromise the health of individuals or the community; must be based on objective health information to ensure potential transmission rates are conducive to the safe conduct of sport and recreation; and should only occur where activity-specific, stringent, public and personal health measures are observed, and meeting minimum standards.
- Endorsement of the 'National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities' developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, in consultation with National Sporting Organisations.
- Agreement that the 'Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment' developed by the Australian Institute of Sport provides a guide to the staged resumption of sport and recreation in Australia. These documents can be found here https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-1may20
It is important to note that State Governments will be responsible for decisions on the resumption of sport and recreation activities at both the community and professional level, with ultimate determination on the relaxing of restrictions to be made by the Commissioner of WA Police (as the State of Emergency Coordinator) following consultation with top public health officials. This particularly relevant for Western Australia, as our restrictions currently sit somewhere between level A and level B in the Framework.
Whilst we acknowledge the Framework provides a good guide for the resumption of sport and recreation, the West Australian Government's State of Emergency Declarations remain in place and take precedent. Of particular relevance to sports is the Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No. 2) published online this Monday, which outlines the 10-person gathering requirement and the relevant business closures in place. These documents can all be found online here: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-state-of-emergency-declarations
I am aware there are also a number of State Sporting Associations that are not addressed in the Framework. This is why the Framework will only inform and guide decisions, not determine them.
Minister Murray will provide further specific advice for Western Australia when it becomes available following further National Cabinet meetings scheduled for next week.
Finally - I would just like to remind everyone that the Lotterywest Relief Fund is still currently open for applications. I encourage any sports who believe they may be eligible for support to contacting Lotterywest on 133 77 or via firstname.lastname@example.org and obtain an application form - and to also encourage their clubs and associations to do so.
Thank you all for your understanding, patience and proactivity during this period.
Executive Director Sport and Recreation
A/Executive Director Office of Multicultural Interests
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
Telephone 08 9492 9895