Combat Sports Commission
The Combat Sports Commission came into being on 1 March 2013 and is the continuation of the body known as the Professional Combat Sports Commission and the Boxing Commission before that.
Combat Sports Commission has moved
The Combat Sports Commission (the Commission) has moved from Leederville to Perth City.
The Commission is located at Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth (situated directly above the Perth Underground Train Station). Visitor access to our new office is via the lifts located on Railway Lane, off the Murray Street Mall. You will find reception on level 2.
This move is part of changes occurring through the Machinery of Government, announced by the Premier on 28 April 2017. As a part of the Machinery of Government, the former Department of Sport and Recreation now sits within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). The Commission move will see all of the DLGSC regulatory bodies located together, enabling an enhanced level of service to the industry. We look forward to welcoming you.
The Commission was formed to implement and oversee the Combat Sports Act 1987 and the Combat Sports Regulations 2004 and ensure that all participants involved in combat sports, regardless of their amateur or professional status, enjoy meaningful health and safety protections.
The Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Minister for Sport and Recreation.
These members include:
- One person who is appointed Chairperson.
- A member who represents contestants in the sport of boxing.
- A member with industry knowledge of the sport of boxing.
- A member who represents contestants in combat sports other than boxing.
- A member with knowledge of combat sports other than boxing.
- A member with knowledge of the combat sport known as Mixed Martial Arts.
- A member who is a medical practitioner with knowledge of combat sport injuries.
- A member appointed by the Commissioner of Police.
- A member who represents the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Combat Sports Commission Independent Review
An independent review of the Commission’s policies, procedures and operations around the preparation for contests has been undertaken following the death of a registered contestant undertaking a weight cut in the lead up to a contest.
Combat Sports Commission Independent Review Executive Summary and Recommendations
Under the Combat Sports Act 1987, the Commission has the capacity to register contestants and industry participants, enforce health and safety guidelines, issue permits for contests and issue fines for breaches of the law and/or permit conditions. Recent amendments to the combat sport legislation have extended the Commission's jurisdiction to amateur contests and these provisions came into force on 1 March 2013.
Although the Commission has the power to cause change and requires participants to adhere to certain practices and procedures, it is the intent of the Commission to work with the industry and its' participants in a cooperative partnership for the benefit of everyone involved in the Western Australia's combat sports industry.
Legislation, regulations and laws
Combat sports are regulated by the Combat Sports Act 1987 and the Combat Sports Regulations 2013, which are administered by the Combat Sports Commission.
The laws have changed and as of 1 March 2013 new provisions came into effect extending the coverage of the Combat Sports Act 1987 to include both professional and amateur combat sports.
Under this amended legislation all professional and amateur contestants and industry participants (promoters, managers, trainers, referees, judges and timekeepers) are required to register with the Commission. These changes are aimed at safeguarding the health of contestants, reducing the potential for the transmission of blood borne diseases and ensuring that contests within Western Australia are run to a high standard.
Promoters are required to have a full understanding of their obligations as outlined in the Combat Sports Act 1987 and the Combat Sports Regulations 2013. They must also apply for a Promotion Permit for every event they hold in Western Australia, no less than 42 days prior to an event.
Combat Sports Commission
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth WA 6000
PO Box 8349, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Email the Combat Sports Commission
Stacey Newton 08 6552 1686
Tracey Roper 08 6552 1689
James Harmer 08 6552 1588
Erin Guthrie 08 6552 1604