Combat Sports Commission
Combat sports continues to grow throughout Western Australia with fight promotions featuring Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Kickboxing and Shooto contests being held regularly statewide.
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.
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.
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.
Ban on the use of fenced enclosures in Western Australia
On 1 March 2013 a ban on the use of fenced enclosures for MMA contests came into effect. Under section 62A of the Combat Sports Act 1987 the Minister must approve all rules for combat sports contests in Western Australia. On this occasion the Government has approved the rules for MMA however has not approved the parts of the rules that relate to the use of a fenced enclosure. The Combat Sports Commission supports the use of fenced enclosures for MMA contests but will abide by this decision.
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 Sport and Recreation
246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 329, Leederville WA 6903
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Email the Combat Sports Commission