Any sporting events held on ANZAC Day fall under the requirements of the ANZAC Day Act 1960 (the Act). You need to ensure you comply with the Act.
This year there have been changes to the Act which apply to all sporting events in Western Australia. The changes clarify what community sports organisations can and cannot do on the day.
ANZAC Day Act – key features for sporting associations and clubs:
- A sporting event where competitive sport is played AND where either a fee for admission is required to be paid by spectators or donations are sought from spectators, cannot be conducted before 1pm on ANZAC Day.
- Community sporting events can played on Anzac Day before 1pm if a spectator fee is not required OR donations are not sought from spectators.
- For professional sporting and racing events with a minimum attendance of 5,000 people, a new formula of how eligible organisations contribute to the ANZAC Day Trust has been calculated.
- Regardless of location within Western Australia, the contribution is 5% of the price of an adult general admission ticket multiplied by the number of people in attendance.
- These organisations will have to submit a statutory declaration to the Trust with the proceeds. The time in which to provide that statutory declaration has increased from 30 to 90 days. Even if the sporting event isn’t profitable, a declaration has to be submitted to the ANZAC Day Trust.
- Provision exists for the Minister for Veterans to approve an alternative contribution to the Trust by event organisers but the proposal must be submitted in writing 30 days in advance of the event.
- For a community or amateur sporting event with less than 5,000 spectators there is no need to fill out a statutory declaration or make a payment to the Trust.
The penalty for contraventions to the legislation has increased.
The ANZAC Day holiday is an ideal opportunity to run local sporting events, so community groups might want to consider:
- Scheduling fixtures to allow for attendance at Anzac Day services and events
- Acknowledging those who gave their lives in the service to their country
- Assisting in the promotion and upholding of the Anzac tradition within their sporting activities on the Day
- Making a voluntary contribution to the ANZAC Day Trust.
None of these are compulsory under the Act.
As a courtesy, we strongly suggest you contact your local RSL and advise them you will be playing sport on the ANZAC Day Holiday.
If required, statutory declarations should be posted to:
Secretary – ANZAC Day Trust
Level 5, Dumas House
2 Havlock Street
West Perth WA 6005