ClubsNSW aims to deliver a range of services and representation that creates an environment for long-term sustainability, as well as strengthen industry conditions for the benefit of those working within the New South Wales club industry and the local communities they support.
The Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales (ClubsNSW) is the Registered Union of Employers for the New South Wales club industry, holding Audit Certificate No. 100, issued in May, 1926 by the Industrial Arbitration Commission of New South Wales.
As the New South Wales club industry’s peak representational body, ClubsNSW employs a team of 45 highly motivated and well-credentialed staff who together provide the skills and experience to contribute to both state and national policy direction and development for industry-specific legislation through to alcohol, gambling, taxation, and industrial relations, as well as actively lobby across a wide range of related issues for more than 1200 member clubs.
In addition, the Association provides services covering the management of an industry code of practice; national media relations; member assistance and educational business services tailored for directors, managers, and staff; financial and insurance services; industry and community marketing and communications campaigns; industry-specific conferences, trade exhibitions, seminars, and workshops; and, responsible gambling services through its leading ClubSAFE program. ClubsNSW also provides specialised workers compensation insurance to the club industry through Club Employers Mutual.
The Association maintains close links to the core sporting and community values of registered clubs through its partnerships and support of organisations including the New South Wales Institute of Sport, Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets, and the Talent Development Project.
Through its relationship with the national association, Clubs Australia, ClubsNSW takes a direct role in managing federal issues. ClubsNSW has also fostered strong working relationships with affiliate industry organisations including Golf NSW, RSL & Services Clubs Association, Leagues Clubs Australia, Federation of Community, Sporting, and Workers Clubs, and Bowls NSW, whilst many of Australia’s leading companies provide valuable long-term support through corporate partnerships and industry support programs.
About the NSW Club Industry
There are approximately 1,500 not-for-profit registered clubs in New South Wales, spread across metropolitan and regional areas. Registered clubs provide many varied benefits to the people of NSW, including an annual social contribution valued at $1.2 billion and an estimated economic contribution of $3.2 billion. The Club Movement is stronger in NSW than in any other Australian state or territory. Approximately 50% of club memberships are held in NSW and NSW clubs produce more than 50% of the industry’s total revenue.
The NSW club industry is comprised of:
- 32% Bowling clubs
- 20% RSL / ex-services clubs
- 18% Sporting/ recreation
- 16% Golf clubs
- 5% Leagues / football clubs
- 3% Cultural/ religious
- 2% Community / workers clubs
- 4% Other
Of these clubs:
- 57% are located in metropolitan areas, with 43% in regional or rural areas
- Almost 42,000 people are employed by clubs in NSW
- There are over 5.7 million club memberships held in NSW which is equivalent to more than one club membership for each adult in NSW
- Many Australian entertainers owe their success to a start in their local club
- Club mobilise approximately 50,000 volunteers across NSW.
The Club Industry is a strong supporter of sport across the State:
- It is estimated that more than 719 clubs provide bowling greens, 353 offer golf courses, 100 provide tennis facilities and 96 provide sporting fields.
- ClubsNSW, as the peak industry body of the Club Industry, is a major partner of the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS), giving $1 million annually since 1995.
The top five benefits of club membership are:
- A great venue for socialising and meeting with friends
- Good quality meals and drinks provided at reasonable prices
- Good entertainment and events
- Sport and fitness facilities and support for sporting teams
- Pleasant and safe atmosphere.
KPMG, New South Wales Club Census 2011.