COVID-19 - Coronavirus

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ClubsNSW understands the Coronavirus crisis is creating extreme uncertainty for clubs, affecting trade and unsettling individual club members. ClubsNSW will attempt to provide relevant information to clubs to assist in the management of what is a very unpredictable situation.

Rest assured, we are working as closely as we can with Government to obtain the most up-to-date advice. Because the Government’s position is rapidly shifting, we have established this page to provide regular updates and advice as the situation eventuates. For specific questions relating to a club's individual circumstances, please contact the Member Enquiries Centre by email or phone (1300 730 001). 

ClubsNSW is working closely with the NSW and Australian Governments to ensure decisions are made with regard for the interests of clubs.


Update 10:00am, 1st July, 2020

Member clubs are advised that the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 (the Public Health Order) was made yesterday evening, with the laws applying from today. The Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order requires clubs to develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters in the approved checklist, which can be found here. The current checklist includes amendments to the previous checklist which applied from 1 June 2020.

Like previous public health orders, the rules in the latest Order are temporary, and ClubsNSW anticipates that restrictions will continue to be eased as venues demonstrate their ability to operate safely.

Member clubs are advised that the Public Health Order and approved checklist provide additional information on key issues. For More information, ready Circular 20-106.

4:30pm, 24th June, 2020

Clarification On Activities Inside Clubs

In response to queries raised by member clubs, ClubsNSW provides clarification on indoor games, raffles, standing v.s. sitting, hygiene practices and the latest capacity of patrons. Circular 20-099 details this clarification. 

3:45pm, 18th June, 2020

Gaming Machine Tax Assessment Notices

Member clubs are advised that due to a technical issue, clubs may receive a gaming machine tax assessment notice from Revenue NSW for the period 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, with a payment due date of 1 September 2020.  Revenue NSW advises that the notice was sent out in error and apologises for any inconvenience. For more information visit Circular 20-094.

2019 AUSTRAC Compliance Reports due 30 June 2020

Member clubs are advised that clubs with 16 or more gaming machines are required to submit a compliance report annually to AUSTRAC, by 31 March for the previous year. In response to COVID-19, AUSTRAC extended the reporting deadline until 30 June 2020 without risk of compliance action against the club.

If you have not already completed your compliance report for 2019, ensure you log into your AUSTRAC Online account and submit the report by 30 June 2020. If you are part of a group of clubs, only one report needs to be submitted. For more information on the 2019 Compliance Report, visit the AUSTRAC website.

If you have issues logging in, or need clarification on any part of the report, contact AUSTRAC directly on 1300 021 037.

If you identify any particular AML/CTF compliance concerns relating to your club, contact our Member Enquiries Centre on 1300 730 001


In order to provide clubs with clear and up-to-date information, we've catalogued past advice by date below. 


16th March 17th March 18th March 19th March 20th March 22nd March 23rd March 24th March

Managing patrons, managing staff, stimulus packages , media assistance and cancellation of commercial contracts.


Government advice for employers, complying with regulatory requirements, and cancellation of ClubsNSW events. 100-person limits, enclosed area definition, social distancing advice, scaling down, and enhancing cleanliness Workforce planning advice, business recovery advice, enforcement about unlawful gatherings and ClubGRANTS. ATO and loan deferrals, status of staff in the kitchen and further restrictions on gatherings.  Forced closure, workforce arrangements under forced shutdown and advice on available government assistance. Communication with staff around forced closure, workforce options during stand down, status of ClubGRANTS, ASIC no-action on AGMs, takeaway advice, and relief for trading insolvent. Members of the public can play golf and bowls on courses and greens, as permitted by the government.
25th March

26th March

27th March 30th March 31st March 1st April 2nd April 3rd April


Initial update and eligibility on government payments and leave entitlements for employees in registered clubs.



JobSeeker Allowance and Coronavirus Supplement - Update, update on trading while insolvent & AML/CTF 2019 compliance report.

Gaming machine tax and payroll tax deferral, Tabcorp fee suspension, AUSTRAC advice on 2019 AML/CTF Compliance Report 

Initial announcement on new JobKeeper Wage Subsidy for employers. Legislation is yet to be published or enacted. JobKeeper Scheme – Further Information on employee eligibility, superannuation, payment timeframes and next steps. NSW Office Of Sport announces Golf Courses and Bowling Greens Can Remain Open Award Variation as Proposed from the Fair Work Commission  JobKeeper update, COVID-19 Industry Shutdown Survey, In-person monthly board meetings and Employment opportunities for stood-down or redundant club staff.
6th April 7th April 8th April 9th April 14th April 15th April 20th April 24th April

Information on small business grants & Sky Fees suspensions and updates

Information regarding public holiday payments and stood down employees, and Update on JobKeeper legislation

ClubsNSW Industry Address, ClubsNSW Counselling   Service for clubs and their staff, CDI Spotlight Podcast, Club Employers Mutual Relief,  Grants for combating social isolation among seniors 

Updated government legislation for employers participating in the JobKeeper scheme and employees receiving JobKeeper payments Updated JobKeeper Payments Enrolment Process and Eligibility For Employers & Employees  NSW government announces Liquor Licence fee Waiver Update on ANZAC Day event cancellations and ClubsNSW Made Local: ANZAC Day Initiative Small Business Grants, Information & Eligibility for Clubs.
28th April 6th May 8th May 11th May 12th May 13th May 14th May 20th May
JobKeeper Update & Accessing Loans, ClubsNSW events updates & cancellations

COVID-19 guidance materials on work health and safety (WHS) and sports.

NSW Government's Three-Step Roadmap For Businesses To Reopen

Laws Permitting Clubs To Hold Virtual Member's Meetings

10-person cap in club dining facilities, Payroll tax on JobKeeper

NSW Premier's Comments On Cafes & Restaurants In Clubs

NSW Government Permits Clubs To Operate Dining Facilities With Restrictions In Place, JobKeeper Payments for Employees Aged 16 or 17 Years Old

Gaming-related Payment Deferrals
22nd May 27th May

29th May

30th May 2nd June 10th June 12th June 15th June
NSW Government To Ease Restrictions On Clubs & Club Industry Reopening Pack

Further Information On Easing Of Restrictions On Clubs

Updated NSW Health Checklist  

Legislation For Clubs Reopening On 1 June 2020 

COVID-19 safety plan, Club Industry Reopening Pack, Relief from Foxtel subscription fees in June, Responsible Gambling Advice

COVID SAFE business certification,
Course on COVID SAFE food service
Changes to the Australian Government’s Three Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia NSW Government To Further Ease Restrictions On Clubs



For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre

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Quick links to other resources

Circular Index Club Industry Reopening Pack Business Continuity & Recovery Advice 

JobKeeper FAQs  Workforce Planning FAQs Supplier Relief & Support