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.
4:00pm, 15th September, 2020
NSW Government Rolls-Out Check In App
Member clubs are advised that Service NSW is now offering a digital check-in system (the Service NSW system) which is available to all NSW hospitality venues. The purpose of the Service NSW system is to help venues comply with record keeping obligations and facilitate fast and effective contact tracing.
It is not compulsory for clubs and other hospitality venues to use the Service NSW system. Clubs may wish to continue using their existing sign-in system to comply with the record-keeping requirements in the Public Health Order. However, clubs that do not have a digital sign-in system are encouraged to consider the Service NSW system to meet their obligations under the Public Health Order.
According to the NSW Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello, “The check-in automatically captures the date, time and location, and securely stores them on a NSW Government database for the sole purpose of contact tracing. After 28 days, the data is destroyed.”
Member clubs who use the Service NSW system must also implement additional measures to maintain their register of members and guests under the Registered Clubs Act 1976.
This Service NSW system is available for free to clubs that register as COVID Safe. Clubs who register will be sent details of the system including a QR code. Customers use the system by opening the Service NSW app, selecting “COVID Safe Check-in” and scanning the QR code.
Member clubs are advised that registering as COVID Safe has been mandatory since 24 July 2020.
Member Clubs that offer a paper sign-in process are also reminded that they must create a digital copy of their COVID Safe sign-ins within 24 hours of the individual signing in. Scanning the paper sheet is not an appropriate form of digitisation. Clubs must input the details in a digital format such as Word or preferably, Excel.
JobKeeper 2.0 Ineligibility
Member clubs who will be ineligible for JobKeeper 2.0 payments are reminded that on 28 September 2020 your current JobKeeper enabling directions will end. For more information, read circular 20-160.
2:30pm, 8th September, 2020
1. Legacy Employers
The Legacy Employers Guide includes answers to frequently asked questions as well as template letters and a checklist. The checklist and templates begin on page 15 of the Guide.
2. JobKeeper 2.0
The JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide seeks to explain and answer some of the more common questions clubs may have around the payment scheme. Please note the JobKeeper Rules that will apply after 28 September 2020 have not yet been published, and we will issue further information when it becomes available.
To access the guides and for more information, read circular 20-157.
In order to provide clubs with clear and up-to-date information, we've catalogued past advice by date below.
|3rd August||6th August||7th August||12th August|
|COVID-19: Face Masks|
& Deep Cleaning
COVID-19: Update on Facemasks, JobKeeper 2.0, Virtual Meetings & Great Southern Nights
|Income Tax: Treatment of JobKeeper Under Mutuality|
|18th August||19th August||21st August||27th August|
the Public Health Order
& Updated community
|JobKeeper Resources||JobKepper Extension & Eligibility|
|1st July||7th July||8th July|
Residents from Victoria hotspots,Ongoing compliance with the restrictions & Further Information on the Public Healthy Order
|Restrictions on people who have|
been in Victoria, Update on Courtesy vehicles
& Small Business Grants
|Public Health Order On Individuals|
Who Were In Victoria
|10th July||12th July||17th July|
Public Health Order On Individuals Who Were In Victoria, Investigation into the
|Tougher Restrictions Imposed|
On Hotels In NSW,
Penalties & warning for noncompliance
|NSW Government announced additional restrictions|
|21st July||24th July||28th July|
|JobKeeper Extension||Updated public health order and new restrictions which apply to clubs from today.||Updated COVID-19 safety requirements|
|2nd June||10th June||12th June|
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|
|15th June||18th June||24th June|
NSW Government To Further Ease
|Gaming Machine Tax Assessment Notices & |
2019 AUSTRAC Compliance Reports due 30 June 2020
|Clarification On Activities Inside Clubs|
|6th May||8th May||11th May||12th May|
|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
|13th May||14th May||20th May||22nd May|
|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||NSW Government To Ease Restrictions On Clubs & Club Industry Reopening Pack|
|27th May||29th May||30th May|
|Further Information On Easing Of Restrictions On Clubs||Updated NSW Health Checklist||Legislation For Clubs Reopening On 1 June 2020|
|1st April||2nd April||3rd April||6th April|
|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.||Information on small business grants & Sky Fees suspensions and updates|
|7th April||8th April||9th April||14th April|
|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|
|15th April||20th April||24th April||28th April|
|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.||JobKeeper Update & Accessing Loans, ClubsNSW events updates & cancellations|
|16th March||17th March||18th March||19th 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.|
|20th March||22nd March||23rd March||24th March|
|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|
|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.|