SLSNSW is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our members. The contents of this page are being reviewed at least weekly and will include the latest information aligned to official sources including the Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Health and NSW Sport.
Page updated 23 December 2021, 4:19pm
Download the COVID-19 Resources Summary of Changes
The below table reflects the current Public Health Orders. SLSNSW is currently consulting the membership on a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which may result in future changes to this table. More information on the draft policy can be found here.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your club or branch, contact the SLSNSW Media Team on 0405 203 764.
From 15 December or 95% vaccination rate
Applies to all regardless of vaccination status
Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW permitted for all
Carpooling permitted for all
From 24 December to 27 January: Masks required in all indoor settings.
Only required at high-risk venues including gyms and limited hospitality settings (including pubs, small bars and registered clubs)
Proof of vaccination no longer required by Public Health Orders (businesses can still require proof at their own discretion)
Other (non-critical) education
With COVID Safe Measures
No density limits
COVID Safety Plans optional
Version for COVID-impacted States
No density limits
COVID Safety Plans optional
Weddings and funerals
With COVID Safe Measures
From 27 December to 27 January: 1 person per 2sqm density limit indoors.
Singing and dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors for all
Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing
COVID Safe Measures
COVID Safe Measures include the below, noting that there may be times where emergency service workers will not be able to implement these measures.
- increased cleaning and sanitisation
- restrictions on group sizes
- physical distancing
- QR code check-ins
- temperature checks
Additional information related to running COVID Safe activities and events in Surf Life Saving can be found in this factsheet. This factsheet replaces some of the information featured in last seasons’ Activity Matrix and COVID-19 Information Packs, and will help you to develop your COVID-19 Safety Plans.
Verifying Vaccination Status
Businesses can still require proof of vaccination at their own discretion. Clubs and branches may also wish to share information relating to how proof of vaccination status can be shown with their members and other stakeholders.
All members are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect your own health as well as the community and discuss any concerns with their doctor. Participation in Surf Life Saving activities may be limited for members who are not double vaccinated as per Public Health Orders. The NSW Government have determined these requirements up until 15 December 2021, and SLSNSW is currently consulting with the membership on a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Answers to frequently asked questions about the draft policy are available here.
Clubs and branches are not precluded from setting their own policies. Prior to implementing any new policies, risk assessments and member/stakeholder consultation must be undertaken to ensure that the policies are lawful and reasonable. The information on this topic is continuously evolving and clubs and branches are advised to refer to guidance from Safe Work Australia on this issue.
COVID-19 Safety Plans
COVID-19 Safety Plans are now optional for all businesses.
Information to support the development of your COVID-19 Safety Plans can be found in this factsheet.
If the club runs a gym, café, restaurant or bar then they must also register as a ‘COVID Safe Business’. A copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan must be kept on the premises and be made available for inspection by an authorised officer if requested.
The following COVID-19 Safety Plans can be found on the NSW Government website:
- Community centres and halls
- Function centres
- Funerals, memorial services and wakes
- Office environment
- Pubs and clubs
- Restaurants and cafes
- Wedding ceremonies and receptions
COVID Safe Coordinators
Clubs and branches should appoint a COVID Safe Coordinator to act as the central point of contact for COVID-19 matters. Clubs are requested to update their Officer Positions in SurfGuard with a new position available COVID Safe Coordinator. This will enable clear communications with every club as new information and updates become available. Additional COVID Safe Coordinators can be appointed for each portfolio (e.g. Lifesaving, Education, Juniors, Sport).
QR Code check-in is only required at high-risk venues including gyms and limited hospitality settings (including pubs, small bars and registered clubs). Clubs operating these services need:
- a NSW Government QR code for their premises and events so that staff, members and customers can check in using the Service NSW app; and
- an alternative digital sign-in sheet for staff, members and customers who do not have a smart phone or are unable to sign-in using the Service NSW app. You then have 12 hours to register those contact details with Service NSW.
- display your QR codes in prominent locations
- remind people to check in when entering your premises
- where possible, keep an eye out for new people who have entered your premises
- ask to see the ‘green tick’ on the Service NSW app and check it relates to your premises.
If a person refuses to check in, you may refuse entry to that person for the well-being of your staff, members and customers.
Check-in is not required if the person is under 18 years of age and it is not possible to register their contact details.
If you have already registered your COVIDsafe plan with the NSW government, you should have received an email with your unique QR code to the email address you registered with. If you didn’t, you can go here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/lost-qr-code and enter the email address you registered with and you will be able to download your unique QR code to print and display.
Club Governance, Management, Insurance and Compliance
- Advice for clubs and branches on upcoming AGM’s is available on our website.
- Clubs should manage their risk as though there is NO insurance cover in place for claims arising from COVID. However, the risk of a claim against the club is very low if they implement the relevant government health advice across their activities, both on and off the beach.
- SLSNSW members have coverage for personal accident cover under the icare (workers compensation) scheme. As with contracting any infectious disease whilst participating in SLS activities, members are required to demonstrate to icare that the infection was directly acquired as a result of their SLS activity. All claims are considered and determined by icare directly and independently.
- The SLSA Insurance Program provides a safety net to address costs if a COVID related claim is lodged against a club. Marsh, as the broker for the National Program, will manage and defend any claim in partnership with the club and SLSNSW.
Cyber Attacks (Phishing)
- Phishing schemes have increased dramatically since the outbreak of COVID-19.
- A guide to help clubs and branches identify and protect themselves from Phishing attacks is available on our website.
For more information about club governance, management and compliance, please contact email@example.com
Membership cancellations and refunds
- Active Kids Vouchers will expire on 31 December 2021 and members are encouraged to redeem these.
- It is recommended that clubs have a clear policy on membership cancellation / refund / credit process and under what circumstances any refunds might be applied. More information and considerations, including SurfGuard processes can be found in this factsheet.
- Capitation fees will be charged on any membership accepted this season, including those which are archived within the season.
Available grants and financial assistance
The NSW Government is offering 3 types of financial support to businesses as part of the COVID-19 support package:
- COVID-19 business grant
- COVID-19 micro-business grant
- JobSaver payment.
More information is available via this Memo.
In addition, the Australian Government is offering a support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order individuals financial support: COVID -19 Disaster Payment.
The Westpac COVID-19 Customer Support Package is also available for Westpac customers.
For more information about available grants, please contact the SLSNSW Partnerships Team, firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance in preparing a professionally written application, lodgement and acquittal for available grants, please contact the Surf Life Saving Foundation Grant Seeking Unit, (07) 3177 5855.