$40 million Community Sport Short-term Survlval Package

Applications for grants under the Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package will be accepted from 25 May until 15 June 2020, or until the funding allocation is exhausted.

From today, 12,000 clubs and associations across the state will be able to apply for support under a $40 million program to help with basic running costs and to support readiness to return to play. The $40 million community club and association program is a key component of the Government’s Experience Economy Survival Package and will help associations, leagues and clubs maintain their viability and connection to their communities, assist the return to training and play, and support members.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for funding in four categories, with grants available for amounts:

  • Up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations
  • Up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies, and other state sport and recreational bodies
  • Up to $15,000 for associations and leagues
  • Up to $1,000 for individual clubs.

Guidelines are through this link -


Victoria's gradual easing of restrictions 

On Monday 11 May, the Victorian Premier announced a series of moves to allow increased movement of citizens and a gradual easing of the current Stage 3 Covid-19 restrictions for the Victorian community, to be effective from 11:59pm Tuesday 12 May 2020. 

This follows Federal Government announcement’s in relation to a three stage roadmap to a COVIDsafe Australia along with the Australian Institute of Sport’s Rebooting Sport Framework. 

This morning, Thursday 14 May, Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) published new guidance to support sport and recreation organisations with their return to play plans.

Thanks to progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions on sport and recreation have eased under the latest Restricted Activity Directions from the Chief Health Officer.

From 13 May 2020, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has approved that some community sport and recreation activities can resume according to the following rules:

  • Groups of up to 10 people only are permitted outdoors (or people from the same household), plus a coach/instructor or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to run the activity
  • Parents or other people are required to keep a reasonable distance or will be included in the group of 10
  • No indoor activity – indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres wherever reasonably possible
  • All activity and training must be non-contact, and no competitions are to take place. Contact sports must be modified so that you can maintain 1.5m distance
  • No outside communal gyms, playgrounds or skateparks, these are still closed and must not be used
  • No outdoor or indoor swimming pools (unless it is at your own private residence)
  • No use of communal facilities, except for toilets
  • If the activity is run by an operator of an indoor physical recreation facility (such as a gym, health club or fitness centre), a personal training facility (indoors or outdoors) or an arena or stadium, then the operator must keep a record of attendees including first name, phone number, date and time of attendance
  • No shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing
  • Hand hygiene, frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection, use of own equipment where possible and minimise sharing of equipment.

The easing of restrictions means that community sport and active recreation associations and clubs can now plan and gradually roll out a return to activity.

A full list of activities and how the current restrictions apply is now available on the SRV website.

What does this mean for Mallee community sport?

Community sport clubs, leagues and associations in Mallee are encouraged to prepare ‘return to play’ plans. 

Club’s will receive templates to use from your State Sporting Association once your sports’ over arching ‘return to play’ plan is completed.  Local Government’s and/or recreation reserve committees may require clubs to demonstrate how they are going to comply with the current restrictions before allowing access to community facilities.

It is the responsibility of every club to ensure the safety of its participants, members, volunteers and staff, and ensure that it operates within the current restrictions.

The most up to date advice for Victorian community sport is available on the SRV website HERE.

This webpage includes a list of FAQs for clubs & recreation organisations, as well as for participants.

Assistance for clubs with return to play plans

For club’s, leagues or associations needing assistance in developing their ‘Return to Play’ plan once they have received the template from their State Sporting Association, please contact the Mallee Sports Assembly at


Why can’t competition resume now that restrictions are starting to lift?

The Victorian Government is taking a phased approach to resuming community sport and recreation. This approach will ensure the safety of participants and the broader community.

The time that community sport competition will resume will depend on directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and will be influenced by spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, to ensure the safety of players and participants.


Can multiple groups train at the same outdoor facility, such as a football oval or basketball court?

Outdoor community sport and recreational facilities can host a maximum of one group of up to 10 people, plus a coach or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to manage the activity.

Where the facility has sufficient space to comply effectively with the Chief Health Officer directions (e.g. multiple ovals, courts, lawns or fields), more than one group of 10 can be accommodated on the condition that:

  • Groups of 10 do not operate closely to each other (e.g. one group per basketball court, lawn bowls green and for larger playing surface e.g. football oval or soccer pitch, split into two zones)
  • The facility can ensure that catering to multiple groups does not create an unnecessary risk of people congregating (e.g. at entrances or exits, near toilets or in carparks or other nearby areas)
  • Social distancing and restrictions on gatherings can be effectively managed during all periods before, during and after training or the activity.
  • Groups of 10 should not mix with each other and should remain constant, with participants avoiding swapping between groups
  • It is advised to establish a “zone” for your group to train within, ensure the zone is clearly marked, which will allow other groups to avoid any unnecessary contact.


Why are indoor sport and recreation centres and sporting clubrooms remaining closed?

The risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) is higher in indoor settings and with the use of communal facilities, or when physical distancing is not adequately maintained.

For this reason, indoor sports facilities and clubrooms will remain closed until the Victorian Chief Health Officer determines that it is safe and appropriate to re-open them, and under what conditions or restrictions.

Club toilets will be accessible under strict hygiene guidelines. Changerooms and showers will not be open.


Can parents/guardians attend training?

Parents and guardians taking children to and from training activities are required to follow the Chief Health Officers’ Directions for public gatherings and maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

Parents and guardians that remain with their children during participation in sport, will be considered part of the group up to 10 people, unless they are formally coaching or instructing the activity.

The amount of coaches or instructors needs to be the minimum necessary required to conduct the activity.


Will we have a winter sport season this year?

The winter sport codes are currently working collaboratively with both State & Local Governments about potential winter seasons.  Further to this there is collaboration happening with Summer sports where facility access may overlap.

There will be a State wide determination for the current winter & upcoming summer season length. 

This is not a simple process and is taking some time, in particular due to the uncertainty around the timing of restrictions being lifted.  It is expected that there will be a process put in place for winter sports to apply for a season extension if they can demonstrate no impact to a traditional summer sport tenant/competition.


Can we open the canteen or bar?

Canteens and bars are not allowed to be open under the current restrictions. 





MSA will be hosting an online webinar to discuss the current issues facing local sporting organiations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Experienced guest speakers from across the MSA area will be available to give advice and answers questions if required.

LOCATION - Your place, conducted via ZOOM

TIME -6pm 3rd June, 2020.  For more details & to register contact the MSA Mildura office on 5021 3464 

Click here to register for this workshop:


Covid-19 Link Updates:28/05/2020 10.30am

Sport Specific Advice and Information:

If your sport is not listed here see list below Covid-19 Information for Mallee Community Sport


Sport Specific Advice and Information:

If your Sport Specific Advice and Information is not listed below visit click on COVID-19 tab for more information.

Covid-19 Link Updates: 01/06/20


Sport Specific Advice and Information:

Bowls:                                      Latest website update

Diving:                                     Latest website update

Squash:                                    Latest website status

Motorcycling:                            Latest website status

Equestrian:                               Latest website status

Football (Soccer)                       Latest website status

Surfing:                                    Latest website status

Athletics:                                  Latest website status

Hockey:                                   Latest website status

Cycling:                                   Latest website status

Flying Disc:                              Latest website status

Canoeing:                                Latest website status

Snow Sports:                           Latest website status

Table Tennis:                            Latest website status

AFL:                                        Latest website status                   Latest Facebook update

Baseball:                                 Latest Facebook update

Basketball:                               Latest Facebook update

Bicycle Motocross:                    Latest website status

Cricket:                                   Latest website status

Golf:                                       Latest website status






Covid-19 Information for Mallee Community Sport

How Can We help?

**PAGE UPDATED 02/04/2020 at 10:39AM**

We know this is a hugely difficult time for everyone in the community and we’re continuing to monitor the current situation to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on community sport. 

Mallee Sport Assembly is working with our Regional Sport Victoria colleagues around two immediate priorities over this period: 

  • Supporting the sector to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible 
  • Doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever. 

We will continue to work with you to understand the ongoing and future impact of coronavirus and we want to make sure that whatever action we take has the greatest positive impact. So, we want to hear from you now about the issues you’re facing and to take on board these ideas and concerns to feed into our plans. 

We know that: 

  • It will be difficult for your club, league or association to run and host programs or events as planned and retain member engagement.
  • The timings of your season are uncertain.
  • People in your community are likely to be anxious, and will probably want to be continuing with their sport participation; and,
  • More generally, you may be interested in alternative operations to respond to the current situation and to keep your organisation going.

We are offering Mallee Sport Assembly as a point of contact for clubs, leagues, associations and individuals within Mallee.  We probably won’t have the answer straight away but will commit to helping try and navigate this situation as best we can.

Please contact us via and let us know: 

  • How coronavirus is impacting you or your organisation?
  • The type of help you think would be most beneficial? 

Please keep in touch with us via the above email address as you or your club‘s situation changes. 

Covid-19 Links & Information for Mallee Community Sport

Current Government Health Advice & Information

Mallee Local Government Advice & Information


Mildura Rural City Council

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Gannawarra Shire Council

Buloke Shire Council

Sport Specific Advice & Information



Covid-19 Position/Statement  


Athletics Victoria
Little Athletics Victoria


Archery Victoria

Australian football 

AFL Victoria


Badminton Victoria


Baseball Victoria


Basketball Victoria


Australian Biathlon Association

Billiards and Snooker 

Victorian Billiards and Snooker Association

Bicycle Motocross 

BMX Victoria


Bocce Federation of Victoria


Bowls Victoria


Boxing Victoria


Calisthenics Victoria


Sport Climbing Victoria


Canoeing Victoria


Cricket Victoria


Croquet Victoria


Cycling Victoria


Dancesport Victoria



Darts Victoria


Diving Victoria

Dragon Boat 

Dragon Boat Victoria



Pool Victoria



Equestrian Victoria
Pony Club Victoria


Fencing Victoria

Flying Disc 

Ultimate Victoria

Football (Soccer) 

Football Federation Victoria


Victorian Soaring Association



Golf Victoria


Gridiron Victoria



Gymnastics Victoria


Handball Victoria

Hang gliding and paragliding 

Victorian Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association




Hockey Victoria




Ice sports 

Ice Sports Victoria


Judo Victoria



Karate Victoria



Victorian Kendo Renmei


Kung Fu 

Kung Fu Wushu


Lacrosse Victoria

Life saving 

Life Saving Victoria

Modern pentathlon 

Modern Pentathlon Victoria


Confederation of Australian Motor Sport


Motorcycling Victoria

Mountain Bike 

Mountain Bike Australia


Netball Victoria


Orienteering Victoria


Outrigger canoe racing 

Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association – Southern States


Victorian/Tasmanian Parachute Council


Power boat racing 

Australian Power Boat Association -Victorian Council

Roller sports 

Skate Victoria


Rowing Victoria

Rugby league 

NRL Victoria


Rugby union 

Victorian Rugby Union


Australian Sailing


Victorian Amateur Pistol Association
Victorian Clay Target Association
Target Rifle Victoria



Victorian Skateboarding Association



Ski and Snowboard Australia



Softball Victoria



Squash and Racquetball Victoria


Surfing Victoria


Swimming Victoria

Synchronised swimming 

Victorian Synchronised Swimming

Table tennis 

Table Tennis Victoria


Tennis Victoria

Tenpin bowling 

Tenpin Bowling Victoria


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