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Frequently asked questions for schools and sports organisers

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Intra-school sport

Are schools permitted to conduct intra-school sport activities?

In line with the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions, schools are now able to conduct intra-school sport activities.

The number of spectators and non-essential people should be minimised. If spectators plan to attend training or intra-school activities, they will need to seek prior approval from the school and follow all school operational requirements.

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Inter-school sport

Interschool sport is able to operate in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

Are schools able to conduct inter-school sport competitions?

In line with the Queensland Government's easing of restrictions, schools are able to conduct inter-school sport competitions for both indoor and outdoor sports, including contact sports.

Planning for these activities should ensure adherence to the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

Gatherings for sport activities and competitions at external venues are permitted in accordance with the Queensland Government's Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

For inter-school sport occurring at a school, the number of spectators and non-essential people should be minimised. If spectators plan to attend, they will need to seek prior approval from the host school and follow all school operational requirements.

Where possible, each student should bring their own jersey for use at events.

Are contact training and sports permitted?

In line with the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions, contact sports and training are permitted.

All sport events must be conducted in accordance with the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

Additional volunteers may be required to conduct inter-school and representative sport events. Will the number of volunteers decrease the number of parents and spectators allowed?

The number of people at a venue is determined by the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB). All essential staff required to attend the event, including volunteers, need to be included in the overall gathering number.

What contact and non-contact activities are permitted for each sport?

All sport events must be conducted in accordance with the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

Representative school sport

The representative school sport program in Queensland is scheduled to operate as per the Queensland School Sport calendar of events (PDF, 197KB) and each school sport region’s respective calendars in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

What sport events will be offered at a district and regional level of competition?

Each representative school sport region will determine the sports and competitions to be offered for 2021 in alignment with the needs of the local context. All sport events must be conducted in accordance with the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

Can district school sport events be conducted after school hours on school premises?

Yes, in line with the Queensland Government's easing of restrictions, visiting schools are able to conduct school sport competitions in consultation with host schools.

The number of spectators and non-essential people should be minimised. If spectators plan to attend, they need to seek prior approval from the host school and follow all school operational requirements.

What school sport events for Queensland School Sport teams have been cancelled in 2021?

All national championships conducted by School Sport Australia were officially cancelled in a media statement posted on 9 March 2021.

What protocols are being implemented to ensure the safety of participants/attendees at representative school sport events?

Planning for all representative school sport events will include consideration of the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

If parents and spectators are permitted at an indoor event, they will be required to provide their contact details prior to venue entry for the purpose of Queensland Department of Health COVID contact tracing.

Where possible, each student should bring their own jersey for use at events.

When can contact training and sports recommence?

In line with the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions, contact sports and training are permitted.

All sport events must be conducted in accordance with the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB).

Additional volunteers may be required in order to conduct inter-school and representative sport events. Will the number of volunteers decrease the number of parents and spectators allowed?

The number of people at a venue is determined by the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB). All essential staff required to attend the event, including volunteers, need to be included in the overall gathering number.

What contact and non-contact activities are permitted for each sport?

All sport events must be conducted in accordance with the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB). There are currently no physical distancing requirements on the ‘field of play’.

Sport in the non-state schooling sector

Are state schools able to participate in GPS sport competitions?

State schools are able to participate in GPS sport competitions as long as the Roadmap (PDF, 175KB) is adhered to.

Gathering restrictions

What gathering limits will apply for sport events that take place on school grounds, e.g. when multiple schools attend one school to participate in basketball (in the gym) and cricket (on the oval)?

Prior to any sporting event, communication needs to occur between the host school and visiting schools to ensure visiting schools are aware of and follow all host school operational requirements.

Sport contacts

Who do I contact if I need help with COVID Safe Event Checklists?

The Queensland School Sport Unit is available to assist you with any queries you may have regarding COVID Safe Event Checklists.

Please contact (07) 3634 1305 or email queenslandschoolsport@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 20 July 2021