Government Definitions for COVIDSafe Settings


What is the difference between community sport and physical recreation?

Community sport refers to competitions and training for the purpose of competition overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.This includes entry level programs (for example AusKick and Cricket Blast), ‘come and try’ days run by state sporting associations or equivalent governing bodies, as well as training for coaches and umpires.

If the space is being operated only for the purpose of community sport, participants, spectators and workers (including volunteers), are excluded from the vaccination requirement.  

If workers undertake work not related to community sport at the  facility (for example a café operator at a community sport facility),  then they must be fully vaccinated if they are aged 12 years and two months or older.  Patrons aged 18 years and older at the facility for non-community sport reasons must also be fully vaccinated.  

Physical Recreation Facility

Physical recreation is any other activity that is not associated with competition or training for competitions overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, including non-competitive casual sport and social play, community events (such as ParkRun), self-defence classes, and fitness and gym classes.

  • a premises used predominantly for indoor sport or physical recreation;
  • a premises used predominantly for outdoor sport or physical recreation;

Physical Recreation Worker

A physical recreational worker is someone who works at or in connection with:

  • a facility used or partly used for sport, sport racing or physical recreation
  • a worker who provides personal training (coaching) services

Is an equestrian coach considered a personal trainer?

Yes. The government classifies equestrian coaches as a personal trainer.