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ABA100The National Executive would like to thank you for your continued support and patience throughout these Covid-19 times.

Last Friday the Federal Government announced a three-step framework for a Covid safe Australia and the individual States and Territories have released pathways to easing restrictions based on this framework.

Branch shoots and activities are still suspended until the 31st May at this point in time.

For those clubs who decide to resume club activities and shoots it is imperative you are compliant with the current Federal, Local State/Territory legislation and directives in regards to Covid-19.

Pandemic related claims are not covered by insurance.  If a club committee decides to continue operating throughout the restrictions and are not complying with the Covid-19 legislation, Australian Government & Local State/Territory directives, including social distancing and lockdown rules the insurance policies will not react to any claim.

Club committees need to take reasonable care to take all reasonable precautions to comply and ensure that the Insured's workers, servant and agents comply with all statutory obligations, by-laws or regulations imposed by any public authority in respect thereof for the safety of persons and property.

It is the members and club’s responsibility to ensure that they are in compliance with the changing Covid-19 Legislation, Government & Local State/Territory directives as there are fines and penalties for not doing so.  Should a club incur a fine or penalty this will need to be declared at renewal to the Insurers as this is a material fact. The Insurer’s may decide NOT to offer renewal to this particular club and the club could well find themselves “Uninsurable”.

It is strongly recommended for club committees to develop and implement a Covid-19 Safe Risk Management Plan prior to recommencement of archery activities.  Prepare a staged plan of resuming archery activities in line with the Federal, Local State / Territory Government roadmaps for easing restrictions. Have strategies in place to address non-compliance.   

Developing and implementing a Covid-19 Safe Risk Management Plan is extremely important as the insurance policy wording places a responsibility on affiliated clubs to act with reasonable care at all times. Follow all of your risk management procedures, including your Covid-19 Safe plan and document what you do in case there is an incident.

Please see below suggestions for inclusion in your Covid-19 Safe Risk Management Plan.  Note these are suggestions only and the plan should be developed to suit your club’s individual requirements and not be limited to these suggestions.  Refer to the Australian Government and your relevant Local State / Territory authorities for further required details.  Check your relevant Local State / Territory guidelines for what you need to do as a sporting club prior to recommencing sporting activities.

  • Maintain 1.5m distancing
  • Protect vulnerable people
  • Place seating 1.5m apart
  • Pull own arrows unless from the same household
  • Practice range only one archer per target unless they are from the same household
  • Social distancing – markers on the practice range for members to space themselves correctly
  • No enclosed clubhouses should be open
  • No indoor shooting, outdoor only
  • Hand washing stations and/or hand sanitizer on site
  • Bring own tools for working bees
  • If club equipment is used at working bees they are to be cleaned and disinfectant after each person’s use.
  • Instructional / warning signage – do not come if sick etc vulnerable members
  • Coaching, hiring or lending of club equipment not recommended
  • Use own equipment – do not touch or borrow another archer’s equipment
  • Allow only financial ABA and club members on club grounds – no visitors
  • No camping
  • Regularly clean and disinfectant common areas touched
  • Bring own food and drinks – no food and canteen operations at present
  • Booked times for members to attend as per group guidelines

At all times be ready to respond to Public Health Authorities if there is a localised outbreak.  These outbreaks may require you to cease activities and you need to be prepared to respond accordingly.

Keep an accurate attendance register in case of a localised outbreak.  The detection of a positive COVID-19 case in a sporting or recreation club or organisation will result in a standard public health response, which could include quarantine of a whole team or large group, and close contacts, for the required period.

The best interests of our members, their families, volunteers and the wider community are our foremost consideration.

Be vigilant about health and hygiene to minimise the risk of spreading infection by following

simple hygiene practices:

  • Maintain 1.5m distancing
  • No physical greetings and or contact…no shaking hands, hugs etc
  • Clean hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or hand sanitiser often
  • Practice respiratory hygiene.  Avoid touching face and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if unwell, and getting tested if you have respiratory symptoms or fever
  • Frequently clean and disinfect communal areas
  • Protect vulnerable people.  Vulnerable people should stay home where possible.
  • Download the Covid Safe App
  • Develop Covid safe plans


Australian Government Department of Health Website


State and Territory Government Information


Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the resumption of sport and recreation activities


Thank you in advance for your patience and consideration during this challenging time.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

Kind regards,

Tony Hartcher
National President
Australian Bowhunters Association

Association Information

Australian Bowhunters Association
P.O. Box 5124 Brendale QLD 4500
Phone: 07 3256 3976

Office hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Monday to Friday
Due to Archery Commitments, these times may vary

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