• 20 Oct, 2020
  • Glynis Nunn

(Effective from 11:59pm 18/10/2020 for Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Guidelines for Tasmania are modified slightly to reflect changes effective 25/9/2020.)

In all cases, it is highly recommended you undertake the COVID safe certification, which can be found here:

Further, note that a knowingly and deliberate act of not complying with the restrictions and the relevant State Government’s COVID Safety Guidelines, could be deemed an act of negligence, and consequently may jeopardise your insurance cover. (Please refer to APPENDIX I for details of insurance.)

This advice relates to the situation as at 19th October 2020 (but is effective at 11:59pm 18th October) and the situation could change at any time, please keep up-to-date by checking on the relevant government websites.

Where are you located?

Section 1: Metropolitan Melbourne

Community sport training and competition cannot occur. (NOTE: some of these points are not specifically mentioned in the current roadmap, but are assumed to be the case based on prior documents.):

  • • Outdoor sport settings to reopen, which do not require facilities to be entered, staffed, or the use of communal facilities (such as changerooms, toilets – this will enable the use of tennis courts, golf courses, bocce).
  • You and your athletes must observe social distancing and hygiene, including wearing a mask when not undertaking vigorous exercise.
  • You and your athletes must not share equipment – each athlete should bring their own equipment.
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people can meet outdoors for social interaction (inclusive of households, infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation is allowed:
    • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households; or more than 10, if all from the same household.
    • Restrictions to no more than 10 people in the facility at once except where a distance of at least 100m between groups can be maintained (e.g. golf courses).
    • within 25km of your residence or workplace if no facility is required.
    • There is no limit on the amount of time allowed for exercise.
    • There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
  • Outdoor personal training is limited to 2 people, plus the personal trainer, but excluding children under 12 months. Equipment sharing is not permitted, and the trainer must wear a mask.

NOTE: The Vic Gov website indicates:

  • Coaching or training people is permitted in limited circumstances. Coaching and training must:
    • be for exercise purposes
    • be undertaken outdoors. The use of outdoor facilities, such as tennis courts, golf courses and driving ranges, is not permitted.
  • adhere to class size caps relevant to personal trainers (maximum of two people, in addition to the personal trainer or coach)

As this seems to contradict other advice, it is subject to confirmation.

Taking the most conservative view, training and competition cannot occur, this means you should NOT be coaching and your insurance will not cover you (see APPENDIX I). LAVic and AthsVic have both confirmed that even professional coaches CANNOT coach at this time. Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria emphasises coaches are NOT personal trainers.

Also refer to the following regarding the positions of Little Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX II) and Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX III).

For more details, please refer to:

Section 2: Regional Victoria (outside Metropolitan Melbourne)

Training and competition can occur. (NOTE: some of these points are not specifically mentioned in the current roadmap, but are assumed to be the case based on prior documents.):

  • You and your athletes must observe social distancing and hygiene, including wearing a mask when not undertaking vigorous exercise.
  • You and your athletes must not share equipment – each athlete should bring their own equipment.
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people can meet outdoors for social interaction (inclusive of households, infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).
  • You can compete and train in non-contact community sport outside. People who are aged 18 and under can compete and train in both contact and non-contact sport outside.
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation is allowed:
    • outdoor contact and non-contact sport allowed for people ≤18 y.o., with gathering and density limits,
    • outdoor non-contact sport only allowed for adults, with gathering and density limits,
    • bootcamps and outdoor fitness groups for 10 people (trainer not included in the cap),
    • Individual events, such as running or track and field events, can resume with up to ten participants taking part in the event or race at a time. The ten-person cap does not include those necessary for the event eg coaches.
    • Non-contact means maintaining a distance of 1.5m.
    • Gathering limits means
      • limited to the number of people required to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personal and umpires).
      • Spectators are permissible only for the supervision of children or for necessary support for players with additional needs. No spectators allowed for adult sport.
  • Check the rules relating to where you wish to conduct your session. Where outdoor facilities are open, these facilities must have a patron cap of 10, unless each group of two can maintain 100 meters distance from all other people. Your local track is very likely to have a 10 patron cap (as was common in Melbourne during Stage 3). You MUST check the rules in place for the facility you intend to use as some facilities have stricter rules than those required by the Victorian Government.
  • Please check your insurance if you are coaching non-athletics related fitness training activities such as with various football codes and running your own physical fitness businesses.
  • Where private coaching activities are involved, the coach must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that meets the requirements of VicSport’s current COVID-19 requirements. For groups of only 2 athletes an independent CSO at every training session is unnecessary. We would strongly recommend the coach has done the Covid Safe course, so they act as a CSO themself. Over 10 athletes, a CSO is recommended. Over 20, a CSO is mandatory.

For more details, please refer to:

Also refer to the following regarding the positions of:

  • Little Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX II) and
  • Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX III).

Section 3: Tasmania

Firstly, identify:

  • Are you coaching privately OR
  • Are you doing community sport (e.g. coaching for a Club)

Please refer to the relevant section below.


The Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) is the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania and specifies activities for community and individual sports according to the level of restrictions currently in place.

A return to full sporting activity (indoors and outdoors) in alignment with Level C of the AIS framework comes into place as of midday Friday 26 June 2020.

The maximum density limit of 2 square metres per person applies for outdoor and indoor sport, with a cap of 1000 people outdoors and 250 people per single undivided space indoors (participants, athletes, support staff, officials, spectators and volunteers are counted within the maximum).

Where practical, players and athletes should maintain 1.5 metres from other people. Larger teams should consider maintaining some small group separation at training.

Non-essential social gatherings should be limited.

Athletics Specific: Full training and competition. Avoid running in slipstream of others. Competition — Multi Event rooms remain a risk and time spent here should be minimised with adequate space/separation. Similarly, call rooms pre event will need to be restructured


As for Coaching Privately, and also Please refer to the following regarding the positions of Athletics Tasmania (APPENDIX IV) and Little Athletics Tasmania (APPENDIX V).


ATFCA provides full and comprehensive insurance cover for its member coaches as follows:

  • Public Liability – $20 million for any one occurrence
  • Product Liability – $20 million for any one occurrence in the aggregate
  • Professional Indemnity – $5 million any one claim and in the aggregate (for the business of athletics only) (Note the bracketed note has been added to our insurance as we are aware that some coaches engage in commercial non-athletics related fitness training activities such as with various football codes and running their own physical fitness businesses, and our insurance does NOT cover these activities.)



The following was sent from Anthony McIntosh on 15th September 2020:

Earlier today, the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, released a statement announcing that regional communities would proceed to the ‘Third Step’ of the re-opening roadmap, effective from 11.59pm on 16th September.

In a positive development for the commencement of the 20/21 season for our sport, the statement, in part, reads:

“Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults, with gathering and density limits.”

In its announcements on Sunday 6th September, the State Government foreshadowed this development as part of the roadmap for Step 3. Unlike the hard dates set out for metropolitan Melbourne, the steps to re-opening for regional Victoria will continue to be determined by infection rates.

At this stage, there is no further information available regarding the conditions and restrictions under which our sport can commence.

It’s expected that the Department of Health & Human Services and Sport & Recreation Victoria will be providing this advice to all State Sporting Organisations, including LAVic, in coming days. In turn, LAVic will revise and distribute its competition and training protocols for regional Victorian Centres, to ensure the conduct of safe, legal, and insured Little Athletics activities.

Centres are reminded that they are not insured for season 20/21, and are unable to register members or conduct sanctioned activities – such as training and competition – until they have successfully affiliated, have registered at least one COVID-Safe Official and have received written authorisation from LAVic. The protocols and authorisation process will be finalised and communicated in due course.

The LAVic Team

The following protocols were released by LAVic in July, they are superseded now and are provided for interest and assistance in longer-term planning. As advised above, new protocols are due in coming days :

Stay up to date here:



Metro Melbourne

NOTE: it is likely this will change based on the changes to the restrictions. It is the most up-to-date we have at the moment.

The following was the position of Athletics Victoria as at 28th September 2020:

Metropolitan Melbourne

From 11:59 pm on 27 September 2020, metropolitan Melbourne moved to the Second Step towards COVID Normal.

Exercise is allowed within 5km of your home, or 5km from your workplace if you are on the permitted worker list (you must carry your permit)

Regarding exercise and recreation:

Outdoor exercise is permitted in line with public gathering limits, within 5km, only where facilities are not required.

Outdoor personal training is limited to 2 people, plus the personal trainer, but excluding children under 12 months. Equipment sharing is not permitted, and the trainer must wear a mask.

Indoor physical recreational facilities can be used for the purposes of education and work, including exclusive use of training for professional and high-performance sports persons or exclusive use by a school, including:

a personal training facility;

a swimming pool at a non-residential premise

Outdoor pools are permitted to open for exercise only

Toilets at outdoor pools can be open, but changing rooms are closed

People allowed in a pool is the lower of the density quotient or 20 people

People unable to congregate around a pool

Publicly accessible playgrounds can open, outdoor only, but playcentres, skate parks and trampolining centres are closed.

For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the Step process visit

For more information on metropolitan Melbourne restrictions

Further, Glenn Turnor confirmed the following in private correspondence:

Is club coaching permitted?

Club Coaching not permitted as it falls under COMMUNITY Sport and Govt has confirmed under current stage, no Community sport. However physical exercise is permitted for up to 2 hours.

Regarding private coaching – under one of the previous levels of restriction, private coaching was allowed if coaching was someone’s primary source of income. Is that still the case?

Unfortunately not this time and under the current stage of restrictions.  I asked Sport and Rec for the last three weeks and the response has come back ‘it only applies to personal trainers this time’.

Here is the email confirmation (relevant part) from government when they pushed for the definition to include ‘coaches’ but it was denied. It has been really difficult to negotiate and lobby through this lockdown stage. Looking at Regional Vic and where they are at under the next step, Metro Melbourne should be at the same point (hopefully) around 19 October ….

 “Also, regarding the coaches policy – the answer is no unfortunately. Only PT trainers are allowed at this stage and other coaches are not allowed as community sport facilities remain closed. We pursued this very strongly but could not get it through. Given the Premier’s announcement of 19 October being the next possible easing date, hope it is not too far away for the change again.”

Is the coach allowed to travel outside their 5km limit?

Not under this current stage we are in, unless the coach has been approved by Athletics Australia for ELITE/HP Coaching exemption.

Personal trainers are allowed two clients. Groups of 5 are allowed to exercise together. How large a group is a coach allowed to have? Are the exceptions if the squad is from the same household?

As mentioned there is not provision for coaching in the current regulations. You can socialise with another household as you mentioned. What these two households do during their physical activity time is their choice as long as they stick by the rules!

Density on the track?

At the moment govt have noted that facilities are closed however the ultimate decision around facilities lies with Local government. I am aware that Collingwood track has remained open to the public. The local council therefore controls that space.

When are we likely to return to competition? Will it look different to the past?

We are working towards varied competition as restrictions are lifted by govt. We have based our plans on the roadmap for Metro Melbourne and Regional Vic presented by the government.  It will be very different up until we return to COVID normal. This is what we will be sharing during the sessions coming up next week

I know that this is not a perfect situation.

Regional VICTORIA  from 11:59pm 16th September 2020

Glenn Turnor issued a statement 15th September saying that athletic competition is still not permitted. All Regional clubs have been advised of this.

A “Road Map To Return To Play” was sent to Regional Clubs on 16th September. This document is 20 pages long, which is too lengthy to reproduce here. If your club does not have a copy, please contact Athletics Victoria to obtain one.

In summary:

    • Keep a record of attendees
    • Appoint a Safety Officer
    • Keep your distance
    • Keep good hand hygiene
    • Get in – train – get out
    • Do not attend if feeling unwell
    • Do not spit
    • Remember it is up to you  to comply with all restrictions
    • If any restrictions are breached, then Athletics Victoria will recommend to Local Councils that venue(s) are immediately closed
    • Rules regarding numbers are as listed under Section 2 EXCEPT: No spectators at any time within the venue.
    • Access to training venues may be limited to members and/or individuals who reside within a specified distance of the athletics track.
    • Coaches are reminded to :
      • Structure physical activities that comply with physical distancing and COVID safe principles; and
      • Remind individuals about the rules in place during the activity.



Athletics Specific Responses Club, Squad and Development Training and Programs (Level C of the AIS Framework):

  • Outdoor activity that can be conducted in groups of any size including full contact. Consider maintaining some small group separation at training.
  • Encourage clubs and athletes to minimise use of indoor facilities where possible
  • Club/Coach/Branch equipment use –do not share drink bottles, towels, and limit the shared use of equipment. Equipment that that touches the head of face or cannot be effectively cleaned (for example, if made from soft materials or clothing) should not be shared. Where sharing equipment cannot be avoided, equipment with smooth surfaces should be cleaned between sessions. (refer to ‘Sharing Equipment’ on page 12 of the Athletics Tasmania COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines).
  • Athletes to bring their own equipment including but not limited to a clean towel, stretching mat, water bottle and water and do not share.
  • Limit unnecessary social gatherings
  • Adopt ‘Get in, train and get out’ approach. Implement cleaning and personal hygiene protocols pre and post training, including handwashing and covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve during coughing/sneezing and remaining 1.5m apart. (refer to ‘Hygiene’ on page 7 of the Athletics Tasmania COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines).

Track use:

  • Full training and competition allowed
  • Individuals are reminded that the venue/track is a public facility and unless it is a private exclusive booking, must share access to and use of the facility.
  • Warming up can be conducted, individuals where possible remain 1.5m apart.
  • At the end of your warmup, training, competition, use of or warm down, make sure you promptly leave the training area

Medical/First Aid:

  • Athletes and coaches to minimise medical treatment during training. If treatment is necessary, exercise increased hygiene measures or seek assistance from medical service following distancing guidelines.

Spectators and Additional Personnel:

  • Spectators to be separate from athletes who are training, maintaining 1.5m distancing and adequate spacing (one person per 2m2).
  • Non-essential spectators are discouraged from attending any indoor aspects of development and program activities.

Athletics Tasmania COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines:



We highly recommend the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or your elbow if you don’t have a tissue available).
  • Do not share drink bottles, food, towels or other items.
  • Avoid any unnecessary physical contact with others (eg handshakes, “high fives” etc).
  • Practice “social distancing” and not stay within 1.5 metres of other individuals for more than 15 minutes.
  • If you feel ill at all, please do not attend the meet and seek medical advice.
  • Attendance at these events is certainly not compulsory – it is a personal choice. If you are concerned about the possible risks posed, then we certainly respect your decision not to attend.