Who are we?
Clubs Queensland is the peak industry body for all registered and licensed community clubs throughout Queensland, including sporting clubs, RSL and ex-services/memorial clubs, surf lifesaving clubs, workers, business, cultural and general community clubs.
Clubs Queensland guides and leads the community club industry by:
• being the voice of the community club industry to government and the community
• protecting the interests of community clubs from unfair legislation and competition, and
• striving for excellence in servicing its members with relevant information, products and assistance.
Clubs Queensland is committed to engaging effectively with its stakeholders in a meaningful, accountable, responsive and equitable way and is guided by an engagement policy
to strengthen the community club industry.
In undertaking these responsibilities, Clubs Queensland performs a significant role in mentoring and building capacity in community clubs across the State. In doing so, it provides an important public good as well as creates positive externalities for the Queensland community.
Clubs in Queensland are membership-based, not-for-profit organisations that exist to provide services to members and the local community. The surplus generated by clubs is used to deliver important and highly valued services in their surrounding communities and to visitors to their region. This support includes cash contributions, non-cash benefits, community assets and the mobilisation of volunteers.
KPMG confirmed via a club census in 2015 that there are over 1,100 community clubs in Queensland. Together, they hold 2.4 million memberships, employ over 22,000 people (with 9,000 based in regional Queensland), return over $850 million in social contributions and generate annual economic activity valued over $2.2 billion for the State’s economy.
While there is an overly simplistic view of community clubs as just liquor and gaming venues, they are important community hubs for social interaction and engagement. Members have shared values and a sense of belonging and this strengthens the social fabric and promotes strong community cohesion.
Community clubs often rely on gaming revenues to help fund the services they provide to the community as part of their objectives. This was the primary reason gaming was introduced to the club sector, namely, to ensure any surpluses would assist Queensland communities through improved community club infrastructure, facilities, a diverse offering of services and support for charitable causes.
Queensland’s first community club, the Booroodabin Bowls Club, was formed in 1888 “out of friendship, community and common ground”. These remain the key ingredients for community club formation today.
The Registered and Licensed Clubs Association (now trading as Clubs Queensland) operated informally as an industry group until it gained incorporated status in 1977 and became a Registered Union of Employers. Over the years there has been major growth, particularly with the introduction of gaming in 1992.
In the early days of official operation there were around 200 members.
In 2017, Clubs Queensland represented more than 425 members across the State and more than 100 associate members. This year an important milestone was achieved, with the North Lakes Sports Club being the first greenfield club (new club on new ground) in Queensland to open in 20 years. To date, membership is thriving and it’s been a great success!