Clubs Queensland (CQ) plays an important role in advocating at all levels of government on behalf of community clubs to secure favourable outcomes to relevant issues and positively influence the legislative, regulatory and trading environment to ensure the best possible operating conditions.
State based advocacy
Following the 2020 state election, CQ obtained a commitment from the Queensland Government to form a ‘Community Club Compact’ to work through the various taxation and regulatory requests made of government.
As of January 2022, CQ has managed to secure the following regulatory change through the Compact:
- Removal of the visitor radius for a two (2) year trial period;
- Removal of the requirement for guests and visitors to ‘sign in’ to a club;
- Payment of EGM winnings by Electronic Funds Transfer;
- An increase of the Ticket In Ticket Out (TITO) input limit; and
- An increase to the number of EGMs for licensees that operate multiple venues, while still maintain the current venue cap.
Throughout 2022, CQ will be positioning further matters before the Compact, including matters relating to taxation and regulatory reform.
CQ members will continue to receive bi-monthly alerts in relation to state-based advocacy to provide you with full visibility on issues important to the club industry as we continue to move through the COVID-19 environment.
CQ continues to maintain its membership and strong affiliation with the federal peak body for the club industry, Clubs Australia (CA). Recently, CA achieved chefs being added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and potential amendments to the Corporations Act regarding the holding of AGMs electronically.
Considerable work in 2021 by Clubs Australia will also likely result in the following in 2022:
- amendments to the Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2020, which will increase the flexibility of wages paid to qualified chefs; and
- favourable interpretation of the sporting taxation exemption for sporting clubs.
CQ’s membership with CA is critical and to support this, CQ apportions a small percentage of your membership fee to that purpose. This is so that Queensland clubs have a voice in relation to all federal matters impacting the industry.
Clubs Queensland Industry Survey
To maintain a strong narrative to government, that is, showing the benefits that community clubs bring to local communities, CQ continues to build on its now established data portal for the Queensland community club industry, by conducting the annual Clubs Queensland Industry Survey.
The Clubs Queensland Industry Survey for 2022 is now underway! To access the survey, click here
Clubs Queensland’s dedication to responsible gambling
CQ is dedicated to ensuring responsible gaming in the community club industry.
In support of this, CQ is an active member of the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee, a committee established by government to determine the policy direction of responsible gambling in Queensland.
CQ has also put forward a number of practical reform suggestions in response to the Queensland Government’s Gambling Harm Minimisation Plan for Queensland 2021-2025.