Under the NSW Public Health Orders, clubs are required to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan for each program area. If the club runs a gym, café, restaurant or bar then they must also register as a 'COVID Safe Business'. If they don’t, they are still encouraged to register as COVID Safe. A copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan must be kept on the premises and be made available for inspection by an authorised officer if requested.

A range of COVID-19 Safety Plans exist for facility management (see Club Function Rooms, Bars, Cafes and Gyms section below). SLSNSW has also released a series of contextualised COVID-19 Safety Plan templates for Lifesaving, Education, Junior Activities and Sport to assist clubs meet this requirement.

COVID-19 Safety Plans are comprehensive checklists designed to provide you with clear directions on how you can fulfil your obligations under the Public Health Orders in relation to:

  • Staff and member wellbeing
  • Physical distancing
  • Hygiene and cleaning
  • Record keeping 


Clubs and branches should appoint a COVID-19 Safe Coordinator to act as the central point of contact for COVID-19 matters. Clubs are requested to update their Officer Positions in SurfGuard with a new position available COVID Safe Coordinator. This will enable clear communications with every club as new information and updates become available. Additional COVID-19 Safe Coordinators can be appointed for each portfolio (e.g. Lifesaving, Education, Juniors, Sport).

All Surf Life Saving Clubs in NSW need to have electronic check-in set up at their premises. Clubs need:

  • a NSW Government QR code for their premises and events so that staff, members and customers can check in using the Service NSW app; and
  • an alternative digital sign-in sheet for staff, members and customers who do not have a smart phone or are unable to sign-in using the Service NSW app. You then have 12 hours to register those contact details with Service NSW.

You should:

  • display your QR codes in prominent locations
  • remind people to check in when entering your premises
  • where possible, keep an eye out for new people who have entered your premises
  • ask to see the ‘green tick’ on the Service NSW app and check it relates to your premises.

If a person refuses to check in, you may refuse entry to that person for the well-being of your staff, members and customers.

Check-in is not required if the person in entering to provide emergency services or if they are under 18 years of age and it is not possible to register their contact details.

The current rules regarding mandatory electronic check-in, visit the NSW Government website.

If you have already registered your COVIDsafe plan with the NSW government, you should have received an email with your unique QR code to the email address you registered with. If you didn’t, you can go here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/lost-qr-code and enter the email address you registered with and you will be able to download your unique QR code to print and display.

If you have not registered your COVIDsafe plan with the NSW government, you should do so immediately by completing the form here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe.

The Surf Life Saving NSW Board has approved a financial support package totalling almost $1.2 million – one of the largest injections of funds direct to clubs in the history of our organisation.

For further information about the Support Package please contact Surf Life Saving NSW, 9471 8000, info@surflifesaving.com.au

The following COVID-19 Safety Plans can be found on the NSW Government website:

  • Community centres and halls
  • Function centres
  • Gyms
  • Funerals, memorial services and wakes
  • Office environment
  • Pubs and clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions

Cancellation Policies

Clubs are urged to revisit or review their venue hire cancellation policies. Bans on gatherings of people have impacted events and functions throughout NSW. We are asking that in the current environment, all surf clubs, like most other organisations and businesses, treat hirers fairly and with compassion by offering postponements or credit notes to hirers, or reviewing cancellation policies.

AGMs: Advice for clubs and branches on upcoming AGM's is available on our website.

Public Liability Coverage: Surf Life Saving insurers JLT/Marsh Insurers have issued some general advice regarding insurance provisions that may relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cyber Attacks (Phishing): Phishing schemes have increased dramatically since the outbreak of COVID-19. A guide to help clubs and branches identify and protect themselves from Phishing attacks is available on our website.

Resources for Not-for-profits: A list of resources available to assist NFPs to navigate their way through the impacts of COVID-19 is available on our website. It includes useful tools, advice and information, much of which is free or low cost.

For more information about club governance, management and compliance, please contact memberservices@surflifesaving.com.au

Ensure you have referred to the general advice at the top of this webpage for all activities.

Please refer to the Events section of the SLSNSW website for information about all upcoming events.

For COVID information relating to National events please visit the SLSA website.

Please note that all events are subject to change or cancellation.

For more information about surf sports events, please contact the SLSNSW Surf Sports Team, surfsports@surflifesaving.com.au

Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant - Designed to help businesses pay for expenses such as power, utilities and wages while trading is rstricted. 

Small businesses and not-for-profits will be eligible for the 2021 Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant if they:

  • have fewer than 20 FTE (including non-employing businesses) as at 1 June 2021
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW or can demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021. Only one grant is available for a single ABN
  • have total Australian annual wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1,200,000 as at 1 July 2020
  • had an annual turnover of more than $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have not applied for, or received, the Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant
  • have business costs for which there is no other government support available.

Applications for grants must be made through Service NSW, with the application process due to go live later in July 2021.

Federal Government Stimulus Incentives for not-for-profits – clubs to check ATO website or speak with their accountant to determine eligibility

Westpac COVID-19 Customer Support Package – available for Westpac customers

For more information about available grants, please contact the SLSNSW Parternships Team, fundraising@surflifesaving.com.au

For assistance in preparing a professionally written application, lodgement and acquittal for available grants, please contact the Surf Life Saving Foundation Grant Seeking Unit, (07) 3177 5855.

SLSA eLearning provider etrainu has created a COVID-19: What It Is, How to Prevent Spread online learning awareness course. It is also available on the SLS Members Area eLearning platform. Duration 5-7 minutes.

The Department of Health has partnered with Aspen Medical to develop a e-learning course for COVID-19 infection control trainingDuration 30 minutes.

Communication resources such as social media tiles, website banners and posters have been created by NSW Health and can all be downloaded from Dropbox.

Surf Life Saving NSW encourages its members to download the Federal Government’s COVIDsafe App. The app speeds up contacting people exposed to COVID-19, helping to support and protect you, your friends and family. The Federal Government has stated this app will be a significant contributor in allowing Australian society to return to a state of normality – which is something SLSNSW supports.

You can download the COVIDsafe App by clicking here for iPhone or here for Android.