Combat Sports Commission

The Combat Sports Commission came into being on 1 March 2013 and is the continuation of the body known as the Professional Combat Sports Commission and the Boxing Commission before that.

Combat Sports Commission has moved

Combat Sports Commission relocation mapThe Combat Sports Commission (the Commission) has moved from Leederville to Perth City.

The Commission is  located at Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth (situated directly above the Perth Underground Train Station).  Visitor access to our new office is via the lifts located on Railway Lane, off the Murray Street Mall. You will find reception on level 2. 

This move is part of changes occurring through the Machinery of Government, announced by the Premier on 28 April 2017. As a part of the Machinery of Government, the former Department of Sport and Recreation now sits within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). The Commission move will see all of the DLGSC regulatory bodies located together, enabling an enhanced level of service to the industry. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Commission was formed to implement and oversee the Combat Sports Act 1987 and the Combat Sports Regulations 2004 and ensure that all participants involved in combat sports, regardless of their amateur or professional status, enjoy meaningful health and safety protections.

News and information

Combat sport permits

All combat sports contests must adhere to the Combat Sports Act 1987 and the Combat Sport Regulations 2004.

Legislation, regulations and fact sheets

General information for combat sports.

Forms and fees

Forms and fees for contestants, matchmakers, promoters, trainers and others involved in combat sports.

Rules

Rules for Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts.

Suspensions and disciplinary actions

Suspensions and disciplinary actions issued by a medical practitioner or actioned by the Commisison.

Commission policies

A list of policies for combat sports in Western Australia.

Health and safety

Important health and safety information including the dangers associated with weight cutting.

Online education unit

This unit provides essential information regarding registering with the Commission and participating in combat sports.

Combat Sports Commission logo

Signing of Wraps and Gloves

Position
This position statement is to delineate the responsibility of the signing of contestant wraps and gloves at Combat Sports Commission (the Commission) sanctioned events.
Combat Sports Commission Annual Report 2018-19 cover

Combat Sports Commission 2018-19 Annual Report

Annual report
For the safety and organisation of combat sports.
Contestant Safety Strategy to Address Rapid Weight Loss (Weight Cutting) by Dehydration cover

Contestant Safety Strategy to Address Rapid Weight Loss (Weight Cutting) by Dehydration

Guide
Weight cutting is a dangerous practice often inappropriately undertaken in combat sports.

Combat Sports Commission 2017-18 Annual Report

Annual report
For the safety and organisation of combat sports.

Commissioners 

The Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Minister for Sport and Recreation.

These members include:

  • One person who is appointed Chairperson.
  • A member who represents contestants in the sport of boxing.
  • A member with industry knowledge of the sport of boxing.
  • A member who represents contestants in combat sports other than boxing.
  • A member with knowledge of combat sports other than boxing.
  • A member with knowledge of the combat sport known as Mixed Martial Arts.
  • A member who is a medical practitioner with knowledge of combat sport injuries.
  • A member appointed by the Commissioner of Police.
  • A member who represents the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Combat Sports Commission Independent Review

An independent review of the Commission’s policies, procedures and operations around the preparation for contests has been undertaken following the death of a registered contestant undertaking a weight cut in the lead up to a contest.

Jurisdiction 

Under the Combat Sports Act 1987, the Commission has the capacity to register contestants and industry participants, enforce health and safety guidelines, issue permits for contests and issue fines for breaches of the law and/or permit conditions. Recent amendments to the combat sport legislation have extended the Commission's jurisdiction to amateur contests and these provisions came into force on 1 March 2013.

Although the Commission has the power to cause change and requires participants to adhere to certain practices and procedures, it is the intent of the Commission to work with the industry and its' participants in a cooperative partnership for the benefit of everyone involved in the Western Australia's combat sports industry.

Legislation, regulations and laws

Combat sports are regulated by the Combat Sports Act 1987 and the Combat Sports Regulations 2004, which are administered by the Combat Sports Commission.

The laws have changed and as of 1 March 2013 new provisions came into effect extending the coverage of the Combat Sports Act 1987 to include both professional and amateur combat sports.

Under this amended legislation all professional and amateur contestants and industry participants (promoters, managers, trainers, referees, judges and timekeepers) are required to register with the Commission. These changes are aimed at safeguarding the health of contestants, reducing the potential for the transmission of blood borne diseases and ensuring that contests within Western Australia are run to a high standard.

More information

Combat Sports Commission

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth WA 6000
PO Box 8349, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Telephone 61 8 6552 1604
Email the Combat Sports Commission


Page reviewed 22 July 2019