Proposed changes to the Registered Clubs Act 1976 are set to streamline sign-in and membership processes and update outdated laws.
NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello has proposed numerous changes.
ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis has welcome the move, saying, “ClubsNSW has been advocating for these proposed changes, which form part of the ‘governance reforms’ in the MoU between ClubsNSW and the Liberals and Nationals Coalition Government. The reforms will modernise a range of governance requirements for clubs and provide new opportunities for streamlined club sign-in and membership processes.
“Post-lockdown operating conditions continue to be tough for clubs, so we welcome amendments that might make life a little easier,” he said.
Proposed changes include removing the compulsory $2 ordinary membership fee, no longer having to collect occupation details of members or display their addresses on the premises, and to empower Liquor and Gaming NSW to create exemptions to the 5-kilometre rule.
Under the new laws, club boards would only need to meet quarterly rather than monthly and could hold virtual member meetings, distributing meeting notices electronically. Furthermore, the Minister – who can currently decide which club members can vote at an election of club boards – would be able to delegate this power to Liquor and Gaming NSW.