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Club entry requirements

Many people attempt to enter a registered club without realising the entry requirements imposed by the Registered Clubs Act, and the club's own rules. Our office receives regular enquiries from patrons, as well as club staff, wanting to clarify entry requirements. The following are examples of commonly asked questions about club entry. The questions and the table below should provide guidance to club staff when allowing patrons entry to the club.

 

If I am a member of an RSL club, does this entitle me to temporary membership of other RSL clubs?

In most cases, yes. Many clubs that have similar objectives - such as RSL, golf, bowling and leagues clubs -offer reciprocal temporary membership for members of those clubs. However, you must sign in to the temporary members' register before entering the club.

 

Our club often receives requests from members to hold wedding receptions at the club. Do the wedding guests have to sign in as temporary members? And what happens when guests are not eligible for temporary membership?

Any guests that meet the requirements of temporary membership are required to sign in as such. Those that are not eligible will need to be signed in as a guest of a member, ie by the member holding the wedding or another member that is attending the wedding. However, in some cases, the club's rules may limit the number of guests that can be signed in by a member. When accepting a booking, the club should ensure that the function organiser is aware of the membership and entry requirements of the club.

 

Do members of a club invited to another club to participate in a sporting event (such as a bowls pennant) have to sign the temporary members' register?

No - subject to the club's rules, those members invited to the club for the sporting event are not required to sign the temporary members' register. These temporary members are allowed to use the facilities of the club for the duration of the day the sporting event is held.

 

Our club would like to impose a limit on the number of times a person can be admitted as a temporary member. Is this legal?

Yes - if it is incorporated into the club's rules through the correct procedure. Clubs often adopt this policy to ensure that people that use the club on a regular basis have a sense of ownership of the club and are bound by the club's rules.

 

Can a provisional member sign guests into the club?

Yes - a provisional member who has paid the necessary joining fees and is waiting for a decision from the club's board on their application, has the same membership entitlements as other ordinary members (other than voting rights).

 

Person attending club Entry restrictions Sign temporary members' , honorary members' or guests' register
Ordinary member Proof of membership must be shown if requested No
Provisional member Proof of application for membership must be shown if requested No
Life member Proof of membership must be shown if requested No
Honorary member Proof of membership must be shown if requested No
Honorary member – serving and former members of the Australian Defence Force

Evidence of being a serving member of the Australian Defence Force, or in the case of former members of the Australian Defence Force, evidence of being a Service Member of the RSL and a member of another RSL or services club.

Note: Proof of being a service member of the RSL is not necessarily proof of being a former member of the Australian Defence Force.

No
Temporary member Where a club's rules allow for temporary membership, the following criteria apply:
  1. person must reside more than 5km from the club*, or
  2. person must be a member of another club that has similar objectives, or
  3. be a member of another club who is invited to attend an organised sporting event

a) Persons admitted as a temporary member for more than 1 consecutive day and up to 30 consecutive days

  1. Yes - temp. members' reg.
  2. Yes - temp. members' reg.
  3. No

 

 

 

a) Yes - only need to sign first time upon entering the club

Guest of a member Where a club's rules allow for guests of members, the guest must remain in the member's company Yes - the member and the guest must sign the guests' register**
Junior member Proof of membership must be shown if requested; and junior members are restricted to areas that are approved by the Court to allow persons under 18 years No
Non member attending function Restricted to areas that are approved by the Court for functions (all functions must be approved by the club's governing body) No
Minor attending alcohol free function Restricted to areas that are approved by the Court for functions (all functions must be approved by the club's governing body) No
* Some clubs may apply a greater distance
** Unless the guest is under 18
*** Australian Defence Force provisions apply only to RSL clubs