The Business Principles and Guidance for Fitness Businesses have been developed by Fitness Australia as part of our commitment to supporting the fitness industry to prosper and grow. The objective is to outline and share some key principles that we believe are a useful guide when considering what constitutes good business practice. Some commentary as well as a range of supporting resources, links and guidelines accompany these principles to assist fitness businesses seeking to apply these Principles in practice. These resources will be developed over time to meet the needs of a diverse and rapidly changing business environment.
The Business Principles and Guidance for Fitness Businesses developed by Fitness Australia are designed to promote and facilitate the activities that fitness businesses undertake regularly to achieve good business outcomes. Good practice is underpinned by legal compliance and every business member is responsible for understanding and complying with the laws that apply to them. The Principles have been developed to align with and support the National Fitness Industry Code of Practice.
The main benefits of the Business Principles and Guidance for Fitness Businesses include:
- helping consumers by making their interests the focus,
- providing a basis for quality business practices across a variety of fitness business profiles, and
- allowing for more efficient implementation of quality standards by fitness businesses.
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The National Fitness Industry Code of Practice is designed for fitness service operators in the industry offering clear guidance that meets legislative requirements for business operations. The purpose of the Code is to promote appropriate standards of trading, inspire consumer confidence, and enable business operators to conduct services in a professional and ethical manner. This code is now the new standard of business operation in the contemporary Australian fitness industry, and is supported by the Australian Fitness Industry Standards Council. This Code sets a base foundation for businesses in the Australian fitness industry and enables the industry to continue to build upon this base in the interest of continual business standards improvement.
You no longer need to refer to State and Territory Codes of Practice. The National Fitness Industry Code of Practice supersedes previous Codes in NSW, VIC, TAS and NT.
In ACT, SA*, WA & QLD, by following the National Fitness Industry Code of Practice you’ll be compliant with legislation. You should however, understand that there are specific legislative requirements that have been embedded into the new Code from each of these States and Territories to cover all bases.
*South Australian Fitness Industry Code of Practice, see clause 4, periodic term agreements.
Code legislation still exists in a number of states and territories and fitness businesses must meet these requirements:
- Australian Capital Territory Fitness
- Queensland Fitness Industry Code of Practice
- South Australia Fitness Industry Code of Practice
- Western Australia Fitness Industry Code of Practice
Recommendations for unsupervised fitness facilities
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of fitness businesses delivering services in an unsupervised environment. These recommendations have been developed to assist in providing duty of care and mitigating risks for those fitness businesses that offer a service to consumers during unstaffed hours. Read the Recommendations now.