About Clubs SA

Clubs SA is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1919 to represent the interests of licensed clubs in South Australia.

Licensed clubs are not for profit organisations that sell or supply liquor as part of a service to their members and the general public.  

A small percentage of Clubs SA Members also have a gaming machine licence and, whilst these Members are valued Clubs SA Members, Clubs SA itself does not own or operate gaming machines, nor receive any funding through gaming.

Who We Are

Clubs SA is a registered not-for-profit organisation which represents and develops the licenced Club sector in South Australia.

Founded more than 100 years ago in 1919, Clubs SA is the trading name for the Licensed Clubs' Association of South Australia.

Licensed clubs are not-for-profit organisations that sell or supply liquor as part of a range of services to their members and the general public.

Clubs exist to provide infrastructure and services for their community, and further a core purpose, such as the promotion of sporting or recreation activities or veterans’ welfare. Our members vary across metropolitan, regional and remote South Australia from small volunteer-run sporting or community Clubs through to very large Clubs with multi-million dollar turnovers.

Clubs contribute to their local communities through the provision of employment, cash and in-kind donations, and through the development of social capital.  Clubs provide an affordable range of services, facilities and experiences for local communities to enjoy, and mobilise tens of thousands of community volunteers each year. 

 A very small percentage of Clubs SA members have gaming machine licences and, whilst these organisations are valued members Clubs SA, Clubs SA itself does not own or operate gaming machines, nor receive any funding through gaming.

We promote policies and practices which support a complex and dynamic Club sector – we want Smarter Clubs and in turn Safer Clubs that can prosper in every community.

Clubs SA ‘s work contributes to the development of a strong and sustainable club industry through the provision of contextualised and tailored information, support and advice, regular industry updates, training and skills development, representation to government and other stakeholders, networking opportunities, specialist hotline services and trade and specialist referrals.

Topics and issues of interest to the Club sector include good governance, club management compliance management, leasing and licencing, improving operations, income generation, skills development, taxation, workplace relations advice, volunteer management and community engagement. We also produce a range of publications, hold networking events, conduct seminars and celebrate the many achievements of local Clubs and reward best practice through our annual Awards for Excellence.

Through our Corporate Partner and Supporter program, we offer companies and organisations opportunities to engage with the Club sector and develop relationships which in turn provide opportunities for business growth.

Clubs SA has been an active member of the national industry body Clubs Australia since its inception in order to better represent the interests of its members at both local and national levels.

Our Mission

To provide leadership and guidance to promote, advance and support the Club industry in South Australia through:

  • being the effective and respected voice of Clubs in South Australia
  • the provision of high level and timely information, advice, products and services to Members
  • the provision of high quality customer service to Sponsors
  • representing the interests of Clubs to external stakeholders including Local, State, and Federal Governments.

Our Values

As the peak body for Clubs in South Australia, we will lead by example and strive to demonstrate integrity, professionalism and excellence in everything we do. We will value and foster:

  • the crucial role and contribution of Clubs in the social fabric and life of the local community
  • a commitment to best practise governance, management and regulation
  • the spirit of volunteerism and community service
  • the skill probity and commitment of Club volunteers and employees
  • the loyalty and camaraderie implicit in membership.

Clubs SA Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025

As part of Clubs SA's ongoing endeavours to preserve, promote and advance the interests of member Clubs and the wider Club industry as a whole, our Strategic Plan 2022-2025 highlights Clubs SA's vision for the future of the Club industry.  The six Key Performance Areas clearly outline Clubs SA's goals and forward direction as we strive to continually improve the sustainability and welfare of Clubs throughout South Australia.

Clubs SA Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025Clubs SA Constitution Licensed Clubs' Association of SA (amended 8 April 2021)

Annual Reports