Badminton Australia

Coronavirus Resources



Badminton Australia, together with the state and territory organisations, has released a number of resources to support badminton associations and clubs across Australia to bring a safe return of badminton to the community. These resources have been adapted from information available from Safe Work Australia utilising the Federal Government’s National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment. In creating these resources, Badminton Australia and state/territory badminton organisations are aiming to provide information to the badminton community on how best to create a safe environment for badminton. Click on the links below for resources available for Clubs and Associations to assist with developing COVID-19 Safety plans:

Please see below further Coronavirus (COVID-19) information relevant to Badminton Australia, its member states and territories, associations, clubs, athletes, coaches, technical officials and other stakeholders.

This page contains the most up to date information, you are also encouraged to follow us on our social media channel

National Cabinet Update

Following today’s National Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister has announced a three-step roadmap for the easing of restrictions around the country. It is important to note that restrictions will differ between states and territories pending the current community impact of COVID-19.

Badminton Australia will continue to be guided by the advice provided by the Australian Government, Sport Australia and each of the State/Territory Governments. While we do not know what will come exactly from each of the respective Governments our sport continues to be obligated to comply with the guidelines set by each.

BA, the States and Territories continue to work together so our sport can work as consistently as possible as part of re-opening. The potential easing of some restrictions is an exciting prospect for our sport but we must ensure that we continue to plan for limited participant contact and follow each set of state guidelines for sport.

BA, the States and Territories have established 2 working groups – a ‘National Relaunch Working Group’ and a ‘National One Message One Brand Working Group’ – to assist our sport prosper into the future. Whilst the restrictions are lifting sooner than expected the important work these groups will continue to support our sport to get back to badminton.

From the Prime Ministers coronavirus update after the national cabinet meeting –

Australian governments are taking a measured approach. Our three-step plan provides a pathway for jurisdictions to move towards COVID safe communities in a way that best suits their individual circumstances. States and territories are able to move between the steps on the pathway at different times, in line with their current public health situation and local conditions. They’ll need to maintain steady case numbers and be able to rapidly contain outbreaks, which we’re set to do – with our enhanced testing regime, strengthened health surge capacity, and improved ability to quickly identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

For each of the major areas of restrictions we have set out three key steps between where we are now and where we want to be.

  • Step 1 will focus on carefully reopening the economy, and giving Australians opportunities to return to work and social activities, including gatherings of up to 10 people, up to 5 visitors in the family home and some local and regional travel
  • Step 2 builds on this with gatherings of up to 20, and more businesses reopening, including gyms, beauty services and entertainment venues like galleries and cinemas.
  • Step 3 will see a transition to COVID safe ways of living and working, with gatherings of up to 100 people permitted. Arrangements under step 3 will be the ‘new normal’ while the virus remains a threat. International travel and mass gatherings over 100 people will remain restricted.

detailed plan of the steps (PDF 174 KB), as well as a summary (PDF 175 KB), is attached.

National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities

Last Friday the National Cabinet endorsed the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities, and agreed that the AIS-developed Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment provides a guide to a staged resumption of sport and recreation activities.

We continue to encourage everyone in the badminton community to remain vigilant and safe

Jamie Parsons

Chief Executive Officer

Badminton Australia

For many of our Elite Athletes, both able bodied and para, front of mind will be the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. Below you can follow the most recent updates.

Postponement of Olympic Games; AOCParalympics Australia,   AIS

International Olympic Committee – 23/03/20 – Olympic Games

International Olympic Committee News Feed

Paralympics Australia – 23/03/20 – Paralympic Games

Paralympics Australia News Feed

Australian Olympic Committee News Feed

There’s plenty of information online at the moment but if you or someone you know is feeling in need of support, or, the need to speak with someone, you can visit the following websites. For immediate support, please call Lifeline – 13 11 14.

  • The AIS has released information for athletes which can be found on their website, as well as information around mental health and wellbeing.
  • head space has tips for young people on how to cope with stress relating to COVID-19.
  • Unicef provides information on how you can talk to your children about COVID-19.
  • Beyond Blue is another valuable source of information.

Sport Australia, Australia’s governing sports body has released and will continue to update its Community Guidelines for Sport Activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to read more and gain more information on what is and isn’t acceptable at this time.

You can also keep up to date with general advice at the following websites;

Australian Department of Health

Health Advice For Older Australians

Prime Ministers Office Minister for Sport

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Australia Centre for Disease Control and Infection

International Olympic Committee News Feed

Paralympics Australia News Feed

Australian Olympic Committee News Feed

June Bevan & U17 Australasian National Championships – Postponed

CP Maddern & U19 Australian National Championships – Postponed

Sporting Schools have now been closed and schools are being encouraged to conduct programs within school (teacher delivered).

A number of International tournaments have already been cancelled, those of significance to the badminton community in Australia will be posted below, you can also follow any updates at the BWF fan page.

BWF News Page

BWF Postpone World Rankings

Open Letter To The Badminton Community – Thomas Lund, BWF Secretary General

BWF Position On Olympic & Paralympic Games

BWF – Barfoot & Thompson Open – 23/03/20

BWF – Thomas & Ubers Cups – 20/03/20

BWF – FAQ’s – 03/03/20