For CLUBS: Information

(Information for Prospective, New and Existing Clubs)

Starting a Club

For anyone starting an archery Club, here are a few basics.

You need to create a Club Constitution and Rules and must seek Incorporation. Incorporation is governed by the Associations Incorporation Act & Regulations. Download the latest copy of the Act and Regulations at the State legislation site:

For any Club to be established and registered with ARCHERY SA, the proposed Club must submit a list of at least three of its adult members (Name, Gender, DoB and Address, including PostCode and e-mail address), together with a copy of its Constitution (or draft). If the Club is Incorporated, the details must also be advised. If the proposed Club is not Incorporated, evidence of an application for Incorporation should be provided (and advice provided of the Notice of Incorporation as soon as possible after it is received). For any Club to remain affiliated with ARCHERY SA, Incorporation is mandatory.

In order to apply for government and other grants, an Australian Business Number (ABN) is also required. Apply at the Australian Business Register website.

You also must ensure you have “covered off” on the following:

Here’s what is expected from new membership applicants (and renewing members)

For those people who cannot complete their application to join or renew their membership online (there should be very few!), this application form can be used. It contains all the required (and mandatory) declarations that all applicants (including those who RENEW their membership) must acknowledge and are the SAME declarations as if completing an online application.) These declarations are the minimum expected by Archery Australia and ARCHERY SA.

All Clubs are required to complete and process online, using the membership database, any hard copy applications received.

If Clubs choose to use their own form, they must ensure that ALL of the information and declarations contained in the Template are provided on their application form.

Club Finances

Does your Club re-invent the wheel every time you elect a new Treasurer? Use a system which is FREE, can be easily backed up, is transferable to any computer (does not require a specific operating system) and is transparent and rigorous. It also provides consistent reporting, requiring little interpretation.

SourceForge’s GnuCash is a personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a cheque book register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate and understandable reports.


  • Double-Entry Accounting
  • Stock/Bond/Mutual Fund Accounts
  • Reports, Graphs
  • QIF/OFX/HBCI Import, Transaction Matching
  • Scheduled Transactions
  • Financial Calculations

Spreadsheet to work out the potential costs involved in starting & running a Club

Persons who are contemplating starting a Club need to give consideration to the costs (and potential income) involved to help determine the viability of such a venture. ARCHERY SA has created a spreadsheet in which you can enter the expected Income and Expenditure to provide a picture of “where to from here” – CLICK HERE …. feel free to contact ARCHERY SA if you need further assistance.


Clubs are expected to publicly report their financial position in a consistent manner and develop a Chart of Accounts that meets minimum standards. Not-For-Profit Charities are already required to do this.

A document has been produced which can assist Clubs in this regard. CLICK HERE and stay “ahead of the game”. ARCHERY SA can arrange assistance to Clubs.

Our Community has a wealth of resources for Club Treasurers (and Clubs in general) – you are urged to make use of this free resource!


A STARCLUB encourages all members of the community to become involved with the club and provides a welcoming environment for everyone. A STARCLUB is committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of their cultural background and ability, have equal access to sport and recreation opportunities. STARCLUBs also consider how off-field behaviour, such as social functions, can reflect this openness.

For a Club to become a STARCLUB (and achieve one of the desirable criteria for the State’s sports funding programs) click on the STARCLUB logo to start the process.

Volunteers: Clubs have access to an online tool to help “Find Them, Keep Them, Back Them” – it is the V-Star volunteer management tool to help Clubs manage volunteers and provide for successful succession planning (click on the V-Star logo to take you to the volunteer management home page)

Inclusive Clubs – That is What We “Aim” To Be!

Clubs wishing to host a competition on behalf of ARCHERY SA…

For Clubs contemplating holding a tournament or QRE, please note the following.

Archery Australia’s Rules require…

7.4.1    A competition is an open tournament if:

  1. It is advertised online and open to entrants from any other affiliated Club
  2. The entry form and entering process is provided online
  3. It is registered with Archery Australia or, for international status, is also registered with World Archery
  4. A minimum of 6 people compete when there are competitors from at least two Clubs, OR a minimum of 10 people compete when there are competitors from only one Club
  5. An Accredited Judge(s) officiates
  6. An Equipment Inspection is undertaken
  7. A DOS officiates (target, indoor and clout)
  8. The event is conducted in accordance with Archery Australia and World Archery Rules (and/or WCSA rules, if appropriate)
  9. Archery Australia official scorecards are used, in conjunction with online scoring using the approved Results and Scoring Program
  10. Placings are assigned in the results to each competitor
  11. Results are validated by the presentation of awards AND
  12. An event verification form is completed and sent to the AA Tournament and Records Committee.

IF any of these requirements is not met, the event will not be an Open Tournament.

The consequences of an event NOT being an Open Tournament include:

  • No Australian Records may be claimed
  • The scores recorded cannot be used in any claims for Master Bowman (and above)
  • Questions relating to the event cannot be considered by the AA Tournament & Records Committee AND
  • These limitations should be stated on the entry form.

(7.1.3   Activities or tournaments which do not comply with the requirements for Open Tournaments, even though listed on a Recognised Governing Body (RGB) or Club calendar, may be conducted under such rules as designated by the host, so long as those rules or limitations are clearly stated on the entry form.)

A QRE, by definition is not a tournament, as placings are not assigned and results are not validated by the presenting of awards. However, the scores achieved in an Open Tournament can be used for Qualification & Ranking purposes.

Each RGB may have its own additional conditions in relation to Open Tournaments, so it would pay to check.

Clubs that have held an activity…

  • ARCHERY SA collects data about how many people attend each Club, including spectators, at regular Club shoots, tournaments, coaching courses, demos, Come’N’Try sessions, etc. The data is now collected annually (in July) via a simple form provided to Clubs.

Online Membership and Event Entries

Clubs across Australia are required to accept online membership applications/renewals (payment by credit/debit card or Paypal). It reduces the workload for hard-working volunteers, improves accounting practices and provides the ultimate convenience for prospective and existing members.

Entry to tournaments are also only online. This is one of the requirements that provides entrants eligibility to claim Master, Grand Master & Elite Awards and National Records.

To assist Clubs, ARCHERY SA has resources and training available:

For the purposes of the ARCHERY SA and Archery Australia affiliation fees which form part of the overall membership fee at your Club, the family rate is the equivalent of fees for two adult members. Therefore, in a family of three or more, any person, under 18 years of age, in the same family is effectively at no extra fee. Most Clubs have adopted this approach for their Club’s component of the membership fee. Check with the Club’s Membership Officer for details.


The process adopted by the Board (in 2017) for increases in ARCHERY SA membership (affiliation) fees is predicated on referring to the Adelaide: All Groups CPI (6401.0, Tables 1&2) as at 31 March each year.

If the CPI increase reaches a threshold of $2.00 against the Adult Metro membership fee, there will be an increase, although the Board reserves the right to resolve otherwise. (In any increase, all individual member types will be altered by the same $ amount. The increase of family membership rates will rise by a factor of 2 (i.e if the individual rate increase is $2, the family rate increase is $4).

from 1 July

Current fee

CPI (March)

Review fee


$2 Threshold Reached – YES/NO

Approved Fee for the following year

2017 $52.00 2.0% $53.04 $53.00 NO $52.00
2018 $52.00 2.3% $54.25 $54.00 YES $54.00
2019 $54.00 1.3% $54.95 $54.00 NO $54.00
2020 $54.00 2.4% $56.26 $56.00 YES $54.00*
$54.00 1.2% $56.93 $56.00 YES $56.00

* 11 June, 2020: The ARCHERY SA Board resolved to maintain the fees from 1 July, 2021 at the same level as 2020 and not apply the increase that the policy triggered.

Affiliation fees – effective 1 July, 2020 (Clubs also charge a membership fee – view the relevant total fee via the membership portal.) Some Clubs may also charge (for new members) a Joining Fee – enquire with the Club about that. (Fees reviewed: ARCHERY SA, 11 June, 2020.)

Metro Country
Adult Minor Family Adult Minor Family Associate (non-shooting)
ARCHERY SA  $54  $44 $108 $44 $34 $88
Archery Australia  $90  $60 $180 $90 $60 $180
Total $144 $104 $288 $134 $94

**Fees subject to change

Affiliation fees – effective 1 July, 2022 (Clubs also charge a membership fee – view the relevant total fee via the membership portal.) Some Clubs may also charge (for new members) a Joining Fee – enquire with the Club about that. (Fees reviewed: ARCHERY SA, 12 August, 2021.)

Metro Country
Adult Minor Family Adult Minor Family Associate (non-shooting)
ARCHERY SA  $56  $46 $112 $46 $36 $92
Archery Australia  $90  $60 $180 $90 $60 $180
Total $146 $106 $292 $136 $96

**Fees subject to change

The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports membership/registration fees. The purpose is to increase the number of children playing organised sport by reducing cost as a barrier to participate. (Make sure to use the relevant year’s Voucher.)

Is your Club participating? For further information, visit the Sports Vouchers website.

Hot Weather Policy

A summary of ARCHERY SA’s Hot Weather Policy, as well as Hot Weather Policies employed by Clubs is available by CLICKING HERE.

ARCHERY SA >>===CLUB===> Grants Scheme 2022

The scheme is developed with Clubs and the promotion and development of archery in mind. If your Club has a project that would help achieve that aim, you are urged to apply.

For the guidelines and more information, CLICK HERE. (Applicants are expected to be fully informed of the guidelines and conditions.)

A simple ONLINE application, when submitted, will automatically be forwarded to the ARCHERY SA Grants Committee – the application period opens each year on 1 November and closes on the following 30 June.

Club Grant Recipients:

 Barossa Archery Club
 2021  Mid North Archers 2021
Victor Harbor Archery Club
 2021 Southern Vales Archery Club 2021
Island Target Archery
2020  Barossa Archery Club 2018  HILLS ARCHERS
2016 Victor Harbor Archery Club 2015 HILLS ARCHERS
2014  Cressy Bowmen 2014  Victor Harbor Archery Club