Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland



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Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials coach, train and instruct participants in sports, and officiate at sporting events.

Work is at indoor sports facilities such as sport centres and gyms, or outdoors on playing fields. 

Working early morning, evening and weekend hours and through all kinds of weather can be expected.

National or international travel to sports events and competitions may be required.

Suited to people with an interest in sports science who are reliable, caring and good at motivating individuals and teams.

Job titles include: Diving Instructor (Open Water), Gymnastics Coach or Instructor, Horse Riding Coach or Instructor, Snowsport Instructor, Swimming Coach or Instructor, Tennis Coach, Other Sports Coach or Instructor, Dog or Horse Racing Official, Sports Development Officer, Sports Umpire



Key Responsibilities

  • coaching, training and instructing sportspersons by analysing performances and developing abilities
  • planning and directing game strategies, developing play patterns and analysing game progress
  • motivating Sportspersons and supervising practice sessions
  • recruiting players and other coaching staff
  • arranging entries into sporting competitions
  • promoting sports and skills development, and overseeing the participation of young people in sport
  • officiating at sporting events to enforce rules
  • coordinating and directing sporting activities, and liaising with other officials to interpret and enforce rules and regulations relating to sport.

Education, Training and Skills Pathways

  • You need a high level of knowledge and skill in your sport specialisation to work as a Sports Coach, Instructor or Official. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren’t essential. Courses are often available through the relevant industry association or vocational education and training (VET).
  • Formal qualifications include Certificate II, III or IV in Sport Coaching, Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma of Sport, Certificate IV in Sport Development

You may also need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • CPR certificate
  • registration with the relevant sporting body

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Sports Centre Managers manage sports centres.

Job titles include: Fitness Centre Manager, Sports Centre Manager, Aquatic Centre Manager, Golf Course Manager, Indoor Sports Centre Manager, Squash Centre Manager, Stadium Manager, Ten Pin Bowling Centre Manager, Tennis Centre Manager


Sports Development Officers promote sports and skills development and oversee the participation of young people and other special groups in sport.


Sports administrators manage clubs, academies, associations or organisations that are involved in sporting or recreational activities.

Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs

We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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