About Clubs

Clubs play an important role in the lives of millions of Australians, engaging communities, and providing support in a myriad of ways. 

Australian Clubs

Licensed and registered clubs are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that exist to provide infrastructure and services for the community, and further a core purpose, such as the promotion of sporting activities or veterans’ welfare.      

Clubs contribute to their local communities through employment, cash and in-kind donations, and through the formation of social capital.  In addition, clubs provide an affordable range of goods, services and facilities for local communities to enjoy, and mobilise thousands of community volunteers each year. 

As local community organisations, clubs are highly responsive in addressing the needs of their members, guests and the broader community.

Fast Fact:

Across Australia there are approximately 6,500 community clubs located across metropolitan, regional and remote areas.  



The Australian club industry is made up of: bowling clubs (24%), sporting and recreation clubs (24%), golf clubs (17%), RSLs (15%), community and workers clubs (4%), and cultural and religious clubs (4%).

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