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VWA Return to Play Guidelines

On this page you will find all available COVID-19 resources to assist members and affiliate clubs gradually return to training and eventually to competitive weightlifting. We encourage you to check back to this page regularly for updates to restrictions as they occur.

(Page updated 22 October 2020).

The State Government has recently announced the gradual and staged lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, with regional Victoria under the 'Third Step' of the government's Roadmap and metropolitan Melbourne under the 'Second Step.' 

Below you will find a summary of restrictions that are specific to community sport and training as well as exercise and fitness activities that directly impact VWA members and Affiliate Clubs.

As of the date of this update all gyms, recreation and fitness training facilities, indoor sporting venues and VWA Affiliate Club training venues must remain closed until advised by the government that it is permissible to re-open. This restriction is applicable to the entire of state of Victoria. 

Indoor community sport and training is still not allowed in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Restrictions on how long you may leave your home to exercise outdoors, and how far you may travel to perform outdoor exercise, have eased. 

Some outdoor activities may take place in outdoor sport and recreation facilities, where the facility is predominantly used for outdoor sport and recreation, for example, golf clubs, tennis courts and bowling greens, with clear restrictions on how many people may perform the activity and how far they must socially distance from each other.

Fitted face masks must be worn by all individuals over the age of 12 when they leave home. If you are doing exercise where you are out of breath or puffing, such as running or jogging, you do not need to wear a fitted face mask, but you do have to carry one with you so you can wear it immediately before and after exercise, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear one. 

Click this link for a complete summary of Second Step sport and exercise restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.

For a complete guide to all Second Step restrictions in effect in metropolitan Melbourne go here.

Click this link for a complete summary of Third Step sport and exercise restrictions in regional Victoria

For a complete guide to all Third Step restrictions in effect in regional Victoria go here

VWA calendar of events:

The VWA continues to monitor the situation and will be guided by Sport and Recreation Victoria and School Sport Victoria as to when we are permitted to schedule sanctioned weightlifting competitions. 

Whilst we anticipate COVID-19 restrictions will continue to gradually and steadily ease across Victoria, we ask our members and Affiliate Clubs to remain patient and adhere to all the restrictions in place. We will notify members as soon as restrictions permit the re-opening of club venues, gyms and fitness facilities.

The combined Australian Championships (Senior, U23, Junior, Youth, U15) scheduled for 24-28 November in Sydney have been cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and state border controls. 

Please stay safe, stay in touch via our social media pages and feel free to contact us via email


(Page updated 14 July 2020).

The Victorian Government has upgraded its COVID-19 restrictions to Stage 3 which include significant lockdown measures for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

A summary of these new restrictions can be found at the below link:

All gyms, indoor sporting venues, training facilities and VWA affiliated clubs in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must close their venues from 11.59pm Wednesday 8 July for a period of 6 weeks or until otherwise advised by the state government.

We ask all VWA members to carefully read these new restrictions and how they apply to performing physical activity so as to avoid the significant penalties for non-compliance. 

Sport and Recreation Victoria has provided us with the following update:

  • You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or your household members and you must maintain 1.5m distance between each other.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
  • If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.
  • People aged 18 years or younger are not exempt from these restrictions.
  • If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you cannot travel outside the area to exercise or for outdoor recreation. 
  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed. 
  • Some outdoor sports facilities will be closed.
  • Outdoor sports facilities can open if people can exercise outside, equipment is not shared or rented, no indoor facilities or shared facilities (except toilets) are used, and people must be able to keep 1.5m distance between each other. 
School Sport Victoria advises that for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, no inter-school sporting events and competitions will run in Term 3. 

In our newsletter circulated on 3 July the VWA provided dates for several rescheduled events including the Victorian Youth & U15 Championships on 15 August. As a result of these new restrictions this event will again be postponed until further notice and we will continue to review the situation regarding the scheduling of other events on our calendar. 

The VWA urges all members to comply with these lockdown restrictions, practice social distancing and stay home. 

We will continue to keep you informed with any new developments. 


(Page updated 16 June 2020).

The Victorian Government has planned to ease restrictions on 22 June to allow gyms, fitness centres, recreational centres and sports stadiums to open with restrictions. 

On Sunday 14 June the state government outlined that organised non-contact competitive sport may be conducted from 22 June for all ages, with restrictions. The VWA is in the process of finalising our Return to Play Plan outlining when and how weightlifting events may be conducted under the current restrictions. 

You can view the updated restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services' website link below:

The VWA welcomes the news we will soon be allowed to return to training and competition in a restricted format. We advise all affiliate clubs and training venue operators to prepare an appropriate COVID Safe Plan customised for your own training venue. The plan should include at a minimum how your club and its members propose to resume training activities safely and within the current restrictions outlined in the link above.

To assist clubs re-open in a COVID compliant manner, the VWA has produced its own COVID Safe Plan which is available for clubs to use as a reference. You may download the plan below as well as the Training Attendance Register. Clubs may use their own attendance register, however it is essential that under current restrictions all athletes, coaches and attendees must have their attendance recorded that includes their contact details, time of training and answers to the mandatory health questions. 

This register must be kept on file for the foreseeable future for contact tracing purposes.

Also available for download below is a series of posters with useful health and safety advice for your members. We strongly encourage you to print these (all or any) and display them in your training venue. The advice is to remind and encourage attendees to practice social distancing and proper hygiene whilst training and consider downloading the COVID Safe app.

The VWA COVID Safe Plan is based on existing COVID-19 restrictions and the advice and recommendations of our stakeholders including the AWF, Sport and Recreation Victoria, AIS, Fitness Australia, Safe Work Australia and the DHHS.

Please note this plan pertains to returning to training only. A Return to Play Plan outlining how weightlifting events should be conducted under COVID-19 restrictions will be available shortly.

If you would like advice on customising your plan or wish to submit your plan to the VWA for assessment then please do not hesitate to contact our Operations Manager, Ryan Mitchell, via email and we would be happy to discuss how your club can re-open safely and comply with existing restrictions. 

A reminder that the VWA has postponed all events on the VWA calendar until 30 June.

Download the VWA Return to Play Plan here.

Download the Competition Attendance Register here.

Download the VWA COVID Safe Plan here.

Download the Training Attendance Register here.

Download the COVID Safe posters below (click on each):

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