Governance and Sports Law

SPO30001 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Approx 8 hours per week active study

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.


137 credit points

Aims and objectives

This unit addresses the issues as sports organisations become more corporate and are responsible for greater turnover, there is a greater need for governance and adequate legal structures. Governance issues such as board structure, behaviour of directors, use of funds and behaviour of boards and staff will be adressed in this unit. The unit examines the legal structures in place for the regulation of sporting organisations and the associated legal and governance duties associated with sports management, particularly in Australia.

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify the legal and governance structures involved in managing sports and associated organisations.
2. Analyse legal concerns in sport regarding violence, specific torts, and doping.
3. Comprehend and apply the principles of negligence insurance and risk management in sporting contexts.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of employment, agency and trade contracts relating to sports management.
5. Identify the legal constraints in relation to intellectual property and marketing and demonstrate how they would be applied in a sports environment.