In any sport, it is essential to have rules regulating its conduct. This is particularly important in the case of motorcycling, where safety is vital for participants and spectators.
This book of rules, referred to as the Manual of Motorcycle Sport or the General Competition Rules; forms the basis of a contract between the regulating bodies of the sport and those who participate in it, namely licence holders, members, promoters and clubs.
Our rules must be fair, they must confer on officials a clearly defined discretion to ensure that they are applied fairly, and must be observed by all. As the technology of our sport is constantly changing and developing so must our rules adapt to change.
MA’s core business
MA’s core business is to develop and apply the rules and regulations of the sport and represent you, our 25,000 members Australia-wide.
MA operates within the framework of local, State and Commonwealth Government legislation and regulations and is affiliated with the international governing body, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), based in Geneva, Switzerland.
MA is a Federation with seven voting members, comprising State Controlling Bodies (SCBs) from all States and Territories except the ACT. MA’s National Council is made up of one delegate from each SCB, usually the SCB President. The Council elects 4 Directors to the MA Board, which in turn appoints 2 independent Directors.
MA has a full-time National Office in Melbourne, and most of the SCBs around Australia will also have a full-time office in their capital city. All are available to help keen riders enjoy their sport to the full.
In addition to electing the Board, the MA National Council is responsible for policy development and strategic direction.
The MA Board is responsible for implementing and reviewing the adopted Strategic Plan, governance and appointing suitable people to join Commissions and Committees. The CEO is employed to manage the organisation. Commissions are mainly discipline-specific and exist to develop recommendations for the management of a particular area of the sport. They have been established across the spectrum of motorcycle sport, including Road Racing, Historic Road Racing, Motocross & Supercross, Classic Motocross, Speedway, Track & Dirt Track, Enduro, ATV, and Trials.
Administration of The Sport
Motorcycle sport is administered under the doctrine of “Relevant Controlling Bodies”. The FIM is responsible for international competitions, MA for Australian Championships and series, and the SCBs control State and club competitions. Although each SCB is autonomous and incorporated in its own State, both MA and SCBs have a mutual reliance for the efficient management of the sport. MA and the SCBs administer all competitions under common rules and the SCBs have delegated authority to licence competitions, venues and control the sport at State/Territory level.
Together with their organisational roles, MA and SCBs are concerned with the well-being of riders, officials, venue and track standards, risk management, all aspects of safety, the administration of safe, free and fair competition in accordance with the principles of natural justice and the development of the sport in Australia.
Clubs are the smallest, but one of the most important units of organisation in our sport. They often provide the face-to-face contact that encourages people to join motorcycle sport. They have also traditionally provided a social aspect which makes our sport, in particular one which attracts people and often keeps them involved for entire lifetimes.
Competitors are the life-blood of Motorcycling Australia. Without your involvement and enthusiasm, there would be no sport.
Competitors, administrators, spectators, sponsors and government authorities are all important elements of the successful running of a sport. One of the most overlooked groups – volunteers – is of fundamental importance.
Volunteers fulfill the majority of roles and responsibilities in the function of every day motorcycle sport. The many organisations delivering sport and recreation services and the volunteers that create and sustain these organisations make a vital contribution to the needs of the community.
Without volunteer support, our sport would not exist. It is also true that the volunteers receive the least recognition or reward for their time and effort. Competitors enjoy the excitement of competition and the opportunity to win prizes; sponsors receive increased recognition for their brand or product; and a professional administrator or promoter can realise a profit.
Volunteers do it for the love of the sport, so we acknowledge the contribution that you make to motorcycle sport in Australia and greatly appreciate your time and effort given.
MA and the SCBs conduct courses in Officiating and Coaching and have support services to assist volunteer involvement in motorcycle sport.
We would encourage anyone interested in becoming involved in motorcycle sport to contact a club.