Legislative Council: Thursday, June 16, 2022


South Australian Motor Sport (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (16:19): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Malinauskas Labor government is delivering on its commitment to bring back the Adelaide 500. This event was more than just a car race; it was a celebration for our state and a massive event that attracted tourists from far and wide. South Australia has a long and proud history with motorsport, and it is this pride in our past achievements that has no doubt driven so many South Australians to stand up and campaign relentlessly for the return of this great race. It was a thrilling race and a citywide celebration. The Adelaide 500 was inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of its status as the best motorsport event in Australia. It is to that standard that we will be aiming to return.

This bill will re-establish a dedicated motorsport board to focus on realising the full potential of motorsport events across South Australia. There has been some comment in the other place that the former board was abolished by the Weatherill government and questioning the need to re-establish it. To this comment, let me be clear: this is a new event that will deliver on the new vision of our new Premier. We are committed to bringing back the Adelaide 500 in a way that will elevate the economic and social impact of motorsport in South Australia, and the board will be a key driver in the delivery of this commitment.

In 2019, just before the former government axed the Adelaide 500, the event attracted over 200,000 people, supported 46,000 direct and indirect jobs and generated over $45.9 million in economic activity. It supported much-needed interstate and international visitors, with more than 15,000 people travelling to South Australia and staying for 90,000 bed nights.

The board's responsibilities will be to manage and drive national and international awareness of motorsport events in South Australia, as well as attracting motorsport events to South Australia. They will be charged with providing opportunities to promote the local economy by prioritising South Australian businesses to showcase their products and to ensure that local suppliers are prioritised for local events. They will commit to continually reviewing, refreshing and improving the product and event content and they will be tasked with ensuring that attendees enjoy an exceptional Adelaide 500 experience.

There is great economic opportunity that surrounds this event. There is great anticipation for the revived event from teams and broadcasters and Supercars Australia. Most importantly, there is great excitement from the local fans who have campaigned hard to see the event return, and this is why I commend the bill to the council and seek leave to have the explanation of clauses inserted in Hansard without my reading it.

Leave granted.


Part 1—Preliminary

1—Short title


These clauses are formal.

Part 2—Amendment of South Australian Motor Sport Act 1984

3—Amendment of long title

This clause amends the long title of the principal Act to reflect changes made by this measure.

4—Amendment of section 3—Interpretation

This clause amends section 3 of the principal Act to define key terms used in the measure and delete redundant definitions.

5—Substitution of heading to Part 2

This clause substitutes a new heading to Part 2 of the principal Act.

6—Insertion of sections 4 to 9B

This clause inserts new sections 4 to 9B into the principal Act as follows:

4—Establishment of Board

This section (re)establishes the South Australian Motor Sport Board, which was dissolved by a preceding measure.

5—Membership of Board

This section sets out the membership of the new Board. Like the previous Board, members will be appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister. In recommending members, the Minister should be aiming for gender equality on the Board.

6—Term and conditions of office

This section provides that members of the new Board will be appointed on terms and conditions determined by the Governor.


This section provides that members of the Board are entitled to remuneration, allowances and expenses determined by the Governor.

8—Functions of Board

This section sets out the functions of the Board, consistent with the functions conferred on the South Australian Tourism Commission previously.


This section is a standard power of delegation in respect of the functions of the Board.

9A—Procedures of Board

This section sets out the procedures to be observed by the Board at meetings.


This section enables the Board to set up committees, with Ministerial approval, for the purposes set out in the section.

7—Amendment of section 10AA—Non-application of Government Business Enterprises (Competition) Act 1996

This clause makes a consequential amendment to section 10AA of the principal Act.

8—Amendment of section 11—Commission may control and charge fee for filming etc from outside circuit

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 11 of the principal Act.

9—Insertion of sections 12 to 17

This clause inserts new sections 12 to 17 into the principal Act as follows:

12—Dealings with moneys of the Board

This section sets out what the Board can do with its moneys, and requires compliance with a budget approved by the Treasurer in expending those moneys.

13—Power to borrow

This section allows the Board to borrow moneys, with liability for such borrowing to be guaranteed by the Treasurer.

14—Accounts and audit

This section requires the Board to keep proper accounting records, and to have those accounts audited by the Auditor-General.


This section requires the Board to provide an annual report on its operations to the Minister, with that report to be laid before Parliament.

16—Chief Executive

This section provides for the Chief Executive of the Board, who may or may not be a public servant.

17—Staffing arrangements

This section sets out the staffing arrangements for the Board. The Board cannot itself employ staff. Staff of the Board are not public servants.

10—Amendment of heading to Part 3

This clause amends the heading to Part 3 to provide consistency of language in the Part.

11—Amendment of section 20—Minister may make certain declarations

This clause amends section 20 of the principal Act to extend the ability of the Minister to make declarations under that section. The Minister will be able to make declarations relating to areas outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area.

12—Amendment of section 21—Commission to have care, control etc of declared area for relevant declared period

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 21 of the principal Act.

13—Amendment of section 22—Commission to have power to enter and carry out works etc on declared area

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 22 of the principal Act.

14—Amendment of section 23—Commission to consult and take into account representations of persons affected by operations

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 23 of the principal Act.

15—Amendment of section 24—Certain land taken to be lawfully occupied by Commission

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 24 of the principal Act.

16—Amendment of section 25—Non-application of certain laws

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 25 of the principal Act.

17—Amendment of section 26—Plans of proposed works to be available for public inspection

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 26 of the principal Act.

18—Amendment of section 27—Power to remove vehicles left unattended within declared area

This clause makes a consequential amendment to section 27 of the principal Act.

19—Amendment of section 27AB—Application of sections 27B and 27C

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 27AB of the principal Act.

20—Insertion of section 28

This clause inserts section 28 into the principal Act, allowing the Board to conduct its operations under other names.

21—Amendment of section 28AA—Declaration of official titles

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 28AA of the principal Act.

22—Amendment of section 28A—Special proprietary interests

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 28A of the principal Act.

23—Amendment of section 28B—Seizure and forfeiture of goods

This clause makes consequential amendments to section 28B of the principal Act.

24—Insertion of section 29

This clause inserts section 29 into the principal Act, allowing the Minister to transfer an asset, right or liability of the Board to an agent or instrumentality of the Crown.

25—Amendment of section 30—Regulations

This clause amends section 30 of the principal Act to allow for the making of regulations regulating procedures of the Board, and provisions making saving or transitional provisions. Those provisions may have some retrospective effect, however not so as to decrease a person's rights or impose liability on a person.

Schedule 1—Transitional and saving provisions


This clause defines terms used in the Schedule.

2—Vesting of assets and liabilities of Commission in Board

This clause vests the assets and liabilities of the SATC (insofar as they relate to the functions and powers conferred on the SATC on the dissolution of the previous Board under Schedule 1 of the South Australian Motor Sport Act 1984) in the new Board.


This clause allows the Governor to transfer staff from the SATC to the new Board, with such transfer not affecting the entitlements of those staff.

4—Graphics standards manual

This clause saves the graphics standards manual in force immediately before the commencement of this clause.

Debate adjourned on motion of Hon. H.M. Girolamo.