Commercial Group Fitness and Personal Training

Personal trainers wishing to conduct organised fitness activities on a commercial basis on Council’s open space areas, such as parks and sportsgrounds, are required to obtain a Permit.

This licencing is so that approved trainers can access open space for training sessions and provide options for people to exercise whist not impacting on the opportunity for others to use the park or sportsground.

Organised or commercial personal training activities are currently only permitted in designated areas and open spaces on a non-exclusive basis. There is a maximum of three locations permitted under each application.

The aim of this permit is to:

  • Ensure equity of access to Council’s open spaces with realistic, consistent and co-ordinated regulations
  • Reduce the impact of commercial fitness activities on asset condition and maintenance
  • Address and manage public liability concerns and risk exposure to Council in relation to commercial operations on Council’s open spaces
  • Maintenance of outdoor physical activity options for local residents.

Fitness sessions are limited to the normal activities of a registered personal trainer, Yoga teacher, Tai Chi instructor or the like which would include but not be limited to:

  • Gym sessions (with or without   weights, fitballs, skipping ropes etc)
  • Boxing and pad training
  • Yoga, meditation and tai chi
  • Organised aerobic activity
  • Circuit training

The maximum group size is 18.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Evidence in completing accredited courses endorsed by Fitness Australia and/or VETAB providers such as TAFE and Universities specific to the type of activity to be instructed.
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Current Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) approved Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $20 Million with Hornsby Shire Council nominated on the policy as an interested party.
  • Proof of Registration as a professional with Fitness Australia is preferred.


How to Apply

You will need to lodge an online application and submit copies of documents for the eligibility criteria together with a schedule of the requested session times.

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After lodgement your application will be assessed and you will be notified of the outcome.

Please see the Fact Sheet below or contact Council’s Parks Facilities Officer on 9847 6666 for further information.