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Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Newcastle 3 - Broadmeadow (World Maze Race event)
Hunter School of the Performing Arts (109 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow NSW)

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Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Northside - West Pymble (World Maze Race event)
Bicentennial Park, West Pymble (Prince Of Wales Dr, West Pymble NSW 2073). Meet in the centre of the park by the playground.

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Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Hills District 3 - Rouse Hill (World Maze Race event)
Rouse Hill Public School (Clower Ave, Rouse Hill NSW)

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Sun 29 May 9:30 am
Central Coast Winter - Bateau Bay
EDSAAC Bateau Bay
Sun 29 May 9:30 am
2022 NOY3 - Pelaw Main
Mining Mystery 1:7500, Pelaw Main

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Sun 29 May 10:30 am
Highlands Forest Series #2
"Penrose State Forest", 1:10,000, minor updates 2022, Penrose State Forest, Kingsbury VC Rest Area on the Hume Motorway, 2km south of the Sutton Forest (Shell) Service area.

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Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Hill District 4 - Baulkham Hills
Baulkham Hills High School  (419A Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills, NSW)

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Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Newcastle 4 - Lambton
Lambton High School (85 Womboin Rd, Lambton NSW)

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Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Pymble (ultra format)
Robert Pymble Park, Pymble (Alma St, Pymble NSW 2073).

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Sat 4 Jun 2:00 pm
IKO - Stanwell Park
Stanwell Park (updated May 2022). Scale 1:7,500, contour interval 5m.

Event Organiser Documents

All organisers must follow ONSW Organisers Rules (see section 4 of the ONSW Manual).

Landholder Guide

Insurance Certificates

Event Registration Templates (Risk Warnings, Waivers and Statements)

ONSW 2022 Membership Form

ONSW Event Levy Form

ONSW SSS Event Levy Form

Incidents and accidents – some guidance

Sports Medicine Australia:

Incident Report

The completed Incident Report Form should be sent to

  • ONSW (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.);
  • the organising club; and
  • in the case of impact on a competitor, to the competitor (or parent, for a sub-18 junior).

Where a junior or a novice competitor from another club is involved, communication to the relevant club about the incident will enable that club to follow-up with reassurance and possibly coaching.

Significant incidents include:

  • person lost and potentially, if not actually, requiring a search
  • person missing
  • serious injury (eg worse than a sprained ankle)
  • significant loss or damage to property
  • conflict with a landholder which might undermine the sport’s relationship with the landholder
  • public reports of 'misconduct' by orienteers

If one or more of the following critical incidents has occurred, the ONSW and/or OA presidents would already have been alerted. Submission of an Incident Report Form is still required.

  • death
  • life-threatening or permanently-disabling injury
  • a police search
  • exposure to significant legal or reputational risk
  • other activity likely to attract substantial outside attention from the media or elsewhere.

Sample Risk Management Plans

The linked Risk Management documents are intended as samples, rather than best practice. They should not be merely copied. Event organisers need to actively consider the risks that might occur at their event. ONSW notes that the samples mostly focus on safety. There are other risks associated with events, eg risks to land owners, child protection, risks to the organising club and the risk that courses are unfair and might be voided.

Environmental Impacts of Orienteering

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Documents

All applications for use of National Parks' land should go through the central office. Please contact the ONSW Office for more information.

For small events (<150 people). Links updated Nov 2019

Forestry Corporation of NSW Documents

ONSW makes an annual application to Forestry Corporation each year in January for the whole of the year and pays the Forest Permit Application Fee for the year - $413 inc GST for each year from 2016 to 2021. Please contact the ONSW Office for more information.