About Events

A sanctioned event of the Automobile and Motorcycle Association Ltd (AMA) means an event which is submitted by an AMA official authorised to submit events, that is approved and detailed on the relevenat AMA event calendar. A sanction is the signalling to the local community and others that the event is appropriately insured and that it embodies the principles of AMA Outdoors, which characterise AMA sanctioned events.

All AMA events:

  • are organised and managed by AMA certified officials, which have a level of competence in the ability to perform their duties;
  • are governed by the relevant AMA codes of practice (the rules), policies, procedures and regulations;
  • are run according to the event objectives and code of ethics; and
  • are compliant with the relevant state heath and safety laws.

More information about the AMA's event insurance is available on the Event Insurance page.

Types of AMA Events

  1. Sport - motor sport racing/ testing;
  2. Recreation - pleasure driving/ riding;
  3. Education - driver/ rider coaching; and
  4. Social - non driving/ riding.

Social events or non driving/ riding activities are social gatherings, meets, rallies or shows held at permanent or temporary venues for associated enthusiasts. No driving or riding events may be included. Examples of non driving/ riding events are automobile or motorcycle rallies, camping and caravanning, open house meets, cruise in meets, swap meets, show and shine, etc. All social events are governed by the Social Events Code and are managed by an AMA Event Organiser.

Education events or coaching activities are the activities normally associated with the instruction of drivers/ riders of motor vehicles, ATV, SSV, towables and PWC. All education events are governed by the Education Events Code and are managed by an AMA Driver/ Rider Coach.

Recreation events or pleasure driving/ riding events are the activities normally associated with recreational driving/ riding of registered motor vehicles, ATV, SSV, towables, PWC and their associated activities. 

Pleasure driving and riding events comply with the use of a Road. Driving and riding events require participants to follow a route and be guided by; tagging along or following a leader, marker, arrow, direction, instruction, map, GPS or any other device or means in order to get to a destination or to return to a designated place. 

Driving and riding events may traverse a ‘road’ route of only sealed surfaces, an ‘adventure’ route of sealed and unsealed surfaces, a ‘trail’ route of only unsealed terrain or a ‘water’ route of open or closed body of water. All driving and riding events are governed by the Recreation Events Code and are managed by an AMA Recreation Leader.

Sport events or competitive/ timed racing events and non competitive/ untimed testing events are the activities which are normally associated with the sporting use of motor vehicles. Racing events and Testing events comply with the use of a Track

All AMA sanctioned Sport events whether competitive or non competitive are governed by the Sport Events Code and are managed by an AMA Sport Referee. Where a Sport event is competitive in nature, ie. timing, placings, etc, the relevant discipline regulations and any additional event regulations also apply.

Objectives for AMA Events

  • To better the skills and knowledge of drivers and riders through participation in training, programs, sport and recreation activities.
  • To approve safe and well organized social events for members to enjoy activities associated with their interests.
  • To provide codes and regulations to the benefit of the event organizers and members.
  • To enhance the image of AMA events by encouraging responsible use and respectable actions by users.
  • To promote the practice of charity and advocacy by both the organizers and the participants to the communities and entities affected by the activities.

Code of Ethics for AMA Events

AMA events should be conducted according to the spirit of this Code of Ethics in the camping, driving, riding and racing community and in the community at large.

  • Strive to promote good public relations through your general conduct, the media, activities and community affairs.
  • Abide by all local, state and national laws.
  • Strive to promote cooperative coexistence with other enthusiasts and organizations.
  • Respect the rights and property of all members of the community.
  • Strive to promote the spirit of the principles of AMA Outdoors

Membership Required to Participate in AMA Events

Recreational driving/ riding events where motor vehicles (ATVs, automobiles, motorcycles, SSVs) towables and PWC must be registered, require participants to hold a membership with the relevant AMA Membership Company. AMA Personal Accident insurance cover for recreation members is optional, however for all events that include the use of unregistered motor vehicles in any non competitive or competitive activities, membership with the relevant AMA Membership Company and AMA Personal Accident insurance is mandatory!

Financial temporary or full membership is also mandatory for all events that include the use of registered motor vehicles in any activity where you are training for or practicing for a race, pace making, reliability trial or a speed or hill climbing test, or the vehicle is being used on a race track for any purpose, or any such competitive activity. Financial temporary or full membership is mandatory in these circumstances because CTP (Greenslip) policies will not provide cover, therefore public liability cover must be applied to to each participant through membership.

Certain other event types and classifications may also require financial membership to the relevant AMA Membership Company for all participants. All event organizers are required to promote membership in all event media. For insurance purposes, all event officials must be and hold a current full or temporary membership and the relevant Officials Certification