The hire of church facilities is a good way of maintaining community connections and as a source of revenue. To ensure facilities are well maintained, and to ensure full coverage by Diocesan insurance policies, Hire Agreements are required when hiring a facility to an external party. Template Hall Hire Agreements are provided below. Note that there are separate agreements for hiring to Individuals and to Incorporated Entities.
Note that any event held as part of the mission and ministry of the Anglican church does not require a Hire Agreement. This includes Bible studies, prayer groups, or use by another Anglican church or mission partner.
Individuals means the hirer is a person or a person responsible for an unincorporated group meeting for a purpose which is not:
- Commercial or political
- Open to the general public
- Covered by an existing Public Liability insurance policy
Examples where an Individual Facility Hire Agreement is appropriate to include:
- A private birthday party, celebration, or wedding reception
- Dance practice not associated with a dance school, and no fees are charged
- Friends who want a venue to read plays or poetry, but are not rehearsals for a show
- Art and craft groups who meet to share a common interest
- Musicians playing for non-commercial purposes
- Support and self-help groups
Any other event, where the hirer is an incorporated entity or undertaking the event for commercial or political purposes, must use a Corporate Facility Hire Agreement and provide evidence of adequate Public Liability insurance cover.
COVID-19 Facility Hire Agreement Amendment
Due to the current public health emergency and to assist in keeping all users of our church facilities safe, an additional obligation for hirers has been added to the Hire Agreement templates. SA Health guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities should be adhered to by all users and attached to Hire Agreements. See attached. Parishes are also encouraged to display SA Government hygiene signage in all areas accessed by the public. Up to date information on COVID-19 restrictions and topics cleaning and signage can be found at sahealth.sa.gov.auAs was already the case prior to 11 May 2020, some church hall facilities are open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.
From 11 May 2020 Community, youth and RSL halls (including church halls) are allowed to open for public gatherings of a maximum of up to 10 people. See the SA Government Roadmap at 20 May 2020
Whether the hire of a hall can proceed or not will depend on the type of operation. The responsibility to comply with government directions and guidelines regarding the type of hire, operation or business rests with the hirer including the density requirements and social distancing principles which continue to apply. No sporting activities or training can currently be conducted inside a facility. Further information on this can be found here