Why you should avoid gyms in Australia
The Australian Government has announced plans to scrap the compulsory gym membership in favour of the so-called “gym card” which will allow gym members to pay for their membership and to buy membership cards online.
The move comes after the Australian Federal Police said it was considering “any means” of enforcing the ban.
The decision comes after a recent national survey found that about one in four Australian adults, or 2.5 million people, had tried to join a gym but had been refused membership.
In June, the Government said it would lift the ban on the compulsory membership, which comes into effect on October 1.
The Government said the changes would help to address “a growing number of concerns” and the “serious concerns” of gym owners and gym members about “a lack of transparency and accountability”.
In the past, Australia’s National Health Service had banned compulsory gym memberships but the Government has since decided to lift the policy, which had been in place since 2015.
The Health Service has also banned mandatory gym membership from 2017.
The new policy, if passed, will apply to gyms and fitness facilities across Australia.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) says that it is the first time the compulsory fitness membership has been removed in Australia, after a number of other countries in the world.
In the United Kingdom, where the compulsory workout card is already in place, it has been withdrawn from the market and is currently on hold while the Government decides how to implement the change.
The policy was originally introduced in England in 2015 and was introduced to Scotland and Northern Ireland, where compulsory gym member fees are not paid.
But the Government decided to allow voluntary memberships in Australia due to concerns about the lack of enforcement of the policy.
In 2017, the health service reported that more than 500,000 gym members were members in the United States, which led to the lifting of the ban in the UK.