In Queensland, there is no Government regulation of the martial arts and combat sports sector. Unlike other States, where there is some sort of combat sports body which regulates promotions, fighters and titles, such is not the case in Queensland. Likewise, there is no central licensing body or authority.
Quite often you will see people advertise that they are fully ‘authorised’ or ‘accredited’ by some Government body or association. This usually means they have done a coaching course, such as the free online coaching courses run by the Australian Institute of Sport. These courses in no way confer any authority or authorisation to do much at all. As for the associations, they relate mostly to rules and policies for sport martial arts – they do not reflect the art or the quality of the instruction.
So in short, aside from regulating things like working with children, OHS and general business practices, the government has very little to do with martial arts.
Sadly it continues to be a case of ‘buyer beware’.