Ice Hockey Australia Limited (IHA – Ice Hockey Australia) is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO*) recognised by the Australian Sport Commission (ASC) and the IIHF as the pre-eminent body of Ice Hockey in Australia. According to the Constitution, IHA is made up of different types of members, including State (SSOs*), National League (AIHL), and Masters (OiHAN). These are commonly referred to as Member Associations (MAs). IHA recognises other categories, such as Lifetime, Affiliate and Individual members. 

IHA is also a Member Association of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the governing body of international ice hockey. The IIHF features 83 member associations with delegated Sporting Power in its nations and is responsible for world governing matters, including the international rulebook, international transfers, officiating guidelines, development programs and presides over ice hockey in the Olympic Games, and IIHF World Championships at all levels. More information on the Official Website


IHA Governance Structure Diagram


Individual Members - Registrations and Memberships

As the diagram above shows, IHA is the national governing body constituted of different types of member associations (MAs). Likewise, MAs are typically composed of clubs or associations underneath them. Each follows the Constitution and Regulations imposed by the higher organisation according to the governance structure. IHA is the highest-level sanctioning body in Australia. The IIHF is the highest-level sanctioning body of ice hockey internationally. 

To participate in the sport in Australia, including playing, coaching, officiating (or more), you must be a member of every organisation involved. Participants are invited directly by clubs or MAs via ESD. Depending on the event, such as national tournaments or world championships, an organisation above, or even IHA directly, could contact the players. However, clubs should be the main point of contact on a daily basis.


Esportsdesk (ESD)

Esportsdesk is an online platform working as IHA's official registration and player statistics system. 

Every participant must have an ESD account profile to be invited to events (registrations).

ESD uses an email account as the verification protocol of every profile. All player information, including memberships, purchases, registrations and playing statistics, is recorded here. Email addresses can be changed by logging into your account; there is no need to create multiple accounts*. You can also add family members and even accept invitations on their behalf. For example, juniors can be linked to a parent (or both) account(s) to manage registrations for the child. These accounts (child) can later become independent by parents deleting the link if an email account is registered on their profile. 

Any issues with ESD, including refunds, must be requested to your clubs directly or to the point of contact in every registration. Make sure to identify details in the email invitations.

Having only one account (one email) per player is essential. Players are responsible for the information provided on their profile. IHA and Member associations are not responsible for issues, including statistics or multiple charges, due to having two or more profiles. Players with multiple accounts are encouraged to contact their MA to solve this matter immediately.

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Ice Hockey Australia respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which we are on. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are committed to a positive future for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and to honor their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and recognise the role and value of culture.

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