Play by the Rules

Harassment in sport is all too often becoming the rule rather than the exception to the rule.

All organisations should have policies in place to protect their members and identified Member Protection Officers trained to deal with these issues. A Member Protection Policy is one part of the wider risk management plan which all clubs and associations should have.

The policies are in place to protect everyone within your club and association and to encourage a fun, fair and safe environment for all.

Working with children

Sport Clubs and Associations have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children and young people.

New laws were enforced throughout the Northern Territory (NT) from 1 March 2011 to help safeguard and protect children.


From 1 March 2011 anyone who has contact or potential contact with children in specified areas of employment must have a Working with Children Clearance Notice, also known as an Ochre Card.

From 1 March 2011, penalties will apply to people who gain employment in child-related work without a Clearance Notice. Employers, volunteer organisations and agencies must ensure that any of their staff or volunteers who need a Working with Children Clearance notice has applied before 1 March 2011.

Go to the Working with Children website for more information.

Images of children

It is important that appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure a safe sporting environment for children. The Australian Sports Commission has developed information for sporting organisations to consider when taking and displaying images of children.

Important information on legal requirements and strategies your club can put in place to safeguard the taking and use of children’s images can be found on the Australian Sports Commission website.

Harassment and discrimination

Play by the Rules

Participation in sport and recreation should be fun and enjoyable for all participants. Developing processes and procedures that prevent and eliminate discrimination goes a long way in ensuring all participants have an enjoyable sporting experience.

Play by the Rules has information and online training on discrimination, harassment and child protection. It also addresses strategies in how to deal with inappropriate behaviour in sport.

Play by the Rules complements the Australian Sports Commission's Harassment-Free Sport Strategy and is supported by the Australian Government and each state and territory government.

Play by the Rules is a fantastic tool which clubs and associations can use to help train your members in fun, fair and safe play.

For more information on harassment in sport, go to the following websites:

Member protection

The Sport and Recreation Division offers the following courses to sport organisations:

  • information sessions on harassment-free sport
  • Member Protection Officer training courses.

For more information on these courses email or phone 1800 817 860.

Sample member protection policies and procedures can be accessed from the Australian Sports Commission or at  Play By The Rules.

Any acts of harassment are unlawful and can be reported to your local police station.

Acts of discrimination can also be referred to the Anti-Discrimination Commission by calling (08) 8999 1444.

Codes of conduct

The Play by the Rules Club Toolkit has basic policies and guidelines for codes of conduct your club should put in place.

Last updated: 15 February 2016

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