All Western Australians should have access to safe, fair and inclusive sport and recreation environments.
Many programs are available to sport and recreation organisations to help create safe sporting environments for all Western Australians. They help increase the capacity of State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and affiliated clubs to shape and maintain a welcoming environment, building a positive culture that makes all participants feel safe and included within their club.
Everyone has the right to participate in sport and recreation and there are factors that need to be considered to ensure their environment is safe, fair and accessible to all.
Delivered by the SportWest in partnership with the department, the Working with Children Screening Unit, Department of Communities, Equal Opportunity Commission and WA Police – Child Abuse Squad, Fair Safe Sport provides information, training and resources to SSAs and their affiliated clubs in the areas of child safeguarding and member protection.
An important part of providing a fair environment is being able to manage and resolve issues or conflicts that may arise in a transparent and timely manner. Having a clear complaint management framework and procedure is invaluable for all staff, volunteers, coaches, parents and children when these issues emerge.
Online communication, especially social media, has become an important tool for clubs and organisations to connect with their members and the wider community. This has both opportunities and risks. Organisations should adopt a balanced approach to cyber safety and pro-actively consider how to reduce any potential misuse, through education and the introduction of policies and procedures.
Member protection involves protecting members from harassment, abuse, discrimination and other forms of inappropriate behaviour, and adopting appropriate measures to ensure that the right people are involved in an organisation, particularly when it comes to those involved with juniors.
Your organisation’s Member Protection Policy is a commitment to provide a safe environment for everyone involved. It is important for sport and recreation clubs to have a member protection policy. If you don’t currently have a member protection policy, please visit the Australian Sports Commission website and download the template provided.
MPIOs are the first point of call for inquiries, complaints or concerns about harassment, abuse or discrimination in an organisation or club. They provide information about a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when managing an issue or complaint, and provide advice about the Member Protection Policy of a sport.
Australian Sports Commission, all state and territory sport and
recreation departments and the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law
Association (ANZSLA) collaborate with other organisations to provide
the Play by the Rules initiative.
by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online
training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators,
coaches, officials, players and spectators to assist them in preventing
and dealing with discrimination and harassment in sport and recreation
Sporting Associations and Recreation Peak bodies have additional
support through the WA Sport and Active Recreation Dispute Resolution
Service, a partnership between the Department and the WA Sports
The service offers assistance ranging from
information, education, referral to further support agencies and
subsidised mediation. The types of disputes may include governance
related matters, conflicts of interest, grievances under the
organisations' Member Protection policy and by-law breaches for
A dispute can only be brought to the Service by
a State Sporting Organisation or Recreation Peak body once the
organisation's internal dispute mechanisms have been exhausted.
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