Play by the Rules
Sport and recreation activities should always be safe, fair and inclusive. Play by the Rules can assist sports address issues around discrimination, harassment and other forms of inappropriate behaviour, and build safe, welcoming and inclusive environments.
Play by the Rules provides information, resources tools, and promotional and partnership opportunities aimed at addressing ethical issues in sport. Below is a selection of what is available from Play by the Rules:
- Free online training for Member Protection Information Officers;
- Information on bullying, discriminations, team selection and child protection;
- Interactive scenarios that will take the individual step by step through addressing forms of harassment and discrimination;
- An interactive complaints handling tool;
- A Quick Reference Guide that provides information and contacts for child protection, equal opportunity, dispute resolution, mediation and legal advice agencies in each state and territory;
- Free online training addressing harassment, discrimination and child protection, and complaints handling;
- News articles on current issues and an e-newsletter;
- Club toolkits to assist with managing risks and dealing with complaints; and
- Template codes of behaviour, policies and procedures.
'You Can Play Forum' on homophobia and transphobia in sport
AActive Canberra , partnered with the Australian Sports Commission and Play by the Rules to deliver the You Can Play Forum on Wednesday 5 November 2014. The forum addressed homophobia and transphobia in sport. A recording of the forum is available from www.youcanplay.com.au.
A panel of experts and audience members, consisting of individuals who are involved in sport across a variety of roles and capacities, shared their thoughts and experiences, and contributed to a dynamic, engaging and informative conversation and debate. Anton Enus, award winning broadcast journalist and SBS nightly World News anchor, did an outstanding job as the forum facilitator and contributed to what was a very insightful and compelling discussion.
- Minister Andrew Barr MLA - Chief Minister of the ACT
- Clyde Rathbone - Retired Brumbies Rugby and Wallabies player
- Heather Reid - CEO of Capital Football
- Gus Johnston - Anti-homophobia campaigner and retired hockey player
- Dr Caroline Symons - Leading researcher and senior lecturer at Victoria University
Video resources addressing homophobia and transphobia in sport
Active Canberra has developed a video resource to assist the sports industry understand homophobia and transphobia in sport. The video resource feature prominent sporting identities as well as everyday Canberrans and runs for approximately five minutes. A summary resource has also been developed which sports can add to their website for the information of members. Both resources are available from www.youcanplay.com.au.
Play by the Rules Kit
Do you have a carnival or tournament coming up and want to make sure that inclusive, safe and fair sport remains a strong focus? Do you want to promote sportsmanship and fair play during a competition round? Sporting clubs and organisations are invited to partner with Play by the Rules to deliver an event, such as a Play by the Rules match, round or carnival. By using the Play by the Rules Kit sporting organisations are able to effectively promote the Play by the Rules message and website to their members, while demonstrating their commitment to inclusive, safe and fair sport.
For more information: Play by the Rules Kit brochure (PDF, 2172.9 KB)
By implementing a few simple initiatives and applying some clever ideas, any match, round, tournament or carnival can become a Play by the Rules event. State sporting organisations and clubs must book the Kit in advance and can do so by emailing us.
Member Protection Policy Plan
Every sporting organisation that receives triennial funding from the ACT Government is required to have a current and up to date Member Protection Policy. This document is implemented through all levels of sport and outlines legal obligations the sport is required to meet in order to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, and to protect children from harm and abuse. It also outlines how the organisation will meet their obligations, maintains responsible behaviour and provides fair decision making procedures.
To assist state sporting organisations better understand essential aspects of their Member Protection Policy and how to effectively implement, promote and review the policy, Active Canberra have developed a Member Protection Policy Plan. The Plan takes the user through a serious of yes/no questions regarding various aspects of the policy, provides information on how to avoid common mistakes, a Member Protection Policy checklist and links to additional information.
- Member Protection Policy Plan (PDF, 11248.25 KB)
Inclusive Sport Survey
Active Canberra rolled out the Inclusive Sport Survey in 2013 as part of a broader Inclusive Sport Project. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGTBI) people residing in the ACT and surrounding regions, were invited to share their sport experiences by participating in an anonymous online survey. Over 300 people participated in the survey, the first sport specific study of its type conducted in the ACT. The Inclusive Sports Survey Report and summary brochure were published in April 2014.
Fore more information:
- Inclusive Sport Survey report PDF 2.1 MB)
- Inclusive Sport Survey report summary (web version( PDF 552 KB)
- Inclusive Sport Survey report summary (print version) ( PDF 532 KB)
Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO)
The MPIO is the first point of call in a club, state or national sporting organisation for any queries, complaints or concerns around harassment, discrimination and child abuse in sport. They provide information, support and options to an individual considering making a complaint or raising an issue within their sport.
Individuals considering becoming an MPIO are required to complete an online training course, attend a workshop and register on the national database.
Active Canberra delivers MPIO training on a regular basis throughout the year. Please refer to the Education and Training Calendar for dates.
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Integrity in Sport Unit
The ASC provides information and a range of resources and tools aimed to build the capacity and capability of sport to provide safe, fair and inclusive sporting environments.
ACT Human Rights Commission
There are two Human Rights Commissioners of relevance to the sport and recreation industry:
- ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner – can investigate complaints about unlawful discrimination, vilification and sexual harassment in a wide range of areas, including sport. The Commissioner provides a free, confidential conciliation process as well as training, resources and information about human rights and discrimination law.
- Children & Young People Commissioner (CYPC) – can investigate complaints about services for children and young people and provides advice regarding resolving concerns. The Commissioner can also assist clubs and associations to strengthen their policies and procedures and provides Child Safe Child Friendly training.
ACT Office for Children, Youth and Family Support
The Office provides care and protection services to children and young people and is responsible for youth justice services. The Office also support early intervention services for Children & Young People & their families through the Child & Family Centres and Children Youth & Family Support program including Gateway Services. This is the agency to contact if concerned with the care or safety of a child or young person in the ACT.
Office of Regulatory Services (Working with Vulnerable People Scheme)
The Office of Regulatory Services is responsible for the provision of a broad range of registration, licensing and other public interest services to the ACT community. This includes the management of the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011. The Act requires people who have contact with vulnerable people while engaging in regulated activities and services to register with ORS within specified timeframes.
You Can Play
You Can Play – a national anti-homophobia in sport campaign that promotes that athletes should be judged on their ability, attitude and effort, not on whether they are gay or straight. It was created by Play by the Rules and is based on the highly successful You Can Play project in the United States
Fair go, Sport!
This project aims to increase awareness of sexual and gender diversity, promote safe and inclusive sport and recreation environments and develop a flexible model of engagement that can be adapted for other sporting codes and their governing bodies.
Racism, It stops with me
This national campaign aims to promote a clear understanding in the Australian community of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced. Play by the Rules has partnered with the campaign and produced a powerful TV Community Service Announcement (CSA) and a Racism in Sport toolkit
Project Officer - Education and Training
Phone: (02) 6207 2073 (+61 International)
Fax: (02) 6207 2071 (+61 International)
Postal Address: PO Box 147, Civic Square, Canberra, ACT, 2608