Play by the Rules

Let Kids Be Kids Free Online Mini-Course - Launched on 5 April 2018

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This course is part of the Let Kids be Kids campaign to address poor sideline behaviour at junior sport. There are a suite of resources available to support sports clubs and associations tackle poor behaviour at kids sport.

At the conclusion of this free online mini-course you will be able to:

For further information and to access the online Let Kids Be Kids Mini Couse, please visit the Play by the Rules website.External Link - opens in new window

Everyone Can Play: Guidelines for Local Clubs on Best Practice of Transgender and Intersex Participants

The Human Rights Commission has released a new resource designed to help local clubs be more inclusive, and to increase participation of transgender and intersex players. To download a copy or request a printed version, please visit the  ACT Human Rights Commission Website.External Link - opens in new window

Let Kids Be Kids Campaign Launch

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Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry MLA was joined by Kate Jenkins, co-chair of Play by the Rules and Sex-Discrimination Commissioner on Tuesday 28 February 2017 to launch the Let Kids Be Kids campaign which aims to address poor sideline behaviour at kids sporting games.

Research shows that abusive and threatening behaviour can have a range of negative impacts on children and can ultimately lead to them dropping out of sport.

To access the range of supporting videos for this campaign, which you are encouraged to upload on your organisations/clubs website, please visit Let Kids Be Kids Videos.External Link - opens in new window

For further information and to access the additional supporting resources, please visit Play by the Rules Website.External Link - opens in new window

Play by the Rules

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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:

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'You Can Play Forum' on homophobia and transphobia in sport

You Can Play LogoSport and Recreation , 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 link coming soon.

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.

Panellists included:

Resources addressing homophobia and transphobia in sport

The Play by the Rules website has a range of resource to assist the sports industry understand homophobia and transphobia in sport.

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Let Kids Be Kids SignPlay by the Rules Kit

To support the recent launch of the Let Kids Be Kids campaign External Link - opens in new window under the Play be the Rules project, your sporting club/organisation is encouraged to conduct a ‘Play by the Rules Event’ to help stamp out poor sideline behaviour and promote a safe, fair and inclusive environment for your members.

The ‘Play by the Rules Event’ might occur during a competition round, tournament or carnival.  To assist you with hosting this event Active Canberra will make available:

For further information and/or to make a booking to access the promotional corflutes, please contact Sean Willis via email or phone 6207 2528.

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.

Inclusive Sport Survey

Inclusive Sport SurveySport and Recreation 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:

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.

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Sport and Recreation 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.

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ACT Human Rights Commission

There are two Human Rights Commissioners of relevance to the sport and recreation industry:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Child and Youth Protection Services

Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) within the Community Services Directorate provides care and protection services to children and young people and is responsible for youth justice services. CYPS 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.

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Access Canberra (Working with Vulnerable People Scheme)

Access Canberra 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 Access Canberra.

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You Can Play

You Can Play LogoYou 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!

Fair Go Sport LogoThis 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.

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Racism, It stops with me

Racism LogoThis 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) which is available via the Play by the Rules website. External Link - opens in new window

Contact Us

Senior Project Officer
Phone: (02) 6207 2528 (+61 International)
Postal Address: PO Box 147, Civic Square, Canberra, ACT, 2608