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Member Protection

Creating a culture that embraces a welcome, safe and supportive environment for all is a goal every sport and recreation organisation should aim to achieve.

A member protection policy protects your organisation’s participants, administrators, coaches, officials and volunteers from harassment, discrimination, child protection issues and other inappropriate behaviour and provides processes to deal effectively with complaints.

Every member should share the responsibility to work towards building a safe, fair and inclusive atmosphere.  A Member Protection Policy can support this to happen.

Most clubs are bound by Member Protection Policies provided by their governing body. If you are from an affiliated club, and unsure of which policies apply to your club, you should contact your State Association.

If you do not have a governing body or need to develop your own resources there are templates available.


Club Member Protection Policy template DOC, 544 KB

State Association Member Protection Policy Template

Play By the Rules Free Online Training and resources

  • Child Protection
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Member Protection Information Officer and
  • Complaint Handling

For additional Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) face to face training please click on the following link: https://www.sportsa.org.au/trng/