Safeguarding sport in Australia
By developing national safeguarding policies, resources and education we are helping to build the capacity of sporting organisations and individuals to provide safe sporting environments.
We are committed to Australian sport environments that are safe, supportive and friendly for children and young people.
Child safety must be embedded in every Australian sporting organisation’s culture and understood and practised at all levels of the sport.
It is essential everyone involved with delivering sport in Australia understands the important legal and governance responsibilities they have in relation to child safety. This includes boards, committees, administrators, volunteers, coaches, parents and participants. We have zero tolerance for any behaviour that puts the well-being of children and young people at risk.
Participation in sport should be safe for all. We are committed to ensuring that people in sport are treated with respect dignity and are protected from bullying, discrimination, harassment or abuse.
Complaint and dispute management
There will be times when breaches of policies occur and having the tools available to manage complaints and disputes is essential. Managing complaints and disputes is a key role of sporting organisations.
Sporting organisations and individuals can access the National Sports Tribunal to resolve complaints and disputes, provided they meet the criteria to access this service.
Our Child Safe Commitment
Look under the 'Safeguarding' heading of our Resources page for information to help sporting bodies, athletes, parents and carers, as well as children and young people.