Handy procedures that protect members and organisations

MEMBER protection is a term used by the Australian sports industry to describe the practices and procedures that protect an organisation's members.

This covers individual members such as players, coaches and officials, and the member organisations such as clubs, state associations, other affiliated associations and the national body. It involves:

  • Protecting members from harassment, abuse, discrimination and other forms of inappropriate behaviour;
  • Adopting appropriate measures to ensure the right people are involved in an organisation, particularly in relation to those involved with juniors;
  • Providing education;
  • Promoting and modelling positive behaviour.

A Member Protection Policy is an organisation's statement of its commitment to provide a safe environment that is fair and respectful and free from harassment, abuse or discrimination for everyone, including children. It helps to clarify responsibilities and expectations of members, to comply with legislation and fulfil moral obligations.

It's also essential for insurance purposes, raises awareness of fun, safe and fair play and outlines complaint handling procedures.

Visit ipswichsportshouse.com.au for more resources on member protection.


Nominate your achievers

NOMINATIONS are open for the 2012/13 City of Ipswich Sports Awards.

The annual awards seek to support, recognise and reward sportspersons as well as volunteers and officials for excellent performance in and commitment to sport.

The awards cover achievements from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Awards will be presented at the annual presentation dinner in November.

Nominations close on July 15.

Check out the award categories and download an application form from ipswichsportshouse.com.au


Laura Geitz in Ipswich

QUEENSLAND Firebirds captain Laura Geitz will be conducting a netball coaching clinic in Ipswich on Thursday.

The clinic will run from 10.30am-12.30pm at the Doris Howes Complex (Limestone Park) on Salisbury Rd. It is for players between eight and 15 years.

Visit laurageitz.com.au for more information and to register.

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