Rules, regulations and rights

Sport rules and regulations

To find out what rules and regulations govern your sport:

Behaviour in sport

Play by the rules helps sport clubs, players and parents deal with unlawful or inappropriate behaviour like abuse, harassment, unfair treatment, child protection issues, inappropriate touching of athletes and discrimination.

Are you a victim of abuse or bullying?

Risk management

Providing a safe environment for sport and recreational pursuits is a major challenge for many local governments and sport and recreation organisations.

Risk management is the process of identifying potential risks and acting to reduce, eliminate or avoid them.

Risk management consists of a series of steps including:

  • identifying risks or potential risks
  • evaluating the impact the risks may have
  • risk treatment to manage risk
  • implementing and reviewing your strategy.

Whether you're a volunteer, a paid administrator, an official, coach, instructor or just someone taking part in sport and recreational activities, it pays to play it safe.

Safety standards at sport clubs and recreation areas

Each sport or recreational activity has its own risks. Whether you are an activity organiser or participant, know the safety standards for your activity so that everyone can have fun.

Sun safety – sport and recreation facilities

Sporting organisations have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy environment for their members. One aspect of being healthy and safe is through sun safety and protection from the sun’s ultra-violet radiation (UVR).

Queensland sport clubs may be part of a larger association which has an overarching policy for all member clubs, or it may be the responsibility of your club to have its own sun protection policy.

The Cancer Council Queensland Sport and recreation: SunSmart Policy Guidelines (PDF, 318KB) support sport and recreation groups to develop and implement a sun safe policy.

Tips for being sun safe when participating in sport and recreation:

  • installing and improving shade areas in environments where people are active both through structured activities such as sport and recreation and where people engage in incidental physical activity such as playground equipment
  • scheduling training and game/activity times for the early morning or late afternoon and where possible conduct sport training in shade covered environments
  • encourage uniforms and hats that offer maximum sun protection
  • encourage the wearing of sunglasses while off-field
  • encourage the use of sunscreen and where possible, make available through the sporting or recreation organisation.

Outdoor safety

  • Recreational safety, including safety in parks, forests and on the water.
  • Sun safety and skin cancer prevention advice when playing or watching sport outdoors.

Food and drink

Children and sport

Drugs and anti-doping


If you are involved in a sport or recreational activity that requires physical contact (such as wrestling), having the right immunisation can help you reduce your risk of getting sick. If you are already vaccinated, check with your doctor that your vaccine is still active.

  • Read about what immunisation is available in Queensland for babies and young children, school children and adults.


General safety