Rules, regulations and rights
Sport rules and regulations
To find out what rules and regulations govern your sport:
- contact the state sport organisation for your sport
- read about the international and national rules of specific sports on the Australian Sports Commission's website.
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.
- Complement your existing club policies, procedures and codes by using the templates in the Club toolkit
- Check out the Got an Issue section or Interactive scenarios for helpful advice on current issues
- Promote the Play by the Rules Champions with these online videos
- Take the free online training course and tell your club members and volunteers to give it a go
- Use the complaints handling section, or watch the complaint handling videos for advice on dealing with complaints
- Access interactive scenarios for practical tips about inclusive, safe and fair sports practices and procedures
- Download the free posters and flyers and display them in your clubhouse.
The codes of behaviour or conduct helps those involved in junior sport understand fair play and appropriate behaviour.
Are you a victim of abuse or bullying?
- Read information about bullying for players, coaches, parents and administrators.
- Learn how to report abuse.
- Get support for children and young people experiencing bullying.
- Visit the Anti-Discrimination Commission website. They deal with discrimination complaints in Queensland. Their information brochures explain types of unfair treatment and the complaints process.
- View the code of behaviour for coaches on the Australian Sports Commission’s website.
- Call Kids Helpline (24-hour, 7-days-a-week counselling service for kids) on 1800 55 1800 at any time for any reason.
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
- evaluating the impact the risks may have
- risk treatment
- 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 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 do 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.
- 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
- Food safety for not-for-profit organisations—find out about your food safety obligations.
- Food safety matters—information on how to handle food safely.
- Food safety tips for consumers from Safe Food Queensland.
- Food safety guidelines.
- Serving alcohol?
- Good Sports is a three level accreditation program that helps clubs set standards around the key health issues of alcohol, smoking, obesity and mental health.
Children and sport
- You will need a blue card if you're working with kids.
- Having a junior sport policy in place can help everyone understand your club’s safety guidelines.
- The 'Joining a club checklist' (PDF, 166KB) can help you choose a club that’s suitable for your child by considering safety and other matters.
- The Safety Guidelines for Children and Young People in Sport and Recreation (PDF, 1.24MB) will help you create a positive and safe environment for those involved in junior sport.
Drugs and anti-doping
- Read about the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking.
- Visit the CleanEdge website for anti-doping and body image information for all sport and recreation participants.
- Find out about the fight against doping in Australian sport—supported by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
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.
- Read about the Immunise Australia Program, which aims to increase vaccination nationally for common vaccine preventable diseases.
- General sport safety and sport injuries information from Smartplay—a sport safety and injury prevention program.
- Information about injuries and injury prevention from Queensland Health.
- Sports Medicine Australia resources and advice for active people to help prevent injury and help you recover from injury.
- Sport safety advice from the Australian Sports Commission.
- Workplace health and safety for recreation and sport, what law applies and ways in which you can manage your risks.
- Safety resources for volunteers and volunteer organisations.
- Help for your club to deal with health and safety matters.
- Information and advice on safety—how to stay safe and protected in your community.