Most clubs are bound by 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.

Where a national sporting organisation has signed up to the National Integrity Framework the following sports integrity-related policies will already be in place:

(a) A Framework document;

(b) Child Safeguarding Policy;

(c) Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy;

(d) Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy;

(e) Member Protection Policy; and

(f) Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy.

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

Sport Australia has resources available to help guide organisations develop Board or Committee related policies.

The following Member Protection Policy templates incorporate elements of harassment, discrimination and bullying; child protection issues and other inappropriate behaviour and processes to deal effectively with complaints in one policy document:

Play By The Rules (PBTR) has a range of policy templates available for use around member protection, codes of conduct, social media, disability and inclusion and spectator behaviour.

Clubs who join the Good Sports program will be guided through the implementation of policies related to:

  • tobacco management
  • safe transport
  • alcohol management
  • mental health
  • supporting junior players
  • illegal drugs

Hot/extreme weather policy

In South Australia, extreme weather such as cold, lightning, extreme heat and catastrophic fire danger is a risk for every sport and recreation organisation and its members.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing encourages sport and recreation organisations to implement a hot weather/extreme weather policy and that this policy:

It is encouraged that a club adopts the hot/extreme weather policy of the association or state body to which they are affiliated rather than developing their own.

The 'Our Community' Policy Bank provides a range of free policies and procedures relevant to boards and committees of organisations.