Executive Director of the Office for Recreation and Sport, Paul Anderson said ORS has been working closely with all sports to not only increase participation rates but to also make sure sport is an enjoyable and attractive proposition for children.
"Recently reported examples of thuggery on the playing field and verbal abuse towards officials and participants are totally unacceptable," he said.
"To see these sorts of incidences happening at a range of levels in competitive sport is a huge concern.
"Sport can be competitive within the rules of the code but these rules can never be accepted as being above the rules of the law.
"There is no doubt in my mind that anything that is subject to criminal prosecution off the field should not be protected or exempt on the field."
ORS is involved in a series of initiatives with State Sporting Organisations which ranged from education programs to avenues for dispute resolution.
This includes the current development of the Fair Enough campaign to promote respect for all in sport, the successful Coloured Shirt Program aimed at encouraging supportive and positive behaviour towards new and trainee officials and funding for the State Dispute Centre. ORS is also a partner in the National Play by the Rules program.
For further information on Play by the Rules visit http://www.playbytherules.net.au.