Harassment Free Sport

Working with Children
Sport Clubs and Associations have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children and young people. New legislation will be enforced throughout the Northern Territory from 1 March 2011 to help safe guard and protect children. Click on the attached links to see what your club needs to do to keep children safe.

1.      Legislation

  • Ochre Card - From 1 March 2011 it will be mandatory for people who have contact or potential contact with children in certain specified areas of employment to hold a Working with Children Clearance Notice.
  • From 1 March 2011, penalties will apply to people who gain employment in child-related work without a Clearance Notice. Employers, volunteer organisations and agencies must ensure that any of their staff or volunteers who need a Working with Children Clearance notice has applied before 1 March 2011.
  • For more information on the Ochre Card visit, www.workingwithchildren.nt.gov.au 

2.      Images of Children

  • It is important that appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure a safe sporting environment for children. The Australian Sports Commission has developed information for sporting organisations to consider when taking and displaying images of children.
  • Important information on legal requirements and strategies your club can put in place to safe guard the taking and use of children’s images can be found on the Australian Sports Commission website: www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/ethics/child_protection/fact_sheets/child_protection/images_of_children

Harassment and Discrimination

Harassment in Sport is all too often becoming the rule rather than the exception to the rule. All organisations should have policies in place to protect their members and identified Member Protection Officers trained to deal with these issues. A Member Protection Policy is one part of the wider risk management plan which all clubs and associations should have. The policies are in place to protect everyone within your club and association and to encourage a fun, fair and safe environment for all.


1.      Play By the Rules

Participation in sport and recreation should be fun and enjoyable for all participants. Developing processes and procedures that prevent and eliminate discrimination goes a long way in ensuring all participants have an enjoyable sporting experience.

Play By The Rules provides information and online training on discrimination, harassment and child protection and addresses strategies in how to deal with inappropriate behaviour in sport. Play By The Rules complements the Australian Sports Commissions Harassment-Free Sport Strategy and is supported by the Australian Government and each State and Territory Government.

Play By the Rules is a fantastic tool which clubs and associations can use to assist to train their members in fun, fair and safe play.

2.      Member Protection

Training for Member Protection Information Officers

Sport and Recreation offers the following courses to organisations:

  •          Information sessions on Harassment Free Sport
  •          Member Protection Officer training courses

For details and further information on these courses please email participation.dsr@nt.gov.au or telephone 1800 045 678.

Sample member protection policies and procedures can be accessed at the Australian Sports Commission web site www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/nso/member_protection or at the Play By The Rules web site www.playbytherules.net.au

Find a MPIO in your area. MPIO data base: www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/ethics/complaint_management/member_protection_information_officer_database Any acts of harassment are unlawful and can be reported to your local police station. Acts of Discrimination can also be referred to the Anti-Discrimination Commission on 8999 1444 or www.adc.nt.gov.au 

3.      Codes of Conduct 

The Play by the Rules Club Toolkit can provide you with some basic policies and guidelines your club should put in place.



Coloured Shirt Program  

The aims of the Coloured Shirt Program are to:

  • Make new officials easily identifiable, so that they can be recognised and supported. 
  • Raise awareness and increase the recognition and support of new officials.
  • Assist in reducing pressure and lessening abuse and conflict directed towards new officials.
  • Create a culture of support towards these new officials via the education of players, spectators, coaches and the media.

Please click here for information and see how your sport can be involved.