Member Protection Policy

The ARU Member Protection Policy reiterates Australian Rugby’s commitment to ensuring that every person involved in rugby is treated with respect and dignity, and is safe and protected from harassment, discrimination, bullying, abuse and other unfair or inappropriate conduct.

The Member Protection Policy is comprised of four sections:

  1. Policy statements regarding child protection, taking images of children, anti-discrimination and harassment, sexual relationships, pregnancy and gender identity, alcohol, smoking, cyber-bullying/safety and social networking;
  2. Child Protection Requirements including a summary of relevant State and Territory Working With Children Checks (WWCC), recommended screening process for those States and Territories that do not have specific child protection legislation, and ‘reporting requirements’ for the protection of children in each State and Territory;
  3. Procedures including step-by-step guide to all dispute resolution procedures: complaints procedure, mediation procedure, child abuse investigation procedure, conduct committee and appeals procedure, and summary of disciplinary measures; and
  4. Reporting documents and forms. 

Everyone involved in Rugby should familiarise themselves with the Member Protection Policy and the standards of behaviour expected of all participants.

This summary is not intended as a substitute for reading the ARU Member Protection Policy (pdf - 692kb).

Play by the Rules – Free Online Training Courses

Play by the Rules free online training is for coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators. The courses available include Child Protection, Harassment and Discrimination, Member Protection and Complaint Handling.

The ARU strongly encourages all coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators to visit the below website and complete the free online training course.

For more details about course visit the ASC Learning website

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