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Harassment is the continued and unwelcome behaviour of one person towards another in a manner that is offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening. Harassment can be against the law and there are a wide range of Commonwealth and State laws to protect against it.

It’s essential sports clubs work towards building a harassment-free culture and environment to ensure the enjoyment of sport by all.

What club committees should do 

  • Familiarise yourself with the Member protection policy and Codes of conduct for your sport and promote them often to members. If you’re unsure, talk to your state or national body
  • Have committee, volunteers and club members complete free online training in discrimination and harassment at Play by the Rules
  • Lead by example – create a harassment-free culture by dealing with incidents effectively and continually educating club members on appropriate behaviour. 

More information

Play by the Rules can help create a harassment-free culture, with information on:

WorkCover NSW also has information on bullying.

The Clearinghouse for Sport can help connect people in sport to a world of ideas, experience and knowledge.

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