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Wellbeing, welfare and safety

During these difficult times, it’s important to take care of yourself and others. Reach out if you need help. As life has changed, so have the things we need to do to keep well and safe.
In this section:

Insurance

Organisations are encouraged to contact their insurance company or their insurance brokers to discuss your organisation’s situation to see if they can provide assistance. Like other organisations, many insurers have initiatives to assist organisations that are facing difficulty due to COVID-19. 

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Infection control advice and training

Please visit, Infection Control  Advice and Training for more information.

Risk management and assessments

Sport and active recreation organisations and businesses need to be aware their legal obligations and commitment to safety in the context of COVID-19. Organisations should consider getting independent legal advice or speak with their insurance provider or broker in preparing your risk assessment.

Risk management is a proactive process that helps organisations response to change. 

Risk management is a proactive process that helps you respond to change and facilitate continuous improvement in your business. It should be planned, systematic and cover all reasonably foreseeable hazards and associated risks.

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Online Safety

eSafety Commissioner

The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. The Commission’s purpose is to help safeguard Australians at risk from online harms and to promote safer, more positive online experiences.

The eSafety Commissioner has developed resources for staying safe online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information visit: eSafety Commissioner

NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian 

The Office of the Children’s Guardian is an independent statutory authority in NSW Government. It promotes and regulate the quality of child safe organisations, services and people.

The Office of Children’s Guardian has developed a series of resources to support children staying safe online throughout COVID-19.

For more information visit: NSW Office of Children’s Guardian

Mental Health

Many people are feeling worried, stressed and anxious in relation to COVID-19. It is important to stay connected with friends, family and your usual social networks, whilst being physically distant.

This is a time to support each other and keep yourself up to date so that you can help all your families and friends to be safe.

NSW Mental Health Commission

For information and tips on COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing visit the: NSW Mental Health Commission 

Orygen - Supporting Mental Health in Community Sport

Your sport club may also be preparing for return to play and looking at how it can best support members who may be feeling anxious and stressed, as well as being welcoming to people with lived experience of mental health issues. 
The following checklists and toolkit may assist you prepare: Orygen Supporting Mental Health in Community Sport resource

Australian Institute of Sport

The Australian Institute of Sport, partnering with the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, is committed to providing the National High-Performance Sports System with timely, evidence-based information on COVID-19 that recognises the unique concerns and context associated with high performance sport.

The Australian Institute of Sport has a range of COVID-19 related information and resources to all assist athletes and sporting organisations.

NSW Institute of Sport

The NSW Institute of Sport is a high-performance sporting organisation that supports Australian athletes to become world’s best. We reach all regions of NSW with an Olympic and Paralympic training facility based at Sydney Olympic Park and high-performance hubs across NSW that provide world class daily training environments for our athletes and coaches.

NSW Institute of Sport has developed the High Performance at Home resource which aims to help everyday Australians maintain their physical and mental wellbeing at home.

Visit NSW Institute of Sport for more information:

Discrimination

Anti-Discrimination NSW

Anti-Discrimination NSW is the state government body that administers the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, enquiry and complaint handling services are more important than ever. 

Anti-Discrimination NSW has developed a toolkit that provides social media posts and social media tiles that you can be shared on social media pages to ensure the people of NSW understand their rights and how to make a complaint if they experience discrimination.

For more information visit: Anti-Discrimination NSW

Australian Human Rights Commission 

The Australian Human Rights Commission is working to help safeguard the human rights of all people in our community.

For more information visit the Australian Human Rights Commission

Volunteering and giving back

Where sports club members are in a position to do so, now could be a time you can connect and help others. This could help with your own wellbeing, and the welfare of our community.

Emergency Support Volunteering

Links to register as an emergency volunteer.

For more information visit: https://emergency.volunteer.org.au/

Volunteer Australia and Volunteer NSW

Have developed comprehensive information and resources to assist volunteers, office bearers and committees of management of community sporting organisations impacted by COVID-19.

For more information visit Volunteer NSW and Volunteer Australia

Advice for safe volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

Safe Work NSW

Safe Work NSW is the New South Wales’ workplace health and safety regulator. They provide:

Safe Work NSW has developed a guide to assist organisations with safe work practices during COVID-19.

For more information visit Safe Work NSW

Play by the rules

Play by the Rules provides free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

For more information visit Play by the Rules

#playforlives 

Spearheaded by former Socceroo Craig Foster, #PlayForLives is a rapidly growing program to get athletes and participants off the bench and into the thousands of essential volunteer positions left vacant in the wake of the coronavirus. 

For more information visit #playforlives