Everyone has a right to be safe when working or volunteering in sport. WHS laws require sport clubs to comply with the WHS Act and WHS Codes and Regulations. This information is provided to assist clubs incorporate risk management and WHS into their club operations and understand and comply with WHS laws.
Since the Commonwealth’s Work Health and Safety ACT 2012 came into effect in January 2012 people conducting a business (including sport clubs) and workers (including volunteers) are protected by the same WHS laws across Australia. The WHS Act provides greater consistency and clarity about WHS laws, making it easier to understand your WHS duties. Most clubs and associations already have safety policies and practices in place, however under the WHS laws, some sport clubs may need to take new actions to comply with the WHS Act and the NSW WHS Codes of Conduct and Regulations.
The FFA Clubs’ Risk Management Plan “Safe Football”, developed by Gow-Gates in conjunction with FFA and the Member Federations, provides a uniform approach to assist the Football Community in assessing and managing the risks associated with the management of football clubs.
The objective of ‘Safe Football’ is to provide a pro-active approach in ‘Raising the Awareness’ of these risks and to provide a practical framework for your club to minimise or manage these exposures.
The plan is based on the general principles underlying a club’s ‘duty of care’ responsibilities to the football community and the general public such as;
- provide a safe place for recreation/Football;
- provide a safe system of rules;
- provide safe and adequate equipment;
- provide the participant with competent fellow participants, and
- provide adequate instructions and supervision for Football
It is further recommended that a designated ‘Responsible and/or Risk Management Officer’ is appointed, within your Club’s organisational structure, to ensure this information is made available to all Club Directors, Staff, Participants and Volunteers.
The ASC “Sporting Clubs guide to a Safe Workplace” and other WHS resources are designed to assist clubs understand and action WHS and Risk Management within their organisation.
You must never bet on any match you or your team is involved in as it would trigger a conflict of interest that compromises the integrity of football.
If you bet on yourself or your opponent you risk having your image and reputation tarnished, being banned by football (possibly for life) and possibly becoming the subject of a criminal investigation and/or prosecution.
Betting on other games within football is also prohibited.
Smoking has been banned in recent times in spectator areas of all sports grounds during organised sport events. The new legislation applies to all sports grounds whether Council owned, Public or Privately owned and operated.
The following policies should be applied to all football-related events (including matches and social functions):
a) No smoking shall occur at or near any sporting event or competition involving persons under the age of 18, and this Policy applies to all coaches, players, trainers, officials and volunteers;
b) Social functions shall be smoke free, with smoking permitted at designated outdoor smoking areas;
c) Coaches, officials, trainers, volunteers and players will refrain from smoking and remain smoke free while involved in an official capacity for any of the Governing Bodies, Club or representative team, on and off the field.
Football Federation Australia opposes all forms of harassment, discrimination and bullying.
Racism takes many forms and can happen in many places. It includes prejudice, discrimination or hatred directed at someone because of their colour, ethnicity or national origin.
People often associate racism with acts of abuse or harassment. However, it doesn’t need to involve violent or intimidating behaviour. Take racial name-calling and jokes. Or consider situations when people may be excluded from groups or activities because of where they come from. Studies show that experiencing racism has profound effects on people’s health and welfare. The effects can include feelings of sadness and anger, even anxiety and depression. The regular experience of racism can lead to people withdrawing from work or study, and diminish their quality of life. To dismiss claims of racism as just banter is to use football as a shield for prejudice. It is deeply disturbing that this kind of racism may influence whether a player decides to take the field for one match or is forced out of the game for good
The Governing Bodies are committed to providing an environment in which people are treated fairly and equitably and that is, as far as practicable, free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.
This includes treating or proposing to treat someone less favourably because of a particular characteristic; imposing or intending to impose an unreasonable requirement, condition or practice which has an unequal or disproportionate effect on people with a particular characteristic; or any behaviour that is offensive, abusive, belittling, intimidating or threatening – whether this is face-to-face, indirectly or via communication technologies such as mobile phone and computers.
Football Federation Australia provides a national approach via policy in relation to Anti-Doping.
1. This is the Anti-Doping Policy (ADP) of Football Federation Australia Limited (FFA) and our member and sub-member organisations and applies to our sport of football as played in Australia and New Zealand.
2. This ADP is current as at the date shown on the front page as the “commencement date” and will come into force (and apply to examples collected) on and from 12.01 am on the commencement date. (All Samples collected prior to 12.01 am on the commencement date will be dealt with under the then existing applicable anti-doping rules.)
3. We have adopted this ADP so as to be compliant with the WADA Code (WADC or the Code), the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cth) the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 (Cth) and the National Anti-Doping scheme (NAD scheme) administered by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
4. Where this ADP repeats any part of the WADC that is so as to expressly incorporate the article as a rule in this ADP.
5. As this ADP is to apply to the various Events and organisations within our sport, the terms ‘our sport’, ‘us’, and ‘we’ are used to refer to those Events and organisations in a distributive manner.
6. This ADP forms part of the FFA Statutes.
The World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) states that the fundamental rationale of the WADC as follows:
“Anti-doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as "the spirit of sport". It is the essence of Olympism, the pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each person’s natural talents. It is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is reflected in values we find in and through sport, including:
• Ethics, fair play and honesty
• Excellence in performance
• Character and education
• Fun and joy
• Dedication and commitment
• Respect for rules and laws
• Respect for self and other Participants
• Community and solidarity
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.”
Football Federation Australia recommends that District Associations and their member Clubs adhere to the strict guidelines regarding the responsible consumption of alcohol.
Responsible service and consumption of alcohol should apply to any alcohol to be consumed during or after the competition has concluded. Responsible service of alcohol will entail:
(a) Making sure light alcohol and soft drinks are always available as alternatives to full strength alcohol;
(b) Wherever possible, food being available to be consumed when alcohol is available;
(c) Transport policies, and Board/Committee Members being in attendance to ensure appropriate practices are followed.
Further, guidance on developing an Alcohol Policy is available at Good Sports
Sun Smart Policy
Excessive sun exposure can have an immediate negative impact on performance and hydration, and can cause painful sunburn.
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation also increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancer.
Approximately 1600 Australians die every year from skin cancer yet it is a preventable disease.
The actions explained in this policy can help to reduce the harmful effects of exposure to UV radiation.
Football clubs have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for everyone involved in football activities.
Providing a safe sporting environment includes protecting people from the harmful effects of UV radiation.
We recommend downloading the Free Sun Smart App via the button below.