Child Safety

The Tasmanian Rugby Union is committed to ensuring that the sport of rugby union is a safe and friendly environment for children and young people. It is imperative that children and young people who access our activities, programs, events or services are safe and supported.

In the event that you have any child protection concerns you can raise a complaint securely online by following this link. You can also contact your unions Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) if you have any concerns regarding child safety in your club and/or union.

The MPIOs for the Tasmanian Rugby Union are Mark Oakford and Caitlin Ryan.

The following resources are intended to provide administrators and clubs with the tools that they need to ensure a child-safe environment:

Child Safe Framework

Safeguarding Children Guidelines 2018

The Rugby Australia Policy Register also hosts the most up to date policies and procedures for rugby union in Australia, click here to go to the policy register.

Working with Vulnerable People checks aim to create a child-safe environment and to protect children and young people involved in our sport from physical and sexual harm.

They assess the suitability of people to work with children and young people and can involve:

  • criminal history checks
  • signed declarations
  • referee checks, and
  • other relevant background checks to assess a person’s suitability to work with children and young people.

Working with Vulnerable People check requirements vary across Australia. Fact Sheets for each state and territory are available on the Play by the Rules website: https://www.playbytherules.net.au/got-an-issue/child-safe-sport/child-safeguarding-laws-explained

Detailed information, including the forms required to complete a Working with Children Check, are available from the relevant agencies in each state and territory.

In Tasmanian you will need to visit the Department of Justice – Working with Children Registration Website: www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children or phone: 1300 13 55 13

It is important to remember that when traveling to other states or territories, representatives of sporting organisations must comply with the legislative requirements of that particular state or territory. In certain jurisdictions, temporary, time limited exemptions from working with children checks may be available for interstate visitors with a Working with Children Check in their home state. The laws providing interstate exemptions are not consistent across Australia.

If an employee or volunteer for your organisation is traveling interstate to do work that would normally require a working for children check, you will need to check the relevant requirements of that state or territory.

Rugby Australia’s Child Safety webpage is here