Player Protection Policy
Tag League is an inclusive and supportive sporting competition managed by an organisation that abides by the governance principles established by the Australian Sports Commission.
· Players in Tag League Association Inc. competitions will be safe from harassment and abuse and treated fairly with dignity and respect.
· Tag League Association Inc. policies set out that Tag League will be honest and genuine in its dealings, champion good sportsmanship, and provide safe, fair and inclusive environments for all involved. Tag League Association Inc. will be also ‘play by the rules’ that are defined by our code.
· Tag League Association Inc. policies forbid any type of player discrimination, victimisation, bullying, or harassment. Any claims of such forbidden activity will be dealt with promptly, fairly, and with integrity and transparency.
· Tag League Association Inc. will not exclude or otherwise discriminate against any players – be they Tag League players, or players from other sporting codes, competitions, or associations. Tag League players are naturally free to participate in any other sport, exercise, activity, recreation, or similar pursuit. Further, Tag League players are free to associate with other sporting bodies and competitions, free from any detrimental impact to their participation in and selection for Tag League Association Inc. competitions.
· Players in Tag League Association Inc. competitions have a number of rights and responsibilities. Players have the right to:
- not be subjected to abuse or harassment while competing or at practice, undertaking administrative duties, in the club room, or at other club social events;
- not be unfairly discriminated against by decisions made by their team, club or association (e.g., decisions about membership, selection, access to facilities and equipment);
- complain about inappropriate and unlawful behaviours and for complaints to be taken seriously and acted upon promptly; and
- a fair process and not to be victimised if they make a complaint or are complained about.
· Players have the responsibility to contribute to safe and harassment-free sport by:
- treating others with dignity and respect;
- behaving in a manner that does not put either themselves or others at risk of harm; and
- responding positively and proactively to situations where they see others being treated unfairly, bullied or harassed.
· In this way, Tag League Association Inc. supports, implements, and champions a legal and regulatory framework made up of the following:
- The Right to Freedom of Assembly and Association – see articles 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and article 8(1)(a) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). See also article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), article 15 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and article 21 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
- Australian Sports Commission, Sports Governance Principles – established by the Commission, through its powers under the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 (Cth);
- The Right to Free and Fair Market Competition – in business, business competitors are not allowed to engage in certain business practices that may limit or prevent others from competing in their market. This is known as anticompetitive behaviour, and includes misuse of market power and unconscionable conduct. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), which is regulated and overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) provides such protections;
- The Right to not be subjected to False and Misleading Claims – the common law tort of negligence and the Australian Consumer Law (schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)) allow various remedies to respond to the false and misleading claims of other businesses;
- The Right to be Supplied Services – also under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) a suppliers' refusal to supply a service is breaking the law when that supplier is:
- misusing their market power;
- involved in a boycott;
- engaging in exclusive dealing; or
- acting unconscionably.
- The Right not to be Discriminated Against – it is unlawful in Australia to discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race and sex. Federal legislation establishes these fundamental rights under Age Discrimination Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and Sex Discrimination Act 1984. These laws are reflected in most State based legislation also.