Volunteer or employee? Fair Work Commission clarifies the position of volunteer coaches

A recent Fair Work Commission decision in a dispute between the coach of a children's sporting team and a state sporting organisation has led to some analysis on the important distinction between an employee relationship and a volunteer service arrangement at sporting organisations.  Read more...

Can a breach of field of play rules constitute "conduct unbecoming"? NSW Supreme Court answers "yes"!

This eBulletin highlights the care that sports organisations must take in administering their disciplinary procedures, particularly as the NSW Supreme Court found that members are entitled to challenge a disciplinary decision in court.  Read more...

Child Safety Standards - new child safety rules to apply to Victorian sports. Does your sport comply?

From 1 January 2017, the Victorian Child Safety Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations). There are seven different requirements which make up the standards, and with which sports will be required to comply.  Read more...

Governance reminder- ASC 'Sports Governance Principles' require sports to have implemented an effective compliance program

National and state sporting organisations know they are required to strive to meet the Australian Sports Commission's 'Sports Governance Principles.' However, there are some principles that sports commonly overlook.  Read more...

Essendon misses the mark?

WorkSafe Victoria has announced that it has charged Essendon Football Club with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) in relation to the supplements saga that has engulfed the Club since late 2011.  Read more...

New legislation in WA - the impact on your sport

This eBulletin outlines the impact of the Associations Incorporation Bill 2014 (WA), which has entered into force and makes numerous reforms to the legislation governing incorporated associations in Western Australia.

The eBulletin outlines those reforms and what your sport needs to do to ensure ongoing compliance with legislative requirements.
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Victorian Government announces $100m "Community Sports Infrastructure Fund" - we can help apply you for grants

The Victorian Government recently announced a $100m "Community Sports Infrastructure Fund" to upgrade sport and recreation facilities across the State. Clubs can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help fund an upgrade to their local facilities. We can provide assistance with preparing a grant application.  Read more...

Changes to combat sports regulation in NSW

In this eBulletin, we look at which sports are covered under the new Combat Sports Act 2013 (NSW) and outline the key changes which will affect NSW combat sports organisations.  Read more...

Introduction of Tasmanian Working with Children Checks - impact for sports organisations

Working with Children Checks have been introduced in Tasmania and are set to commence from 1 April 2015 for coaches and employees (or volunteers) of sports organisations. In this eBulletin, we outline the roll-out of Working with Children Checks and look at how they will impact sports organisations.  Read more...

Changes to the Working with Children Act - impact for sports organisations

On 26 October 2014, amendments to the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic) will commence. This is in response to the Victorian's Parliament's Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations and the Betrayal of Trust report. We outline the amendments and assesses how they will impact sports organisations.  Read more...

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