To assist you improve your club operations and environment use these AFL programs, policies and guidelines:
The AFL Kids First Program is designed to support community leagues and clubs in guiding parents, so they and their children obtain maximum enjoyment from participation in football.
Clubs have a responsibility to ensure they meet legislative requirements with regard to alcohol management within the club. This can be broken down into two areas:
Liquor licence requirements: Your club must hold a current liquor licence that complies with the liquor licence regulations in your state.
A Club Code of Conduct will provide club members with a clear guide on the club’s expectations regarding the behaviour of its members.
Download a sample code of conduct that you can use and implement at your club.
The Government has introduced food safety handling regulations to protect consumers and organisations. Under changes to the Food Act 1984, all clubs that operate canteens and kitchen facilities must be registered with their Local Government Authority.
Once registered with Local Government Authority, clubs will be provided with a Certificate of Registration as a Food Premises.
Contact your Local Government Authority for more details on Food Safety Handling Regulations and Food Premises Registration.
The AFL's heat policy outlines the AFL's strategies for heat stress in match conditions and at training.
Download the AFL lightning policy/guidelines if your State body or league/association does not have its own.
The AFL's guidelines on managing injuries and medical emergencies assist your club in providing minimum medical and first aid training requirements.
The AFL regards unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and abuse in any form as intolerable and believes that all people have the right to work, play and socialise in an environment which is safe, inclusive and respectful.
This policy reinforces the values the AFL places upon creating the best environment for all people connected with Australian football. It clearly defines expected standards of behaviour for all people associated with our game and sets out the AFL’s approach to addressing inappropriate behaviour.
Other National Policies
The benefits to your club of adopting a Vilification and Discrimination Policy include:
Download a sample club vilification & discrimination policy that you can use and implement at your club.
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Violence against women is a violation of a woman’s right to physical and psychological integrity, to liberty, and all too often, to her right to life itself. It is any act of gender based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm to women.
Clubs are encouraged to adopt a statement of intent in relation to Respect and Responsibility to challenging the behaviours and attitudes that can cause, contribute to and condone violence against women.
Download a sample Respect & Responsibility - Statement of intent that you can use and implement at your club.
Clubs are also encouraged to put their players (15 years or older) through the Taking the Tackle program to encourage their players to have respectful relationships with women.
More on Respect & Responsibility
Most council owned buildings require a SmokeFree Policy as part of the lease agreements. The provision of an environment free from smoking has many benefits, including:
Download a sample club smokefree policy template that you can use and implement at your club.
Clubs must ensure compliance and record keeping with all employees and volunteers who are involved with child-related work and must comply with relevant legislation with regard to working with children.
All football clubs have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all participants, this is particularly important for junior clubs to ensure a comprehensive approach to child protection and creating child safe environments.
Responsible football organisations must ensure:
It is also increasingly important for senior clubs to undergo stringent screening for their volunteers, particularly in relation to colts teams which may have players under 18 years of age.
Background and criminal history screening will also assist clubs to select the right people for important committee positions such as those with cash and monies responsibilities.