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Play by the Rules


Play by the Rules is all about promoting and reinforcing the messages of safety, fairness and inclusion on and off the sporting field. It provides a diverse range of information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players and spectators. These tools assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment and child safety issues in sport.


Play by the Rules is a unique collaboration between the ASC, Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA). These partners promote Play by the Rules through their networks, along with their own child safety, anti-discrimination and inclusion programs.

What is Play by the Rules?

The Play by the Rules initiative includes a state-of-the-art website, social media and networking platforms, a free online training course, free e-Bulletin and poster distribution, community service announcements (CSAs) featuring national sport stars, media campaigns, and face-to-face forums and presentations.


  • Online training course:

Play by the Rules has developed a free, interactive online training course for coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators on ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Harassment and Discrimination’ in sport.

  • Promotional booklet:

The Play by the Rules promotional booklet outlines the work underway to make your sport safe, fair and inclusive.


In 2012, extensive surveys involving more than 570 people in the Australian sports industry revealed that there was very good recognition of Play by the Rules and its values, high satisfaction with the website, high levels of perceived effectiveness, and excellent market penetration.

Play by the Rules has established close ties with a range of government agencies, sports federations, national and state sporting organisations, associations and clubs to share and cross-promote the information, programs and resources, link to wider sport and discrimination campaigns, and as a collective, look at ways to address current issues in the sports sector.

The initiative has successfully influenced attitudes and changed behaviour in Australia by utilising the strength and knowledge of professional insight into human rights, sports and recreation activities.

This has contributed to important changes in the culture of sport and recreation environments, including a more positive and inclusive approach to coaches, players, administrators, officials and spectators.

For more information visit Play by the Rules

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