Dealing with ethical issues is becoming a regular part of sport. Increasingly, participants and members are being required to deal with issues such as sportsmanship, team selections, drugs in sport, cheating, bullying, respect for officials, abuse of power, harassment and judging when an athlete should return to sport after an injury.
Organisations are also increasingly facing ethical issues, particularly harassment in sport. It is therefore essential that organisations like Volleyball Victoria operate professionally and with integrity in their relationships with those who are participating in or associated with volleyball.
This page provides information that will help all participants involved in the sport of volleyball in Victoria to provide safe and supportive environments and to promote professionalism. To link to the information, click on the relevant heading under related links.
Volleyball Victoria operates according to its Constitution:
VVI Rules of Association - Constitution
Volleyball Victoria Policies:
- Extreme Heat Policy (Jan 2014)
- National Match Fixing Policy (Feb 2013)
- Social Media Policy (Jun 2012)
- Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority - WEBSITE
- The World Anti-Doping Agency - 2014 PROHIBITED LIST
Volleyball Victoria Codes of Behaviour:
Code of Behaviour – Junior Players (July 2010)
Code of Behaviour – Senior Players (July 2010)
Code of Behaviour – Coaches (July 2010)
Code of Behaviour – Officials (July 2010)
Code of Behaviour – Parent/Guardian (July 2010)
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS - From 1 January 2017, the Child Safe Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations). The Standards apply to organisations as a whole, not only the areas that work with children It takes many components to build an organisation with a culture of child safety. The Standards should act as a starting point from which your organisation can take action.
The Child Safe Standards incorporate:
1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
2. A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
3. A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
4. Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
5. Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
7. Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
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HARASSMENT-FREE SPORT - Coaches and officials must not discriminate or harass others or be harassed or discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour or nationality; sex or gender; sexual or transgender orientation; pregnancy; marital or parental status; religious or political belief; social origin; age; or physical, mental or psychological disability. They must also be sensitive to how their behaviour is or might be received by others. For more information on anti-discrimination and harassment check out the harassment and discrimination section of the Ethics website.
INFORMATION SHEETS - Several of the harassment-free sport information sheets, are of particular interest to coaches and officials and cover issues such as intimate coach / athlete relationships, bullying and ethical rights and responsibilities - coaches and officials.
MEMBER PROTECTION - Member protection is a term used by the Australian sports industry to describe the practices and procedures that protect an organisation’s members. For more information, visit the member protection policy on the website.
ANTI-DOPING - Under the World Anti-doping Code 2009 (Code), the use of drugs to enhance performance is prohibited in sport. Athletes, athlete support personnel (which includes coaches and officials) and sporting organisations all have responsibilities under the Code. These responsibilities and other information relating to anti-doping are provided in the anti-doping policy on the website.