Athletics Australia

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Membership Terms and Conditions

Athletics Australia - Coaching


Upon gaining or renewing Athletics Australia coach accreditation, coaches also become Members of the respective State or Territory Member Association in relation to their place of residence.

Coaches are therefore bound by the policies of both Athletics Australia and the relevant State or Territory Member Association and acknowledge that any breach of these policies may be dealt with at State/Territory or national level depending on nature and circumstances relating to the breach.

Membership Renewal

Your Athletics Australia coach accreditation should be renewed every 12 months, and we generally send a reminder approximately one month before the renewal date. Once renewed, your membership will be extended for 12 months from your most recent expiry date. Your eligibility to renew is subject to your payment of the membership fee and your ongoing compliance with the applicable conditions.

Coaching Insurance Information

As an accredited coach, you are covered under Athletics Australia’s coaching insurance policy with V Insurance. For more information, including the full policy, what it covers, and how to make a claim is available here. Please remember that you are only covered while you remain an active and accredited coach. Check the expiry date on your Certificate of Accreditation to find out when your accreditation is due to expire.

Member Protection Declaration

Athletics Australia has a duty of care to its members and to the general public who interact with its coaches. As part of this duty of care and as a requirement of Athletics Australia, Accredited Athletics Coaches need to agree to the following Member Protection Declaration:

I sincerely declare:

1. I do not have any criminal charge pending before the courts;

2. I do not have any criminal convictions or findings of guilt for offences involving sexual activity, acts of indecency, child abuse or child pornography;

3. I have not had any disciplinary proceedings brought against me by an employer, sporting organisation or similar body involving child abuse, sexual misconduct or harassment, acts of violence, intimidation or other forms of harassment;

4. I have never been sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation under any anti-doping policy applicable to me;

5. I will not participate in, facilitate or encourage any practice prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency Code or any other anti-doping policy applicable to me;

6. To my knowledge there is no other matter that The Company (Athletics Australia), its associations or club may consider to constitute a risk to its members, employees, volunteers, athletes or reputation by engaging me as an Accredited Athletics Coach;

7. I will notify the CEO of the organisation(s) engaging me immediately upon becoming aware that any of the matters set out in clauses 1 to 6 above has changed for whatever reason; and/or

8. I declare that I have a current Working with Children Certification if required by the law of the State or Territory in which I normally reside.

Child Protection

Children have a fundamental right to be safe from any form of abuse while involved in sport or associated activities. This is a legal requirement as well as a moral obligation. Child protection requires a commitment from all levels in sport to ensure sporting environments are safe for all children. This includes an awareness of the requirements and risks, a commitment to practices that minimise the risks, and the ability to appropriately respond to incidents of child abuse.

Visit the Sport Australia website for additional information on Child Protection here.

Accredited Athletics Coaches are advised to consult further with the specific requirements for Working With Children that are of relevance to the State or Territory in which they are coaching, for a continuous period of more than 2 weeks.

Play by the Rules is a partnership between Sport Australia and all State/Territory sport and recreation and anti-discrimination agencies and provides advice on dealing with discrimination, harassment and child abuse for the sport and recreation industry.

The information on Play by the Rules is not intended to be, nor should it be relied upon as, a substitute for legal or other professional advice. Play by the Rules is supported by the Australian and State and Territory Governments.

Coaches Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the Accredited Athletics Coach is adopted from the World Athletics, and Sport Australia.

The basic principle is that ethical considerations leading to fair play are integral and mandatory elements of coaching Athletics. These ethical considerations apply to all levels of ability and commitment, including recreational and competitive involvement in Athletics.

The full Code of Conduct can be found here.

Athletics NSW - Coaching

Athletics NSW Terms and Conditions

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