Policy Register

What’s New in 2017?

•       Australian Rugby Code of Conduct

‒         An individual code for each group of participants including Players, Coaches, Match Officials, Administrators, Parents and Spectators

•       Safety Policy and Participation Policy

‒         renewed focus on safe, inclusive and fair participation

‒         new procedures for Age Dispensation, Senior Rugby Dispensation and Mixed Gender Dispensation

Australian Rugby Code of Conduct: There are a number of associated policies, codes and guidelines referenced in the Code of Conduct that all participants in Australian Rugby are bound by. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these participation requirements. These policies and codes are constantly evolving to meet contemporary issues within the sport and as such are updated from time to time. A number of these policies, if breached, may result in action pursuant to this Code.  The key policies you need to know are:

·         ARU Safety Policy;

·         ARU Participation Policy; and

·         ARU Concussion Policy.

Safety Policy: The safety of all participants must be the primary consideration in all participation decisions, overriding all other considerations.

Participation Policy: Rugby should be safe, inclusive and fair. Every effort must be made for Rugby participants with broadly compatible physical development in conjunction with ability and/or experience to play with and against each other.  The Participation Policy (and the associated dispensation procedures) cover age, senior rugby, mixed gender, gender identity and disability.

Australian Rugby Disciplinary Rules: Were introduced in 2016 with the aim of ensuring consistency and uniformity in the way disciplinary procedures are administered in the community game across Australia. After considerable feedback and consultation in 2016, the Rules have been updated and improved in 2017.  See the below links to the Rules, a brief Overview and a summary of key changes from 2016 to 2017:

·         2017 Australian Rugby Disciplinary Rules;

·         Overview of 2017 Australian Rugby Disciplinary Rules; and

·         Summary of key changes between 2016 and 2017 Australian Rugby Disciplinary Rules.


Other Policies

Additionally, there are a number of other national policies that Participants are bound by that contain their own disciplinary regimes. The key policies you need to know are:

·         ARU Anti-Doping Code; and

·         ARU Member Protection Policy.

Please note: the Australian Rugby Anti-Corruption and Betting Policy (which will apply to all participants across the Game) is intended to come into effect on 1 December 2017.

Similarly, the following policies, whilst not binding on non-professional participants in Australian Rugby, provide guidance on the ARU’s position on a number of important issues in sport.  Please see the links below for more information:

·         ARU Medical Policy

·         ARU Illicit Drugs Policy

·         ARU Sport Supplement Policy

A full set of the ARU’s codes and policies are listed below

Safe Practices

·         ARU Medical & Safety Recommendations

·         Serious Injury Protocol/ Report

·         Smart Rugby Policy

·         Blood Policy

·         Match Day Inspection Checklist

·         ARF Welfare Fund

·         World Rugby Heat Guidelines

·         World Rugby Lightning Safety Guidelines

·         WADA Prohibited List 2017

·         ASADA Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

·         Sports Lighting - Australian Standard

·         Artificial Turf

·         Rugby Goggles Policy

·         Laws of the Game

          Alcohol Code of Conduct



            ·        ARU Website Privacy Policy

            ·        Constitution

·        Insurance Scheme

·        ARU Registration Regulations 2017

·        Players Suspended from other sports


Inclusive Environments

·         ARU Inclusion Policy



·         Rugby Australia New Club /Organisation and Name Change Form

·         Application for Tour Overseas

·         Sports Visa Endorsement Application

            ·          ARU Charity Request Policy