Member Protection Policy

The ARU Member Protection Policy reiterates Australian Rugby’s commitment to ensuring that every person involved in rugby is treated with respect and dignity, and is safe and protected from harassment, discrimination, bullying, abuse and other unfair or inappropriate conduct.

The Member Protection Policy is comprised of four sections:

  1. Policy statements regarding child protection, taking images of children, anti-discrimination and harassment, sexual relationships, pregnancy and gender identity, alcohol, smoking, cyber-bullying/safety and social networking;
  2. Child Protection Requirements including a summary of relevant State and Territory Working With Children Checks (WWCC), recommended screening process for those States and Territories that do not have specific child protection legislation, and ‘reporting requirements’ for the protection of children in each State and Territory;
  3. Procedures including step-by-step guide to all dispute resolution procedures: complaints procedure, mediation procedure, child abuse investigation procedure, conduct committee and appeals procedure, and summary of disciplinary measures; and
  4. Reporting documents and forms. 

Everyone involved in Rugby should familiarise themselves with the Member Protection Policy and the standards of behaviour expected of all participants.

This summary is not intended as a substitute for reading the ARU Member Protection Policy

If you need information, advice, to make a complaint or to raise a concern in relation to inappropriate behaviour in sport (such as harassment, discrimination or abuse), this chart may assist in working out who to contact and how. Start at the level (club, state or national) that the incident occurred.

Play by the Rules – Free Online Training Courses

Play by the Rules free online training is for coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators. The courses available include Child Protection, Harassment and Discrimination, Member Protection and Complaint Handling.

The ARU strongly encourages all coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators to visit the below website and complete the free online training course.

For more details about course visit the ASC Learning website


The Australian Rugby Union Limited (ARU) respects the privacy of the individuals on whom the ARU collects, uses, discloses and holds personal information. The ARU has a Privacy Policy that is based on the Australian Privacy Policy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

The ARU uses the information it collects to administer the game of Rugby Union in Australia, to provide Rugby activities and Rugby-related services, to register, select and insure participants, and to assess the level of interest in the sport. We may also disclose your information to our Members (including without limitation the Super Rugby Licensees and the State and Territory Unions) to enable them to promote and administer the game of Rugby Union in their area and provide rugby activities and rugby-related services.

The ARU also uses your information to provide information, materials and promotions relating to the ARU and to Rugby Union which the ARU considers may interest you. Where you consent, we may also disclose that information to our sponsors (to enable them to provide information, materials and promotional opportunities) and to certain other third parties.

Full copy of the Privacy Policy is available for download.

In some circumstances, you may be entitled to gain access to the information the ARU holds about you. If you wish to do so, please contact the ARU in writing at the address below:                   


The Privacy Officer
Australian Rugby Union
PO Box 115
St Leonards NSW 1590

Phone: (02) 8005 5555
Fax: (02) 8005 5699