Integrity — protecting polocrosse together

Sport should be a safe and fair place for all participants. At Polocrosse Australia, we offer a safe place for people to raise concerns about behaviour they’ve witnessed or experienced in sport as well as find more information if they have an integrity question.

WHAT IS SPORT INTEGRITY?

Threats to a sport’s integrity can include competition manipulation and sports gambling, doping, the improper use of drugs and medicine and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse, including against children.
Integrity in sport means participants, officials, supporters, and fans can participate in and enjoy sport, confident in the knowledge they are part of a safe, fair, and inclusive environment.

All our members and participants have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of polocrosse, as well as the health and wellbeing of everyone involved.
We work closely with Sport Integrity Australia, the national coordination agency for sport integrity threats. For more information about Sport Integrity Australia visit its website. Keep up to date with all that is happening in sport integrity by following Sport Integrity Australia on Facebook, X, Instagram and LinkedIn or listen to On Side, the official podcast of Sport Integrity Australia. You can also download the Sport Integrity App, which are available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

HOW TO RAISE A CONCERN

Everyone from athletes, officials, parents, support personnel, administrators and supporters play a role in protecting the integrity of our sport. Polocrosse Australia works with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) to coordinate and manage complaints and reports.
Complaints received will be evaluated and either managed by Polocrosse Australia, referred to SIA or an appropriate external agency, or passed back to the complainant with suggested pathways for them to pursue where the Complaint is out of scope.

If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, say something!

Questions about and integrity related matter can be directed to the National Executive Officer (NEO)

What is the National Integrity Framework?

We take sport integrity seriously and in December 2023 Polocrosse Australia adopted the National Integrity Framework. The National Integrity Framework is essentially a set of rules all members of our sport need to follow when it comes to their behaviour and conduct in sport. There are four core policies which make up the National Integrity Framework. These are:

These core policies are underpinned by the Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy, which explains how people who have breached a National Integrity Framework policy are held accountable for doing the wrong thing.
Check out the National Integrity Framework FACTSHEET and VIDEO.

WHO MANAGES COMPLAINTS?

As a member of a sport that has signed up to the National Integrity Framework, you can make a complaint if you believe a fellow member has behaved poorly and potentially breached one of the policies.
If the Complaint is about child safeguarding or discrimination, you can make the complaint to Sport Integrity Australia. You can lodge a child safeguarding or Ddiscrimination complaint to Sport Integrity Australia by completing the online form.
If you would prefer to talk to someone at Sport Integrity Australia, assistance is available by calling 1300 027 232.

All other integrity complaints should be submitted to and will be managed by Polocrosse Australia by contacting the National Executive Officer.

OTHER SUPPORT PATHWAYS

SAFE SPORT HOTLINE
1800 161 361 — 7AM-7PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR
The Safe Sport Hotline is part of an expanded service offered to members of sport to share their story with a trusted member of the Sport Integrity Australia team about integrity issues they have experienced. The service includes an anonymous reporting capability that covers wider racial and cultural issues in sport for people who feel they have been discriminated against in their sport.

CONNECT WITH SUPPORT
If you, or someone you care about, is struggling with an issue it’s okay to reach out for support.
MENTAL HEALTH OR WELLBEING SUPPORT SERVICE PROVIDERS

BULLYING IN SPORT
Every person in sport, in every role, has the right to participate in an environment that is fun, safe and healthy, and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
RESOURCE: BULLYING IN SPORT AND AVAILABLE PATHWAYS

ABUSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT ONLINE
If you have a concern about abusive or inappropriate material online, you can also report it to the eSafety Commissioner for action. eSafety can investigate cyberbullying of children, adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse (sharing, or threatening to share, intimate images without the consent of the person shown) and illegal and restricted content.
REPORT TO THE ESAFETY COMMISSIONER

EDUCATION AND RESOURCES

When it comes to sport integrity, it is critical for everyone who is involved in sport, from grassroots to elite-level athletes, their parents, teachers, coaches, sport administration staff and support personnel, are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep everyone informed.

SAFEGUARDING
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy is designed to protect children and young people in sport by putting in place rules and processes to ensure sporting environments are inclusive, positive and safe for all children and young people, all the time. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES.

MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY
The Member Protection Policy is designed to protect the welfare, wellbeing and health of everyone involved in sport. It provides clear definitions of abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, victimisation and vilification in sport, along with information on how to report these behaviours. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES.

IMPROPER USE OF DRUGS AND MEDICINE POLICY
The Improper Use of Drugs and Medicines Policy is designed to protect athletes from harm caused by the improper use of medicines, supplements and illegal drugs. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES.

COMPETITION MANIPULATION AND SPORT GAMBLING POLICY
The Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling Policy is designed to keep sport fair by protecting sporting competitions from competition manipulation (also known as match-fixing) and associated betting activity. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES.

COMPLAINTS, DISPUTES AND DISCIPLINE POLICY
The Complaints, Disputes and Disciplines Policy (CDDP) provides sport and its participants with a best practice complaint management process that can be run by either Sport Integrity Australia or the sport. Check out the FACT SHEET, VIDEO and OTHER RESOURCES.

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