The health and wellbeing of the Australian Tennis Community is our number one priority, and amidst growing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve released a set of COVID-19 Guidelines for Australian Tennis Organisations.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an understanding of the disease and preventative steps for those who participate in the activities of an Australian Tennis Organisation. They will be updated as this situation progresses.
Member Protection policy
Strengthening Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy
At Tennis Australia (TA) we take seriously our duty of care to children and young people, as well as their families and community. With this in mind, Tennis Australia recently commenced a national review which aimed to strengthen TAs approach to safeguarding children and young people who participate in tennis.
The national review was assisted by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) and was based on nationally recognized standards for their Safeguarding Children Program.
As a result of this review, Tennis Australia has made significant changes to the Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy. These changes are aimed at implementing best practice and standards to protect children and young people in their care.
The policy has been developed as part of Tennis Australia’s ongoing commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of its members and participants. Member Protection is all about practices and procedures, which protect a sports organisation’s members including athletes, administrators, coaches and officials.
Tennis Australia Anti-Doping Policy
In 2004 at the French Open, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) launched an anti-doping campaign in association with the Grand Slams. The purpose of the campaign was to warn the elite players of the dangers associated with the consumption of dietary supplements. The document below (PDF) is Tennis Australia’s Anti-Doping Policy.
Code of behaviour
The new Code of behaviour replaces the ‘Events Disciplinary Policy’ that regulates behaviour breaches related to and during tournaments and weekly competitions in Australia. We are committed to protecting the integrity of tennis and ensuring we provide a healthy and positive environment for players to compete in. Improving the behaviour of players and spectators at tournaments and competitions is a major element of this.
Extreme Weather Policy
The policy is designed to protect competitive tennis players from injury and illness that may result by playing tennis in extreme weather conditions.
This Policy applies to conduct and behaviour which is not otherwise captured by TA’s Code of Behaviour, Member Protection Policy or Anti-Doping Policy.
Tennis Anti-Corruption program
The purpose of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program is to (i) maintain the integrity of tennis, (ii) protect against any efforts to impact improperly the results of any match and (iii) establish a uniform rule and consistent scheme of enforcement and sanctions applicable to all professional tennis Events and to all Governing Bodies.
Social Media Policy
Tennis Australia encourages the use of Social Media and recognises and appreciates the value of Social Media as a tool for the Australian tennis community to engage, communicate, learn, share and drive innovation. As Social Media is shared in the public realm, it is vital that the valuable public reputation of TA, Australian Tennis Organisations (ATO’s), sponsors and other TA stakeholders is protected.
Tennis Australia is committed to the protection of your personal information in accordance with the National Privacy Principles, and from 12 March 2014, the Australian Privacy Principles, set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
Statement of Integrity
At Tennis Australia, everything that we do is conducted with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. This, combined with our commitment to innovation and development of tennis globally, has been critical to our success today.
We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption in any form, and we are committed to complying with the anti-bribery and corruption laws, including the Australian Criminal Code Act 1995, the Australian Crimes Act 2014, the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 and the United Kingdom Bribery Act 2010, and those of every country in which we operate.
While we lead the way in developing the next generation of tennis stars, it is the actions of our people that are most critical to our success. We keep it simple – we do things the right way, and we expect the same from those that we deal with.
As we grow as a business, we do not waver from our commitment to integrity, honesty, trust and respect. Our policies and guidelines underpin this commitment. We adhere to these policies and guidelines, particularly in interactions with our customers, our business partners, our employees and anyone else that we come into contact with.
We want to continue to be recognised for our reputation in delivering excellence both on and off the court, while having an unwavering commitment to integrity. Together, we can achieve this objective.
The Tennis Whistleblower Program has been developed to encourage disclosure of any wrongdoings by providing convenient and safe disclosure mechanisms and protection for people who do so. It was updated on 1 January 2020 in accordance with the new whistleblower laws in Australia.
The program incorporates the Tennis Whistleblower Policy, Tennis Whistleblower Guidelines and the Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy. The Tennis Australia Integrity and Compliance unit has oversight of this Program and Policy.
Participation and Online Systems Terms and Conditions
Tennis Australia provides a number of national online tennis participation systems for the benefit of Australian Tennis Organisations and tennis players. These systems include: My Tennis, Competition planner, Tournament planner and Active Network payment gateway, Bounce and other online tennis participation systems provided or organised by Tennis Australia (together the Tennis Participation Online Systems).