National Policies

Integrity in Tennis

Tennis Australia’s aspiration is that the whole sport of tennis in Australia, at all levels and at all environments, is recognised for a reputation of unwavering commitment to integrity. Every aspect of tennis should be safe, welcoming and inclusive for all stakeholders. Tennis should also achieve fair and honest sporting performances and outcomes so that the public has confidence in the results.

The National Policies listed below outline the rules and standards of behaviour expected of the tennis community in order to support this vision. The role of the Tennis Australia Integrity and Compliance Unit is to manage and administer the National Policies.

If you’re concerned, speak up.

We take all reports relating to our National Policies very seriously and encourage members of the tennis community to voice any genuine concerns about conduct that may have breached the National Policies. If you wish to make a report to the Tennis Australia Integrity and Compliance Unit (TAICU), you may contact us via:

National Policies

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 recognised 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.

> Download Tennis Australia’s Member Protection Policy

Safeguarding Children Code of Conduct

The Tennis Australia Safeguarding Children Code of Conduct has been developed specifically to protect the health, safety and well-being of all children participating in Australian tennis programs, activities, events or services, and to outline the clear behaviour standards required of personnel when dealing with children participating in Australian tennis.

> Download the Tennis Australia Safeguarding Children Code of Conduct

Code of Behaviour

The Code of Behaviour applies to all players, coaches, parents/guardians and spectators participating in or attending a tournament in Australia.

Tennis Australia, its Member Associations and Affiliates are committed to providing every member of the Australian tennis community a welcoming, safe and inclusive tennis environment that promotes the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all participants.

Participants are the custodians of the sport of tennis, and responsible for upholding the spirit of tennis.

> View Code of Behaviour: Competitive Play

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.

> Download the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program

Anti-Doping Policy

The Tennis Australia Anti-Doping Policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, effective from 1 January 2021, and found here on the Sport Integrity Australia website. All members, participants and non-participants (including players, coaches, support personnel and administrators) in the sport of tennis are bound by this policy.

Please be aware that the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy has been varied such that all references in the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy to the National Sports Tribunal (NST) are taken to be references to the NST or the Tennis Australia Tribunal.

> Read the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy

Disciplinary Policy

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.

> Download the TA Disciplinary Policy

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.

> Download the Tennis Australia Social Media Policy

Privacy Policy

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).

> View Tennis Australia’s Privacy Policy

Whistleblower Policy

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.

> View the Whistleblower Policy
> View the Whistleblower Guidelines

COVID-19 Guidelines

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.

> View the Tennis Australia COVID-19 Guidelines

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.

> View the Extreme Weather Policy

Online Systems Conditions

Tennis Australia provides a number of national online systems for the benefit of Australian tennis organisations and tennis players. These systems include, amongst others: My Tennis, Competition planner, Tournament planner and Active Network payment gateway, Bounce and other systems provided or organised by Tennis Australia. The conditions of use associated with these online systems is set out in the Online Systems – Conditions of Use.

> View the Online Systems – Conditions of use

If you have any issues, queries or concerns, or would like any further information in relation to the National Policies, please contact us on [email protected].