2018-2019 Draft

Coach Membership Policies National Programs Policies Tennis Australia Policies

 

Coach Membership Policies

Terms & Conditions

View the Coach Membership terms and conditions.

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 well-being 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.

View Tennis Australia’s Member Protection Policy

All coach members must complete the Member Protection Declaration form when registering for membership.

Working with Children Checks

All States/Territories in Australia have mandatory legislation requiring tennis coaches to undergo a screening process in order to work with children (under 18 years of age). Tennis Australia is committed to helping coaches to adhere to the requirements.

A current Working With Children Check (WWCC) is an essential prerequisite for active coach membership with TA.

There is no national screening system or national standards regarding WWCC and related clearances. Each State/Territory Government has its own legislation. It is necessary to fulfil the requirements in each State/Territory in which you are working. Please refer below for specific local requirements (subject to change and it is the responsibility of each tennis coach to ensure that he/she complies with current State/Territory legislation).

Also note the following if you are moving between States/Territories and intend to engage in child-related work:

  • If your working with children activity is likely to take place over ten or more consecutive days, a WWCC for your destination State/Territory should be strongly considered (though the requirements vary depending on the destination and it is the responsibility of each tennis coach to ensure that he/she complies with current State/Territory legislation); and
  • If the move is permanent, a WWC clearance for the destination State/Territory should certainly be obtained.
ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Working with Vulnerable People Working with Children Check Ochre Card Blue Card DCSI – Child Related Employment Screening Working with Children Check Working with Children Check Working with Children Check

Your screening documentation can be updated at any time by logging in to your MyTennis account.

Coaches who fail to provide up-to-date screening may have their membership suspended or cancelled.

National Police Checks

In addition to the Working with Children Check, a National Police Check is an essential prerequisite for active coach membership with TA.

To apply for a National Police check, please visit www.nationalcrimecheck.com.au

Only National Police checks with a full disclosure will be accepted. National Police checks are valid for three years from date of issue. If you’re under the age of 16 years, you will not be required to complete a National Police check. You will however be expected to have your parent/guardian complete the Member Protection Declaration form.

Your screening documentation can be updated at any time by logging in to your MyTennis account.

Keeping the Tennis Community Safe Course

Tennis Australia has worked with the Australian Childhood Foundation to develop an on-line course and resource kit to provide you with the knowledge and resources to ensure you and your business are child-safe.

The Keeping the tennis community safe course will help you comply with Tennis Australia’s Member Protection Policy and Safeguarding Children Guidelines. Coaches are encouraged to work with your clubs and venues to implement these policies in your local tennis environment.

From 1 September 2018, completion of the Keeping the Tennis Community Safe course is a mandatory requirement for all coach members to maintain active membership and insurance cover.

The course consists of a series of videos and eLearning modules. It takes approximately two hours to work through the content and can be completed over multiple sessions.

Please note: Coaches who have completed Keeping the tennis community safe course as a part of their Tennis Australia coaching course in 2017 have fulfilled this coach membership requirement.

You can access the training now via Bounce. To start the learning modules, you will need to:

  1. Log in at bounce.tennis.com.au using your email address as your username.
  2. If you have forgotten your password, click ‘Forgot Password’ and follow the prompts to reset your password.
  3. Bookmark the course for easy access in the future.
  4. The course can also be found by clicking on “My Learning” from the top menu, then choose the course “Keeping the tennis community safe (2018)”

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 1800 PLAY TENNIS (752 983) or [email protected].

First Aid

Tennis Australia is committed to improving the quality of qualified coaches for players of all levels. To build the professionalism of our coaches and to ensure the safety and integrity of our sport, First Aid was made a mandatory requirement for all Business Package and Qualified coach members.

Please click here for information.

Code of Conduct

Read the Coaches’ Code of conduct.

Professional Conduct Matters and Disputes

Tennis Australia (TA) expects the highest standards in regard to the professional conduct of its coach members.

TA also encourages healthy working relationships between coach members and the tennis community. However, it is recognised that occasionally issues may arise.

If an issue arises in relation to a person who is bound by a TA policy and their conduct is not in line with Tennis Australia’s national policies, then the matter should be reported to [email protected].

TA notes that the Coach Grievance Policy has been discontinued based on feedback and the strengthening of other TA policies (e.g., Member Protection and Disciplinary policies). Some disputes and matters will fall beyond the scope of those with which TA can assist in accordance with our policies.

However, where members of the tennis community (which may include tennis coaches, players or clubs) need assistance to reach an agreement or resolution on a matter, they may wish to seek assistance from one of the service providers listed in the Mediation Contact Guide.

For more information, please refer to the Professional Conduct Matters and Disputes flow chart on Bounce.

Coach Webpage Agreement

Click here to view the Tennis Australia coach members’ website agreement.

Tennis Australia Logo Agreement

Click here to view the Tennis Australia logo agreement.

National Programs Policies

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots

View the Terms and Conditions.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play

View the Terms and Conditions.

Fitbit Cardio Tennis

View the Terms and Conditions.

Tennis Australia Policies

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.

Download the TA 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

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

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 Australia 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.

The program incorporates the Tennis Australia Whistleblower Policy 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

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).

View the Participation and Online Systems terms and conditions