Policies

OFFICIALS SCREENING

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

A current Working With Children Check (WWCC) is an essential prerequisite for active officials 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 official 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:

  • In most states, you can work for a total of 30 days per calendar year without requiring an additional check for that state. However, there are some exceptions:
    • Any official wanting to work in QLD must obtain a Blue Card before starting work.
    • Any official wanting to work in WA can only work for one period (up to 30 days)  in any calendar year before needing to obtain a Working with Children Check.

Teacher Registration
Tennis Australia no longer accepts Teacher Registrations as a form of screening. All teachers will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (or equivalent) for their state/s of work.

Volunteer vs. Employee Checks
Tennis Australia remains committed to ensuring officiating is accessible for all members, and as such, members are eligible to obtain a Volunteer check instead of an Employee check, which in most states is offered at a reduced cost or for free. Please note any officials with an employment contract with Tennis Australia are required to maintain an employee check.

State/Territory specific information

ACT

Provide a copy of your current Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card to Officials Membership initially and then every three years.
Officials 16 years of age and over are required to obtain a WWVP  card.
Head to the website for more information or to apply.

NSW

Provide a copy of your current Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter to Officials Membership initially and then every five years.
Officials 18 years of age and over are required to obtain a Working with Children Check
Head to the website for more information or to apply.

NT

Provide a copy of your current Ochre card to Officials Membership initially and then every two years.

Head to the website for more information or to apply.

QLD

Provide a copy of your current Blue Card to Officials Membership initially and then every three years.
Officials 18 years of age and over are required to obtain a Blue Card or Exemption Card

Head to the website for more information or to apply.

If you do not already have a Blue Card, please complete the forms and send to Cheryl Jenkins to complete.

SA

Provide a copy of your current Child Related Employment Screening letter to Officials Membership initially and then every three years.
Officials 18 years of age and over are required to obtain a DCSI check.

Head to the website for more information or to apply.

If you do not already have a DCSI check, Tennis Australia will need to start the process for you. Please contact us at [email protected] to start the process.

TAS

Provide a copy of your current Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card to Officials Membership initially and then every three years.
Officials 16 years of age and over are required to obtain a WWVP card

Head to the website for more information or to apply.

VIC

Provide a copy of your current Working With Children Check (WWCC) card to Officials Membership initially and then every five years.
Officials 18 years of age and over are required to obtain a WWCC.

Head to the website for more information or to apply.

WA

Provide a copy of your current Working With Children Check (WWCC) card to Officials Membership initially and then every three years.
Officials 18 years of age and over are required to obtain a WWCC.

Head to the website for more information or to apply.

Contact

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

National Police check

At Tennis Australia 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 conducted a national review to strengthen our approach to safeguarding children and young people participating in tennis.

As a result of this review, Tennis Australia has made changes to the Member Protection Policy screening process. These changes will ensure we meet best practice and standards to protect children and young people participating in our sport. The screening process now requires existing and preferred appointees to provide Tennis Australia with a current National Police check and Working with Children check.

Tennis Australia Full and Regional Officials members who are over 16 years of age are required to provide a current National Police check in addition to holding a current Working with Children check.

To apply for a National Police check, please visit www.nationalcrimecheck.com.au. A National Police check is valid for three years from the date of issue.

If you have any existing National Police check from another job/position, you are welcome to forward that to our team for review.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Tennis Australia is currently in a transition phase whereby our officials are bound by both the TEnnis Australia Code of COnduct and the nwe ITF/ATP/WTA Code of Conduct. While both contain many similar elements, TA will be reviewing both policies in due course and revising them into one document.

TA Code of Conduct

ITF/WTA/ATP Code of Conduct

GRIEVANCE

Tennis Australia (TA) expects the highest standards in regard to the professional conduct of its officials members. TA also encourages healthy working relationships between officials 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 Tennis Australia policy and their conduct is not in line with Tennis Australia’s national policies, then the matter should be reported to [email protected].

MEMBERSHIP CONDITIONS

View the Officials Membership terms and conditions.

TENNIS AUSTRALIA MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY

This 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.

View the Tennis Australia Member Protection policy.

MEMBER PROTECTION DECLARATION

All members must complete the Member Protection Declaration form when registering their membership. This is a requirement in all departments of Tennis Australia and is in line with the Member Protection By-Law.

TENNIS AUSTRALIA 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).

Read through the privacy policy.

TENNIS ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICY

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.

View the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program

TENNIS AUSTRALIA ANTI-DOPING POLICY

Tennis Australia is a co-signatory and partial founder of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP), which applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP and WTA.

In addition to the TADP, the Tennis Australia Anti-Doping Policy was adopted to ensure the eradication of doping in tennis in Australia which is fundamentally contrary  to the spirit of the sport.

View the Tennis Australia Anti-Doping Policy.

Download the ITF Anti-Doping 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.

View the Tennis Australia Social Media Policy

EYE TEST

All officials are required to complete and submit an eye test every two years.
ITF Certified Officials are not required to submit an eye test to Tennis Australia, provided their records are up to date with the ITF.

Download the Officials Eye Test

UNIFORM POLICY

View the Tennis Australia Officials Uniform Policy