Vilification and Discrimination Policy

THE BALMAIN TIGERS AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL CLUB

VILIFICATION & DISCRIMINATION TOLERANCE POLICY

SECTION 1 – COMMITMENT

1.1 Balmain Tigers A.F.C. is committed to an environment which promotes

racial and religious tolerance by prohibiting certain conduct and providing a means of

redress for victims of racial and religious vilification and/or racial discrimination.

1.2 The Club will ensure that this Policy is communicated to spectators and participants

of the Club. It will also ensure that participants of the Club receive anti-racial and

religious vilification and racial discrimination training on an annual basis.

1.3 Nothing in this Policy prevents a person lodging a complaint in relation to racial and

religious vilification and/or racial discrimination under the legislation. In the event a

complaint is made under this policy the Club shall ensure that the parties are informed

of their rights.

SECTION 2 – DEFINITIONS

In this Policy-

“complaints process” means the procedure outlined in sections 6, 7 and 8 of this Policy.

“Club” means the Football Club.

“engage in conduct” includes use of the internet or email to publish or transmit statements or

other material.

“League” means the Football League.

“detriment” includes humiliation and denigration.

“discrimination” means for the purpose of this Policy, conduct based on a person’s race, religion,

colour, descent or national or ethnic origin. Discrimination may be direct or indirect. Direct

discrimination means treating or proposing to treat another person less favourably on the basis

of a person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin. Indirect discrimination

means imposing or intending to impose a requirement that a person of a particular race, religion,

colour, descent or national or ethnic origin cannot comply with, but which a higher proportion of

people without that attribute (or with a different attribute) can, when it is not reasonable in the

circumstances to do so.

“participant” includes a player, director, officer, employee, volunteer to and agent of a Football

Club that participates in the League.

“spectator” is a person that attends a football game or event conducted by a Club or the League.

SECTION 3 – PROHIBITED CONDUCT

3.1 Racial and Religious Vilification

No person in his/her capacity as a spectator or participant in the League in the course

of carrying out his/her duties or functions as or incidental to being a participant in

the League shall engage in conduct that offends, humiliates, intimidates, contempts,

ridicules, incites, threatens, disparages, vilifies or insults another person on the basis

of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

3.2 Serious Racial and Religious Vilification

No person in his/her capacity as a spectator or participant in the Club in the course

of carrying out his/her duties of functions as or incidental to being a participant in the

Club shall intentionally engage in conduct that he/she knows Is likely to incite hatred

against another person, or threaten physical harm or incite hatred in others to cause

physical harm to a person or to a person’s property because of that person’s race,

religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

3.3 Racial and Religious discrimination

No person in his/her capacity as a spectator or participant in the Club in the course

of carrying out his/her duties or functions as or incidental to being a participant in the

Club shall engage in conduct that discriminates, directly or indirectly against another

person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

3.4 Victimisation

3.4.1 No person in his/her capacity as a spectator or participant in the Club in the course of

carrying out his/her duties or functions as or incidental to being a participant in the Club

shall victimise another person.

3.4.2 A person will victimise another person (the victim) if:

(a) the person subjects or threatens to subject the victim to any detriment because

the victim (or a person associated with the victim) intends to or has lodged a complaint

in contravention of this Policy; or

(b) the person assists, requests, induces, encourages or authorises another person to

subject the victim to any detriment because the victim (or a person associated with the

victim) intends to or has lodged a complaint in contravention of this Policy.

SECTION 4 – AUTHORISED PERSONS

4.1 The Club will appoint a Complaints Officer (the Club’s Complaints Officer) to ensure

that any breach of this Policy is responded to in an equitable and prompt manner.

4.2 The President of the Club (the President) is the senior decision-maker in the Club’s

Complaints Process. Therefore, should the President be absent for a significant period, he/

she must nominate a person to act on his/her behalf should the process need to be enacted.

SECTION 5 – CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORDS

5.1 Confidentiality must be maintained throughout the complaints process. All parties to

a complaint, the President (or Delegate), the Club’s Complaints Officer, any witnesses

and the Conciliator must all agree, in writing, to the maintenance of confidentiality.

No person involved in the complaints process shall publicly comment on any aspect

of the complaints process without the prior written agreement of all parties.

5.2 The Club shall ensure that any documents relating to a complaint shall remain

confidential and be retained for 7 years from the date that the complaint is made.

SECTION 6 – INTER CLUB BREACH OF THE POLICY

In the event that it is alleged that a spectator or participant from another Club has

contravened this Policy:

6.1 an Umpire, spectator or participant of the Club may by 5.00pm on the first working day

following the day on which the contravention is alleged to have occurred, lodge a

complaint in writing with Complaint’s Officer of the Club;

6.2 the Complaint’s Officer of the Club where the complaint was made shall, by 5.00pm on

the next working day following the day that the complaint was lodged with the Club,

lodge the complaint with the League’s Complaints Officer;

6.3 the Club’s Complaints Officer will take no further action once the complaint has been

lodged with the League unless otherwise instructed by the League’s Complaints Officer.

SECTION 7 – INTRA CLUB BREACH OF THE POLICY

In the event that it is alleged that a participant of the Club has contravened this

Policy an umpire, spectator or participant may by 5.00pm on the first working day

following the day on which the contravention is alleged to have occurred, lodge a

complaint in writing with the Club’s Complaints Officer.

SECTION 8 – MANAGEMENT OF INTRA CLUB COMPLAINTS

The Club’s Complaints Officer shall:

8.1 make every effort to ensure that:

8.1.1 confidentiality is maintained at all times during the complaints process and that the

outcome of the complaints process remains confidential;

8.1.2 any breach of confidentiality is referred to the

League’s Tribunal no later than 5pm on the next working day following the day that

the breach was discovered;

8.2 inform the person alleged to have contravened the Policy (the respondent) of the

complaint and provide the respondent with an opportunity to respond to it;

8.3 inform only the President of the Club or Nominee, that a Complaint has been

received by the Complaints Officer;

8.4 obtain written statements from any witnesses identified by both parties

to the complaint;

8.5 where available, obtain any other evidence;

8.6 arrange for the complaint to be conciliated, by an independent conciliator agreed upon

by both parties;

8.7 take all steps necessary for the complaint to be conciliated within 5 working days from

the day on which the incident is alleged to have occurred;

8.8 refer the complaint to the League’s Tribunal:

8.8.1 when the complainant informs the Complaints Officer that the matter has not

been resolved through conciliation. The Complaints Officer will if requested by the

complainant, take all steps necessary for the complaint to be referred to League’s

Tribunal within 5 working days from when the conciliation failed;

8.8.2 directly when a respondent has previously taken part in conciliation as a respondent

of a complaint;

8.8.3 when both the Club’s Complaints Officer and President have determined that the

complaint was lacking in substance and was made vexatiously;

8.8.4 when both the Club’s Complaints Officer and President determine that under sections

24 or 25 of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic) the complaint could be

considered as “serious”, he/she will take all steps necessary for the complaint to be

referred to the League’s Tribunal within 5 working days from the day on which the

incident is alleged to have occurred;

8.9 ensure that any time limit referred to in this Policy may be extended by the Club if in

the opinion of the President of the Club it is just and equitable to do so;

8.10 ensure that where a matter is resolved by conciliation the only public statement

that shall be made shall be agreed to by both parties to the complaint and the

Club’s President and that the terms of any settlement are finalised to the satisfaction

of the complainant and respondent and signed by the parties and the conciliator.

SECTION 9 – CLUB’S LIABILITY

The Club may be vicariously liable for conduct engaged in by a participant which if found

to have contravened this Policy, if the Club is unable to establish that it took reasonable

precautions to prevent the participant from engaging in that conduct.

SECTION 10 – MONITORING AND REVIEW OF THE POLICY

The Policy will be monitored on an ongoing basis by the Club’s

Committee.

SECTION 11 – POLICY COMMENCEMENT

This Policy was passed by the Club’s Committee

on and will take effect from 01 / 01 / 2015