Code of Conduct

To: The Community of Northern Suburbs Rugby Club

RE: Adherence to Rugby Australia’s Code of Conduct

Further to recently reported incidents of alleged racial vilification involving another Shute Shield club and a Super Rugby club, this is a reminder to all in the Norths community of the strict conduct policies set out in Rugby Australia’s Code of Conduct.

The object of the Code is to ensure expected standards of behaviour are maintained by all involved in rugby and includes the Club, our players, coaches, administrators, employees, contractors, volunteers, sponsors, family, guardians, and spectators.

It is imperative that we, as a club and community, uphold the highest standards of courtesy, respect, dignity, and sportsmanship, both on and off the field, towards our own community, other rugby communities and all match officials. Racial, sexist, religious, gender bullying, harassment and vilification are not only against the values we stand for, but also contravene the Code.

Compliance with the Code is not optional; it is essential to the spirit of the game and the reputation of the Club.

Penalties for breaches include:

§ Deduction of competition points which can impact the club's standing and progress.

§ Immediate ejection from the game for any player found to be engaging in racial vilification.

§ Suspension of players or supporters from future matches and club activities.

§ Fines imposed on individuals and the club.

§ Mandatory educational programs for the offending individual(s) and potentially for the club as a whole.

§ In severe or repeated cases, lifetime bans from all Rugby AU affiliated events and activities.

Let ‘s all continue to contribute to a sporting environment where courtesy, respect, dignity, and sportsmanship remain the cornerstones of our Club's culture, by ensuring your conduct reflects the values we revere. Together, we can maintain the dignity and respect the sport of rugby, and all involved deserve.

A copy and summary of the Code are posted on the Club’s website Code of Conduct | Rugby Australia. We strongly encourage you to take the time to further familiarise yourself with the Code.

With sincere thanks for your ongoing cooperation and vigilance.




To ensure Rugby AU’s expected standards of behaviour are maintained by “Relevant Persons” and “Relevant Organisations”.




Relevant Organisation


  • an “Affiliated Union” (SRU), and
  • any rugby club in membership with or affiliated to an Affiliated Union (Norths).

All relevant Organisations are under an obligation to:

  • Publish, distribute, and promote the Code.
  • Ensure a copy of the Code is available and accessible to all people and organisations to whom the Code applies.
  • Appoint a person(s) responsible for administering the Code.

Relevant Persons

In respect of a Relevant Organsiation:

  • Individual Members (Norths’ members)
  • Participants (players, coaches, administrators, officials, support personnel in a professional or voluntary capacity, other individuals that attend rugby activities or facilities)
  • Employees
  • Contractors
  • Volunteers (including directors & officers, coaches, officials, administrators, Team, and Support Personnel)

All Relevant Persons are under an obligation to:

  • Be aware of the Code’s content.
  • Comply with the Code
  • Be accountable for their behaviour.
  • Cooperate with any request for information or investigation commenced under the Code.
  • Comply with any decisions and sanctions imposed for a breach of the Code.

Appointed Person

The person appointed by a Relevant Organsiation that is responsible for the administration of the Code within their jurisdiction.

Behaviour Standards

See clause 4 of the Code.

To foster a positive rugby community, the following behavioural standards are expected in the context of rugby related activities between Relevant Persons and Relevant Organisations:

  • Compliance: Act or operate in compliance with Rugby AU's codes, policies, and guidelines and those of Relevant Organisations and their representatives.
  • Respect: Engage with everyone respectfully, valuing their rights and responsibilities.
  • Respect Officials: Match officials' authority must be respected and must not use offensive language or behaviour towards officials.
  • Ethics: Ensure all interactions are ethical, fair, and honest.
  • Integrity: Act with honesty, integrity, and objectivity.
  • Conduct: Do not harm the reputation or interests of the rugby community.
  • Safety: Prioritize health and safety, contributing to a secure environment for all.
  • Domestic Violence: Must not be committed.
  • Positive Impact: Must not act in ways that could negatively affect others' experiences or safety, including:
  • Discriminatory, offensive, or critical remarks.
  • Bullying, harassment, sexism, racism, or homophobia/transphobia.
  • Intimidation, threats, aggression, or disorderly conduct.
  • Unwanted physical contact or disruptive behaviour.
  • Any actions that are illegal or unsafe.
  • Physical Interactions: Must be suitable for the context and environment.
  • Venue Rules: Respect and follow the rules of venues during rugby events.
  • Event Conduct: must not be violent, intimidating, or any inappropriate in any rugby event location.
  • Public Disturbances: behaviour at rugby events must not be disruptive.
  • Illegal Activities: must not commit any criminal activities, especially involving illegal drugs at rugby events.
  • Accountability: Maintain professionalism, keep professional relationships appropriate and related to rugby activities. Be accountable and take responsibility for own actions.
  • Confidentiality: Protect confidential information related to individuals or the Relevant Organization.
  • Communication: must not be threatening, discriminatory, or inappropriate.
  • Content Sharing: must not be offensive or inappropriate material.
  • Social Media: must not post or incite others to post offensive content on social media.
  • Reputation: Avoid damaging the reputation of rugby or Relevant Organizations.
  • Cooperation: Assist in any investigations by providing accurate information and materials.
  • Reporting: Report any suspected breaches of the Code and support the integrity of the proceedings.

All Relevant Organisations and Relevant Persons

Prohibited Conduct & Breach of Code

See clause 5 of the Code.

A Relevant Person or Relevant Organisation commits a breach of the Code if they:

  • engage in conduct contrary to the behavioural standards in clause 4.
  • fail to comply with sanctions or disciplinary measures under the Code

All Relevant Organisations and Relevant Persons



A person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally using words or actions, or the inappropriate use of power, against a person or a group of people that causes distress and/or risk to their wellbeing.


Treating a person or group of people less favourably than another person or group of people because of a person characteristic.


Any type of behaviour towards another that is:

  • unwanted; and
  • offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening; and
  • reasonably likely to cause harm to that other.


Subjecting a person, or threatening to subject a person to any unfair treatment because the person has:

  • made or intends to pursue their right to make a complaint or lawful disclosure, including under applicable legislation or the Code, or
  • supported another person to take such action.


A PUBLIC act, conduct, or behaviour that incites hatred, serious contempt, revulsion, or severe ridicule of another person or group because of a particular characteristic they hold, as covered by applicable legislation including race, religion, age, sexuality, gender, or HIV/AIDS status.


Prejudiced or antagonistic behaviour towards another or others based on their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group.


Discrimination, prejudice, or stereotyping based on gender.


Having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against gay people.


Having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against transgender people.