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Racial & Religious Tolerance

RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE POLICY

FERNTREE GULLY EAGLES JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB
RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE POLICY
MARCH 2008

The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club fully endorses, adopts, and is bound by, the AFL policy. A copy of the AFL policy is attached. Any complaint/allegation of a breach of section # 3 (“Prohibited Conduct”) in the policy may be addressed to the club’s Complaints Officer.

The Complaints Officer, on receipt of a complaint, will ensure that the complainant has a copy of the policy.

If it is an “inter-club” complaint, then the matter will be referred to the League’s Complaints Officer.

If it is an “intra-club” complaint, then the Club will deal with it as per the outline in the Club’s Constitution and with reference to the AFL policy. The Club’s Complaints Officer may contact the League’s Officer for advice.

In dealing with the complaint, the Club will ensure a fair process (that includes confidentiality) and will have the flexibility to respond according to the seriousness of the complaint – in accordance with the AFL Policy and the Club Constitution.

The Club will promote and make people aware of this policy via the website, mail, and presentations.

This Policy was accepted and passed with ‘nil’ objections by the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club General Committee Meeting held in February 2008 and will take effect from 1 March 2008.

Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club
Executive and General Committee
March 2008

 


THE AFL POLICY

 

Section 1: Commitment

1.1. The Junior Football Club 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 is bound by the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic), The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic) (the legislation). This Policy is consistent with the legislation
and the Australian Football League's Rule 30 and the Victorian Football League's Rule 7.3. This Policy is not in substitution of the legislation.


1.3 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.


1.4 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 Junior Football Club.

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

"League" means the Eastern 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 any Football Club that participates in the League.

"spectator" is a person that attends a football game or event conducted by any 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 Eastern Football 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 General Committee.

Section 11: Policy Commencement

This Policy was accepted and passed with ‘nil’ objections by the Junior Football Club General Committee.

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