Member Protection

Member Protection

Participation in water polo should be fun, safe and enjoyable for all. We are committed to ensuring all members are treated with respect and dignity, and are protected from bullying, discrimination, harassment or abuse.

WPA Member Protection Policy

Child Safeguarding

We are committed to a sport environment that is safe, supportive and friendly for children and young people. We have a zero tolerance for any behaviour that puts the wellbeing of children and young people at risk.

Child Safeguarding Policy

Our Member Protection Information Officer

We appoint an individual to the role of Member Protection and Information Officer (‘MPIO’) who is there for members should they encounter any harassment, abuse or other inappropriate behaviours. The MPIO provides information about possible ways to resolve an issue and offers moral support. MPIOs are impartial and will treat all information as strictly confidential.

Your MPIO is Nerida Wolfers – she is contactable at

Complaint Management

The MPIO is available to provide advice to all members who may have an issue or grievance at the club and is the first point of contact for any member wishing to raise a concern.

To contact the MPIO, please email to arrange a call back. After contacting the MPIO, should any member wish to proceed with a formal complaint (in relation to a breach of the Child Safeguarding Policy or alleged discrimination), this can be lodged via the Sport Integrity Australia portal here.

We understand that in a community organisation where everyone knows each other, conflicts of interest can arise. We want members to feel they can raise any concerns they have, and if there is a conflict of interest and members would prefer to speak to someone else within the club committee regarding their concern, please email them directly.

Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy

Child Safe Commitment

We are committed to the wellbeing of children who take part in our sport and will work to create a safe, positive and enjoyable environment where they are respected and valued. Child safety and protection remains a priority for SNB Breakers now and into the future.

Working with Children Check

All members (over the age of 18) who work with children must complete a Working with Children Check (WWCC) which we then verify with the Office of the Children’s Guardian. This includes all Coaches and Managers who work with players under 18 years of age along with other specific roles where safeguarding children is deemed imperative.

A WWCC application or renewal is free for volunteers. A clearance lasts for 5 years and is continuously monitored.

For any queries, please contact the MPIO on

Child Safe Reporting

Keeping children and young people safe relies on community members reporting their concerns. All SNB Breakers members have a responsibility to speak up if they become aware or observe something considered inappropriate. Please contact our club’s MPIO on and submit a report through the Sport Integrity Australia portal here. Follow the question prompts, noting if you wish to remain anonymous and click submit once finished. Your report will then be sent to Sport Integrity Australia for investigation.

Note that Sport Integrity Australia is only authorised to manage complaints about alleged discrimination or an alleged breach of child safeguarding. Complaints relating to selections, governance, personal grievances, whistleblower or code of conduct are managed within the sport of water polo.


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