Code of Conduct

From the ACTJRU:

Match Abuse Protocols

To view the Protocol surrounding abuse directed at Match Officials for all matches sanctioned by Brumbies Rugby and officiated by ACT Rugby Referees, or their appointed representatives click here: match_official_abuse_protocols_and_sanctions

Rugby Ethos

Rugby is a team game that has evolved from great traditions.  It has a rich history of pride and a profound respect for the values of sportsmanship, fair play, camaraderie and a deep appreciation of the community’s involvement.   It demands the immense respect of team mates, opponents and officials of the game.  It involves dedication and teamwork, a yearning to learn and a sense of responsibility from those who guide and teach.

Code of Conduct

The ARU is committed to promoting and strengthening the positive image of Rugby and its participants in Australia. In light of this commitment, the ARU Code of Conduct seeks to establish standards of performance and behaviour to ensure that participants act in a professional and proper manner and to ensure that the game is played and conducted with disciplined and sporting behaviour. The Code of Conduct also seeks to deter all on-field and Rugby-related conduct that could damage the game of Rugby by impairing public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of matches and competitions or in the integrity and good character of participants.

The Australian Rugby Union has set out the ARU Code of Conduct By-Law (pdf – 74kb) to assist clubs when dealing with issues.

What are my responsibilities under the Code?

Everyone (including players, parents, officials) involved in Rugby is bound by the Code of Conduct and should not abuse, threaten or intimidate a Referee, an Assistant Referee, (Touch Judge), Coaching Staff or other Team or Match Officials, whether on or off the field. They should not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult or humiliate another participant on the grounds of their religion, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour or national or ethnic origin.  The ACTJRU has in place effective sanctions for those found to have breached the Code of Conduct.

Expectations of Behaviour Guidelines

The Australian Rugby Union has developed the following guidelines to assist clubs when dealing with expectations of behaviour from players, parents, teachers and coaches. The expectations of behaviour guidelines are a simple outline for parents, teachers, coaches and players to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to maximise their enjoyment of the game. Rugby has always been a game that prides itself on fair play and enjoyment for all, so please adhere to these guidelines to ensure this continues.

These guidelines have been developed to:

  • Maintain the elements of enjoyment and satisfaction in Rugby
  • Make adults aware that young people play to satisfy themselves and not necessarily to satisfy adults or members of their own peer group
  • Improve the physical fitness of youth by encouraging participation in rugby by making it attractive, safe and enjoyable for all young people
  • Constantly remind administrators, coaches, teachers, referees and parents that Rugby must be administered, taught and provided, for the good of those young people who wish to play the game.


It is their game!

Download the Expectations of Behaviour Guidelines

What did I agree to?
By signing an ARU Player Registration Form when you registered your child, you have agreed to abide by Rugby’s Code of Conduct and to ensure we have a safe, fair and fun environment for all.  It is very important that everyone involved in Rugby is aware of their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct and the respect owed to each other, particularly the important and valuable role our volunteers provide.


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