Sport safety

Fair play & sports rage

Sports rage occurs between players, managers, coaches, officials, referees, parents and spectators and can happen between two or more of any of these parties and anyone can be the offender. Sports rage can take the form of violence, foul language, harassment, abuse or any other bad behaviour which contravene the codes of behaviour of a club, school or team.

Respect your team, the other team, referees, officials and spectators.


Playing sports, whether with a club or simply at the park with friends should be fun. Kids should be encouraged to be active but also “play it safe”. Sports and recreation risks include sun exposure, dehydration and digestion before exercise, warming up and cooling down and wearing appropriate safety gear.

Most organised team sports have rules and requirements regarding uniforms and safety equipment such as helmets or shin guards. These should be communicated to parents when registering your child with a club and are often mandatory for your child to play.

If your child is taking part in casual swimming, cycling, or other games/activities consider and discuss possible risks with the recreational facility or your local sports store and purchase or hire the necessary safety equipment.

Featured  safety resources

 Wherever you are in Australia, these featured resources are available nationally.

Please navigate through the subsections above to find more local or specific contacts.

National contacts

This is a brief list of organisations listed throughout the Safe section, which provide a national emergency or safety service. For specific services or to see what’s available in a local area please browse the subsections in the menu above.

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

State and local areas

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour


24 hour

Emergency contact list

View details and download

Identifying abuse and

mandatory reporting

Also see >

Emergency and advice

– Contacts and resources


– Counselling


– Relationships

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.