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Member protection, code of conduct, mental health and inclusion

The Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all its members, and that all members are aware of, and that they adhere to the Policies and Guidelines as set out by SLSA.

Member Protection

As part of a member’s commitment to observing this Code of Conduct, each member must acknowledge their commitment to the Code of Conduct. The Code should be followed at all times and by all members and all people involved in any way with Surf Life Saving.

This Policy aims to assist SLSA & Gunnamatta SLSC to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with Gunnamatta SLSC. It sets out the commitment to ensure that every person involved in Gunnamatta SLSC is treated with respect and dignity and protected from Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment and Abuse.

It also seeks to ensure that everyone involved in SLS is aware of their legal and ethical rights and responsibilities, as well as the standards of behaviour that are expected of them. The policy can be found here: SLSA Member Protection Policy

General Code of Conduct 
This Code of Conduct (Code) outlines the behaviour expected of members and persons involved in, and interactions between, all persons in the Surf Life Saving community.
Members and all people involved in any way with Surf Life Saving Australia will:
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others—treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

  •  Be ethical, considerate, fair, courteous and honest in all dealings with other people and Organisations.

  •  Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions.

  •  Be aware of and always follow, Surf Life Saving’ standards, rules, policies and procedures and promote those standards, rules, policies and procedures to others.

  •  Operate within the rules and spirit of the sport, including the national and international guidelines that govern Surf Life Saving.

  •  Understand the possible consequences of breaching the Codes and/or this Policy.

  •  Report any breaches of the Codes or this Policy to the appropriate Person in Position of Authority.

  •  Refrain from any form of Abuse, Harassment, Discrimination and Victimisation towards others.

  •  Raise concerns regarding decisions of Person in Position of Authority through the appropriate channels and in a timely manner.

  •  Provide a safe environment for the conduct of activities in accordance with any relevant Surf Life Saving Australia policy.

  •  Show concern, empathy and caution towards others that may be sick or injured.

  •  Be a positive role model to all.

  •  Respect and protect confidential information obtained through Surf Life Saving activities or services, whether individual and/or organisational information.

  •  Maintain the required standard of accreditation and/or licensing of professional competencies, as applicable to the role(s).

  • Ensure that any physical contact with others is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development.

  •  Refrain from intimate relations with persons over whom you have a position of authority.

  • Agree to abide by the Codes.

  • Maintain a duty of care towards others.

  • Be impartial and accept responsibility for all actions taken.

Failure to comply with this Policy may be considered a breach and result in disciplinary action in accordance with
Surf Life Saving rules and policies.

Mental Health of Members

The Club supports all members in good times and at other times when things may not be quite so good.  Anxiety and related issues arise in our lives. The Club provides members with access to the services of Beyond Blue.  We suggest that members that feel that they may need some support should contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 and have a conversation about the issues. 

To view the resources available from Beyond Blue, we would recommend that members go to this link and see what is freely available:

Inclusion & Diversity Statement

Gunnamatta SLSC commit and will strive to:

  • Be an inclusive club, dedicated to being open to all members of the Australian community and providing a safe environment for all who choose to participate in surf life saving.

We commit that our members and all people involved in any way with Surf Lifesaving will:

  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of others—treat others as you would like to be treated yourself;

  • ensure SLS is an inclusive organisation that is open to all who wish to participate regardless of age, gender, disability, cultural and linguistic background or sexual orientation; and

  • provide a safe and nurturing environment for all participating in surf life saving by actively promoting the principles of equal opportunity, social justice and cultural safety so that all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

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