Code of Conduct

The North East Canoe Club is a Fair Play Club. As part of our affiliation with Paddling Victoria we abide by the Australian Canoeing Limited Code of Behaviour.

Our club prides itself on being a welcoming and respectful place where people of all genders, ethnicities, ages and abilities can come and paddle. We endeavour to respect each other and treat everyone who participates in our activities with respect and kindness. We also have a strong commitment to respecting the environments in which we paddle which means we are committed to preserving land and waterways in the state we find them, whilst removing rubbish and “leaving no trace”.
Our committee is committed to resolving any breaches of the code of conduct in an ethical and legal way.
Any club members who work with children in our club hold a current working with children check and abide by safe child practices.

A full code of conduct is available here:

A summary of our code of conduct follows:
We expect the following standards of behaviour from every person involved in our club – player, member, administrator, or spectator:
• Be honest, fair, reliable and transparent.
• Avoid conflicts of interest.
• Strive to earn and maintain community trust.
• Don’t engage in, or advocate possession or use of banned performance enhancing or illicit drugs.
• Don’t participate in, or encourage match-fixing, illegal sports betting or other corruption.
• Treat everyone in a considerate, objective and courteous manner.
• Refrain from any form of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse, intimidation, victimisation or vilification of others.
• Recognise and value the contribution of all.
• Accept the consequences of your actions.
• Be a positive role model.
• Comply with child safe standards.
• Understand the consequences of breaching the Code. Report and deal with breaches.
• Play by the rules and spirit of the game.
• Be informed, consistent, impartial, just and reasonable.
• Be a ‘good sport’.
• Provide a ‘fair go’ to people of all abilities.
• Provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.
• Ensure equipment, facilities and programs meet standards.
• Support injury management, return to play and child safe standards policies.
• Show concern and caution for others. Immediately report any issues.

1. Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport, promoting fair play over winning at any cost.
2. Encourage opportunities for participants to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
3. Encourage participation in all aspects of the sport.
4. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others.
5. Treat each person as an individual.
6. Be a positive role model.
7. Display control, tolerance and courtesy to all involved with the sport.
8. Value the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural
background or religion.
9. Do not use your involvement with Australian Canoeing, a State Association or an Affiliated Club to
promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of
Australian Canoeing, the State Associations or the Affiliated Clubs.
10. Ensure interaction with persons under the age of 18 years is appropriate and that unaccompanied and
unobserved activities are avoided wherever practical.
11. Adopt appropriate behaviour in relation to the use of alcohol and recreational and performance
enhancing drugs.
12. Act with integrity and accept responsibility for your actions.
13. Make a commitment to providing quality service.
14. Understand your responsibility if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of this Code of Behaviour.
15. Ensure your actions contribute to a safe environment.
16. Ensure your actions contribute to a harassment free environment.
17. Do not tolerate violence or abusive behaviours.
18. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
19. Provide aid to those who are sick or injured.
20. Using minimal impact practises in the environment that you paddle in.
21. Seek permission from land owners to access waterways.