What is a Member Protection Information Officer?

What is a Member Protection Information Officer?

A Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) is responsible for providing information about a person’s rights, responsibilities and options to an individual making a complaint or raising a concern. They can also provide information and advice to sport administrators and complaint handlers with regard to the Member Protection Policy of that sport. MPIOs are generally impartial; they do not mediate or investigate complaints. They may reside in a club, the state association or a National Sporting Organisation (NSO). They can also be freelance (not linked directly to sport). Some states, such as South Australia and Victoria, require you to be nominated by your state sporting body prior to gaining certification.

What is the value of an MPIO to sport?

The MPIO can play a key role in ensuring your sport is safe, fair and inclusive. MPIOs do this through ensuring club people and administrators know their rights and responsibilities and ensuring policies that focus on member protection are being implemented. Such policies may include but are not limited to the complaints policy and procedures, child protection policies, harassment and discrimination policies.

“These courses will not only assist sport to manage and resolve member issues and concerns, its greatest value will be in the development of expertise that  can promote and create a positive club/sport culture for current and future members” – Helen Szoke and Craig Martin, Play By the Rules co-chairs.

How can I become a MPIO?

You can become a certified MPIO by taking the following steps:

  1. Complete online course at any time. The course will take approximately four hours and you can pause and resume the course at any time.
  2. Once the course is completed you will receive a completion certificate that includes your online certification number (you need to keep this).
  3. Complete the face to face workshop and access the next course via the Play by the Rules website or contact Michaela Cook at the details below.
  4. On completion of the face to face workshop you will receive your certification number. You will need both this number and your online certificate number to finally register as a MPIO to receive your certificate of recognition.

To register for the MPIO training or for further details please contact Michaela Cook mcook@hockeyvictoria.org.au

Hockey Victoria would like to congratulate and acknowledge the following clubs who have fully trained Member Protection Information Officers available.

  • Gippsland Bulls Hockey Club
  • TEM Hockey Club
  • Doncaster Hockey Club
  • Orbost Hockey Club
  • Essendon Ladies Hockey Club
  • Camberwell Hockey Club
  • Kew Hockey Club
  • Swinburne University Hockey Club
  • Mentone Hockey Club
  • Altona Hockey Club
  • Box Hill Hockey Club
  • Greensborough Hockey Club
  • MCC Hockey Club

Hockey Victoria strongly encourages all clubs to have a trained MPIO. For further details about this process or for more information, please contact Michaela Cook mcook@hockeyvictoria.org.au

Hockey Victoria is proud to add The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ground breaking guidelines resources to it’s collection the resource is designed to promote the participation of transgender people in sport.

The 40-page guideline is believed to be the most comprehensive document ever produced in Australia detailing how anti-discrimination law applies to transgender people in sport.

Developed in consultation with major sporting organisations and community members, it spells out obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act regarding discrimination against transgender people in sport, while giving practical advice for sports clubs.

It is against the law for sports clubs to discriminate against a person based on their gender identity, except in limited circumstances where exceptions can apply.

The guideline dispels some of the confusion and myths surrounding transgender people in sport, such as transgender people will gain or seek to gain a competitive advantage by participating as their affirmed gender.

”The reality is, transgender people, like everyone else, compete in sports and mostly they are welcomed,” Commissioner Kate Jenkins said.

”The guideline aims to reinforce that supportive environment,” she said. ”At the same time, some sports organisations are confused about their legal obligations and a lack of understanding about transgender people can lead to discrimination, bullying and exclusion. Where there’s confusion or discrimination, this publication provides practical guidance and support.”

Transgender guidelines: