Play by the Rules was first developed by the South Australian Department for Sport and Recreation in 2001 as an interactive education and information website (www.playbytherules.net.au) on discrimination, harassment and child protection in sport. Over the years, as more agencies have seen the need to promote Play by the Rules, they have joined as partners and helped by contributing funds, content and in-kind support.

Play by the Rules is now a unique collaboration between Sport Integrity Australia, Sport Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the Office of the Children's Guardian (NSW) and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. These partners promote Play by the Rules through their networks, along with their own child safety, anti-discrimination and inclusion programs.

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

National campaigns featuring radio and television community service announcement ads, utilising national sporting icons, are also extending positive sporting messages more broadly to the general community.

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Play by the Rules is governed by a national Management Committee, made up of partners from the sport and recreation and human rights agencies. Meet the current Management Committee below: 

 Emma Johnson

 

Emma Johnson (Co-Chair)

Emma is responsible for Education, Legal, Sports Engagement, Communications and Assessments at Sport Integrity Australia. Emma worked in commonwealth and state government agencies in anti-corruption, national security and integrity portfolios before joining ASADA in 2018, where she lead the testing and sports engagement team. Emma is a co-chair of Play by the Rules, and a member of WADA’s NADO Expert Advisory Group. Emma was a member of the Australian Swimming team from 1995-1999, and represented Australia at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where she won a Bronze medal in the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay.

Dr Ben Gauntlett 

 

Dr Ben Gauntlett (Co-Chair)

Prior to commencing as Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Ben worked as a barrister in Western Australia and Victoria with a broad ranging practice. He has also worked as an associate to the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC at the High Court of Australia, as Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth and taught law in Australia and the United Kingdom. Ben holds undergraduate degrees in Law (Hons) and Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 2003.        

 Peter Betson 

 

Peter Betson (Co-Chair)

 

Elaine Heaney 

Elaine Heaney

Elaine Heaney is the National Manager for the Play by the Rules program and is employed by Sport Integrity Australia (a partner of Play by the Rules).

Elaine is a safeguarding and risk specialist from the UK and her background includes working as a solicitor in both Criminal and WHS law and most recently in the policy sphere, as the Child Protection Officer for Scouts NSW.

During her time at Scouts NSW – Elaine specialised in safeguarding policy and implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission. This work resulted in the Scouts NSW campaign Know It, Live It, Log it, which was recently shortlisted for a communications award. Elaine is passionate about human rights and social justice and is driven by a desire to promote appropriate conduct and safe, fair and inclusive sport throughout Australia.

Scott McDougall

Scott McDougall

Scott McDougall commenced as the Queensland Human Rights Commissioner on 8 October 2018. Prior to his appointment he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane. Since admission to legal practice in 1993 he has advocated on behalf of communities and conducted litigation particularly in the areas of discrimination, native title, criminal law, guardianship and coronial inquiries. He has undertaken several projects facilitating engagement between governments and communities including working with the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to prepare the Palm Island Future Direction Report (2006) and overseeing the G20 Independent Legal Observers Project (2014).

Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins became Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner in early 2016, after 3 years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. In that role she held an Independent Review into Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, including Predatory Behaviour, in Victoria Police. She was also the Co-Chair of the Victorian Commission’s Disability Reference Group and a member of the Aboriginal Justice Forum.

Janet Schorer

Janet Schorer

Janet is currently the Children's Guardian at the Office of the Children's Guardian in NSW.She was Executive Director of the NDIS Reform Group for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet from November 2014, and led the Commonwealth negotiations and transition to the NDIS across NSW Government. Ms Schorer was also responsible for developing the whole-of-government strategic framework for the response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Sue McGill

Sue McGill

Sue McGill is the Director Participation, Infrastructure and Inclusion and Sport Australia. Sue has a unique breadth of sport, health and physical activity expertise founded through significant experience across all levels of government. Sue has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, a Bachelor of Arts and 20 years experience holding senior roles across local, state and federal government sport portfolios. Sue’s government experience is augmented by a range of leadership roles in statutory authorities (VicHealth) and in professional sport (The Huddle, North Melbourne Football Club). Sue is committed to the importance of inclusion and diversity and carries this across all elements of her work.


Alexis Cooper

Alexis Cooper is responsible for leading Sport Integrity Australia’s education program for athletes, coaches, medical practitioners, parents, school students and sporting staff to prevent threats like doping, match-fixing, inside information, illicit drug use, discrimination and abuse. Alexis has a Bachelor of Media and Communication Studies and a Masters of Bioethics, coupling her passion for communicating complex information in simple and engaging ways with her interest in understanding why and how people make decisions. She has five years’ experience working in sport integrity, having previously served as the Media Adviser to the CEO of ASADA, and later as the acting Director of Education and Innovation of ASADA.