The Play by the Rules Award recognises outstanding initiatives that contributed to safer, fairer and/or more inclusive sport in 2017–18.

Nominations for the Play by the Rules Award are open until 7 September 2018.

The winner of the Play by the Rules Award will announced on 21 September 2018. A representative from the winning organisation will be offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Melbourne to attend the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum on 11 October and receive their award.

If your organisation has done some great work to make your sport safer, fairer and/or more inclusive, enter the 2018 Play by the Rules Award, and gain some national recognition. The award is open to any national, state or local sport and/or recreation organisation.


Criteria for this award are:

  • successful implementation of an initiative that promotes fairness, integrity, respect and/or positive behaviour in sport, and/or
  • successful implementation of an initiative that supports well-being and safety of people in sport, and/or
  • successful implementation of an initiative that leads to under-represented groups being more involved in sport, and
  • evaluation of the initiative undertaken demonstrating the overall outcome.

You may choose to nominate an initiative that started before 30 June 2017. However, you need to demonstrate milestones and results from that initiative that have occurred between 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018.

If you entered an initiative in the 2016–17 award, you are eligible to nominate that initiative again. Your 2017 nomination has no bearing on your 2018 nomination.

You can  download the nomination form below. Read, then delete the green guidance text and insert your responses.

Nominations close at 5pm, 7 September 2018.

Email your entry to:

Please do not include images in your submission. If you have links to digital content such as videos or online articles, you may add the URLs into your responses. However, please note that they are not essential for your nomination and will not form part of the judges’ assessment.

Good luck. If you want to see previous years nominations they are part of our Case Studies section.

Download the PBTR Nomination form here.