As you may be aware, as a result of the introduction of Sport Integrity Australia and the National Integrity Framework (NIF) and the changing landscape in which Play by the Rules (PBTR) now operates, a National Review of the PBTR Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Program was undertaken late last year to discuss the training program and MPIO role and how it could be more effective and efficient for NSOs, SSOs, sporting clubs and PBTR users across Australia.
The review found that the MPIO has played an integral role in community sport over the last 16 years in providing members with information and options on what they can do if they have a safeguarding or member protection issue. However, it also found that the role needs clarity on its function and what it can and can’t do, the online course and face-to-face training workshop and content needed updating and made consistent across the state/territory sector, more support needed to be offered to MPIOs when they are in the role (post-training), and greater promotion and awareness was required throughout the network so the MPIO was utilised by all members.
The Review has been completed and its recommendations accepted, and as a result, the following activities are underway:
MPIO training and delivery:
The aim is to re-launch the new updated National MPIO Program in July 2023. Until this time, the current PBTR MPIO program and training delivery will remain in place - MPIO Online Course - Play by the Rules - Making Sport inclusive, safe and fair. Continue to look for upcoming MPIO training courses on the PBTR website or your state/territory website.