Member Protection

Code of Conduct

Our Club is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people in Surf Life Saving. One way we do this is by ensuring that our members behave in a way which creates a safe, positive and inclusive environment. Surf Life Saving’s Codes of Conduct represent the minimum standards of
member behaviour and must be complied with at all times. There are two Codes of Conduct, both of which can be found in the SLSA Member Protection Policy.

  • The General Code of Conduct: includes expectations relating to respect; ethics; professionalism; complying with SLSA rules, policies and procedures; reporting breaches of the Safeguarding Program; and being a positive role model.
  • The Code of Conduct for People in Positions of Authority when Dealing with Children or Young People: includes expectations relating to positive guidance; overnight stays; language; adhering to role boundaries; transporting children; use of electronic communication; use of changing rooms; use of photography; physical contact; gift giving; wearing of uniforms; and use of alcohol or drugs.

Members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Codes of Conduct, and to ensure that their behaviour, as well as the behaviour of others within the Club, is appropriate. They are encouraged to say something if they see something that doesn’t feel right, or is not in line with the Codes of Conduct.

Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO)

Cronulla SLSC has a zero tolerance to bullying and harassment. Our aim is for all members to trust one another, ensure comradery and mateship by looking out for each other.

We encourage any member to speak up and raise any club related grievances with our MPIO’s. We will aim to address such issues and guarantee we won’t turn a blind eye on any unacceptable behaviour.

We believe that bullying or harassment of any nature is misconduct that undermines the integrity of our members. Bullying and harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO);

  • Are trained to be the first point of contact within sporting organisations for any person considering making a complaint under the SLSA Member Protection Policy.
  • MPIOs provide confidential, impartial and timely information and support.
  • They act as a sounding board and provide information about the local complaint resolution options available to address the individual’s concerns.
  • MPIO’s may also be called up to provide advice to club administrators or complaint handlers regarding the Member Protection Policy and associated laws.
  • MPIOs are not advocates but they may elect to accompany complainants, if requested, to talk with someone else.

What DO Member Protection Information Officers do?

• Listen
• Act as an impartial support person
• Provide information about discrimination, harassment and child abuse
• Provide information about the Member Protection Policy and the options available to resolve the complaint
• Provide information about relevant laws and the right to complain externally
• Discuss possible strategies the individual can use to deal directly with the other person
• Provide contact details for counselling or other referrals as appropriate or as requested

What DON’T Member Protection Information Officers do?

• Advocate
• Take sides or judge
• Give advice
• Intervene
• Investigate
• Breach confidentiality

Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club MPIO’s are:

Chris Barber

Caroline Tumeth

Rebecca Ingram

Nathan Schutt

If required, you can contact our MPIO’s through our club office on 02 9523 5300 or email