Good Governance | Integrity | Athlete Development & Wellbeing | Health & Safety

Charter of Athletes’ Rights

Athletes have the same inherent rights as everyone. The careers of athletes warrant protection, for they are all consuming, short term, precarious and only available to the young. Once over, athletes must forge new lives. In Australian sport today, the unique nature of athletic careers is used to justify restraints, limitations and penalties which are not imposed on any other citizen even though they are often not evidence based, ineffective and even counter-productive. For a fair balance to be restored, all Australian sports must adopt this Charter of Athletes’ Rights.

Every Athlete

1. HAS THE RIGHT
to access and pursue sport as a career based solely on merit.

2. HAS THE RIGHT
to a sporting environment that is well governed, preserves the integrity of sport and is free from corruption and cheating.

3. HAS THE RIGHT
to the free choice of employment and to move freely in pursuit of that employment.

4. HAS THE RIGHT
to just and favourable conditions of work, including a minimum wage, fair hours of work, rest, leisure, workplace representation and the protection of a secure contract.

5. MUST
be provided with a safe workplace, which protects the athlete’s physical and mental health and his or her social wellbeing. An athlete must be treated and supported when injured.

6. IS ENTITLED
to have any dispute resolved through impartial and expeditious arbitration in which the athlete has an equal say in the appointment of the arbitrator. He or she shall not be the subject of any penalty which is disproportionate or without just cause.

7. HAS THE RIGHT
to an education and to pursue life beyond sport supported by the resources of the sport.

8. IS ENTITLED
to have his or her name, image and performance protected. An athlete’s name, image and performance should only be exploited with his or her consent, voluntarily given.

9. IS ENTITLED
to equality of opportunity in the pursuit of sport, free of any discrimination or harassment. An athlete’s right to pursue sport cannot be limited because of his or her race, age, sexuality, gender, religion, political belief, responsibilities as a carer or any other universally recognised attribute.

10. HAS THE RIGHT
to freedom of opinion and expression.

11. HAS THE RIGHT
to privacy.

12. IS ENTITLED,
if a minor, to have his or her rights as a child safeguarded.

13. HAS THE RIGHT
to share fairly in the economic activity of his or her sport.

14. HAS THE RIGHT
to organise and collectively bargain.

15. HAS A DUTY
to advance and promote the interests of his or her sport and community. An athlete shall only be subject to such limitations as are necessary to ensure that everyone can enjoy sport and that the health of sport and its social and cultural role in society is preserved.