Rugby AU Policies

Rugby Australia Player Welfare and Safety Initiatives 2018

Rugby Australia Code of Conduct - An individual code for each group of participants including Players, Coaches, Match Officials, Administrators, Parents and Spectators

Safety Policy and Participation Policy - focus on safe, inclusive and fair participation

Australian Rugby Code of Conduct

There are a number of associated policies, codes and guidelines referenced in the Code of Conduct that all participants in Australian Rugby are bound by. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these participation requirements. These policies and codes are constantly evolving to meet contemporary issues within the sport and as such are updated from time to time. A number of these policies, if breached, may result in action pursuant to this Code.  The key policies you need to know are: 

Safety Policy and Participation Policy; and

Rugby Australia Concussion Management

Australian Rugby Disciplinary Rules

Rugby AU, in consultation with Member Unions, has developed the Rugby Australia Disciplinary Rules 2018 ("the Rules") to ensure uniformity in the way disciplinary procedures are administered in the community Game across Australia. The Rules are intended for use within Australian domestic Rugby in all Formats, Competitions, Tournaments and Matches, whether or not the Match is for competition points (e.g. pre-season and tour matches with inter-state or overseas teams). For the avoidance of doubt, these Rules do not apply to Test Rugby, SANZAAR Super Rugby, Men's and Women's Sevens World Series and Oceania Sevens.

The Rules have been designed to achieve a universal and consistent approach to disciplinary proceedings for Foul Play, Citing and Appeals. Fundamentally, they outline the core principles underpinning the disciplinary process and general procedures and provisions for disciplinary matters, including universal sanctions at all levels of the game.

Rugby Australia's disciplinary regime reflects World Rugby Regulation 17. It exists to penalise players whose Foul Play or Misconduct is other than purely accidental, and one of its most important principles is to prevent the risk of injury to other players in a dynamic and physical sport. Players have an obligation to ensure that they do not cause injury to opponents, so there is a presumption that any conduct which is proscribed by World Rugby Law 9 (Foul Play) merits a sanction. 

2018 Australian Rugby Disciplinary Rules

Other Policies

Additionally, there are a number of other national policies that Participants are bound by that contain their own disciplinary regimes. The key policies you need to know are:

Rugby AU Anti-Doping Code;

Rugby AU Member Protection Policy;

Rugby AU Anti-Corruption and Betting Policy

Similarly, the following policies, whilst not binding on non-professional participants in Australian Rugby, provide guidance on Rugby Australia's  position on a number of important issues in sport.  Please see the links below for more information:

Rugby AU Illicit Drugs Policy

Rugby AU Medical Policy

Rugby AU Sports Supplement Policy

Rugby AU Semi-Professional Supplements Policy

A full set of Rugby Australia's codes and policies are listed below.

Safe Practices

Rugby Australia Medical & First Aid Requirements

Serious Injury Protocol/ Report

Mayday Safety Procedure Flowchart

Smart Rugby Policy

Blood Policy

Match Day Inspection Checklist

ARF Welfare Fund

World Rugby Heat Guidelines

World Rugby Lightning Safety Guidelines

WADA Prohibited List 2018

ASADA Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Sports Lighting - Australian Standard

Artificial Turf

Rugby Goggles Policy

Laws of the Game

Alcohol Code of Conduct 


ARU Website Privacy Policy


Insurance Scheme

Rugby Australia Registration Regulations 

Players Suspended from other sports 

Inclusive Environment

Rugby Australia Inclusion Policy


Rugby Australia New Club /Organisation and Name Change Form

Application for Tour Overseas

Sports Visa Endorsement Application

ARU Charity Request Policy