2020 Annual Awards are now closed

Many thanks to all the 134 clubs and associations that have nominated for this years Play by the Rules Awards. It's going to be a difficult task coming up with the winners this year. All nominations will be considered to showcase their work as a Play by the Rules case study in the future - so watch out for that.

Due to the number of nominations to get through this year we've extended the notification period - the announcement of the Play by the Rules Awards winners this year will be on 2nd October. All nominees will be contacted directly and we'll post an update here.

Many thanks again and keep up the great work.



The Award started in 2017 when the winner was Gymnastics Victoria for their pathways program in collaboration with Special Olympics. You can see details of their work in our Case Studies section. The 2018 winner was the GingerCloud Foundation for their great work developing their Modified Rugby Program. You can also read about their work in our Case Study on the GingerCloud Foundation.

In 2019 we expanded the Play by the Rules Award to two categories - for local clubs and for state bodies. This years winners were the Penrith Giants Junior AFL Club for their Kickability program and Netball Queensland for the Diamond Spirit program. You can hear from Julie Chard from Penrith Giants and Lee Wilson from Netball Queensland below who received their Awards at the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum.


2019 Play by the Rules winner for local clubs - Penrith Giants Junior AFL Club


2019 Play by the Rules winner for state bodies - Netball Queensland

If you want to know more about the Diamond Spirit program there's an excellent video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCdw6nG2M28.


2018 Play by the Rules winner - GingerCloud Foundation

2017 Play by the Rules Award winner - Gymnastics Victoria


You can nominate your club, association or agency. So if your organisation has done some great work to make sport safer, fairer and/or more inclusive, nominate for the Play by the Rules Award and gain some national recognition. Nominations open in early August each year. 

Many of the nominations are later developed as a Case Study model of good practice for Play by the Rules, so even if you do not take out the big prize you can still have your work shared and recognised nationally through Play by the Rules.