The Play by the Rules podcasts feature people from a diverse backgrounds, from all levels of sport - from senior policy level to grass roots sports volunteers. The podcasts are typically around 15 minutes long and usually focus on a particular area of interest. You can listen directly, view the transcript, download the mp3 file to play back at your leisure and use on your own websites.  

Play by the Rules Podcasts
  • 14 December 2017

    Megan Mitchell

    Megan Mitchell is Australia's first National Children's Commissioner. In this podcast Megan has some practical advice for sports clubs on easy steps that any sports club can take to keep children safe. She emphasises the need to listen to and react to the voices of young people, as they are agents of their own protection. Strong and important insights from one of Australia's leading advocates for child safety. 
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  • 29 October 2017

    David Simpson

    David Simpson is an experienced sports administrator, having worked at local, state, national and international level in different countries, over a long career. He is currently a Member Protection Information Officer for his local club and in this podcast we talk about the role of the MPIO and other 'common' challenges faced by grass roots sports clubs.   
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  • 29 September 2017

    Kate Jenkins

    Kate Jenkins is the Sex Discrimination Commission with the Australian Human Rights Commission. She is also co-Chair of Play by the Rules. In this podcast Kate talks about the rise of women's sport and the impact on traditional sporting culture. We discuss the impact big sports can have on challenging stereotypes and influencing important social issues such as violence against women.
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  • 30 August 2017

    Dr Tim Soutphommasane

    Dr Tim Soutphommasane is Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. In this podcast Tim talks about sport as an exemplar of diversity and inclusion in society. He also talks about some of the challenges of racism and multi-culturalism in sport such as the reactions to Adam Goodes actions in 2013. A key message here is that all of us can have a say and some of the most powerful actions to combat racism can occur locally. 
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  • 25 July 2017

    Kerryn Boland

    There are many ways sport organisations can better protect children and create safer places, including focusing in on what is best for kids. Listen to practical advice in this podcast with Kerryn Boland, former Children’s Guardian in New South Wales. She is a lawyer with extensive experience in senior executive roles in the areas of human rights, child protection, industrial relations and regulatory reform. Kerryn has worked to help many sports organisations understand the importance of being child-safe. She is also a former member of the Play by the Rules Management Committee. 
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  • 17 January 2017

    Kyah Symon

    Sport is for everyone and everyone should feel safe, respected and get a fair go. No matter who you are or where you are from there is just no place in sport for intolerance, racism, sexism or discrimination of any kind. Keep your sport inclusive, safe and fair go to

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