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Safety and ethics

Officials need to know the relevant policies for their sport and act appropriately, in the best interest of all the players.

Officials are increasingly facing ethical issues, particularly harassment in sport. As officials are often placed in the unenviable position of alienating 50% of the crowd and players at any given time, they can be subject to criticism, abuse and harassment. Officials can also have enormous influence over athletes, coaches and others in a game or event. Issues such as sportsmanship, injury, cheating, bullying, abuse of power and harassment have all become a part of sport.

It is essential that officials operate professionally and with integrity in their relationships with those who are participating in or associated with their sport.

Officials need to know the relevant policies for their sport and act appropriately, in the best interest of all the players.

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Gold Coast 2018 is the 5th Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Australia.

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11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.