MPIO Training Courses


Posted: Mon, 24th Apr 2017

The Office Of Sport will be running MPIO Workshops in the Rutherford and Forster areas. MPIO Courses are incredibly beneficial for all MPIO's and members within Pony Club.

Spaces are now available in the following MPIO workshops in Rutherford and Forster next month. If you could please make this information available to your clubs that would be greatly appreciated. Please get in touch with any queries.

The below Member Protection Information Officer face-to-face courses have been opened up to participants of other sports with Northern NSW Football hosting each workshop and confirming the first bookings. Representative of other sports are now able to book a spot via the below web links.

Any football participants should book via the details provided previously by NNSWF.

Limited places are still available for participants of other sports and these places can be accessed by using the below links.

Between January and March this year 272 people in NSW (a large proportion of which are in the Hunter) have undertaken the online MPIO training modules. The face-to-face workshops represent the second, and final, part of the training for the role.


Date:                Monday May 1st 2017

Time:                6.00pm - 9pm

Location:           Club Maitland City, Arthur Street, Rutherford




Date:                Monday May 8th 2017

Time:                6.00pm - 9:00pm

Location:           Club Forster, Strand Street, Forster




What is an MPIO and why do we have them?

A Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) provides information about the rights, responsibilities and options available to an individual making a complaint in sport. They can also inform and advise sport administrators and complaint handlers in Member Protection Policy for specific sports. MPIOs are impartial and don’t mediate or investigate complaints. They may reside in a club, state association or national sports organisation and can also freelance.

To ensure sporting clubs implement best practice around member protection and safeguarding children many governing bodies of sport, plus the Office of Sport, are increasing the availability of MPIO face-to-face training. This will help ensure best practice is in place at those clubs who complete the training and establish MPIOs supported by the related policies.

Ensuring there are consistent complaint handling processes across sport which also demonstrate best practice are critical to maintaining safe and friendly environments in sporting clubs. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has further bought into focus the reason for ensuring clubs utilise best practice in this regard and MPIOs are an important part of ensuring clubs are safeguarding all members, especially children.


Recent courses

Since September last year in the Hunter region Singleton Rugby Union, Upper Hunter Shire Council, and Hunter Surf Life Saving have hosted MPIO training staged by the Office of Sport with Northern NSW Football also hosting courses, recently at Speers Point.


MPIO training process

The online Member Protection Information Officer training (first component of MPIO training) can be accessed via the Australian Sports Commission’s Learning Portal. The relevant course tab is ‘Play By the Rules’ and one needs to complete all seven modules relevant for the MPIO training. If you have not done any prior courses via the ASC Learning Portal you will need to register a profile.

Once completing the online training participants have the opportunity to attend a face-to-face course (three-hours) to finalise their MPIO training.

It’s important to remember selecting the right person to be the MPIO is an important part of the process, however multiple people are certainly encouraged to undertake the training so there is a broad understanding of the concept across the club committee and other key members of club staff eg coaches.

For any queries about the MPIO process and workshops please feel free to contact me on 4926-1633.

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