Child Safe Sport


New Victorian Child Safe Standards have come into effect to better protect children and young people from abuse. From 1 July 2022, the Victorian Government brought in eleven new Standards that replaced Victoria’s original seven standards and principles.

Key changes include new requirements:

  • To involve families and communities in organisations’ efforts to keep children and young people safe
  • For a greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children and young people
  • To manage the risk of child abuse in online environments
  • For greater clarity on the governance, systems and processes to keep children and young people safe.

Changes have been made to support greater national consistency, reflecting the National Principles for a Child Safe Organisation developed following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Please note, the Victorian standards have some differences to the national standards. The overview below and the resources on the Vicsport site focus on the Victorian standards.

What are the new Child Safe Standards?

As of 1 July 2022, there are eleven Standards which apply to all organisations who provide a service to children. This includes sporting organisations, leagues, clubs and associations. The Standards detail how your organisation will protect children from abuse through policies and procedures, and develop a culture of child safety, including the safety of children with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from CALD backgrounds.

Click the button below to review each of the eleven Child Safe Standards and what they mean:



Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) :


  • Child Safe Sport information and Resouces including templates and posters.

    Vicsport’s child safe resources are designed for use by clubs, associations, leagues, state sport associations, regional sports assemblies, local governments and other sport or recreation organisations.

    The three new documents to help you create a plan have been developed for use by Victorian sporting organisations of all sizes that are getting started on their child safe sport journey. It is important to remember that completing this checklist does not guarantee compliance with the child safe standards (the Standards). Ongoing action and attention to child safe practices will be required. 


For any questions, or to report any Child Safety concerns, please contact

CEO Equestrian Victoria
Email: [email protected]

National Policy

As the state body for Equestrian Australia (EA), Equestrian Victoria takes very seriously its responsibility to deliver a safe and welcoming sporting environment that is caring, nurturing and safe for children.

Our sport operates across Australia and engages children and young people through a number of programs such as competition, young rider squads, participation activities and social events. The Equestrian Australia Child Safety Commitment Statement can be read in full by clicking on the link below.