A different type of training at WA Cricket

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The Community Education and Training team conducted Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) training for WA Cricket staff on 4 November as part of the Commission's involvement with Play By the Rules.

Community Education and Training Officer Mike Harte said Western Australians invested a lot of time in sport, particularly cricket coming into the summer months, so it was important to have skilled people to assist resolve issues raised in clubs from time to time.

"This was the first time the EOC had presented an MPIO course for the WA Cricket, although the Commission has had a number of other contacts with them including presentations to staff about equal opportunity and anti-discrimination.

"WA Cricket has always prioritised equality in the workplace, so this session was mainly a refresher course for them," he said.

He said over his 15 years providing anti-discrimination training to sporting clubs through the Play by the Rules initiative he felt clubs had come a long way in their inclusivity and understanding of equal opportunity principals in sport.

"There are so many good initiatives that filter down from elite sports now including the Aboriginal round through the AFL and greater inclusivity of women in sport at elite levels," he said.

There were 19 staff participants at the session, and feedback was positive.

Affiliate Services Manager at the WA Cricket  James Hewitt, who organised the session, said it was really valuable and would enable participants to assist club members and volunteers to resolve most issues quickly and informally.

Page reviewed 9 November 2021