Risk Management and Range Shooting Policy

Philosophy
Northern Archers of Sydney Inc. is mindful of the risks associated with conducting archery activities and events at Club and State level. In an effort to minimize these risks, Northern Archers of Sydney Inc. has developed a risk management plan and range shooting policy, which will provide a safer sporting environment and experience for club archers and the general public. Members must be aware of and have read both these documents.

Duty of Care
Northern Archers of Sydney Inc., Club officials, and members owe a duty of care to participants and spectators in archery events and activities where there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of harm or injury to participants and spectators as a result of their actions.  In exercising this duty of care, the law requires officials to take reasonable steps to reduce the likelihood of injury to participants and spectators as a result of those risks, which are foreseeable.

This is the rationale underpinning the Risk Management Plan of Northern Archers of Sydney Inc. – in this case, the process of identifying risks involved in activities such as casual/social shooting, practice, and the conducting archery competitions and activities, and then adopting strategies and actions designed to reduce these risks wherever possible.

Objectives

  • To reduce the incidents of injury to range users, participants, officials, spectators and other persons associated with the use of the range in the archery activities mentioned above.
  • To provide a fun, healthy and safe sporting environment for individuals to participate and enjoy the sport of archery.
  • To minimize potential club liability as a result of poorly managed range usage during the activities mentioned above.

Any activity that appears unsafe or contrary to Northern Archers safety plans should be reported to the Secretary ASAP (northernarchersofsyd@gmail.com) - all communications in this respect can be dealt with confidentially if anyone so chooses. 

Member Protection

Northern Archers is governed by Archery Australias' (AA) National Policy no 1003 Sept 2015 and Archery New South Wales Member Protection Framework.

Aim: to uphold core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with our sport.

It sets out AA's commitment to ensure that every person bound by the policy is treated with respect and dignity and protected from discrimination, harassment, and abuse. It also seeks to ensure that everyone involved in our sport is aware of their key legal and ethical rights and responsibilities, as well as the standards of behaviour expected of them.

It also sets out the practical steps we will take to eliminate discrimination, harassment, child abuse and other forms of inappropriate behaviour from our sport.  As part of this commitment, the policy allows Archery Australia Inc to take disciplinary action against any person or organisation bound by this policy if they breach the policy.

This policy has been endorsed by Archery Australia Board and has been designed to comply with the Archery Australia Constitution, Policies and Procedures, Shooting Rules and by-laws. The policy starts on 1st September 2015 and will operate until replaced.