WDSCC And Morgan Park Raceway Code Of Conduct

Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc

PO Box 16
ABN 57249608423
Ph: 0437 471 433

WDSCC Inc and Morgan Park Raceway Code Of Conduct


WDSCC Inc. Club Members


All Visitors, Business Service Suppliers and Employees


Morgan Park Raceway



Our behaviour within WDSCC Inc and Morgan Park Raceway can contribute positively to create a social and harmonious environment in which all members can be inspired to participate.

However, when behaviour is inappropriate or dysfunctional it can have serious consequences on the club’s reputation, and on the physical and psychological wellbeing of our members.

The WDSCC Inc (referred to in this document as the “Club”) Code of Conduct (referred to in this document as “the Code”) for Morgan Park Raceway,  sets out the behaviour or conduct expected of all members of the Club, whether they are on Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc grounds or representing Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc elsewhere, or a member of the general public. All members of the Club have a duty of care to each other and must comply always with the Code.

The Club aims to prevent and minimise behaviour which may adversely affect the harmony of the Club and/or cause harm or injury to others.

Club Members should read this in conjunction with the Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc. Club Rules (WDSCC Inc Rules) regarding relevant information referred to within this document.


The behaviour of members within WDSCC Inc and all visitors to the Morgan Park Raceway precinct can contribute positively to a social and harmonious environment in which everyone can participate.

However, when a person’s behaviour is inappropriate or dysfunctional it can have serious consequences on the club’s reputation, and on the physical and psychological wellbeing of our members, staff, and others.

The Code of Conduct (the Code) for the WDSCC Inc. (Club) and Morgan Park Raceway (MPR), sets out the approved behaviours or conduct expected of all club members, visitors, business service suppliers and employees on MPR grounds.

Everyone has a duty of care to each other and must always comply with the Code.

The Club aims to prevent behaviours which may adversely affect the harmony of the Club and/or cause harm or injury to others.

This document should be read in conjunction with the current version of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc. Club Rules, regarding relevant references referred to within this document.


The Code applies to all Club Members and visitors (including contractors and employees) to Morgan Park Raceway and relates to the behaviour of persons towards each other.

The Code articulates the Club’s expectations, particularly those in relation to personal and professional behaviour and provides options for dealing with behaviour or conduct which is considered inappropriate.


People are expected at all times to model professional behaviour and standards of conduct. Everyone should always treat other members, employees, and visitors to MPR in a manner that they would expect to be treated. Behaviour or conduct which is deemed not to be consistent with the Code is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

At all times, members, and visitors to MPR must behave:

    - lawfully;
    - professionally;
    - honestly;
    - respectfully;
    - equitably;
    - responsibly;
    - safely;
    - ethically;
    - fairly;
    - impartially; and
    - with sensitivity to their rights and in the interests of the Club.

Members do have the right to voice opinions or feedback; however, this must be done in a professional manner by utilising the appropriate forums. Such forums include, general meetings, via email or letter to the club secretary or through club surveys.


Unacceptable behaviour is inconsistent with the principals prescribed within the Code. Differing social and cultural standards may mean that behaviour that is acceptable to some may be perceived as unacceptable or unreasonable to others. In determining whether behaviour is unacceptable or unreasonable, consider what a “reasonable person” would judge to be unacceptable or unreasonable having regards to the circumstances.

The below examples provide further guidance on what is deemed unacceptable behaviour that may occur within the confines of MPR or other areas of our daily lives.

Type 1 Breach Examples

A Type 1 breach occurs when a person feels threatened for their own personal safety either physically or mentally by another member or visitor. An example where a person’s actions that are deemed unsafe in nature include (but is not limited to) the following:

    Aggressive or abusive behaviour such as threatening gestures or actual violence or assault;
    Verbal abuse (for example, yelling, screaming, abusive or offensive language);
    Being under the influence of illicit drugs or impaired by alcohol;
    Unsafe driving practices or behaviour which may harm a member, volunteer, or others;
    Unwelcome physical contact including that of a sexual, intimate, or threatening nature;
    Abusive or harassing notes, emails, telephone calls, text messages;
    Ignoring a request or refusing to leave MPR grounds or club activities when asked to do so;
    Driving a vehicle on the track outside of permitted timeframes.

Where a Type 1 breach is witnessed by a member of the Management Committee or its delegate, the following penalties may be instantly applied:

    - 1st Offence – 3 month suspension from club activities and banishment from MPR grounds.
    - 2nd Offence – 6 month suspension from club activities and banishment from MPR grounds with further review under the club grievance procedure (review applicable to members only).
    - 3rd Offence – Minimum 12 month suspension from MPR grounds and recommendation to the club complaint tribunal for termination of club membership (termination applicable to members only).

The above penalties may also be applied to any breach of the code where there are sufficient witnesses or evidence to decide an outcome after the fact regarding a Type 1 breach.

Type 2 Breach Examples

An example where a person’s actions may bring the reputation of the club, management committee, employees, or other members into question without proof or evidence of misconduct is deemed a breach of the code. This includes (but is not limited) the following:

    - Malicious or mischievous gossip;
    - Vexatious complaint targeted against other members;
    - Belittling opinions or unreasonable and unconstructive criticism;
    - Offensive gestures and behaviour;
    - Stealing or misuse of club resources

Notification of a Type 2 breach must be made under the club’s grievance procedure. The management committee will consider the recommendation and apply penalties as required.

Where a Type 2 breach is confirmed, the consequences may range from:

    - letter of warning from the Committee;
    - the offender to issue an apology to all concerned parties;
    - banishment from the Morgan Park Raceway complex;
    - suspension of WDSCC Inc. membership (if the offender is a member);
    - taking the matter to the police;
    - any action the committee deems as fair and relevant to the complaint and breach.


WDSCC recognises that many members choose to participate in social media of all forms, from time to time. We respect the rights of members to use blogs and other social media tools (Emails, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.) not only as a form of self- expression, but also sometimes to conduct other activities.

It is important that all members are aware of the implications of engaging in forms of social media and online conversations that reference WDSCC Inc. members.

WDSCC’s expectations of member’s personal behaviour in social media should reflect, always, that of the Code. Club members need to note there is a big difference between speaking on behalf of WDSCC Inc. and speaking about WDSCC Inc.

Have fun but be smart. Approach the social media world in the same way as we do the physical one – by sound judgment and after careful consideration of the ramifications of your intended comments, including the awareness of the possibility of the commission of offences under the Statute Laws of the State of Queensland.  

Legitimate management or administrative action delivered in a reasonable manner is not bullying or another form of inappropriate Club behaviour. Examples of legitimate action include:

    - Occasional differences of opinion or lively constructive debate;
    - Constructive timely feedback which identifies Club issues, problems or management of unsatisfactory behaviour;
    - Enforcing reasonable, expectations and standards of the Code of Conduct;
    - Refusing requests based on objective criteria and/or reasonable judgement.

Motor Racing is a dangerous activity where short, sharp responses may occur from time to time, particularly when a person is under stress. A person may receive a response from a volunteer, official or employee of MPR and can sometimes be interpreted as rude and disrespectful but is rarely intentional. Interpretation of someone’s tone or delivery of a message does not necessarily constitute as a breach of the code.


The Management Committee or Operations Manager may be contacted for confidential information and advice in relation to a concern regarding behaviour or a breach of the Code on 0437 471 433.

** An alleged Type 2 breach of the Code by a member is to be reported in writing to: WDSCC Inc. Secretary

Email: secretary@wdscc.com.au

Every complaint that is referred to the WDSCC Inc. Complaints Tribunal will be handled in a lawful, professional, honest, ethical manner and determined in an  impartial and equitable manner, considering the principles of procedural fairness.


Word Meaning
malicious intending or intended to do harm
mischievous causing or intended to cause harm or trouble
gossip casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details, which are not confirmed as true
complaint a statement that something is unsatisfactory or unacceptable
abusive extremely offensive and insulting
harassing subject to aggressive pressure or intimidation
belittling dismiss, someone or something, as unimportant


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