Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc
PO Box 16
WARWICK QLD 4370
Ph: 0437 471 43
WDSCC Inc and Morgan Park Raceway Code Of Conduct
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
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.
SCOPE AND PURPOSE
The Code of Conduct applies to all Club members and anyone entering Morgan Park Raceway, and relates to the behaviour of persons towards each other and other members of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club community (such as other car / motor bike clubs, visitors and volunteers).
The Code of Conduct elaborates on the Club’s expectations set out within the Code, particularly those in relation to personal and professional behaviour and explains the options for dealing with behaviour or conduct which is considered inappropriate. The Code will assist members, visitors and volunteers to recognize behaviour or conduct that is not appropriate and to act, or take action, to address the behaviour.
PRINCIPLES OF CLUB BEHAVIOUR
The Code of Conduct describes how people should treat others. In summary, the Code requires that members and public model professional behaviour and standards of conduct and therefore behave:
• lawfully • professionally • honestly • respectfully • equitably • responsibly
• safely • ethically • fairly • impartially
• with sensitivity to their rights and in the interests of the Club
Behaviour or conduct which is not consistent with the Code is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Club. Members, Visitors and Volunteers have a responsibility to act, to take action, in relation to unacceptable behaviour.
Reports or complaints of unacceptable behaviour will be taken seriously by the Club and handled in a confidential, impartial and fair manner, considering the principles of procedural fairness.
The Club is obliged to act, or take action, when it becomes aware of unacceptable behaviour which may have an adverse effect on the wellbeing of members and public. Such action may include termination of membership under the Warwick District Sporting Car Club Inc. Club Rules and/or removal from the Warwick District Sporting Car Club grounds (Morgan Park Raceway).
UNACCEPTABLE CLUB BEHAVIOUR
Unacceptable club behaviour is inconsistent with the behaviour described in the Code of Conduct. 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 information below provides further guidance on what is unacceptable Club behaviour.
Examples of Unacceptable Club Behaviour
Behaviour which would be considered unacceptable at Morgan Park Raceway and by WDSCC Inc. members includes (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
• Malicious or mischievous gossip or complaint
• Abusive or harassing notes, emails, telephone calls, text messages, etc during or after Club hours
• Belittling opinions or unreasonable and unconstructive criticism
• Offensive gestures and behaviour
• Stealing or misuse of Club resources
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 of Conduct outlined above.
Club members need to note there is a big difference between speaking on behalf of WDSCC Inc. and speaking about WDSCC Inc.
The following principles refer to those personal or unofficial social media activities where you might refer to WDSCC Inc or members, be it during or outside of a race event.
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.
DEFINITIONS used in the Code of Conduct:
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).
Legitimate Management or Administrative Action
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 or 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
A breach of the Code of Conduct is to be reported to any member of the WDSCC Inc Management Committee, where the complaint will be referred to a delegated panel, made up of 3 WDSCC Inc members to interview both the complainant and the one accused of breaching the Code of Conduct. If the breach is confirmed by the panel, the considered action will be in proportion to the effect of the accusation. Consequences may range from: an apology, removal from Morgan Park Raceway, suspension of WDSCC Inc membership (if the offender is a member), taking the matter to the police.
Management Committee members may be contacted for confidential information and advice in relation to a concern about behavior or a breach of the Code of Contact on 0437 471 433.