In our Member Protection portal, you’ll find information on:

  • Member screening policies required to be part of a surf club;
  • Member Protection Information Officers; and
  • The Safe Clubs 4 Kids program.

Member Screening is a strategy adopted by SLSWA to enhance the positive participatory environment for its nipper and youth (18 years and under) members. The SLSWA Member Screening Policy (adopted 2018) is designed to align with current state-based legislation and ensure a best-practice approach to safeguarding children and young people in sporting environments. Download the policy here.

Surf Life Saving Australia also has a Member Protection Policy:

Working With Children Check

The Working With Children Check aims to increase the safety of children in our community by helping to prevent people who have a criminal history that indicates they may harm children.

Checks cost $11.00 for volunteers and $85.00 for employees.

WWC forms need to be collected from either your club or Australia Post.

The applicant submits their form at their local POST office.

For further information visit Working with Children Check.

A Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) is responsible for the provision of information about a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when an individual is making a complaint or concern. MPIOs are impartial; they do not mediate or investigate complaints, they simply provide information regarding the complaints process.

How do you become an MPIO?

  1. To become an MPIO, you need to complete this course
  2. Upon completion of the online modules, download and forward the certificate of completion to the SLSWA Member Development Coordinator.
  3. Complete a face to face workshop.

Safe Clubs 4 Kids is an award-winning initiative designed to enhance safeguarding strategies for children participating within sport.

The Safe Clubs 4 Kids initiative is delivered in conjunction with the four (4) partner organisations – the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Western Australian Sports Federation, the Working With Children Screening Unit, and the Western Australian Police – Child Abuse Squad.

Topics covered throughout the workshop include:

  • Understanding the risks
  • Creating a safe participatory environment
  • Reporting processes
  • What Resources are available

For further information on the Safe Clubs 4 Kids Program, please refer to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

For further information on all Member Protection enquiries, please contact the SLSWA Member Development Coordinator, via email or phone (08) 9207 6666.