The Victorian Government has announced mandatory vaccination requirements for all authorised providers and authorised workers (including volunteers) who are not working from home. This applies to the ‘Physical Recreation’ sector, which includes community sport, and Little Athletics.
LAVic is required to implement these measures at all levels of the sport (Centre, Region and Association) and has sent out to all Victorian Little Athletics Centres information regarding the requirements for vaccination and attending Little Athletics training and competition.
Please note that this information is a directive of the Victorian Government and is not a decision made by our Executive Committee. However, it is the centre’s responsibility to comply and enforce any requirements.
These rules require that all employees and volunteers of Little Athletics (inclusive of
parents/guardians, coaches, officials, Committee Members, Associate Members, Honorary Members etc) to be vaccinated in accordance with the directions listed below (or have a valid medical exemption) in order to attend a Little Athletics venue, deliver a service/activity in person or participate in an activity in person.
Regions, Centres and clubs situated in Victoria are required to request, sight, record and store the vaccination status of all attendees (listed above) in all activities.
Requirements for Regions, Centres & clubs: vaccination directions as per State Government directions:
From 22nd October 2021, individuals must be able to provide evidence that they have:
– received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, or
– have a medical exemption, evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner.
From 26th November 2021, individuals must be required to provide evidence they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (unless they have a medical exemption).
This includes all supervising adults, parents/guardians, coaches, officials, Committee members, Associate Members and Honorary Members, who attend, participate in, or deliver activities in person, at all levels of the sport.
Key Questions and Answers Provided by LAVic: Please Note: Further FAQ’s can be found at https://lavic.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LAVic-COVID-19-FAQs-20.10.21-v1.pdf
As a parent / guardian am I considered a Volunteer?
Yes. All parents when registering their child have agreed to volunteer at Little Athletics. Therefore parents/guardians are required to meet the vaccination requirements to attend any sanctioned Little Athletics events.
Is it compulsory to tell my Centre/club/Region/Association if I am vaccinated or not?
Yes. Under the Chief Health Officer’s directions, Centre/club/Region/Association are required to collect and store COVID-19 vaccination status if you are attending, delivering, or participating in person.
If I don’t meet these requirements, can my child(ren) attend or participate in Little Athletics?
No. Athletes can only attend if they have a supervising adult in attendance responsible for them that meet the vaccination requirements. Athletes can’t be handed over to another parent for that parent to assume responsibility for that athlete(s).
Do athletes need to be vaccinated?
Government directions do not require athletes to be vaccinated at the current time.
As a parent/guardian of a registered Trial Athlete, do these vaccination rules apply to me?
Do the vaccination rules apply to training and competition?
Yes, they apply to any sanctioned/official activity attended, participated in, or delivered in person at the club, Centre, Region or Association. Other examples include attendance at committee meetings, working bees, Open Days, Skills Clinics, and education courses/seminars.
Parents/guardians requesting to cancel their membership on account of their inability or unwillingness to comply with the State Government vaccination directions will receive a full refund upon request. Refund requests are to be submitted in writing to the LAVic office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAVic has also confirmed that all prospective athletes wishing to tryout MUST be registered as a trailing athlete through the LAVic member portal. Athletes are not permitted to just turn up and try out. If you have any questions please contact our registrar at email@example.com
If you have any further queries please check the LAVic FAQ’s first by clicking here and should you need any further assistance please contact LAVic directly.
The Knox LAC Executive Committee is working hard to understand and implement the procedures ready for the start of sanctioned training and competition. Please support our committee. This will enable the season to get started as early as we can and as easy as possible.