AMATEUR STATUS

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New Amateur Status Rules & Policy
Over the past year, the VAFA Board undertook a review of its rules and procedures relating to the enforcement of amateur status of its players.
This review led to the following:
1. The declaration of an Amnesty period (effective immediately) to close midnight on 30 June 2011, within which time various persons set out in the Amnesty Policy can come forward to the VAFA Integrity Officer and report any breach or possible breach of the conditions of amateur status that may have occurred in seasons 2008, 2009 and 2010.
A copy of the Amnesty Policy and to whom who it applies is contained under Information for Clubs/Amateur Status 2011; (click here). We strongly encourage clubs to read the Amnesty Policy very carefully and consider how it might apply to them.
2. Establishment of an Independent Integrity Division to hear all matters relating to alleged breaches of the rules relating to Amateur Status.
As with the Independent Tribunal, the Independent Integrity Division will be separate from the VAFA Board.
A copy of the VAFA Rules which sets up the Independent Integrity Division is contained under Information for Clubs/Amateur Status 2011; (click here).
3. The appointment of an Integrity Officer, who will investigate allegations of a breach of Amateur Status, and if appropriate, refer an investigated matter to a formal hearing of the Independent Integrity Division.
The VAFA is pleased to announce that Steve Palmer has been appointed as the Integrity Officer for 2011. Steve is a qualified solicitor and an experienced investigator.
What does this mean for clubs?
Under the Amnesty Policy, clubs should contact the Integrity Officer, Steve Palmer, if they believe that their club may have been involved in player payments from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The Amnesty Period will enable clubs to ‘come clean’ to the VAFA. Please note that the purpose of the Amnesty Policy is to focus only on the conduct of clubs from the 2008 season onwards, the rationale being that current club administrators should be aware of matters relating to recent seasons.
Please note that all contact with the Integrity Officer will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Further, any invoking of the Amnesty by a club will be treated confidentially.
Again, we strongly encourage clubs to read the Amnesty Policy very carefully and consider how it might apply to them.
Effective immediately, clubs or anyone involved with the VAFA, may contact the Integrity Officer to ask that he look into allegations of player payments.
The Integrity Officer will then investigate these as he sees fit. While the focus of the Integrity Officer will be on issues pertaining to 2011, persons should feel free to contact the Integrity Officer to raise allegations relating to conduct from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The establishment of an Independent Integrity Division and the appointment of an Integrity Officer, strengthens the ability of the VAFA to uphold the amateur ethos that is so fundamental to our competition.
Contacts:
For queries in relation to these initiatives: CEO Michael Sholly  [email protected] or 9537 6777
Applications for Amnesty and player specific issues: Integrity Investigation Officer Steve Palmer at [email protected]