Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.

Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria

VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

VBSA

(Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.)
VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.
Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria
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VBSA Policies & Procedures

Online Membership & Team Registration Forms
Please use the online forms via the links below.  
 
 
All participants must be aware of COVID-19 return to play requirements
See front page or below
 

If you are not able to use the online method above please email the Score Registrar

By: Alec Spyrou  Fri 20th Dec 2019 - 9:20PM

COVID 19 - Return to Play

Please read the attached directive from the VBSA Board regarding the Return to Play as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Victoria.  Note that the VBSA requirements are in addition to the ABSC requirements, not in place of.

All enquiries can be directed to VBSA Secretary David Chigwidden

A copy of the ABSC Guideline and Quick Reference Guide/Poster is also attached for your convenience.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 19th Jun 2020 - 10:46AM

Privacy Policy - April 2020

The Australian Privacy Principles (APP) deal with the handling of personal information. The Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association (VBSA) is not bound by those principles. Nonetheless the Board has resolved to implement a Privacy Policy.

This Policy has been compiled in accordance with APP 1.3 and 1.4 and describes how the VBSA complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

The VBSA is Victoria’s recognised State Sporting Organisation for Billiards and Snooker and therefore responsible for the administration of those sports.

The personal information that the VBSA collects and holds

In undertaking its activities, the VBSA collects personal information. The personal information that the VBSA holds will depend on the nature of the activity or service. It may include (but is not limited to) a person’s name, contact details and date of birth.

The VBSA will only collect personal information to the extent relevant for the relationship it has with each member.

The VBSA may also hold sensitive personal information. This may include information about health, disability, racial or ethnic origin and criminal convictions.

The Privacy Act 1988 places restrictions on collecting sensitive personal information about persons. The VBSA may collect sensitive information when:
• it is required to provide specific services (for example in allocating specifically targeted funding),
• entries to specific competitions, and
• for the purpose of meeting legal employment obligations.

If the VBSA conducts online collaboration, social media or market research, it may also ask for public opinions about its services, Board, Referees, Coaches, Tournament Directors or volunteers. The VBSA will treat these opinions as personal information in accordance with the APP if they contain personally identifiable information.

How the VBSA collects and holds personal information

If it is reasonable and practical to do so, the VBSA will collect personal information directly from the persons concerned with their consent. This may be through application forms, over the telephone, the Internet, or in person.

The VBSA may also need to collect personal information from other people or organisations. This information is collected with the person’s consent, except for in circumstances allowed for by legislation. Sometimes this may happen without direct involvement.

Some examples of the people or organisations from which the VBSA may collect personal information about persons are:
• the Member States of the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council (ABSC)
• publicly available sources of information
• person’s representatives (such as a parent, coach, legal adviser, manager)
• law enforcement agencies

The VBSA will hold the information it collects on electronic systems, and where appropriate in paper format. The VBSA may also hold or receive some information on cloud-based systems.

The VBSA will not need to collect personal information unless the following exceptions apply

Depending on the nature of a person’s relationship with the VBSA, they may not need to personally identify themselves, unless:
• the VBSA is required or authorised by or under an Australian law, under its Member Protection Policy or a court/tribunal order to deal with individuals who have identified themselves,
• it is impracticable to deal with individuals who have not identified themselves, or
• the person is receiving a service or financial benefit from the VBSA - which necessitates assurance that the service or monies is being directed to an identified person.

Keeping personal information accurate and up-to-date

The VBSA seeks to maintain the quality of its information holdings by taking reasonable administrative and technical steps to make sure that the information collected, used and disclosed is accurate, complete and up-to-date.

Keeping information and data secure

The VBSA utilises up-to-date techniques and processes, to protect personal information from misuse, loss and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

The only people who are allowed to handle or have access to personal information are the Boards of the VBSA and those who perform services for the VBSA who need personal information to do their jobs.

Circumstances when the VBSA provides personal information to others

Sometimes the VBSA may provide personal information to external organisations. Generally, these are organisations that help the ABSC conduct its programs and activities. These organisations may include:
• sport partners (sporting organisations with whom we have agreements to provide funding or services)
• cloud based services that host VBSA data on its servers
• authorised representatives of the VBSA
• payment systems operators (for example, our online shop to receive credit card payments)
• our accountants, auditors or lawyers
• person’s representatives (for example a parent, coach, legal adviser, manager).

The VBSA strives to limit the information it provides to outside organisations to that which they need to provide their services to us - or to provide services to VBSA Members.   Unless allowed by the Member concerned, the VBSA Board will not provide personal information to advertisers and sponsors.

The VBSA endeavours to ensure that any organisation that it contracts with:
• meets the privacy standards required by the VBSA in protecting personal information and complies with the Privacy Act 1988, and
• uses the personal information provided only for the purposes of the specific service being provided to the VBSA, and for no other purpose.

The VBSA may also need to provide personal information to others outside the VBSA where:
• the information relates to a sports drug and safety matter or is otherwise relevant to the performance of the functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and as such may be provided to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
• the VBSA is required to by law or has a public duty to do so. For example, a Court, a regulator (such as the Australian Taxation Office or the police can compel the VBSA to disclose personal information to them)
• persons have expressly consented to their personal information being supplied to others for particular purposes.

Access to personal information held by the VBSA and to correction of that information

Any person who believes that the VBSA holds personal information about them may contact the agency to seek access to that information in accordance with APP 12.

If after accessing information held about any person, they consider that it is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading for the purposes for which it is held, then they may request the VBSA to amend it in accordance with APP 13.

In the first instance a person can request access to their personal information by contacting the VBSA Secretary by e-mail at secretary@vbsa.org.au.

The VBSA may not always be able to provide access to all the personal information it holds about a person. For example, it may not be able to provide access to information that would reveal personal information about another person. Any person may also obtain access to their personal information held by the VBSA through the Privacy Act 1988.

Complaints

The VBSA will be efficient and fair when investigating and responding to any privacy complaints.

Any privacy complaints received by the VBSA must be in writing and will be initially investigated by the VBSA Secretary and will be escalated as required. The VBSA will respond to all complaints within a reasonable time period appropriate to the specific complaint.

Website Privacy Statement

The VBSA is committed to protecting online privacy.

The VBSA records visits to this website and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
• user's server or proxy address
• date/time/length of the visit
• files requested
• user's cookies
• user's searches

The information is used to analyse our server traffic. No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except where authorised by law. For example, in the event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency may exercise their legal authority to inspect the internet service provider's logs.

If you send us an email message, we will record your contact details. This information will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. We will not use your email for any other purpose and will not disclose it without your consent except where such use or disclosure is permitted under an exception provided in the Privacy Act 1988.

When users choose to join a mailing list their details are added to that specific mailing list and used for the stated purpose of that list only. You will not be added to any mailing list without your consent.

As a user, you need to be aware of inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the Internet. If you have concerns in this regard, the VBSA has other ways of obtaining and providing information. Normal mail, telephone and fax facilities are available.
The VBSA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the linked web sites and the other pages hosted by the VBSA on behalf of non-VBSA agencies and organisations.

 

By: Alan Croft  Wed 8th Nov 2017 - 4:38PM

VBSA Rules (Constitution) & ByLaws

Rules last updated at 15 August 2019 AGM

ByLaws last updated 25 March 2020.

By: Alan Croft  Sat 12th Nov 2016 - 11:36AM

Tournament cash policy

All members please note that the VBSA is acting in best prudential practices of handling your money.  

 
The preferred method of payment for VBSA run tournaments is online via the VBSA shop at http://www.vbsa.org.au/vbsa_shop/shop_cart.php

 
What's changed?

In August 2019 the board ratified the following payment policy when entering events VBSA run tournaments

  1. Cash payments will not be accepted
  2. Cheques will not be accepted 

 

When does this take effect?

This was implemented immiately with unconditional application of this rule in place by 31st December 2019. 

 

What do I need to do?

The Board asks that should you wish to enter a VBSA associated tournament or event that you make arrangements to purchase your entry via either 

For people without access to the internet please enlist the help of a friend or relative to pay & process your entry for you.

All entry forms will indicate this change and already include VBSA banking details.

 

Only paid entries can be processed to the draw. Unpaid entries will not be added to the draw after the closing date under any circumstances after 31st December 2019

This message was emailed and sent via SMS to all members for their notification and action.  

If you have any questions about this change don’t hesitate to contact any member of the VBSA board who will be happy to help http://www.vbsa.org.au/VBSA/vbsa_contact.php   

By: Alec Spyrou  Sun 15th Sep 2019 - 12:32PM

Child Safety Standards

Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse.

The Child Safe Standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry (the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations).  The Commission for Children and Young People will be the oversight body for the Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017.

Education, awareness raising and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments will be the initial focus of the Child Safe Standards.  More information about the organisations in scope can be found on the In scope organisations for Child Safe Standards page.

The Child Safe Standards do not alter any existing requirements to hold a Working with Children Check.

 

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 26th Jan 2017 - 3:16PM

Changes to ABSC Anti-Doping Policy

The ABSC Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.

The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) which has replaced the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020. 

The changes are:

• Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);
• Replacing Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the  Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes;
• Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and
• Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.

For more details on the changes, please see the attached Factsheet

By: Alec Spyrou  Wed 12th Aug 2020 - 12:00PM