GROUP 2 REFEREES ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT
∙A member must not abuse, address in insulting terms, or act in a provocative manner towards a player, coach, club, spectator, junior league official, club official or association member.
∙A member must not while officiating in a game or at a ground use crude or abusive language or engage in conduct that is detrimental to the spirit or image of the association or game.
∙A member must act at all times and behave in a manner befitting of this association
∙A member must at all times maintain an acceptable dress standard when in attendance at grounds, meetings and social functions.
∙A member shall not without first consulting and obtaining the approval of the association through the secretary, write a column for publication in any media.
∙A member shall not at any comment in any publication whether it be written, televised or broadcast, detrimental to the interests, welfare or image of the association or rugby league in general.
∙A member shall not enter into any individual sponsorship agreement which conflicts with the spirit or substance of the sponsorship of the association. An individual sponsorship agreement must first be approved by the executive prior to its execution.
∙It shall be misconduct for any member to gamble on the result of any match for which this association provides referees.
∙Any member having a personal interest in a matter before the committee meeting or general meeting, must declare their interest prior to any vote being taken on the matter in question
∙Where the association receives a report of an alleged breach of this code of conduct the member(s) concerned shall be dealt with under the following terms of this constitution:

DISCIPLINING A MEMBER
∙A complaint maybe made to the committee by any person that a member of this association:
❏Has refused or neglected to comply with a provision of this constitution or
❏Has persistently and wilfully acted in a manner prejudicial to the interests of this association.
On receiving a complaint the committee:
★must cause notice of the complaint to be served on the member(s) concerned, and
★must give the member at least 14 days from the time the notice is served within which to make submissions to the committee in connection to the complaint, and
★must take into consideration any submission by the member in connection with the complaint.
The Committee may, by resolution, expel the member from the Association, suspend the member from membership of the association or reprimand the member if, after considering the complaint and any submissions made in conjunction with the complaint, if it is satisfied that the facts alleged in the complaint have been proved.
If the committee expels or suspends a member, the Secretary must, within 7 days after the action is taken, cause written notice to be given to the member of the action taken, of the reasons given by the committee for having taken that action and of the members rights of appeal.

The expulsion or suspension does not take effect until:
∙The expiration of the period within which the member is entitled to appeal against the resolution concerned or
∙if within that period the member exercises the right of appeal, unless and until the association confirms the resolution of action(s) taken.

RIGHT OF APPEAL
∙A member may appeal to the association against a resolution of a committee within 7 days after notice of resolution is served on the member, by lodging with the Secretary a notice to that effect.
∙The notice may, but need not, to be accompanied by a statement of the grounds on which the member intends to rely for the purposes of the appeal.
∙On receipt of notice of an appeal the Secretary must notify the committee which is convene a general meeting of the Association to be held within 28 days after the date the Secretary receives the notice
At a General Meeting of the association convened to hear such an appeal:
∙No business other than the question of the appeal shall be transacted and
∙the committee and the members must be given the opportunity to state their respective cases orally or in writing, or both, and
∙The members present, who are eligible to vote, shall vote by secret ballot on the question as to whether the resolution shall be confirmed or revoked.