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Safety in Sport: Governance, Systems, Rights

Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport

Safety in Sport: Governance, Systems, Rights

Now in its 14th year, the 2024 Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport examines the topic "Safety in Sport: Governance, Systems, Rights".  Our aim is to examine this topic from a multitude of perspectives and develop insights that transcend disciplinary boundaries and translate into effective and improved outcomes.

Accessing and delivering a sports system that prioritises safety and an optimally safe sports system are central to measuring sporting success and the sustainable development of sport. Threats to safety, exclusive practices, egregious harm to vulnerable participants, governance failures and falling short of community expectations erodes a sport’s social licence to operate.  Colloquium 2024 examines these themes and aims to develop understandings that translate to key takeaways. 

We are delighted that our Chancellor, The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC will open the Colloquium.  We are also delighted that Sport Integrity Australia headline our keynote presentations with Lisa Purves, Director of Safeguarding and Nikki Dryden, Human Rights Advisor sharing their expertise and perspectives. 


Please see the program below.  A copy can also be downloaded by clicking the button at the end of this section.

Friday, 16 February 2024
8.30am-8.45am Registration and Morning Coffee
Lounge & Hallway, Level 3, Faculty of Law (Building 4), Bond University 

Opening Address and Acknowledgment to Country
Case Study 1, Level 3, Faculty of Law (Building 4), Bond University

Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC FAA FAAL, Chancellor, Bond University

9.15am-10.15am Keynote Speaker
Lisa Purves, Director of Safeguarding Director, Sport Integrity Australia 
10.15am-10.45am Morning Tea

Simone Pearce and Jay Sanderson, University of Sunshine Coast
Too risky to be inclusive: Sport, safety and the discrimination of children with disability.

Issac Maynard, Bond University
An Exploration of Barriers and Facilitators for First Nation Athletes in Elite Sport, an International perspective

Leon Harris, University of Sunshine Coast
Head Games: How Australian Sport Must Do Better in Dealing with Concussion

12.15pm-1.30pmKeynote Speaker
Nikki Dryden, Human Rights Advisor, Sport Integrity Australia 
Effective Remedy-Is restorative justice enough for survivors of abuse in Australian Sport?
2.30pm-3pmAfternoon Tea

Dr Alex Donaldson, La Trobe University 
Protocol for a group concept mapping study of concussion regulations in the Australian boxing and combat sport sector

Dr Matthew Raj, Bond University 
Violence, Injury, and Death in Sport: a criminal law perspective of ‘Safe Sport’

Michael Eastwood, Barrister at Law 
‘Participant Safety – a Judicial Committee Perspective’

4.30pm-4.45pm Interdisciplinary Discussion and Closing Remarks
4.45pm-6pmClosing Reception
Level 2, Faculty of Law (Building 4)

A copy of the program can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.


Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has now closed.  Thank you for submitting abstracts.

Conference details

The conference will be held at Bond University in the Faculty of Law.  Details are below:

Date:  Friday, 16 February 2024

Time:  8.30am to 6.30pm

Location:  Faculty of Law in Case Study 2 (4_3_41).

Delegate registration fee: $100

Your registration will include tea/coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, in addition to a post-conference Networking Cocktail reception. 

Sport Communication - Widening the Lens

Contact Details

Any queries you may have relating to the conference, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

Colloquium Conveners

  • Dr Annette Greenhow, Bond University, Centre for Commercial Law and Faculty of Law
  • Dr Lisa Gowthorp, Bond University, Bond Business School