Policies and Resources

Concussion Recognition, Assessment and Education Resources
The Perth Broncos American Football Club takes concussions very seriously. Our coaches and support staff follow the recommendations set out by Concussion in Sport Australia. Everyone at our club – players, supporters, coaches and volunteers – are encouraged to learn the signs of concussion and speak up if you think someone needs to sit out. A conservative approach is encouraged – if in doubt, sit them out.

Download the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5)

Download the Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (shown below) as a PDF

Any athlete with a suspected concussion should be immediately removed from practice or play and should not return to activity until assessed medically, even if the symptoms resolve. Athletes with a suspected concussion must:

  • not be left alone for the first 1-2 hours
  • not drink alcohol
  • not use recreational or prescription drugs
  • not be sent home by themselves. They need to be with a responsible adult.
  • not drive until cleared by a healthcare professional

The sports trainer on duty when the suspected concussion occurs is the only person allowed to clear the player on that day. If the player fails to be cleared, they must be assessed by a medical professional no sooner than 14 days after the suspected concussion, and submit written clearance to the Perth Broncos before beginning a graduated Return to Sport Protocol.

Return to Sport Protocol

Return to Learn Factsheet

Concussion Management Online Learning

Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement

Concussion in Sport Australia Website

Mental Health Resources

The Perth Broncos recognise the role that sporting clubs play in the mental health of our community. We encourage our players, volunteers and supporters to approach anyone of our leadership team for advice and assistance by email or in person, at any time. Your information will be treated with the strictest confidence. If you are unable to contact someone and need assistance please use the resources listed below.

In an emergency call 000 or visit your local emergency department

Helplines can provide you with immediate access to support and advice that is confidential, free and anonymous.

Mental Health Emergency Response Line

1300 555 788 (Metro)


13 11 14

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636 (adults) 1300 224 636 (12-25 year olds)

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

The Samaritans Crisis Line

08 9381 5555 (main line) 08 9388 2500 (Youth Line)

Men’s Line Australia

1300 789 978

PANDA (perinatal anxiety and depression), Monday to Friday 9am to 7.30pm AEST)

1300 726 306

QLife (LGBTI+, 3pm to 12am)

1800 184 527


13 7848

Butterfly Foundation (eating disorders, Monday-Friday 8am to 9pm AEST)

1800 334 673

Child Protection and Family Support Crisis Care Helpline

08 9223 1111

HealthDirect (general health information and advice)

1800 022 222

Wellways (mental health system navigation, Monday – Friday 9am to 9pm AEST)

1300 111 400

Child and Adolescent Health Service urgent mental health support line

1800 048 636

Headspace (seven days a week from 9am to 1am AEST)

1800 650 890 (12-25 year olds, family and friends)

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800 (5 to 25 year olds) or 1800 654 432 (parents)

Alcohol and Drug Support Line

08 9442 5000

Parent and Family Drug Support Line

08 9442 5050

Member Protection, Diversity and Inclusion

As a member of Gridiron West and Gridiron Australia, the Perth Broncos American Football Club has adopted GA’s Member Protection Policy and Reporting Documents. Some of the topics covered include harassment, discrimination, bullying and dispute resolution.

The Perth Broncos recognise the value and importance of having an inclusive and diverse community. We believe that all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, belief, social background, gender identity, ability or sexuality, should be able to participate, be welcomed, and treated with respect at our club. To that end, we are proud to be a member of ACON’s Welcome Here Project.

Most recently, we recognise the challenges faced in a gendered competition framework, and are working towards breaking down barriers such as those faced by trans and gender-diverse athletes according to the Australian Human Right’s Commissions Guidelines. Our membership process no longer requires athletes to nominate a gender and be assigned to a team, instead athletes are asked to select the team they choose to join. We will use an athlete’s preferred pronouns irrespective of the team they choose to participate in. The design of our equipment, uniforms and merchandise is unisex/consistent across the club, and everyone is welcome to purchase and wear the club apparel of their choosing.

For information and support in relation to these issues, please speak to a member of our leadership team or a Member Protection Information Officer. Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence and used to educate and inform our future decisions.

Working With Children

We require all our Board Members, Volunteers, Social Media Admins and Coaches that are in contact, or potential contact, with members under 18 to have a current Working With Children Check. 

To apply for a Working With Children Check, visit your authorised Australia Post outlet to collect a form and present it to the Perth Broncos Board to sign in order to qualify for the volunteer fee rate.

Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct

Applies to coaches, players/athletes, administrators/volunteers, parents/guardians and spectator/supporters

Personal Insurance and Public Liability Insurance

American Football (Gridiron) is a dangerous sport and individuals participate at their own risk. The Perth Broncos American Football Club recommends that all participants seek independent advice about obtaining personal insurance, including but not limited to, injury and income protection. Your membership at the Perth Broncos, of Gridiron West, and Gridiron Australia does not cover injury or losses sustained in relation to your participation.

Gridiron Australia Public Liability, Products Liability, Professional Indemnity and Management Liability Certificate of Currency

Rules of American Football

Gridiron Australia and Gridiron West operate under the rules as set out by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). These rules have been adapted from NCAA rules and vary from the rules used in the NFL.

International Federation of American Football Rules and Regulations

Gridiron Australia adoption of IFAF Rules

Gridiron Australia 9-on-9 Football