The Operation Manual of Orienteering Australia is a working document that provides guidance for the management and administration of orienteering within Australia. The index to the current manual is displayed below.

Edition 5 of the Operation Manual is undergoing a progressive review by the Board and will be known as an Operations Guide when the new OA website is launched later this year and will be aligned to the current OA Strategy and the Constitution that was passed by the Special General Meeting of November 2022. This Constitution will come into effect when all transition processes are complete for Orienteering Australia to become a Company Limited by Guarantee.

The structure and policies of what will be the Operations Guide are listed below Edition 5 including those policies updated by the Board. Where a policy has been reviewed, this shall take precedence over any policy listed in Edition 5.

All sections of Edition 5 the Operation Manual, and Edition 6 of the Operations Guide that have been approved by the Board, are available to download in pdf format — see the links below to download individual sections.

If you find errors or omissions on this page, please contact the General Manager.

    Operation Manual (5th Edition)   Feb-15  
    PREFACE   Dec-15  


  1.1 Constitution   Mar-16  
  1.2 Standing Orders   Mar-08  
  1.3 Procedures for Rules, Regulations, Standing Orders   Dec-15  
  1.4 Duties of Officers and Committees   Mar-08  
  1.5 Orienteering Australia-State relations   Nov-15  
  1.6 Selection Processes for Orienteering Australia positions   Nov-15  
  1.7 Distribution of Functions   Mar-08  
  1.8 Guidelines for Reports   Mar-08  
  1.9 E-mail Communications Policy   Mar-08  
  1.10 Limits on Expenditure   Mar-08  
  1.11 Fees payable by states in 2020   May-20  
  1.12 Entry Fees for International Orienteering Events   Jul-08  
  1.13 Funding of International Events in Australia   Mar-08  
  1.14 Loans from Major Event Fund   Mar-08  
  1.15 Gender Equity Policy   Oct-15  
  1.16 Volunteer Recognition including Services Awards   Nov-22  
  1.17 Risk Management Policy   Aug-08  
  1.18 Member Protection Policy (Retracted. Replaced by NIF)   Sept-23  
  1.18 Codes of Conduct Working with Children requirements Complaints Procedure Child Abuse Procedure
  1.18 B1 – General Code of Conduct C1 – Member Protection Declaration D1 – Complaints Procedure E1 -Record of Informal Complaint
  1.18 B2 – Coach Code of Conduct C2 – Working with Children Check Requirements D2 – Mediation E2 – Record of Formal Complaint
  1.18 B3 – Officials Code of Conduct   D3 – Investigation Process E3 – Procedure for Handling Allegations of Child Abuse
  1.18 B4 – Player/Athlete Code of Conduct   D4 – Tribunal Procedures E4 – Confidential Record of Child Abuse Allegation
  1.18 B5 – Administrator/Volunteer Code of Conduct     E5 – Record of Mediation
  1.18 B6 – Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct      
  1.18 B7 – Spectator Code of Conduct      
  1.18 B8 – Member Code of Conduct Declaration      
  1.19 Privacy and Eventor Permission & Usage Policy   Apr-20  
  1.20 Conflict Resolution   Aug-08  
  1.21 Appeals   Mar-16  
  1.22 Infectious Diseases Policy   Aug-08  
  1.23 Tobacco/Hard Liquor Policy   Aug-08  
  1.24 Official Orienteering Australia Badges   Aug-08  
  1.25 Inclusion Policy   Dec-09  
  1.26 Match-fixing policy   June-13  
  1.27 Management of critical incidents   Mar-16  
  1.28 Fundraising events   Sep-17  
  1.29 Social Media Policy   Apr-18  
  1.30 Conflict of Interest Policy   Sep -19  
  1.31 Child Safe Sport Framework (Retracted. See NIF)   Sep-23  
  1.32 Strategic Plan 2022-2025   Jul-23  
  1.33 Transgender Policy   Sep-20  
  1.34 Directors Code of Conduct   Sep-20  
  1.35 Hall of Fame   Nov-22  


  2.1 OA Foot Competition Rules 2023   Feb-23  
  2.1a OA Control Descriptions for Orienteering   Feb-18  
  2.1b ISOM 2017 Map Symbols   Aug-20  
  2.1c ISSOM 2007 Sprint Map Symbols   Aug-20  
  2.2 2023 National League Guidelines   Oct-22  
  2.3 Guidelines for Major Carnivals   Reserved  
  2.4 Australian University Championships   Reserved  
  2.5 Australian Schools Championships (Competition Rules)   Aug-20  
  2.5a Australian Schools Organisational Manual   Jun-20  
  2.6 OA MTBO Rules 2023   Apr-23  
  2.7 Affiliated Clubs   Jul-08  
  2.8 Guidelines for Engaging a Mapper   Aug-08  
  2.9 Mapping of Rock Features   Sep-22  
  2.10 Mapping – Digital Printing Policy   Aug-08  
  2.11 Use of Information Technology   Reserved  
  2.12 Oceania Championships Rules   Jun-12  
  2.13 AUS-NZL Challenge Rules Foot   Jun-12  
  2.14 AUS-NZL Elite Test Series Rules   Apr-08  
  2.15 AUS-NZL Schools Test Series Rules   Reserved  
  2.16 Reporting of Serious Injuries and Incidents   Reserved  
  2.17 Silva Medal   Aug-08  
  2.18 Elite Ranking Scheme   Dec-10  
  2.19 Non-elite Ranking Scheme   Aug-08  
  2.20 Participation in Multi-Sport Game   Aug-08  
  2.21 AUS-NZL MTBO Challenge Rules (June 2017)   Jun-17  
  2.22 World Ranking Events – Application Process   Feb -20  
  2.23 Controllers’ Report Proforma   Dec-22  


  3.1 The Australian Orienteer   Aug-08  
  3.2 Sponsorship Policy   Mar-08  
  3.3 Promoting Orienteering   Mar-08  
  3.4 Junior Sports Policy   Aug-08  


  4.1 Administration of Coaching and Officiating Accreditation   Jan-09  
  4.2 Coaching Accreditation – Level 1   Aug-08  
  4.3 Coaching Accreditation – Levels 2 and 3   Reserved  
  4.4 Controller Accreditation Levels 1 and 2   (superseded)      
  4.5 Controller Accreditation – Level 3   (superseded)      
  xx Controller Framework   Nov-22  
  xx L1 Foot Controller Curriculum   Nov-22  
  xx L2 Foot Controller Curriculum   Nov-22  
  xx L3 Foot Controller Curriculum   Nov-22  
  xx L1 MTBO Controller Curriculum   Nov-22  
  xx L2 MTBO Controller Curriculum   Nov-22  
  xx Foot Controller Accreditation Form   Jan-23  
  xx MTBO Controller Accreditation Form   Jan-23  
  xx How to sign a PDF form   Jan-23  


  5.1 Australian Teams   Jan-09  
  5.2 World Championships Teams   Mar-08  
  5.3 Junior World Championships Teams   Mar-12  
  5.4 MTBO World Championships Teams   Aug-08  
  5.5 Team Management   Aug-08  
  5.6 Team Coaching   Aug-08  
  5.7 National Senior Squad   Aug-08  
  5.8 National Junior Squad   Aug-08  
  5.9 National MTBO Squad   Aug-08  
  5.10 National Junior Development Squad   Aug-08  
  5.11 Talent Identification Policy   Aug-08  
  5.12 Orienteering Australia Anti-Doping policy   Dec-20  
  5.13 National Training Centre   Reserved  
  5.14 Athlete of the Year   Aug-08  
  5.15 Selection Appeals (interim)   Mar-16  


  1 National Integrity Framework   Feb-22  
  2 Member Protection Policy   Sep-23  
  3 Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy   Sep-23  
  4 Competition Manipulation and Sports Wagering Policy   Sep-23  
  5 Complaints Disputes and Discipline Policy   Sep-23  
  6 Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy   Sep-23  

Conduct and Disciplinary 

    Conduct and Disciplinary Policy   Oct-22  
  168.10 Review and Appeals Policy   Oct-22  
  168.11 Code of Conduct   Oct-22  
  168.12 Personal Grievances Policy   Oct-22  

Edition 6 – Operations Guide




  1.1 Constitution (subject to final ASIC endorsement)   Nov-22  
  1.2 Board Charter   Feb-23  
  1.3 Director’s Code of Conduct   Feb-23  
  1.4 Procedures for Rules, Policies, Regulations and Standing Orders   Feb-23  
  1.5 Standing Orders   Feb-23  
  1.6 Duties of Officers      
  1.7 Duties of Committees      
  1.8 Duties of Commissions   May-23  
  1.9 Selection Processes for Orienteering Australia Positions   May-23  
  1.10 Distribution of Functions & Relations- OA, Member States & Clubs      
  1.11 Affiliated Clubs   May-23  
  1.12 Strategic Plan 2022-2025   Apr-22  
  1.13 Activity Plan 2023   Feb-23  
  1.14 Expenditure, Revenue – Budgets and Limits Policy   Jun-22  
  1.15 Fees Payable by States in 2023   Jun-23  
  1.16 Funding of Participants in Major International Orienteering Events      
  1.17 Funding of International Events in Australia Policy   May-23  
  1.18 Fundraising Events Policy   May-23  
  1.19 The Whiteside Bequest Grant Application Process   Oct-22  
  1.20 Risk Management Policy   May-23  
  1.21 Management of Critical Incidents Policy   May-23  
  1.22 Infectious Diseases Policy   Nov-22  
  1.23 Gender Equity Policy      
  1.24 Inclusion and Diversity Policy      
  1.25 Transgender Policy   Sep-23  
  1.26 Tobacco/Hard Liquor Policy   May-23  
  1.27 Privacy Policy      
  1.28 Eventor Permissions & Usage Policy      
  1.29 Photography Policy      



  2.1 Competition Rules (Foot) 2023   Feb-23  
  2.2 National Orienteering League Rules and Guidelines 2024 (Foot)      
  2.3 Oceania Championships Rules (Foot)      
  2.4 AUS-NZL Challenge Rules (Foot)      
  2.5 AUS-NZL Elite Test Series Rules (Foot)      
  2.6 Australian Schools Championships (Rules)   Jul-23  
  2.7 Australian Schools Championships Organisation Manual      
  2.8 Competition Rules (MTBO) 2023   May-23  
  2.9 AUS-NZL Challenge Rules (MTBO)      
  2.10 National Series Guidelines 2024 (MTBO)      
  2.11 Guidelines for Major Carnivals      
  2.12 Environmental Code of Practice   Sep-23  
  2.13 World Ranking Events – Application Process      
  2.14 Participation in Multi-Sport Games Policy   Jun-23  
  2.15 Control Descriptions for Orienteering      
  2.16 ISOM 2017 Map Symbols      
  2.17 ISSprOM 2019 Sprint Map Symbols      
  2.18 ISMTBOM 2022 Map Symbols      
  2.19 Engaging a Mapper Guidelines      
  2.20 Mapping of Rock Features Guidelines   Jun-23  
  2.21 Map Printing Policy      
  2.22 Administration of Controller Accreditation      
  2.23 Controller Accreditation      



  3.1 Australian Teams Policy      
  3.2 World Championships Teams Policy      
  3.3 Junior World Championships Teams Policy      
  3.4 The World Games Teams Policy      
  3.5 MTBO World Championships Teams Policy      
  3.6 Team Management Policy      
  3.7 Team Coaching Policy      
  3.8 National Squads (Foot)      
  3.9 National Squad (MTBO)      
  3.10 Selection Appeals Policy      
  3.11 Administration of Coaching Accreditation      
  3.12 Coaching Accreditation      
  3.13 Talent Identification Policy      



  4.1 Branding Guide   Feb-23  
  4.2 Communication Plan      
  4.3 Social Media Policy      
  4.4 Email Policy      
  4.5 Sponsorship Policy      
  4.6 The Australian Orienteer      



  5.1 Athlete of the Year   Nov-22  
  5.2 The Silva Medal   Nov-22  
  5.3 Elite Ranking Scheme      
  5.4 Non-elite Ranking Scheme   Nov-22  
  5.5 Recognition of Volunteer Contribution and Service   Sep-23  
  5.6 Hall of Fame   Nov-22  
  5.7 Badge Scheme      
  5.8 Participation Plan      
  5.9 Junior and Youth Participation Policy