Grievance, Disciplinary and Tribunal By-Law

The Grievance, Disciplinary and Tribunal By-Law (GDT) ensures that all Club Associates and Match Officials observes and encourages participation in Football within the Laws of the Game. The GDT provides processes, procedures, guidelines and penalties for any Club Associate(s) who breaches the Laws. The 2018 GDT are available to download here.

The GDT By-Law is the Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Department’s primary empowering document.

GDT By - Law

2017 End of Year Report

This review provides an overall summary of the disciplinary issues in2017 football season. In this report, you will find statistics and analysis on yellow and red card accumulations, misconduct offenses and tribunal cases.

2017 End of Year Report

Lodgement Forms and Fees:

  1. Red Card Appeal - $275 non-refundable
  2. Notice of Appeal - $1,100 refundable upon successful appeal
  3. Tribunal Request Against Federation Imposed Fine - $275 non-refundable
  4. Mediation Form

All administrative fees include GST and must accompany any Tribunal or Appeals Board request form. Failure to attach payment with any such lodgement may result in the application being deemed invalid. Fees are preferred via Credit Card and will not be accepted from from Club accounts held with Football Federation Victoria.

It is important that all of the stipulations of the relevant GDT By-Law, in particular with respect to lodgement times and relevant fee requirements, are strictly followed, or an application may be deemed to be invalid.

Tribunal Fact Sheet - If you are required to attend Tribunal, it is important to know what is expected and how the hearing will take place.

Report Racism

Racism has no place in football.

We must respect and treat others the way we expect to be treated. FFV is determined to stamp out unauthorised behaviour, to ensure the integrity of our game. Along with the Don’t Stand By, Stand Up! Campaign, FFV is continuing to work towards ensuring our game is free of anti-social behaviour. To assist us, we have developed a form whereby any racial incidents can be reported directly to FFV.

Racism can take many forms, such as jokes, comments and exclusions that cause offence or hurt, sometimes unintentionally; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, and can often manifest through unconscious bias or prejudice.

If you have been racially abused, or have witnessed racial behaviour towards another individual, report the incident to FFV by submitting the Report Racism Form.

To assist FFV in achieving a game free of racism, complete the report racism form to the best of your ability.
Please note, if you choose to remain anonymous, or not provide any contact information, the report submitted may not be able to be followed up.

Member Protection

Member Protection covers matters relating to discrimination, vilification, bullying and harassment. It also encapsulates things such as cyber bullying and child protection issues. The FFA National Member Protection Policy ("the Policy") outlines the processes and procedures for resolving complaints and misconduct connected to a member protection issues.

A copy of the Policy is available to download here.

We encourage you to read the Policy thoroughly and contact your club's Member Protection Information Officer, or the FFV's Member Protection Information Officer (George Angelopoulos - Executive Manager | Clubs, Members, & Stakeholder Relations), before making a complaint.

Should you wish to lodge a complaint under the Policy, please complete the FFV Member Protection Complaint Form and return to

In addition, you may wish to speak with someone at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ("VEOHRC") about a suspected breach of the Policy or relevant Equal Opportunity obligations. Call 1300 292 153 to speak to someone at the VEOHRC or visit the website

Respect and Responsibility Program

The FFV Respect and Responsibility program was developed to help the whole football community understand everyone's role in promoting and supporting the game of football, and help clubs provide an effective avenue for keeping their members better informed and educated on matters relating to their responsibilities.

FFV encourages Club's to participate in this program. For further information please call  9474 1800 (ext 4) or e-mail to find out more.

In some cases, Club's are required to undertake the Respect and Responsibility program due to a Tribunal Determination, to arrange a time please call 9474 1800 (ext 3) or email


  • How much does it cost to appeal a red card to the Tribunal? $275 non-refundable.
  • Where are Tribunal hearings held? During the season, all hearings are conducted at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in HWT Tower, Southgate situated at 40  City Rd, Southbank, VIC 3006.
  • Where can I find Tribunal and Appeals Board determinations? All Tribunal and Appeals Board Determinations are notified publicly via the website, usually within 24 hours of the date of the hearing.
  • How many Yellow Cards does a player have? The Yellow Card Register is updated several times each week and is available to view on the website.
  • I know that one of my players has received 5 Yellow Cards however the Yellow Card Register shows fewer than this, what should I do? If you believe you have a player on 5 Yellow Cards we ask that you forward the relevant match records to with a brief explanation. We will update our Yellow Card Register accordingly and notify you once complete.
  • Which players are suspended this week? Player suspensions are notified to Clubs by e-mail and uploaded on the Player Suspensions Register.
  • How do I know if a player who was suspended last year has any matches left to serve? The Carry-Over Suspensions Register is available to view online and contains all players who were unable to serve their suspensions in full in the previous season.

If you're still unsure please contact FFV on 9474 1800 (ext 3) or e-mail


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