ABA Announcement – Code of Conduct

The Australasian Barbecue Alliance was founded in 2014 with the aim of promoting low n slow and wood fired barbecue. The ABA has created and now consistently delivers multiple high-quality barbecue competition formats, whilst also promoting a positive culture of sharing the love, inclusion which is often referred to as the ‘brotherhood’ of barbecue.

A huge majority of ABA members, supporters and competing teams uphold a high standard of interaction and do very well in supporting the brotherhood culture.

From time to time it is unfortunate to see some folks step outside the circle of supporting others and at times the ABA has had to apply sanctions to individuals in the form of exclusion from competing in ABA Sanctioned contests or from interacting with the ABA Facebook Group.

Whilst the number of people excluded from some activities is small compared to the overall number of members or supporters who uphold high standards of interaction, it is important for the ABA to stipulate its position in relation to acceptable behaviour when participating in ABA activities.

Incoming ABA President Adam Rothwell and Vice President Michael Rose have already been working hard since their election in December 2018 to bring about some solid direction in a number of areas of the ABA operations.

Both Adam and Michael are pleased to release the first ABA Code of Conduct which they hope is received as a positive reinforcement of the ABA’s desire to ensure the culture and brotherhood of barbecue is a truly positive one.

All feedback and questions on this Code of Conduct, please contact ABA Vice President, Michael Rose via michael@ausbbq.com.au

ABA Code of Conduct

ABA Representatives

The ABA is supported by dozens of volunteers across Australia and New Zealand who deliver a high quality and professional standard of support to the products and services the ABA delivers.

  • The ABA representatives will uphold a professional, unbiased, consistent and fair delivery of adjudication, communication and support for members, teams and fellow crew members.

ABA Teams

Teams who compete in ABA Sanctioned contests in Australia and New Zealand enjoy a professional contest format delivered by a team of highly skilled and trained volunteer adjudicators and support crew.

  • All team members competing in an ABA Sanctioned contest will show sportsman-like behaviour, respect, support and a professional attitude towards ABA Crew, fellow team mates, other teams, general public and also the Promoter in any/all interactions before, during and after any ABA Sanctioned contest.

ABA Facebook Group Subscribers

The ABA has approximately 70,000 people who subscribe to its Facebook Group which is a place to share tips, tricks and recipes amongst members for mutual benefit. The Group is also a platform for ABA Supporting Partners, Promoters and the ABA HQ to promote events, special offers or relevant industry news.

  • All participants of the Facebook Group will show respect, support and a professional attitude towards fellow members.
  • All participants of the Facebook Group will make only helpful, positive and relevant posts, comments or feedback on relevant to barbecue industry products or services, keeping in mind the Group Guidelines found in the ‘About Us’ section of the Group info section.

Adjudication of Code of Conduct Breaches

Anyone can report a Code of Conduct breach to the ABA President or Vice President in writing by email, being sure to include any all evidence to support the claim via michael@ausbbq.com.au

ABA Crew and Team Members

Breaches will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by a panel of ABA appointed adjudicators who will review the evidence, taking the time to garner both sides of a story before making a determination.

  • Penalties may include in minor cases, a warning, substantial misconduct cases could see a suspension from competition for a period of time or in major issue cases an exclusion from competing in any ABA Sanctioned contest for an indefinite period of time or a lifetime ban.
  • In the event of deliberate cheating or interfering with due contest processes, bringing the ABA into disrepute, a minimum period of 12 months exclusion would apply.

ABA Facebook Group Subscribers

The ABA Facebook Group has approximately 20 Moderators who monitor posts, comments and interactions on a daily basis. The moderators are aware of the Guidelines for the use of the Facebook Group and from time to time remove posts and comments for a range of reasons.

Mute Function

  • Most cases are dealt with by a moderator removing a post or comment. From time to time subscribers may be placed on Mute for a period of time for making racist or derogatory remarks towards people, bullying, unhelpful or negative comments.

Ban or Block

  • Deliberately inciting a negative campaign, berating other members, trash talking a product, brand or service provided by (any) company including the ABA may result in a permanent ban from using the Group.

Other – External Platforms

In the event that a current, former or part time participant in ABA related activities engages in behaviour designed to bring the ABA into disrepute or to attempt to tarnish the reputation of an ABA supporter, team, crew member, official representative in writing in or on any external platform whether private or public, will be subject to sanctions on a case by case basis.


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