Code of conduct | Novita

Code of conduct

The Code of Conduct has been set by Novita to ensure the safety of all participants, Novita’s clients, their staff, volunteers and contractors. It has also been created to protect the reputation of the Mighty River Run and Novita and is viewed very seriously.

We ask each crew member to police the conduct of other crew members. Anyone not adhering to the code may be forced to withdraw from the Mighty River Run Event and may not be invited to participate in future events. As a Mighty River Run entrant you are not exempt from state laws or rules, and anyone caught breaking the law may be prosecuted.

Any decision handed down by Novita will be final with no discussion entered into.



In the interests of safety, insurance and event management, the requests and directions of all people designated by Mighty River Run to be Officials (‘Officials’) will be observed at all times.

Mighty River Run Scrutineering

All Mighty River Run boats must be scrutineered by the Event’s mechanic prior to the commencement of the event. If a boat does not meet the compliance criteria it will not be allowed to participate in the event.


Under South Australian and Victorian Law (Harbors and Navigation Act 1993 and Marine Act 1988), there are penalties when drugs or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05 or over are detected in the operator of a motorboat or essential members of the crew. In Victoria the blood alcohol limit must be zero for a person who is under the age of 21 years of age. The penalties can include large fines and/or imprisonment. The court may impose an additional penalty and suspend or cancel a certificate of competency, including a boat operator’s licence. Penalties can also apply for refusal to submit to a drug screening test or blood test.

Novita relies on the good will of the communities we visit to support this event and our ongoing work for clients. Please respect communities we visit by enjoying alcohol responsibly over the course of the event. We reserve the right to take appropriate actions should we deem behaviour inappropriate. This may result in disqualification of the individual from the event.

Alcohol will be available to purchase at dinner venues and at several of these there is no BYO. The event will not transport any alcohol along the route on your behalf.

Random Breath Tests

Mighty River Run Officials may at any time carry out random breath tests for Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) throughout the event. All drivers agree to submit to such tests conducted by these Officials. Where a driver is found to be over the prescribed limit the following actions may apply:

  • The official will require that the driver abstains from driving and the team will be required to use a driver that is under the legal BAC limit;
  • A first warning will be given to that individual;
  • If a second offence occurs, this may result in the disqualification of the individual and/or the entire crew from the remainder of the event.

Illicit Drugs

The use of any illicit drugs will result in the person/s concerned being immediately withdraw from the Event. Such persons may not be permitted to participate in any future Events.


Litter must not be thrown from any boat at any time and must be disposed of appropriately.

Cigarettes & Naked Flames

Please ensure safe disposal of your cigarette butts and abide by local fire rules and regulations.


Entrants are prohibited from carrying firearms on the Mighty River Run event at all times. The throwing of flour bombs, detergent or any other items that might damage a boat, cause injury or harm to the waterway is also banned.


Fireworks are an environmental and safety hazard and are banned on the Mighty River Run event, with the exception of licensed fireworks displays approved and organised by Event Management.


Flares are for emergency purposes only, unless special dispensation has been obtained in writing from the Mighty River Run Event Management. Such approval must be obtained prior to the start of the Mighty River Run event.


Participants must never tamper with other boats or property on the event or any signage erected by Officials on the route.

Support Vehicles

Entrants are prohibited from bringing their own support vehicles on the Mighty River Run, unless authorised by Event Management.

Captains Briefing & Check In

At the start of each day the Captain or a representative from your team must attend the daily briefing prior to departure. At each land destination the Captain or a representative from your team must sign in that the crew have arrived safely.


The Mighty River Run Event Management will not tolerate offensive or unruly behaviour.

Carer/Parental/Guardian Consent

Participants must ensure that carer, parent or guardian consent is obtained before picking up or embracing Novita Clients.

Social Media

When choosing to share your Mighty River Run adventures through social media, we ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Ensure all images/text and video capture the fun, safe and entertaining aspects of the Mighty River Run;
  • Please do not use any images that would have a negative impact on the Mighty River Run participants or the Novita name – ie. Comments or images that are off topic, inappropriate or offensive;
  • Do not use any images of Novita clients that we meet along the way. Mighty River Run is required to obtain a signed consent form from their parent or guardian to use these images.

Thank you for helping to make the 2018 Mighty River Run a safe, fun and sustainable event for everyone to enjoy.