Australia’s population is truly diverse. We hail from 23 different countries and speak over 260 languages. We’re also sports mad.  Not only do we love to support our favourite team, 62% of us participate in sport on a regular basis.

But who is that 62%?

Sport participation in Australia does not reflect what’s happening in our community. Just 30% of Indigenous Australians are active as regular participants and for people with a disability, the statistics are even lower – just 23.7%.

It’s a tale of missed opportunities. Sports and clubs all over the country are missing out on entire groups of potential members, players, administrators and volunteers. More importantly, people who want to play sport feel, for a variety of reasons, excluded.

What can we do to make sport in this country truly inclusive and reflective of the wider community? Go to the sections below to explore ways to make your sport or recreation club more inclusive and diverse. We recommend you start with the 7 Pillars of Inclusion as a broad framework to get started. 

 

  • 7 Pillars of Inclusion

    7 Pillars of Inclusion

    The 7 Pillars of Inclusion is a broad framework to give sports clubs and associations a starting point to address inclusion and diversity. It takes an umbrella view of inclusion and highlights the commonalities of inclusion regardless of any targeted population group. 

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  • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations

    Young people playing AFL

    A love of sport can be found in people of different races, backgrounds and cultures. Yet this shared interest can raise a number of complex issues that involve balancing a person’s cultural traditions with their compliance with social norms and club rules and procedures. 

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  • Gender inclusion

    Gender equity in sport

    Although people like to think of sport as being fair and open to all, sometimes individuals or groups are excluded or prevented from participating equally. If the unfair treatment is based on gender, then it could be sex discrimination.

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  • Homophobia and Sexuality

    Homophobia in sport

    Unfair treatment based on someone’s sexuality – or assumptions about their sexuality – is unfair discrimination and has no place in any sport and recreation environment.  Good news is there are plenty of actions you can take to ensure that homophobia and sexuality discrimination does not exist at your club or association.

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  • People with disability

    Young person with disability skiing

    Participation rates for people with disability are significantly lower than the general population. While attitudes and practices are changing there is still work to do. Here, there are some practical ideas, tools and strategies you can use to ensure people with disability have every opportunity to participate in activities of their choice. 

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  • Race based inclusion

    Race discrimination

    Racism can have a profound impact on people’s involvement in sport.  It can affect motivation, enjoyment and levels of participation and, if unchecked, may result in inappropriate, potentially dangerous and violent behaviour. Racial harassment, discrimination and vilification have no place in Australian sport.

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