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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

  • Australia is a culturally diverse nation in which people from more than 200 different countries live, work and study.
  • Sport attracts people from all different races and life-styles and provides an opportunity to build social and cultural bridges based on shared interests.
  • Successful sporting clubs break down racism by focusing on inclusion, team camaraderie and developing individual and team skills.
  • Racial discrimination and unlawful behaviour can result in disciplinary action, suspension, expulsion, and financial costs.
  • A club or association found liable for racism occurring at sporting events may have their reputation seriously damaged, face legal action and financial costs.
  • See the Race Discrimination video.

What can you do?

Following are a range of tools and resources to assist you or your club to prevent racism and to take action should it occur:

  • The Play by the Rules Templates section provides basic policies and guidelines your sporting club should have in place, such as member protection.
  • The free Play by the Rules online training teaches you how to prevent discrimination and harassment in your sport.
  • Do the Religious inclusion in sport Interactive scenario to learn how to deal with issues that may arise in your club.
  • Download some of the free Play by the Rules posters, flyers and postcards to promote safe, fair and inclusive sport in your clubhouse, stadium or playing field.
  • Join many other sports and support the Racism: It Stops with Me campaign run by the Australian Human Rights Commission. There are many excellent resources you can use. You can download the Racism: It Stops with Me video in our Videos section

Racism. It Stops with Me

In 2013 Play by the Rules partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission to produce the main video for the RACISM. IT STOPS WITH ME campaign.

The Campaign aims to:

  1. Ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community
  2. Give more Australians the tools & resources to take practical action against racism
  3. Empower individuals & organisations to prevent & respond effectively to racism

You can support and join in the campaign, download the resources, and promote the Racism: It Stops with me message. Simply go to