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Discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favourably than others in similar circumstances, and it is because they belong to a particular group of people or have a particular characteristic. It can be direct or indirect, and can be against the law.

Everyone has the right to fair and respectful involvement in sport. Clubs should focus on creating a culture and environment that’s discrimination-free.

What club committees can do:

There are 8 key steps club committees should follow to create safe and fair clubs. These are essential foundations to preventing discrimination and other issues.

Specifically, when it comes to being discrimination consider:

  • Understand the laws – the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW is a comprehensive resource on discrimination and the law
  • Be familiar with the existing policies your sport likely has in this area and promote them often to members eg. Member Protection Policy and/or Codes of Conduct. These are generally set by your national or state peak body.
  • Have committee, volunteers and club members complete free online training in discrimination and harassment at Play by the Rules.
  • Lead by example – create a discrimination-free culture by dealing with incidents effectively and continually educating club members on appropriate behaviour. 

Resources and information to help

Anti Discrimination NSW

What is discrimination and types 

Play by the Rules

Inclusion and diversity advice 

Inclusion and diversity videos 

Case studies from sport 

Online courses

Harassment and discrimination 

Inclusive coaching

Interactive scenarios 

Complaints about discrimination and harassment 

Sport Integrity Australia

Visit website

Australian Human Rights Commission 

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