Inclusion and Diversity

The sporting landscape has changed enormously in recent years. Government and community expectations for good governance, integrity, equality, member protection and child safeguarding means that providing safe, fair and inclusive surf club environments is no longer an aspiration, but an imperative.

The following documents have been created to offer your club guidance around developing policies for inclusion, diversity and Indigenous protocols.

Inclusion Statement
Does you club welcome all members of the community regardless of ability, age, culture, gender, race, religion or sexuality?
Inclusion Policy Example

Indigenous Statement
This document provides you with protocols surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people in regards to Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement of Country, an example of a club’s indigenous statement, who are the traditional land owners and local contact details for the traditional custodians in your area.
Indigenous Protocols for Clubs

Culture & Leadership – Creating Inclusive Clubs
Being welcoming and inclusive is one feature of healthy and successful clubs.
Creating Inclusive Clubs – Play by the Rules

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. The 7 Pillars model is about giving you a ‘helicopter’ view of inclusion which looks at the common elements that contribute to creating inclusive environments that reflect the communities that we live in. The seven pillars are:
• Access
• Attitude
• Choice
• Partnerships
• Communication
• Policy
• Opportunities
7 Pillars of Inclusion – Play by the Rules

Inclusive Sport Framework
Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse. Inclusive Sport – SportAUS

Cultural Inclusion
Surf Life Saving are committed to being an inclusive organisation, dedicated to being open to all members of the Australian community and ensuring all people are treated with respect and dignity within safe, supportive environments.
SLSNSW Cultural Inclusion

Cultural Diversity in Sport
Sport can be used for positive social change – it can help build more inclusive, healthier, happier and safer communities.
Cultural Diversity in Sport – Clearinghouse for Sport

Disability Inclusion
Surf Life Saving is committed to the inclusion of people with disability, their families and their carers. Every person, no matter their ability, has the right to have equal access to our Clubs and activities and should be welcomed as such.
SLSNSW Disability Inclusion

Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion
Sport Australia partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports to develop Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport. The Guidelines provide practical advice on how sporting organisations can create and promote an inclusive environment for transgender and gender diverse people.
Integrity in Sport – SportAUS