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Inclusion & Diversity

Sport, recreation and physical activity is important to the health and wellbeing of everyone. The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing strives to support all South Australians to incorporate movement, play and performance in their daily lives.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing believe that all people should enjoy the same access and inclusion to sport, recreation and physical activity, regardless of age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, ethnicity or location.

We aim to :

  • Listen, inform and collaborate with partners to incorporate more physical activity into the daily lives of all South Australians.
  • Work with sport and recreation stakeholders, government and non government bodies, and the for profit and not-for profit sector in an effort to build a more active state and creating welcoming environments, inclusive of all.

Inclusive Framework

The Inclusive Sport Framework is based on the 7 Pillars of Inclusion, a model for advancing diversity and inclusion that has been implemented by several sports in Australia.

This five step process and comprehensive toolkit will assist organisations to develop their own Inclusive Frameworks and develop clear strategies, policies, programs and practices that foster greater diversity and inclusion.

An Inclusive Framework demonstrates that everyone is included, is treated equally and will be made to feel part of the organisation. It can help attract new members, sponsors and other community organisations with similar values, who want to align with your brand and activities and demonstrates that that your organisation will not tolerate discrimination, barriers or disadvantage.

People with a Disability

People with disability should have equal opportunity to participate in every aspect of life, including elite and community sport, recreation and physical activity.

There are a range of benefits to be gained from involving people with disability in your club:

  • People with a disability have opportunities to develop physical skills, game knowledge and social connectedness.
  • Your club becomes more reflective of the community you live in which helps break down stereotypes and build a stronger, more community-focused club culture.
  • Clubs are likely to experience an increase in club membership, revenue, volunteers and increased funding opportunities.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing strives to support all South Australians of all abilities to incorporate movement, play and performance in their daily lives. We provide support to Paralympic athletes to perform at the highest level to achieve their sporting dreams.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing aims to:

  • Work with State Sports and Recreation associations and Disability organisations to foster inclusive programs for people with disabilities and provide welcoming and inclusive environments for all.
  • Assist organisations to reduce the barriers in sport and recreation participation for people with varying abilities.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2020-2024 outlines the steps we will take over the next four years to improve outcomes for South Australians with disability, their carers and our workforce, as well as improve accessibility of the services we both fund and deliver.

The DAIP is structured around the themes and priority areas set out in the State Disability and Inclusion Plan. In line with the State Disability Inclusion Plan commitment to remain a living document, the ORSR DAIP will remain live to ensure continued alignment and to reflect social, political and environmental changes.


The following organisations provide sport and recreation services, resources and information for people with a disability and organisations working with them.

Deaf Sport Australia provide opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in sport at different levels from grassroots to international competition. They have a range of community and high performance programs working with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults including Active Deaf Kids, Active Deaf Sports Club and Active Deaf High Performance

Disability Sports Australia is Australia’s peak national body representing athletes with a physical disability who compete or work in sporting endeavours of all abilities from the grass roots to elite Paralympians. Information on the different sports to get involved in is available on here.

Special Olympics Australia is part of a global sporting community for people with an intellectual disability offering sports training, coaching and competition opportunities throughout Australia.

Paralympics Australia help Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games. They believe that participation in sport provides positive social and physical benefits to people with disabilities and plays an important role in changing community perceptions of people with disabilities. They have a range of community programs to support and profile Para-athletes, Para-sports and the Movement in Australia, including the Para-sport Equipment Fund, Para-coaching information sheets, Resources for physiotherapists, the Paralympic Speakers Program, and the Indigenous PWD and Sport web section.

Riding for the Disabled Association Australia (RDAA) is a voluntary, non profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, therapeutic. Horse-related activities in Australia. It provides support and development for member groups and training programs for coaches and volunteers.

Riding for the Disabled Association SA (RDSA) is a voluntary, not for profit organisation providing horse riding and related activities as sport, active recreation and basic therapy for people with disabilities.

Deaf Community & Sports South Australia provides support and engages Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults to participate in community, sport and recreation activities for healthy lifestyles and personal development.

Reclink Australia provides opportunities for social engagement through sport and recreation for people experiencing disadvantage. Programs offered in South Australia can be viewed at SA Reclink programs.

Leap YMCA Services assist people with a disability to be active, healthy and engaged in their community. They offer a number of services and programs to support people with physical and intellectual disabilities connect to sport and recreation activities.

Wheelienet Disability Awareness Program by Novita is a fun and interactive program for South Australian schools, corporate organisations and community groups gain a greater awareness of the issues and challenges facing people living with disability.

Inclusive Sport SA aims to create effective engagement opportunities and strategies between organisations, marginalised groups and the community to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. They provide support to the South Australian community, individuals and families by delivering best practice inclusion and diversity programs and advice to local government, peak body organisations, businesses, local sporting clubs and recreation groups.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

Sport and staying active is important for the health and wellbeing of our Indigenous people.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing aims to:

  • Encourage Indigenous people to be more active and to be involved in all aspects of sport and recreation.
  • Increase opportunities for Indigenous people to learn the skills needed to organise, deliver and manage community-based sport.


SPORT SA Reconciliation Knowledge Centre

Reconciliation SA

SA Gov Resources

Mature Age

Staying active as you age is important for our physical and mental health and well being and helps to stay healthy, feel better and live longer.

Sport and recreation organisations are adapting service delivery to suit the needs of older adults so that they can enjoy the multiple health benefits of regular movement.


Active Ageing

Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing


Aged Care Guide Modified Sports

Multicultural Communities

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing aims to:

  • Work with multicultural communities to make sport inclusive for CaLD, refugee, migrant and all people regardless of cultural background
  • Assist State Sporting Associations to work in partnership with these communities
  • Work with State Sports and Recreation associations and Multicultural organisations to foster inclusive programs for people from multicultural communities and provide welcoming and inclusive environments for all.

Multicultural, Intercultural and CLD or CALD are terms used to describe people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The term is used to describe people who are born overseas or who are Australian born with one or both parents (or grandparents) born overseas.

Building relationships with and encouraging people from multicultural backgrounds provides opportunities for South Australian sporting and active recreation organisations along with their member associations and clubs to expand their membership and involve people in all aspects of the sporting experience.


Department of Premier & Cabinet Multicultural Affairs


The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing believes that all people should enjoy the same access and inclusion to sport, recreation and physical activity, including those of diverse sexualities and genders.

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.


There are a number of organisations and resources that can assist your organisation to engage with the LGBTIQ+ community.

PBTR Creating an LGBTI+ Inclusive Club


Pride in Sport