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Discrimination can take many forms and occurs when someone is treated unfairly because of their age, sex, religion, disability, race or the group they belong to. Discrimination can be against the law.

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

The law in NSW

The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW is a comprehensive resource on discrimination and the law, including: 

What club committees should do

  • Familiarise yourself with the Member Protection Policy and Codes of Conduct for your sport and promote them often to members. If you're unsure, talk to your state or national 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.  

More information

To help create a discrimination free culture, Play by the Rules can help, with information on:

The Clearinghouse for Sport can help connect people in sport to a world of ideas, experience and knowledge.


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