Cultural Diversity in Sport

Cultural Diversity in Sport         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Dr Paul Oliver, Director, Oliver and Thompson Consultancy (January 2017).
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated:  19 September 2017
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Introduction

The demographic makeup of communities across Australia is changing. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS);

  • 28% of Australian were born overseas;
  • Almost most 50% of Australians have parents born in other countries; 
  • Over 260 languages are spoken; 
  • Almost 20% of Australians have some form of a disability; and,
  • Over half (50.2%) of our population are women and girls.
    [References - ABS: 3235.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2015 (August 2016); 3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2014-15 (April 2016); 4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (October 2016)]

Sport and physical activity play an important role in our communities. Sport can promote social inclusion and community well-being. Yet it can also inadvertently or otherwise promote exclusion and place unnecessary barriers preventing greater community participation.


Key Messages 

1

Australia has a diverse multicultural population and sport participation in many of its regions reflects this diversity.

2

Sport can be used for positive social change—it can help build more inclusive, healthier, happier, and safer communities.

3

Sporting organisations and sports clubs should continually seek to identify barriers that may preclude people from participating in their sport.

4

More inclusive sports realise greater growth among other opportunities.




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