Being “fair” is a strong value in Australian society, but like other important values, there can be a gap between the idea and reality. Being “fair’ doesn’t come about through hope and intent.
People have to do things to ensure it works in practice. Clubs are no exception.
They don’t always get it right when it comes to being fair to everyone.
We hear, all the time, stories of clubs where there is unequal access:
When a club aspires to build and maintain a culture of respect, it works on the basis that all people matter:
The more a club reflects the diversity and richness of its community and gives everyone a fair go, the better the club will be in developing and maintaining a positive and successful culture – on and off the field.
Some simple and powerful ways to ensure equal access in your club:
Clubs that strive for a culture of deep respect provide equal opportunity for all people to participate in all club activities. We know that club personnel are always changing, so clubs need to continue to check the needs of their community.
Equal access must never go out the door with a president, committee member(s), or other club leaders when they move on.
Club facilities are appropriate for all. Ensure that:
See Frequently Asked Questions: Access to Premises for more detail.
The club is welcoming to people of all cultural backgrounds:
Everyone has the same access to club facilities and resources, regardless of gender:
All people, young and old, have equal access to club resources:
Everyone at your club ‘gets a go’:
The club has policies and procedures in place that actively promote equality and fair treatment for all people, across all of the club’s operations.
The club speaks about fairness and equality, holds information sessions and runs special matches to highlight important causes.
The club has players from disadvantaged groups and believes that being fair just happens.
The club doesn’t believe it’s important.