According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 20% of Australians have some form of disability.
The AFL supports the right of people with disabilities to be involved in all aspects of Australian football, including full and equal active participation. We are committed to ensuring that opportunities to play the game are accessible to all.
Australian football has a strong history of leading and advocating positive and proactive change in community attitudes and social policy.
Accordingly the AFL is dedicated to making it easy for people with disabilities to participate in Australian football including playing, coaching, officiating and administing the game.
All people within Australian football are reminded that not only are there legal and moral obligations to providing inclusive environments, it makes sense to actively encourage inclusion.
People with disabilities face certain barriers that make inclusion in sport difficult. Some of these include:
The challenge for Australian football is to provide environments where people of all abilities are included. Some strategies include:
Changing club culture takes time. Some strategies to create an inclusive club culture include:
People with a disability should have the same opportunities as anybody else looking to play.
NAB AFL Auskick is the AFL's key introductory program for primary school-aged boys and girls and their families.
Through the weekly coaching program kids will learn the skills of the game through appropriately modified activities and rules, play football in a fun and safe environment and make plenty of new friends too.
Older people with a disability are encouraged to work with their relevant disability organisations to establish the best pathway to continue playing Australian football.
The development and implementation of a Disability Action Plan enables your club to proactively provide a club environment which encourages the participation of people with disabilities and accommodates their requirements.
Discrimination in regard to disability is an important issue for football clubs.
It is unlawful for a club or association, its management committee and the members of the committee, to discriminate on the grounds of a person's disability by: