National guidelines for transgender and gender diverse inclusion in sport released

June 13, 2019

 

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), SportAus and The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports today released new guidelines for the inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in sport in Australia.

 

This momentous occasion took place this morning at Junction Oval in St Kilda and was attended by a myriad of representatives from sporting organisations, LGBTI+ sport organisations, guideline contributors and media.

 

The highly anticipated guidelines provide national sporting organisations, state sporting organisations, sporting clubs and volunteer clubs with detailed information about trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport, particularly with regards to complying to the federal Sex Discrimination Act.

 

These guidelines follow similar guidelines released by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights commission in 2015 and the Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission. These existing state and territory-based guidelines have been successfully used by organisations such as Cricket Victoria in the creation of their guidelines for inclusion trans and gender diverse people in community cricket.

 

Proud 2 Play’s Bowie Stover, who attended the launch, said, “We have been lucky to have guidelines in place in Victoria for a few years now, but it is really fantastic to see nationwide support for inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in sport.”

 

“I really hope this encourages Australia’s major sporting organisations in creating their own sports-specific inclusion policies.”

 

What do the guidelines cover?

 

The guidelines provide inclusion informat