It's Time for Fair Access

The Australian first Fair Access Policy Roadmap is set to deliver equitable access to publicly owned community sports infrastructure across the state, helping to level the playing field for women and girls in community sport.

At present, many Victorian women and girls don’t get access to the best courts or grounds, or are relegated to less convenient competition and training times, making it difficult for many to participate or reach their best.

The Fair Access Policy Roadmap aims to develop a state-wide foundation to improve the access to, and use of, community sports infrastructure for women and girls.

From July 2024, all Victorian councils will need to ensure fair access to sporting facilities for people of all genders to be considered eligible to receive infrastructure funding.

In partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicHealth, the Roadmap is being delivered through the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation and aligns with Victoria’s Gender Equality Act 2020.

It follows sector-wide consultation and will ensure that women and young girls can fully participate in and enjoy the benefits of community sport, with fair opportunity and access to their local facilities.

The Roadmap features three key phases: education, readiness and progress. It is designed for local governments, sport and recreation organisations and other groups which manage publicly owned community sports infrastructure.

In the first phase the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation will provide training, education and support to local councils, peak bodies and facilities to help them implement the Roadmap.


Click here to download the
Fair Access Policy Roadmap
Click here to download the
Fair Access Policy Template

Fair Access Policy Roadmap - Information Sessions 

Join the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR) and Sport and Recreation Victoria to learn more about the new Fair Access Policy Roadmap through an online information session. During the session we will step through the Roadmap, what the Roadmap means for you and your organisation and share how we will work together to bring this important initiative to life.

Do you work in local government or the sport and active recreation sector? If so, we strongly encourage you to join us!

Multiple information sessions are available in August and September to provide flexibility for attendees. The information presented will be the same at each session, so please only select the one session time and day most suitable for you.

Friday 26 August 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST
Tuesday 30 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm AEST
Friday 2 September 10:00am - 10:30am AEST
Tuesday 6 September 7:30pm - 8:00pm AEST


Please reach out to OWSR if you have any questions:

Click here to register for the information sessions.

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