Fair Access Policy Roadmap Response
The Fair Access Policy Roadmap is supporting local governments and other public land management groups to ensure gender equitable access to and use of community sports infrastructure across Victoria.
The Roadmap was presented to the sports sector at the Vicsport CEO and Chair forum in August 2022. Here's just a glimpse of some of the responses to the announcement of the Roadmap received so far.
Rosie King, Chief Executive Officer at Netball Victoria
"Unfortunately we have seen many instances over many years where girls and women have been relegated to the secondary courts or ovals, or are rostered to play at unpopular times in order to make space for boys and men to play sport.
Many people are not aware that a lack of equitable access is in fact a form of discrimination, and when the impact on girls and women playing sport is pointed out to them, it can be pretty easily and quickly rectified.
The Fair Access Policy Roadmap will be a fantastic tool that shines a light on how to make community facilities more accessible to all of us who want to play sport."
Women’s sporting teams have welcomed a state government initiative that will mean councils must provide equal access to facilities for all genders or miss out on funding. | @marnievinall https://t.co/2kFIqFejCx— The Age (@theage) August 10, 2022
Stephen Wall, Chief Executive Officer at Wyndham City Council
"The Fair Access Policy Roadmap is a step forward for our sector, providing clear guidance to align local government and sport, and a forum to better share and recognise how we can make our active places more inclusive for women and girls"
Gender equality is critical to achieving good health for all. @VicHealth is proud to work with the Office for Women in Sport and @sportandrecvic on a Fair Access Policy Roadmap.— Dr Sandro Demaio (@SandroDemaio) August 8, 2022
We’re committed to a Victoria where women and girls have equal access to sport and recreation.
This barrier has long deterred women and girls from playing sport, but new rules will force Victorian councils to make crucial changes. https://t.co/0dXBS5lWBY— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) August 8, 2022