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Inclusion glossary

Aboriginal – the terms ‘Indigenous’, ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ are often used interchangeably to refer to the diverse groups of people indigenous to Australia.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) – the terms ‘culturally and linguistically diverse’ (CaLD) and ‘non-English speaking background’ (NESB) are both commonly used to refer to all of Australia’s non-Indigenous ethnic groups, other than the English-speaking Anglo-Saxon majority.

Culture – can be described as the personality of an organisation or ‘the way we do things around here’. It guides how a club or association operates, and in turn, how its members normally behave.

Disability – a disability can generally be defined as a condition which may restrict a person’s mental, sensory or mobility functions to undertake or perform a task in the same way as a person who does not have a disability.

Direct and indirect discrimination – direct discrimination occurs if a person treats someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by law (such as race, gender, disability). Indirect discrimination occurs where a requirement, condition or practice is imposed that, on the face of it applies equally to all, but in practice can only be met by certain advantaged people.

Diversity – the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognising our individual differences.

Equality – refers to being equal, especially in status, rights or opportunities.

LGBTIQ – stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transexual, intersex and queer.

Inclusion – providing a range of options to cater for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, in the most appropriate manner possible.

Member Protection Policy (MPP) – a MPP is designed to protect members, including players/participants, administrators, coaches and officials, from discrimination, harassment and inappropriate behaviour and outlines how complaints are dealt with.

Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) – a MPIO is the person responsible at a club, association or sport for providing information and options to a person making a complaint or raising a concern, as well as support during the process.

Migrant/refugee/asylum seeker – a migrant is someone who leaves their country of origin voluntarily to seek a better life for a range or personal and economic reasons. The UN definition of a refugee is a person who is ‘outside their home country because they have suffered (or feared) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because they are a member of a persecuted social category of persons, or because they are fleeing a war’. An asylum seeker is a person who has sought protection as a refugee, but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been assessed.

Positive discrimination/affirmative action – a range of measures or initiatives intended to redress the effects of past discrimination.

Reconciliation Action Plan – a framework or business plan that documents what an organisation commits to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia.

Social inclusion – is about making sure that all children and adults are able to participate as valued, respected and contributing members of society.

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