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Diversity is the differences between people – their characteristics, attributes, backgrounds, and the perspectives they bring.  

Diversity of thought and a variety of perspectives and experiences leads to increased creativity, innovation and better decision-making at a strategic and operational level. 


Equality is the assumption that everyone benefits from the same resources, supports and opportunities.   

Equity recognises that everyone doesn't begin in the same place in society. It’s about advocating for those who may have been historically disadvantaged and providing them with opportunities to be successful so that everyone gets the resources and support they need.  Equity is fair outcomes for individuals belonging to diverse groups, achieved by addressing the barriers each of these groups face.

Justice is when the cause of the inequity is addressed and systemic barriers have been removed.

Comparing images of people trying to see over a fence to highlight Equality, equity, and Justice

Find out more about how an equitable and just society are one of the five pou of the sport and recreation sector’s preferred future.


Inclusion is the ongoing exercise of valuing diverse groups by creating safe, welcoming and collaborative environments in which everyone can fully participate and thrive. It’s about pro-active behaviours, options and actions to make people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities feel that they belong.

There are different ways to help participants feel included. The best thing to do is to provide choice, and ask what works for them.

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A person is directly or indirectly prevented or denied access to participating because of their differences.
Safe spaces
A person's needs are catered for in a separate tailored environment with others like them.
A person is included in the mainstream setting but may need to adapt to the standardised environment.
The space or activity is adapted to enable everyone to participate together.
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