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People with a Disability

The most recent comparative figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics General Social Survey estimates that people with disability are 15% less likely to participate in sport and active recreation than the general population.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2012 (SDAC) indicates that in South Australia:

  • more than one in five people (357,100 or 21.5 per cent) reported having a disability in 2012
  • In 2012, there were 22,700 children aged less than 15 years with a disability (7.7 per cent)
  • 3.4 per cent of the population or 56,000 people identified themselves as being primary carers of people with disability

Sport and recreation is important to the health and wellbeing of everyone. People with disability should have equal opportunity to participate in every aspect of life, including mainstream community sport or active recreation.

There are a range of benefits to be gained from involving people with disability in your club:

  1. People with a disability have opportunities to develop physical skills, game knowledge and social connectedness.
  2. Your club becomes more reflective of the community you live in which helps break down stereotypes and build a stronger, more community-focused club culture
  3. Clubs are likely to experience an increase in club membership, revenue, volunteers and increased funding opportunities.


Download the developing disability discrimination act action plans document.

Sports Ability is an exciting inclusive games program developed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to encourage people with disability to get involved and participate in sport and active recreation. Find out more here.

Play by the Rules interactive scenario focusing on disability inclusion.

Information on becoming an inclusive club

Perceived barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity for children with disability: a qualitative study -

Funding Opportunities

Office for Recreation and Sport grants and other programs

Funding is available to help organisations and individuals to provide high quality active recreation and sport facilities, programs and activities. See Funding scholarships page.

Upcoming Courses/Events

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IDS17 - First Contact , Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference

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