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Racism is against the rules

Vicsport, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and Sport and Recreation Victoria have collaborated on two new guides and a video to help sporting clubs and players to stand up against racism and create safer, more inclusive sporting clubs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds.

Recent high-profile instances of racism in sport have highlighted this issue, and sporting clubs at all levels are increasingly coming to understand the impact of racism on individual players and the culture within the club.

Under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, it's against the law to treat someone unfavourably in sport because of a personal characteristic, like a person's race or ethnic background.

The new guides Racism is against the rules and the video Taking a stand against racism in sport are designed to help players, coaches, managers, administrators and supporters to better understand the harm caused by racism, their rights and obligations under Victorian law, and what they can do to stop racism from occurring.

Download the quick guides

Watch the video

Need more information?

You can contact the Commission to find out more information. Email [email protected] or call our Enquiry Line on 1300 292 153.

Have you experienced discrimination?

If players do experience discrimination or vilification through their sports and recreation activities, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's complaints service offers free, fair and timely dispute resolution.

People can also call up for information on how to respond to racism in sport or to make an anonymous report. The complaints service can be contacted on 1300 292 153, [email protected] or with an online complaint form.

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