The Australian community is one of the most diverse in the world. With continued growth it has been acknowledged in order for migration to be successful in both policy and practice, the settlement policy for migrants need to provide opportunities to not only adjust to Australian life but for migrants to become active and vital participants in the community. Opportunities for newly arrived young people to participate in social and recreational activities with their peers are therefore critically important. Sporting activities have been recognised as a vehicle through which migrant and refugee young people can rebuild supportive relationships and a sense of identity in their new country.
Despite the proven benefits however, migrants are still underrepresented in measures of participation in sport and recreational activities. The ABS reports variation in participation rates among different migrant groups, ranging from 67.4% in people born in North-West Europe to just 31.2% in those who listed their country of birth as North Africa and the Middle East. Females from those countries had a participation rate of less than 20%.
Providing access opportunities for Multicultural communities should be an important consideration for any sport or active recreation organisation.
Included below is information to help sport and active recreation clubs and organisations better understand some of the issues around Multicultrual access.
Click on the relevant links below to view and download documents.
Centre for Mutlicultural Youth
Ethnic Communities Council Victoria (ECCV)
Refugee Council of Australia
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)