Gender Equity
in sport

Embedding a culture of equality and respect in sport.

South West Sport is committed to supporting the progression of gender equity in sport and is taking a whole of sport approach in the south west, to support clubs, leagues, and associations to embed cultures of equality and respect in sport and to grow women’s participation both on and off the field.

Thanks to funding support from the Victorian Government, South West Sport is driving gender equity within community sport through education, capacity building, policy innovation and recognition, as part of our Prevention Through Sport Project, Community Sport: An Equal Playing Field.

To find out how your club, league, association, or organisation can be a part of our whole of sport approach to embedding gender equity in sport in the south west, get in touch with our team.

We’re excited to bring you the Respect in Sport Standard, South West Sport’s own whole of sport, whole of region approach to embedding a culture of equality and respect in sport across the south west.

If your club is

Looking to set the standard

Deliver appropriate sport for women & girls

Meet Fair Access requirements

Create a welcoming an inclusive culture

Grow women & girls’ participation

Build leadership capacity

Future proof your sport


Champion equality on and off the field

Then get in touch to see how you can be a part of the Respect in Sport Standard program.This program is currently part of our organisations sector and club consultancy services, and has been purpose designed to support clubs in progressing gender equity within their sporting setting, and councils in meeting Fair Access Requirements.

Take a look at what we’ve been up to...

Community Sport: An Equal Playing Field

Thanks to funding support from the Victorian Government South West Sport is taking a whole of sport approach to prevention of violence against women through sport within our local sporting communities to promote and progress gender equity within sport and it is starting within our own organisation as we work to implement Our Watch’s Equality & Respect in Sport Standards.

We’ve upskilled our staff through training and capacity building activities, and transformed our internal policies and ways of working, to ensure gender equity is at the forefront of our thinking. Including participating in a whole of org training day delivered by Women’s Health and Wellbeing.

By challenging gender inequality in community sport, we can create inclusive, equitable, healthy, and safe environments for women, men, girls, boys, and gender diverse people. This helps to prevent violence against women.

Community Sport: An Equal Playing Field

Fair Access Roadshow

Working alongside the team from Change Our Game and the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR) to facilitate the Fair Access Roadshow in Warrnambool to 22 partners from local government and the community/sport sector.

A great chance to bring together out existing Great South Coast Sport & Recreation Network, as well as staff from across various council departments, VicHealth, Sport & Recreation Victoria, and local women’s health organisation, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, to build the capacity of our region to develop and implement Fair Access and Use Policies within Councils by June 2024.

Fair Access Roadshow