6 October 2017
Starting 09:00 am - Finish 4.30 pm
Olympic Park, Melbourne

About the Forum

Join us for the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum

Following the successful inaugural 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Forum, this years event will focus on ‘forward thinking’ in diversity and inclusion in sport. We have gathered some of the country’s top practitioners, policy makers, administrators and academics to give their short and sharp ideas and insights into what works now and what could work in the future to ensure the sporting landscape reflects the multi-cultural and diverse community we live in.

This year’s theme is: ‘Future Thinking in diversity and inclusion in sport’. The focus will be on sharing new approaches to greater equip the sporting industry to meet the many challenges and opportunities in this area.


Don’t delay – limited to 180 participants – first come, first served – tickets only $150

Topics will include

Similar to the 2016 forum, the 2017 forum will focus on a wide range of issues relevant to diversity and inclusion in sport. These include – diversity and inclusion in the new National Sports Plan, a snapshot on racism in sport and actions that are working to address this, gender equity and participation campaigns, new strategies to promote sport and active recreation, progress for LGBTQI people in sport, inclusion action in the Pacific, Indigenous inclusion projects, a focus on sport without borders, safe inclusion for children in sport, Inclusive culture of the Australian Paralympic Team, innovative multicultural programs, and strategies that work to promote inclusion of people with disability in sport.

– We know the reasons why sport should be more inclusive and the benefits that diversity brings

– We know the barriers, the challenges and the issues that exist

– We know some of the projects and programs that some sports have implemented

– We know there’s a lot more to be done

– We’ll share some of the latest, most effective video and social media campaigns and adverts that have tackled and informed us on these issues.

– Attendees will get to brainstorm the key issues and solutions and then share their insights with the broader forum

– Attendees will also have an opportunity to vote on what they feel is the most pressing issue relating to each topic, which will help shape our focus over the next 12 months

– Attendees will have dedicated time to network and meet with colleagues in the sector in a friendly and welcoming environment

– 15 x invited speakers to share succinct, insightful 10 minute presentations

– Each group of 3 talks will be followed by panel debate with audience questions and information sharing

– Talks will be punctuated by the latest and best video and social media campaigns on these topics

– Attendees will be able to engage in table discussions and panel debates, with question and answer opportunities at the end of each session.

Our speakers include

See the schedule below – more speakers being added daily


What you might need to know

Registration is quick and simple. It is handled through Eventbrite. There are no paper tickets for the Forum – just bring some ID with you and we will check you in. There is one ticket issued for each registration. But be quick as there are limited places.

You can download our Terms and Conditions for more information.

The Forum is at Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre, River Room, Batman Avenue.

Public transport is the quickest and easiest way to get to and from an event at Melbourne & Olympic Parks. Trains, trams and buses operate frequently, dropping you right at the door of Australia’s premier sports and entertainment precinct. On site public car parking is very limited.

A short walk from Flinders Street train station via the William Barak footbridge allows attendees access to the City Entrance of Melbourne & Olympic Parks. The new Tanderrum Bridge is now the main entrance to Melbourne Park from the CBD, connecting directly into the precinct via Birrarung Marr.

For more information about getting there including timetables, fares and maps contact 1800 800 007 or visit Public Transport Victoria.

Apart from your ideas and willingness to contribute then no, all the sessions are being professionally recorded and we will make all the Forum materials available to all participants via the Play by the Rules website (www.playbytherules.net.au).

By participating in this Forum you agree to be filmed throughout the day and all resources may be used by the Forum organisers (see our Terms and Conditions).

Absolutely – your registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. It’s a busy day but we still have time to eat, drink, network and discuss.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know  – manager@playbytherules.net.au

Last year the event sold out, with over 150 sports leaders and practitioners attending the forum from a cross section of sport, government, academia and the community. This year’s diverse program once again applies to a broad range of individuals and organisations involved in the sport and active recreation sector. It also relates to those working in the diversity and inclusion space who are looking to learn from some of the issues and strategies developed to address these issues

Program schedule

See the Forum schedule below

Paul Kennedy
MC - Sports broadcaster

Introductory remarks and the day ahead

  15 minutes
Paul Kennedy is the national sports presenter on ABC News Breakfast and presents sports news through the morning on ABC News 24 and our MC for the day. He is a senior television journalist, with 15 years news reporting experience. He has covered some of the biggest stories in Australia for networks Ten, Nine and the ABC. A former state league footballer, his coverage of the issue of drugs in sport has been a career highlight.
Kate Palmer
CEO Australian Sports Commission

Diversity and inclusion in Australian Sport

  15 minutes
  Inclusion planning
Kate Palmer is a leading Australian sport administrator. She was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in December 2016. Previous to this appointment, she was Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia.
Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Race Discrimination Commissioner

Racism: It Stops with Me – where are we up to?

  15 minutes
  Race discrimination
Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, patriotism and national identity has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.
Tim Burke
Tim Burke
Sport and Recreation Victoria

Sport and Recreation approach to inclusion and diversity

  15 mins
  Inclusion planning
Tim is the Acting Director of Community Sport and Recreation at Sport and Recreation Victoria. Tim is responsible for community and high performance strategy, programs and initiatives, including the recently released Active Victoria strategy, implementation of the nine ‘Game Plan’ Inquiry recommendations that have led to the Change Our Game initiatives and the Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation program that focuses on sector sustainability and inclusion.
Ryan Storr
Ryan Storr
Victoria University

Why do the gays need their own program?’: Marrying the LGBTI+ community and cricket in Victoria

  10 mins
  LGBTIQ inclusion
Ryan Storr is a PhD researcher in the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University. His thesis explores how volunteers in community sport clubs engage in diversity work. He is currently chief investigator of a research project with Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria which explores LGBT inclusion in Australian cricket.
John Cranwell
CEO Inclusive Sport SA

The future of sport and recreation in an NDIS world

  10 minutes
  Disability inclusion
John has been the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Sport SA for the last 5 years and has a strong passion for inclusion in sport and recreation. He is driven to build cultures in sport and recreation that welcome all individuals, regardless of difference, so that we can all feel part of a larger community.
Dr Ramon Spaaij & Dr Ruth Jeanes
Dr Ramon Spaaij & Dr Ruth Jeanes

The future of diversity and inclusion: Where do community sports clubs fit in?

  10 mins
Professor Ramon Spaaij (ISEAL, Victoria University) and Dr Ruth Jeanes (Monash University) recently completed a three-year Australian Research Council project on diversity and inclusion in community sport. They will share research insights and practical strategies for creating diverse and inclusive sporting environments.
Dr Emma Sherry
La Trobe Business School

Sport for development: The Pacific experience

  10 minutes
Emma Sherry is an Associate Professor within the La Trobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact, specialising in the area of sport development. Emma's PhD studies investigated conflict of interest in the Australian Football League. Emma’s current research interests include community development through sport activities, undertaking a broad range of research projects with national and regional sport organisations in Australia and Oceania.
Morgan Lander
Morgan Lander
Morgan Advisory

Creating child safe and inclusive environments

  10 minutes
  Child safety and inclusion
Morgan's passion for protecting the vulnerable is second to none. Morgan worked in disability, aged care and children's residential facilities including Stewart House and Royal Far West Children's Hospital on Sydney's northern beaches. He has assisted the Australian Sports Commission in risk management, complaint handling and member protection since 2011 and is considered to be one of the leading practitioners in this field.
Irena Farinacci
Irena Farinacci
Deaf Sports Australia

Breaking down invisible barriers

  10 mins
  Disability inclusion
Irena has a deep passion for projects that promote healthier lifestyles, particularly access to sports for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.Irena has been involved with Deaf Sports Australia for 8 years where she established the Active Deaf Kids and Active Deaf Sports Club programs.
Kellie Horton
Kellie Horton

Supporting environments and people for inclusion in sport

  10 mins
  Inclusion planning
Kellie has extensive public health experience developed through policy and practice-focused roles over 15 years in the community sector, local and state government, and non-government organisations.
Tanya Hosch
Tanya Hosch
GM Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

Making inclusion count

  10 mins
  Race discrimination
Tanya Hosch is the AFL's general manager of inclusion and social policy. Hosch was the joint campaign director of Recognise, an organisation that is pushing for the inclusion of indigenous Australians in the national constitution.
Carmel Guerra
Centre for Multicultural Youth

Multi-cultural youth inclusion and sport without borders

  10 minutes
With over 20 years’ experience in the community sector, CEO and founder of CMY, Carmel Guerra has contributed to a range of research reports relating to multicultural youth including: Ethnic Youth Gangs in Australia: Do they exist? and Wealth of all Nations, the first comprehensive study undertaken into the needs of refugee young people in Australia.


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Forum location

Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre, River Room, Batman Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Contact us

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  • DATE

    October 6th, 2017

    Olympic Park, Melbourne
  • Tickets


    15 Speakers confirmed