Netball Australia’s national diversity and inclusion program, Australia Post One Netball, were proud sponsors of the inaugural National Multicultural Women’s Conference in Sydney last week. Women from refugee and migrant backgrounds from across Australia gathered to explore and discuss the theme “Influencing Change: Vision and Impact”.
Co-hosted by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia and Settlement Services International, the Conference provided an exciting platform for practitioners, decision makers, community members and thought leaders to join forces to many important issues impacting the lives of multicultural women and girls across Australia.
The Australia Post One Netball program was represented at the conference by staff from both Netball Australia and Netball NSW, with a focus placed on increasing awareness of netball and building relationships with multicultural community leaders, as well as discussing the barriers to participation for women and girls from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Taking learnings from the Australia Post One Netball program and its delivery across the country since 2013, Netball Australia’s General Manager of Community Enga
gement, Julia Symons, spoke in the ‘Living Well, Ageing Well’ session on how sport and the multicultural services sector can work together to understand opportunities to increase participation in organised sport for multicultural women and girls.
“Women and girls from multicultural backgrounds have lower participation rates in sport and physical activity in Australia. Of multicultural women born outside of Australia, 46.3% participate in sport and physical activity, compared to 66.5% of Australian-born women,” said Symons.
“With Australia Posts’ support, we were able to support this important conference which provided a great forum to meet with community leaders and service providers, who provided insights into the challenges that many multicultural women and girls face not only when entering sporting environments, but more broadly in all aspects of life.”
Since 2013, the Australia Post One Netball program has reached more than 46,250 people in over 300 communities across Australia. From visits from inspiring One Netball Ambassadors, to the delivery of innovative ‘Come & Try’ programs held in partnership with community partners, One Netball aims to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or ability, is welcome in the sport of netball.