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Being physically active creates a wide range of benefits for individuals and the communities in which they live. Participation in sport and active recreation provides opportunities for social inclusion, enhances community identity and promotes community integration.
Through participation, individuals improve their health and wellbeing, develop relationships with others, learn and share community values and attitudes, and can gain a better understanding of other groups in society. Physically active communities are inclusive, healthier and happier.
Everyone is entitled to equal access to these benefits through the provision of inclusive sport and active recreation programs, services, facilities and environments.
Since the release of this framework in 2009, communication and collaboration between the disability sector and the sport and active recreation sector has improved.
However, there is still progress to be made in building the knowledge and confidence of the sport and active recreation sector, to create more opportunities to increase the number of people with disability participating, either through mainstream sport, or individually.
Tasmania continues to have one of the highest rates of disability of all Australian states and territories, with an estimated 119 500 people, or 23.7 per cent of the population living with disability1. These individuals continue to face attitudinal, financial, social and physical barriers that limit their participation in sport and active recreation activities.
This framework provides a strategic and collaborative approach, enabling more sport and active recreation opportunities to be available to people of all abilities.
(1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012), Disability, Ageing and Carers Australia: Summary of Findings, Australian Government, Canberra.)
This document builds upon the inaugural framework launched in 2009, which was developed collaboratively between Sport and Recreation Tasmania, the Department of Health and Human Services Disability Services program and the former Tasmanian Sport and Recreation Association for People with a Disability, also known as TASRAD.
The framework was reviewed during 2013 and this version incorporates feedback from disability and sport and active recreation sector organisations, individuals and government agencies.
The framework complements action already undertaken to achieve a new vision for Tasmania through:
The Sport and Active Recreation Framework for People with Disability aligns with and complements the visions and objectives of these strategies and programs, in order to provide a consistent direction for the provision of sport and active recreation opportunities for people with disability.
All Tasmanians have the opportunity to participate in sport and active recreation.
This framework adopts the principles agreed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
(2. UN General Assembly, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted 24 January 2007, A/RES/61/106)
In addition, this framework values and respects:
1. Capacity building
Supporting the sport and active recreation sector to be inclusive, and supporting the disability sector to increase the participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation by:
Developing partnerships and networks and encouraging informal links between people, places and resources that enable people with disability to participate in sport and active recreation by:
3. Awareness and promotion
Sharing knowledge to increase the participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation by:
Ensuring people with disability have access to sport and active recreation programs, services, facilities and environments by:
Considering the needs of people with disability in the design and delivery of all policies, programs, services, facilities and environments, will make participation in sport and active recreation more inclusive and attractive for everyone.
Sport and Recreation Tasmania will work collaboratively with key government, non-government and sport and active recreation organisations to:
If you have any questions or would like to obtain a copy of this document in easy English, audio, Braille, large print or other format, please contact:
Communities, Sport and Recreation
GPO Box 123
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 1800 252 476