Courses & Programs

Access for All Abilities

Access for All Abilities is a Victorian Government initiative coordinated by Sport and Recreation Victoria.

It’s the only sport and recreation program of its type in Australia.

For over 10 years the program has, and continues to support and develop inclusive sport and recreation opportunities for people with a disability throughout Victoria.

Not only are there health and wellbeing benefits but there are opportunities to meet new people, make new friends, learn new skills, have fun, or even build a whole new sporting career.

Clubs working in partnership with Access for All Abilities can increase memberships and participation, and sporting competitions can enjoy more diversity. This will promote greater levels of inclusiveness, liveability, improved health and a stronger sense of belonging in local communities.

Other benefits for clubs include attracting new volunteers, officials and spectators and enhancing the clubs profile within the community.

Access for All Abilities providers

Access for All Abilities providers are professionals working at a community level to develop inclusive sport and recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. Access for All Abilities providers promote and encourage a range of sport and recreation opportunities across the state from basketball to cricket, walking, Australian Rules football, soccer, sailing, and lawn bowls.

Access for All Abilities providers can offer you:

  • A variety of ideas and contacts to get you active and involved
  • Links to organised activities at local facilities
  • Timely and up to date advice on the latest sport and recreation opportunities in your area
  • Pathways to sport and recreation opportunities right up to an elite level
  • Opportunities to be trained and undertake roles to coach, umpire and volunteer

Access for All Abilities providers can offer local clubs:

  • Assistance in attracting and retaining people with a disability. Insight into the sport and recreation interests of people with a disability in the area
  • Grant information and support with applications
  • Disability awareness training for coaches, officials and volunteers
  • Advice on how to make your club more accessible and inclusive
  • Promotion of inclusive programs and opportunities

How can you participate?

You don’t need to be a star athlete or be into competitive sport to be active. There are dozens of sport and recreation activities you can get involved in that aren’t competitive.

You can become involved by:

  • Participating in the game or activity
  • Coaching
  • Cheering and supporting
  • Volunteering
  • Umpiring

Who do I contact?

Access for All Abilities providers work in all Victorian local council areas.

Access for All Abilities providers work in partnership with local sporting clubs, State Sporting Associations, sport and recreation organisations, community health, education, government, disability organisations and community groups.

Access for All Abilities providers can link you up with a range of sport and recreation options, whether it’s through organised programs or recreational activities.

Contact Details

If you know the name of the Access for All Abilities Provider you are looking for, search for it using the A – Z list below or view a full list of Access for All Abilities provider contacts (PDF 572 kb) or (Word 117 kb).

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Banyule City Council

Brimbank City Council

Cardinia Shire Council

CARN (Centre Active Recreation Network)

Central Highlands Sports Assembly

City of Casey

City of Yarra

Darebin City Council

Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services

GippSport

Hobsons Bay City Council

Hume City Council

Joint Councils Access for All Abilities (JCAAA)

Leisure Link Up

Leisure Networks

Mallee Sports Assembly

Maribyrnong City Council

Moonee Valley City Council

Moreland City Council

Nillumbik Shire Council

Shire of Melton

South West Sports Assembly

Sports Focus

Whittlesea City Council

Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly

YMCA Victoria

 

For more information on Access for All Abilities contact:

Community Access Unit

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Department of Planning and Community Development

Phone: (03) 9208 3333

Email: [email protected]

We would like to acknowledge the Victorian Government Department of Planning and Community Development website as the source of this information.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National Disability Coordination Officer Program. The views expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.