Inclusion glossary of terms
Aboriginal – the terms ‘Indigenous’, ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ are often used interchangeably to refer to the diverse groups of people indigenous to Australia.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) – the terms ‘Culturally and Linguistically Diverse’ (CaLD) and ‘Non-English Speaking Background’ (NESB) are both commonly used to refer to all of Australia’s non-Indigenous ethnic groups other than the English-speaking Anglo-Saxon majority.
Culture – can be described as the personality of an organisation or “the way we do things around her”. It guides how a Club or Association operates, and in turn, how its members normally behave.
Disability – a disability can generally be defined as a condition which may restrict a person’s mental, sensory, or mobility functions to undertake or perform a task in the same way as a person who does not have a disability.
Direct and indirect discrimination – direct discrimination occurs if a person treats someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by law (such as race, gender, disability). Indirect discrimination occurs where a requirement, condition or practice is imposed that, on the face of it applies equally to all, but in practice can only be met by certain advantaged people.
Diversity – the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences.
Equality – refers to being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.
LGBTIQ – stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual, Intersexed and Queer.
Inclusion – providing a range of options to cater for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, in the most appropriate manner possible.
Member Protection Policy (MPP) – a MPP is designed to protect members (including players/participants, administrators, coaches and officials) from discrimination, harassment and inappropriate behaviour, and outlines how complaints are dealt with.
Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) – a MPIO is the person responsible at a Club, Association or sport for providing information and options to a person making a complaint or raising a concern, as well as support during the process.
Migrant/Refugee/Asylum seeker – A migrant is someone who leaves their country of origin voluntarily to seek a better life for a range or personal and economic reasons. The UN definition of a refugee is a person who is ‘outside their home country because they have suffered (or feared) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted social category of persons or because they are fleeing a war’. An asylum seeker is a person who has sought protection as a refugee, but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been assessed.
Positive discrimination/affirmative action – a range of measures or initiatives intended to redress the effects of past discrimination.
Reconciliation Action Plan – a framework or business plan that documents what an organisation commits to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia.
Social inclusion – is about making sure that all children and adults are able to participate as valued, respected and contributing members of society.
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