Swimming Australia Ltd Disability Action Plan 2009-2011
Swimming Australia Ltd (SAL) has renewed its commitment to its guiding principle of Swimming for all. Through the development and application of this action plan SAL is
aiming to address the specific needs of people with a disability and aims to reasonably remove barriers to participation and provide equitable access to all aspects, in all
levels of the sport. This ongoing commitment will ensure the sustainability of inclusion practices in Swimming.
In 2008 Swimming Australia advanced to the final (Platinum) stage of the Sport CONNECT process. As a result the Australian Sports Commission has provided partial funding
for the employment of a full time Sport Inclusion Coordinator. The role of the Sport Inclusion Coordinator will be to work within the SPORTS CONNECT framework and
coordinate national inclusion strategy, liaise with SAL stakeholders and relevant external organisations and provide leadership and advice on all aspect of SWD inclusion.
Concurrent with this appointment it has been recognised that inclusion strategies employed by SAL and its stakeholders requires greater coordination. It is hoped that with
the implementation of this action plan this will be achieved.
The first step toward this has been to review and implement this national Disability Action Plan. Since joining the Sports CONNECT process in 2003 many major developments
have occurred. Inclusion awareness training has been delivered to all levels of the sport with all state associations and ASCTA developing and implementing inclusion
initiatives to their respective members. However it has been some time since the national Disability Action Plan was last reviewed and updated.
This updated Disability Action Plan will provide the focus for future growth and development of inclusion of people with a disability in Swimming Australia and must be
treated as a working reference document that is able to be adapted and changed over time. The key elements of this Disability Action Plan will be based upon the recognised
objectives for the development of inclusion practices within SAL. These objectives are:
• to ensure a culture of inclusion is adopted in all aspects of SAL activities through development of internal relationships within Swimming Australia corporate structure
• to ensure people with a disability are included and catered for through the development of relationships with Swimming Australia stakeholders and external
• provide effective and accessible development pathways for Swimmers with a disability
• provide coordinated inclusion framework development and strategic planning
This Disability Action Plan will be implemented for a 3 year period from 2009 to 2011. Elements of the Disability Action Plan will undergo yearly reviews to ensure relevance
and focus is maintained. At the completion of the life of this DAP it is recommended a situation analysis is performed to review and reassess the scope and effect of this
Disability Action Plan with a new action plan developed for an extended time period in line with Swimming Australia Strategic Planning.
Objective Challenge Inputs/Support Outcome
• Unit managers aware of SAL framework for inclusion
Build Constructive internal relationships to Unit Managers,
• Inclusion considerations incorporated into unit policy and
Internal ensure inclusive strategies are incorporated into Unit Policy and Procedure,
Relationships strategic and operational plans of swimming at Staff education &
• All units understand their role in administering framework for
all levels. awareness.
• Stakeholders and other orgs aware of SAL inclusion strategy
Build constructive relationships and networks State Associations, ASCTA,
• State DO’s attend CONNECT forums and create networks with
with SAL Stakeholders, NDSO’s and Disability NSOD’s, DSN, ASC,
External Disability sector orgs
Sector organisations to lead and assist in the Disability Sector Orgs.
Relationships • State DO’s work with CONNECT case managers to develop
development of national participation, Forums/Meetings,
competition and development programs. Communication.
• Stakeholders aware of their role in SAL inclusion strategy.
• Reach agreement/understanding with NDSO’s, APC, School
NSOD’s, APC, ASCTA, Swim Sport, and LTS
Assess and further develop pathways for SWD
Development Australia, Austswim, School • Implement program linking Schools and LTS to Clubs
with particular focus on lower classifications, in
Pathways Sport, Clubs, State • Create pathway for minority classifications i.e. low functional,
both swimmer development and classification.
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• Increase in SWD membership and participation
• Establish key focus areas
SDU, State Associations,
• Establish strategic model
ASCTA, SDU, SAL Staff,
• Develop action items for each focus area
Develop a National Framework for inclusion of Stakeholders, Clubs, SAL
Strategic • Deliver on action items
SWD providing strategic actions on key areas of Board, Disability Sector.
Planning • Review annually
SWD development. Situational Report,
• Guidelines Produced and accepted by all parties
• Encourage culture of inclusion
• Provide ongoing commitment to inclusion of PWD in swimming
SDU, Marketing & Events,
• Liaise with marketing & events unit to develop inclusive
Produce relevant supporting material to promote Media, Relevant
Marketing marketing strategy and best practice (dual approach)
and market SWD inclusion framework. Influence Stakeholders.
Promotion & • Produce information for clubs on best practice for communicating
current marketing strategies to reflect Marketing Strategy,
Communication to PWD
commitment to inclusion of SWD. Best Practice Models,
• Produce marketing & promotional templates
How to guides.
• SWD integration recognised in SAL unit policy and procedure
• SWD considered in strategic planning of all SAL activities
• continue to develop and provide opportunities for integration in
SAL recognises the benefits of integrating
SAL Business Units mainstream competition at all levels
inclusion strategies into the general procedural
Integration State Associations, ASCTA, • encouraging and supporting clubs to provide MD events
and strategic planning of all aspects of the sport
Other Stakeholders. • National MD Age Champs integrated into competition schedule
and at all levels. SAL will within reason attempt
• SWD DIPS incorporated into JX program
to achieve this in all aspects.
• continue to integrate development opportunities into mainstream
programs & development pathways, clubs, coaching, admin,
SAL Staff, DSN, SAL
Issues and Understanding and connecting to the
Stakeholders, Clubs, • Strategies developed to counter the challenges to ongoing
Challenges Disability sector
Community, Disability development of inclusion in swimming
Low participation numbers
Broad public awareness