National Diversity & Inclusion Conference Schedule


Planning for the future so that everyone has an equal opportunity to active, participate and be leaders in our sector means that in our diverse society we need to appreciate that everyone is not the same and that we need to be more thoughtful to ensure that there is true equity in society. Sport can be a strong vehicle to facilitate and demonstrate this. This one day conference brings key leaders and peak bodies together to share ideas, strategy and tools that can help that process. The following day delegates have the option to attend the National Disability Sport Conference.

Held in conjunction with:

Wednesday 24 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Global Thought Leaders Sessions  

Each conference will join together in the morning to enjoy the inspirational speakers from around the globe that have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications nationally, state and territory wide and locally.

View Global Thought Leader Sessions here 

10:15AM - 11:15AM

Expo Area


11:15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Plenary Theme 5: Reimagining Diversity and Inclusion 

The Need to Embrace Diversity and Inclusion as Sport Creates an Ideal Platform for Broader Society 

Organisations need to enhance their support systems to enable ‘Sport for All’ and demonstrate leadership that then becomes a role model for others.

  • From the international platform of the Australian Open to supporting local clubs, Tennis Australia is showing leadership in equality of opportunity and diversity and inclusion – Craig Tiley, Chief Executive Officer – Tennis Australia
  • The participant’s perspective and why everyone should be treated fairly and equally – Dr Jessica Gallagher – Australia’s first summer (track cycling) and winter (alpine skiing x 2) Paralympic medallist

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Expo Area


1:30PM - 3:00PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Identifying the scope, definition and needs to be considered by national, state and local organisations to create a diverse and inclusive environment for sport and physical activity

  • The scope and definition of a diverse and inclusive environment – Explored from an Australian perspective for our sport and physical activity communities – Kate Schildberger, Deputy General Manager Integrity – Sport Australia
  • The development of a diverse and inclusive environment – Identifying key factors and strategies to consider, good practice case studies, aligned partnerships, and practical applications from four key groups, to encourage more people to be more active:

– LGBTI – Beau Newell, National Program Manager – Pride in Sport Australia
– Women from culturally diverse backgrounds
Molina Asthana – Multicultural Women in Sport and Melanie Fineberg, Manager, Social Marketing – VicHealth
– Disability
Laura Menzies, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Lead – Sport New Zealand
– Seniors
Professor John McCallum, Chief Executive Officer – National Seniors Australia

3:00PM - 3:45PM

Expo Area


3:45PM - 5:15PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Launch and application of new diversity and inclusion resources from Sport Australia 

Exploring how new resources can help organisations embrace and address diversity and inclusion. Examples of new resources and how these can be practically applied into other organisations and sport will be presented.

  • The provision of resources – Supporting sport and physical activity providers in their development of a diverse and inclusive environment Kate Schildberger, Deputy General Manager Integrity – Sport Australia
  • The application of resources – Learnings and moving forward. 15 minute presentations from:
    • Chyloe Kurdas, National Female Participation Manager – Golf Australia 
    • Peter Downs, Manager – Play by the Rules and Simon Rodder, Sport Development & Partnerships Manager – Special Olympics Australia
    • Sophie Porra, General Manager People – Western Bulldogs
    • Rohan Cassell, Community & Social Football Manager – Football Queensland and Maia Tua-Davidson – Manager, Welcoming Sports – Welcoming Australia

The audience will receive resource links that can be immediately accessed and implemented into the workplace.

Facilitator: Professor Clare Hanlon, Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair – Victoria University

5:15PM - 6:30PM

Sport and Recreation Expo