COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The ARU has a range of charity partners, who are listed below.

Our Watch

Our Watch is the ARU’s Gender Equality partner and the ARU is one of four National Sporting Organisations (the other being Netball Australia, NRL, and the AFL) involved in Our Watch’s Sport Engagement Program. The Program is helping sporting organisations embed gender equality and respectful relationships into their networks and communities, and build cultures that help prevent violence against women and their children.

The Sports Engagement Program was established by Our Watch in 2015, in partnership with the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Social Services, to build the capacity of sporting organisations to take action to prevent violence against women and their children.

Over the longer term, the Sports Engagement Program will ensure:

  • More people across the Australian community support gender equality, reject gender stereotypes and adopt positive bystander actions.
  • More young people have the skills to identify and build respectful and equitable relationships.
  • Strong community engagement and leadership that helps drive prevention.
  • Strong communities of prevention practice within and across sporting sectors and jurisdictions.

Read more here.

Male Champions of Change

The ARU is a proud member of the Male Champions of Change program. Sport, as with many other environments, is not an industry shared equally between men and women. Gender inequality remains firmly entrenched, particularly at the leadership and governance level of most organisations, despite the fact that women are significant consumers of and participants in sports across the country. Given the accessibility of sport and its ability to “talk” to Australians in a different way, the MCCS group is in a unique position to influence the discourse on the issue of gender equality in the industry and more broadly. 

The members of the MCCS group represent diverse experience, have a deep personal commitment to gender equality and have extensive reach in Australian sport in both their organisations and the community. They also represent the key sports (in terms of economic contribution) in the Australian landscape. The group is chaired by Elizabeth Broderick. Read more here.

Pride in Sport

The ARU is a Foundation Member of Pride in Sport and is working with them closely to ensure that all Australians are able to enjoy our great global game. Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, volunteers and spectators. The ARU is working with Pride in Sport to:

  • Improve all aspects of LGBTI inclusion in evert facet of Rugby
  • To achieve best practice as benchmarked by the Pride in Sport Index
  • Create better health outcomes for LGBTI players, coaches, fans and others by creating inclusive spaces though the reduction of homophobia, stigma and discrimination.

Read more here.

Disability Sport Australia

Disability Sports Australia (DSA) is Australia’s peak national body representing athletes with a physical disability. Formerly known as Australian Athletes with a Disability, it changed its name to Disability Sports Australia during 2013. The change reflects a contemporary evolution and vital work achieved in engaging people across Australia from the grass roots to elite Paralympians who compete or work in sporting endeavours of all abilities.

The ARU has joined forces with DSA in a new partnership to foster and promote the development of Wheelchair Rugby in Australia.

The partnership will aim to drive Wheelchair Rugby participation and develop pathways within the sport at state, local and national levels, as well as developing coaching and officiating accreditation frameworks and programs.

As the national governing body for Wheelchair Rugby, DSA runs the Fierce 4 Rugby National League, and the GIO Fierce 4 Rugby National Championships annually, and oversees all aspects of programs and pathways for Wheelchair Rugby players, coaches and officials.

The ARU and DSA will commence work on a four-year sport development plan for Wheelchair Rugby from grassroots through to the national team level. The ARU will also assist DSA to bid for, and deliver national and international Wheelchair Rugby events. Read more here.

Australian Rugby Foundation

The Australian Rugby Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and the Official Foundation for Australian Rugby dedicated to supporting Rugby in Australia from the grassroots to the gold jersey. We exist because of the support of our Patrons, Directors, Partners and supporters in the Rugby community.

The Australian Rugby Foundation’s aim is to better coordinate giving in the Rugby community and to raise funds in support of a range of areas. The programs and activities we can support cover the areas of:

  • Grassroots participation
  • Women in Rugby
  • Indigenous Rugby
  • High Performance Rugby, in particular, elite junior development

Working in partnership with Hearts in Union, the Foundation also has responsibility for supporting individuals who have suffered serious injuries playing Rugby and their families. Read more here. 

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