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Respectful Behaviours Management Framework

Addressing gender-based issues, power imbalances, and relationships in high performance sport.

The AIS Respectful Behaviours Management Framework has been developed by the AIS in conjunction with Deakin University to assist sports recognise and address issues surrounding gender- based inequalities and violence, power imbalances, and athlete/athlete and coach/athlete relations within their high performance (HP) sporting environments.

Environments where these concerns are present negatively impact the wellbeing of individuals involved, and the sport more broadly. Experiencing these cultures in the HP environment can also impact an individuals’ wellbeing and mental health after their time in sport concludes.

What is the AIS Respectful Behaviours Management Framework?

The AIS Respectful Behaviours Framework provides a comprehensive, evidence-based education program that can be tailored to the needs and various entry points of sport. The Framework provides a platform for developing inclusive and safe HP sporting environments as it addresses the intersectional forms of power relations that occur between athletes/coaches and athletes/athletes in high performance sport, as well as gender-based and sexual inequalities and oppression.

Research shows:

Involvement in longer term professional learning programs has significant impact on ‘cultural competence and cultural awareness’ rather than single session and adhoc interventions.

Participants are empowered to provide leadership in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity in a proactive and constructive manner.

The likelihood of ‘high risk attitudes and beliefs’ being communicated to athletes is reduced when coaches, staff and senior management participate in respectful behaviours education professional learning.

Delivery of the Respectful Behaviours Management Framework

The AIS Respectful Behaviours Management Framework is a series of nine modules conducted for HP athletes, coaches and staff, in a collaborative workshop setting. It can be delivered either in-person or via video conferencing.

Contact

Please contact Sharyn Arnold, Adviser Leadership and Culture, Sharyn.Arnold@ausport.gov.au for further information and how to register for workshops.

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