Inclusive sport

More people with a disability, and disability service organisations are recognising the many social and health benefits that result from being involved in sport and physical activity.

Sporting organisations are becoming more aware of the benefits of involving people with disabilities either as participants, administrators, volunteers, coaches or officials.

Sports Ability

Sports Ability is a national program designed to increase the participation levels in sport and physical activity of people with a disability in a structured, safe, inclusive and fun environment.

Sports Ability consists of inclusive games that can be delivered in a variety of settings including schools, clubs and disability and aged care facilities.

Sports Ability is appropriate for everyone and had two main aims:

  • to provide teachers, sport and community leaders with more ways of including people with a disability in physical activity and sport
  • to create a medium for the integration of people with and without a disability in inclusive games.

Find out more about Sports Ability on the Australian Institute of Sport website.


There are a number of training modules that cover a range of topics related to the inclusion of people with a disability in physical activity and sport.

More information can be found in the inclusion toolkit on the Play by the Rules website.

Total Recreation

Total Recreation was established in 1991 to acknowledge the major part that leisure plays in people's lives. People with a disability have the right to the same opportunities as other members of society to participate in sport and recreation activities.

Go to the Total Recreation website.

Australian Paralympic Committee

The Australian Paralympic Committee helps Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games through partnerships with governments, businesses, sporting bodies and the community.

Go to the Australian Paralympic Committee website.

Riding for the disabled

Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, stimulating, therapeutic, horse-related activities in Australia.

Go to the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia website.

Disability Sports

Disability Sports Northern Territory was established in October 2019, thanks to the invaluable support and partnership from the NT Government, as a branch of Disability Sports Australia. Disability Sports Northern Territory helps Territorians with a physical disability be more active more often.

Go to the Disability Sports Northern Territory website.

Last updated: 11 September 2020

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