Australian Cricket’s Playing Policies and Community Guidelines
Cricket today is one of the most popular sports in Australia, currently with over 1.2 million participants.
Part of its popularity and appeal is the unique characteristics, traditions and values that define the game.
Australian cricket has a vision to be Australia’s favourite sport. To achieve this vision, the game needs to be relevant, accessible and inclusive, it must be a sport for all Australians - a sport that truly reflects Australia’s culturally diverse society by attracting new fans and players to the game.
Cricket has always been an important part of Australian culture. With our society in a constant state of change, it is becoming increasingly important that cricket welcomes everyone.
About one in four Australians were born overseas and at least 43% of people have at least one overseas-born parent. (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)
With Australia’s multicultural population increasing, it can no longer be taken for granted that cricket will have an automatic place in Australian culture.
As a leading global sport, cricket captivates and inspires people of every age, gender, cultural background and ability, while building bridges between continents, countries and communities. Clubs and Associations that create a welcoming environment for Australia’s diverse population will often find that they will attract more members.
Australian cricket has continued to improve its access to a widerange of non-traditional participants, including women, Indigenous communities, people of non-English speaking backgrounds and people with disabilities. This can range from disability teams competing at an international level, to the National Indigenous Cricket Championship – a tournament for Indigenous Australians. This document provides you with guidelines to implement best practices in training and matches to excite players of all ages and abilities.