The Fair Access Policy Roadmap is an Australia-first policy that aims to give women and girls better and fairer access to community sports and recreation infrastructure. Developed by the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation in partnership with VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria,

From 1 July 2024, all Victorian councils will need to have community sport gender equitable access and use policies in place to be considered eligible to receive sport and recreation infrastructure funding. These policies will ensure that women and girls can fully participate in and enjoy the benefits of community sport, with fair opportunity and access to their local facilities.

The draft Fair Access Policy seeks to address known barriers experienced by women and girls in accessing and using community sports infrastructure and applies to community sports infrastructure where the Council is the land manager and/or operator of the facility.

We are keen to hear from you to ensure our policy meets the needs and expectations of our community. Together, we can break down barriers, create equal opportunities, and build a stronger sense of unity within our sporting community.

How to provide feedback:

  • Complete the online submission form below
  • Visit our Customer Service Centre and ask for a printable submission form (in the Document Library), or print one off and return via email to, drop it in to our Customer Service Centre or post to Benalla Rural City Council, PO Box 227, Benalla VIC 3671

Fair Access Principles