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Mission Statement

Hockey Queensland strives to foster a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for all LGBTQI+ current and prospective members. Hockey QLD recognises the importance of engaging a diverse community in growing participation, as well as valuing inclusivity and understanding the social responsibilities sport has in providing opportunities for all. We are committed to changing attitudes, promoting positive language, and policies that contribute to ensuring LGBTIQ+ people feel welcome, comfortable, and recognised in today’s game.

Hockey Queensland has zero-tolerance for any form of bullying, harassment and/or vilification towards people with diverse sexuality and/or genders. This includes forms of homophobia, biphobia, interphobia and/or transphobia as well as all forms of vilification against any person or group.

We're passionate about helping people lead happy, healthy and active lives. Hockey Queensland celebrates diversity of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, intersex status, ability, skill, cultural background, ethnicity, location, religious or political beliefs or life stage and welcomes everyone, exactly as they are.

  

Hockey Queensland was awarded the Silver Badge in the Pride in Sport Index 2023.

Hockey Queensland Inclusion and Diversity Strategy

Hockey Australia Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy

Hockey Australia Trans and Gender Diverse Guidelines

Hockey Queensland adopts all relevant Hockey Australia policies including the above Guidelines, Member Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and Safe Hockey Policies. Policies can be accessed via the following links:

Hockey Australia Policies

Hockey Queensland Policies

Language and Terminology

Training

LGBTQ Inclusive Resources

 

ACON Health is Australia’s largest LGBTQ health organisation that provides global leadership in areas of community health, inclusion, and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.

Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist sporting organisations at all levels with the inclusion of employees, players, volunteers and spectators with diverse genders and sexualities.

TransHub is a digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse people, their loved ones, allies and health providers. TransHub offers the information that many trans individuals so desperately needed, but didn’t have access to as we grew up or grew toward our most authentic selves.

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Reporting homophobic, biphobic, interphobic and/or transphobic behaviour

Hockey QLD supports Hockey Australia's Guidelines for the Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Community and any breach of this policy shall be dealt with in accordance with the Hockey Australia Complaints and Disputes Policy.

The Australian Human Rights Commission or QLD Human Rights Commission may also assist individuals in relation to any complaints of discrimination, harassment and/or victimisation under Federal or State laws. You can lodge a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission or the The QLD Human Rights Commission.

If you do experience bullying or harassment, or need to report an incident, you can do so by contacting the Hockey Australia Integrity Unit via integrity@hockey.org.au or through the Hockey Integrity Hotline (Phone: 1300 30 45 50). All complaints will be taken seriously, managed confidentially, and dealt with in accordance with Hockey Australia’s National Integrity Framework. Reports through the Hotline can be made anonymously.

Should you require additional confidential assistance, please contact Melissa Gmeiner (she/her), Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager at melissa.gmeiner@hockey.org.au

Should you want to learn more about how to make an official complaint or application of any HQ Policies contact HQ General Manager Operations and Complaint Manager (MPIO) Marc Wittmann (he/him) at mwittmann@hockeyqld.com.au. Enquiries can be kept confidential.

Disciplinary

If you are experiencing prejudice related violence or harrassment, here are some options for counselling and support:

  • ACON provides counselling as well as social work support to help people resolve complex or ongoing violence and harassment matters. Call 9206 2000 to make an appointment.
  • QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. For more information click here.
  • ICLC can provide legal support such as assistance with preparing an Apprehended Personal Violence Order. For more information click here.
  • Lifeline provides 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians experiencing a personal crisis. For more information click here.

 

Addtional Resources 

 

Support for clubs

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Play by the Rules provides infromation, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assit them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

Hockey Queensland Pride Ambassadors:

  • Brent Brown (he/him) - Chair of Hockey Queensland Technical Committee
  • Amy Ryan (she/her) - Community Hockey player / Coach and Member Development Officer (BWHA)
  • Stephanie Kershaw (she/her) - Olympian and World Cup bronze medallist