Reasonable Adjustments for Achievement Pathways

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Scouting is an inclusive, values based Movement. Our membership is open to all young people and adults who share the fundamental values of the Scout Movement.

Scouts Australia approved a new Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Standards in Aug 2020. This reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that Scouting is truly open and accessible to all, better reflecting the composition of our communities.

“Scouts Australia will endeavour to provide reasonable adjustments to enable participation of people with disability on an equal basis as others. This may include… adaptations to delivery of the program and implementation of the award scheme, and supporting involvement of support people to assist with youth participation.”
(Scouts Australia D&I Standards, August 2020)

In response, Scouts Australia have produced the Reasonable Adjustments and the Achievement Pathways resource (Presented by Clare Hanley, National Diversity and Inclusion, Scouts Australia. Webinar 8 September 2021) providing guidance on how the delivery of the program and implementation of the award scheme can be adapted to enable participation of people with disability on an equal basis as others. 

Reasonable adjustments complement more general strategies used to create an accessible and inclusive environment.

All parts of the Achievement Pathways can be adapted to suit the individual skills and capacity of youth members.

The key underlying principle should be personal progression – achievement pathways should be challenging, and fun.

Reasonable adjustments should be discussed and agreed with the Scout and their support people.

Further support

  • Scouts Australia Program Handbook - includes specific content on reasonable adjustments.
  • Contact your State Commissioner - Diversity & Inclusion sc.diversity@scoutsvictoria.com.au
    They can provide advice, and help facilitate contact with external experts if needed.
  • Contact your State Commissioner - Section.
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