Eligibility

If you have an intellectual disability you can play sport with Special Olympics Australia. If you want to experience joy you can volunteer. If you love sports you can become a coach.

Athlete Eligibility

A person is considered to have an intellectual disability for the purpose of determining eligibility to participate if that person satisfies any one of the following:

- The person has been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability as determined by their localities.

- The person has a cognitive delay, as determined by standardised measures such as intelligent quotient or ‘IQ’ testing or other measures which are generally accepted within the professional community in that Accredited Program's nation as being a reliable measurement of the existence of a cognitive delay.

- The person has a closely related developmental disability. A ‘closely related developmental disability’ means having functional limitations in both general learning (such as IQ) and in adaptive skills (such as in recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care). However, persons whose functional limitations are based solely on a physical, behavioural, or emotional disability, or a specific learning or sensory disability, are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes, but may be eligible to volunteer for Special Olympics.

Volunteer Eligibility

All individuals are eligible to volunteer with Special Olympics Australia that meet registration and screening requirements. Individuals who are in Australia on a temporary basis (defined as holders of a valid visa including an asylum seeker on a bridging visa) are eligible to volunteer provided they do not breach their visa conditions. 

Click here to fill out our volunteer expression of interest form.

Join Up

1. Check your eligibility

2. Find a club/sport:

3. Get in touch at:

hello@specialolympics.com.au
or call 1300 225 762.

Athlete Oath

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Coach Oath

In the name of all the coaches and in the spirit of sportsmanship, I promise that we will act professionally, respect others, and ensure a positive experience for all. I promise to provide quality sports and training opportunities in a safe environment for all athletes.

Code of Conduct

Download the code of conduct for athletes or volunteers.