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The Pride in Sport Index (PSI) Submission Documents


Frequently Asked Questions

The Pride in Sport Index (PSI) follows a 3-yearly cycle of local index review and international benchmarking. Upon review, new criteria are set with the intention of advancing LGBTQ inclusion practice within Australian sport. Within each new iteration, there is an expectation that entry points into the respective tiers will change, and overall scores decrease.  This is a pattern we see with the release of every new iteration.  It is important that the expectations of submitting organisations take this into account when aiming for a particular tier within a new iteration.  It is important to note that the journey to maintain leading practice is not a 6-month journey; it’s a 3-year journey.

It is also important to note that for the third iteration, the methodology of determining recognition for Bronze, Silver and Gold tier entry levels has changed. Entry points to each of these tiers in previous iterations have been determined by ranking the scores of all participating organisations and calculating the top consecutive percentages. This meant that, as practices improved or shifted, the entry points would change from year to year.

Starting with the 3rd iteration of the PSI, we will be introducing fixed entry points for each of the tiers making it easier to estimate, realistically, where your tier recognition may fall.

To achieve Bronze Tier Status within the PSI Foundation Submission, participating organisations must obtain the following:

  • For Community Sport, this is 35% or 15/50 allocated points.
  • For Standard PSI, this is 70% or 35/50 allocated points.

To achieve Silver Tier Status within the PSI Advanced Submission, participating organisations must obtain the following: 60% of allocated points.

  • For Community Sport, this is 50% or 25/50 allocated points.
  • For Standard PSI, this is 40% or 40/100 allocated points.

To achieve Gold Tier Status within the PSI Advanced Submission, participating organisations must obtain the following: 60% of allocated points.

  • For Community Sport, this is 60% or 35/50 allocated points.
  • For Standard PSI, this is 60% or 60/100 allocated points.


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When are Index Submissions due?

Sporting organisations can now:

  • submit their PSI Foundation Submission in effort to obtain Bronze Tier Status at any time
  • submit their PSI Advanced Submission during the annual submission period, January – February, annually


What is the difference between these submissions?

PSI Foundation Submission covers the baseline of LGBTQ inclusion efforts across Australian sport and recreation organisation

PSI Advanced Submission covers furthered work that organisations frequently progress toward in relation to their LGBTQ inclusion work, including endeavours in best practice standards. It also covers work undertaken on an annual basis.

The PSI is comprised of the following areas throughout:

  • Strategic Focus, Governance and Policy – this is to ensure that all policies are clearly inclusive of LGBTQ people, that you have targeted initiatives or plans in place to support LGBTQ inclusion on an ongoing basis
  • Trans & Gender Diverse Inclusion – an area that typically does not have the same level of awareness and/or support but one that is becoming critical for sports as more people openly identify with a diverse gender
  • Visibility of Inclusion; and LGBTQ Training, Awareness and Education – areas that contribute significantly to an LGBTQ inclusive culture
  • Research & Data – which provides valuable information about the impact of your inclusion initiatives, highlighting where focus needs to be channeled or celebrated
  • Community Engagement – which sends a significant message of inclusion to those outside of your organisation
  • Survey Participation – optional participation within the annual PSI Survey provides invaluable insight for a participating organisation’s own impact of initiatives
  • Additional Work – any workplace-related LGBTQ inclusion work accomplished, not covered elsewhere within this submission


How do I access the PSI Submission documents?

You must complete the PSI Expression of Interest Form, which can be found here.


Where do I send my completed documents?

Information regarding where to send completed documents can be found within the PSI Submission documents.


Are there fees to participate in the PSI?


What if I submit both my Foundation and Advanced Submission during the PSI Marking Period?

Your Foundation Submission will be marked separately. If you do not achieve Bronze Tier Status within this part of the PSI, you will not have the opportunity to redo and resubmit this Submission. Therefore, you forfeit the opportunity to have your Advanced Submission evaluated. We encourage you to use every opportunity to submit your Foundation Submission prior to the Marking Period.


Will I have support in submitting?


Pride in Sport members have access to their Relationship Manager throughout the year, as part of their membership benefits.

All participants, regardless of membership, will have access to:

  • PSI Collaboration Worksheets – for use of internal collaboration across your organisation
  • Support videos through public access in Pride in Sport’s Vimeo library
  • General support and advice through PSI@acon.org.au


What happens if I achieve Bronze Tier Recognition?

If you obtain Bronze Tier Recognition based on the results of your PSI Foundational Submission, you may opt to either:

  • Complete an PSI Advanced Submission in effort to obtain Silver of Gold Tier Recognition
  • Maintain your Bronze status throughout the remainder of this iteration (until 2026)


Does my score carry over from last year?

If you obtain Bronze Tier Status within the Foundation Submission, you may maintain this throughout this iteration 2023 – 2026.

If you opt to then complete an Advanced Submission to obtain Silver or Gold Tier Status, this will need to be submitted annually.

Scores from historical PSI submissions will not carry over this year, as we enter a new iteration.


What happens if I don’t achieve Bronze Tier Recognition?

If you don’t achieve Bronze Tier Recognition based on the results of your PSI Foundation Submission, the following options are available:

  • If you submit between March – December 2023: resubmit at any time following receiving your results
  • If you submit in in January – February 2024: you will receive your results along with all other participants at the annual Pride in Sport Awards


Do you have a question that isn’t answered here?

Please contact your Pride in Sport Relationship Manager, or email psi@prideinsport.com.au


On behalf of ACON and the Pride in Sport team, we would once again like to say thank you for all you do in this critical area of Diversity & Inclusion.