The information provided in this topic primarily targets organisations recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and state and territory departments of sport and recreation. This includes National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), their affiliated State Sporting Organisations (SSOs), and local sporting clubs representing each sport. The Australian Sports Directory provides a list of organisations recognised by the ASC.
There are many other organisations delivering sport and active recreation programs outside of the network recognised by the ASC. This summary does not attempt to estimate the contribution made by local government authorities. Clubs delivering sport at the local level may receive substantial support from local government in the form of grants, facility access, and concessions.
Similarly, this summary does not include the contribution made by schools and tertiary education institutions to the delivery of sport and active recreation programs. 'High performance' sport funding, such as scholarship sources for athletes, coaches and officials are also generally not included.
The final limitation to this information gathering is the amount of detail provided about government funding sources (in part or full) that comes from departments/agencies outside of the sport and recreation domain. Many government funded programs target specific initiatives, facilities, health promotions, social inclusion programs, tourism, and events that can impact upon the sport and active recreation sector.
National grants and funding
Department of Health
The Australian Government is committed to supporting sport in Australia from grass roots to elite.
Australian Sports Commission
The ASC primarily funds and supports NSOs to coordinate and deliver sport participation and development programs.
Australian Sports Foundation (ASF)
The ASF has been helping athletes, sporting clubs and organisations fundraise for more than 30 years.