Australian Sport Policy

Australian Sport Policy         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Greg Blood, AIS Emeritus Researcher (July 2017)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Public policy in Australia is formulated by governments to communicate and deliver on a strategic intent. It guides decisions and government investment including support and financial assistance provided to individuals, organisations, and other community groups.

Australian sport policy reflects the value and importance our society places upon sport. It will often be leveraged by or integrated with government and community objectives beyond the sport sector including preventative health and well-being, community and urban development, tourism and trade, and international relations.

Key Messages 


The National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (2011) is the principal instrument at a national level guiding the development of government policies and programs for the Australian sport and active recreation sectors.


Australian governments at all levels leverage the benefits of sport for the wider community. Federal and all State and Territory Governments in Australia, maintain ministerial level representation for sport and active recreation.


It is important for sporting organisations to understand the current and historical context of public sport policy in order to better align and connect their policies, programs, and funding initiatives to governments' objectives and investment.

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