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To better understand the National Sport Research Agenda (NSRA) scope and activation opportunities, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) conducted a stakeholder survey and hosted a series of co-design workshops.


Eight NSRA workshops were undertaken across three rounds to co-design the initial NSRA and the implementation and ongoing management approach.

The aim of the workshops was to understand the needs of the Australian sport sector and ensure the NSRA is designed to best meet the requirements of the sport research system.

Over 30 participants from across sport, government and academia attended to workshop research themes and priorities, sport research user journeys and pain points and opportunities to build a more cohesive research community.

Round 1 - defining the NSRA

25 and 26 May 2022

  • Defining sport research
  • Sport research themes
  • Sport research priorities
  • Sport research stakeholders
  • Stakeholder roles and responsibilities
Round 2 - a dynamic NSRA

1 and 2 June 2022

  • Research user journeys
  • Research pain points
  • Features ideation
  • Features prioritisation
  • Duplication and collaboration
  • Implementation obstacles
Workshop attendees
  • ACT Sport and Recreation
  • Active Healthy Kids Australia
  • AUSCycling
  • Australian Council of Learned Academies
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disability (ASAPD)
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Australian Sports Foundation
  • Badminton Australia
  • Confederation of Australian Sport
  • Deakin University
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Health – Office for Sport
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Hockey Australia
  • La Trobe University
  • Maribyrnong Sports Academy
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • New South Wales Office of Sport
  • Paralympics Australia
  • Queensland Sport and Recreation
  • South Australia Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing
  • Sport Integrity Australia
  • Tasmania Sport and Recreation
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria Sport and Recreation
  • Victoria University
  • Western Australia Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries


A survey of 230 stakeholders from across the sport research community was developed to inform understanding of user needs when undertaking or engaging with sport research, the challenges within sport research, research areas of interest and current use of digital platforms to support sport research.

The survey responses were synthesised alongside the co-design workshop insights to ensure a broad and balanced perspective of the challenges and opportunities for Australian sport research.


  • 96% of respondents agreed that Australian community sport research would significantly benefit from increased coordination.
  • Only 6% of respondents agreed that there is a clear view of what community sport research is currently being undertaken.
  • 92% agreed that their organisation would benefit from clear guidance on national sport research priorities.
  • 94% agreed that their organisation would benefit from having greater knowledge of what future sport research is.
  • 91% believed their organisation would be willing to share high level findings of completed sport research.
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