About Sport

Page last updated: 23 October 2013

The Australian Government is committed to supporting sport in Australia from grassroots to elite; increasing participation in physical and recreational activities to promote physical and mental health, staging world class major sporting events and protecting the integrity of sport.

This commitment encourages greater participation in sport by all Australians and contributes to a competitive and clean Australian sports sector, based on the pursuit of excellence, integrity and leadership.

The Australian Government aims to meet this commitment by:

Developing the Australian sports system to enhance grassroots participation and excellence in high performance; and to protect the integrity of Australian and international sport.

The department will continue to contribute to the Sport and Recreation objectives by:

    • Working closely with states and territories, the Australian Sports Commission and other key national sporting organisations to develop, implement and promote policies and strategies to support participation, achievement and integrity in Australian sport. This includes implementing joint priorities agreed under the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework.
    • Working closely with states and territories and key Commonwealth agencies to support and coordinate Australian Government's involvement in staging major international sporting events.
    • Supporting the Australian Government to progress initiatives to embed sport firmly back into school life for all Australian children.
    • Supporting the Australian Government as it works closely with key water and snow safety organisations to continue to deliver the water and snow safety programs.
    • Implementing initiatives and strategies to protect the integrity of Australian and international sport.
    • Supporting the Australian Government to meet its international anti-doping commitments and assist the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority do deliver a world leading domestic anti-doping regime including the development of measures to further strengthen Australia's regime.
    • Supporting the development and upgrading of critical sport and recreation infrastructure from major stadia through to community facilities
    • Working closely with states and territories, the Australian Sports Commission and other key national sporting organisations to develop, implement and promote policies and strategies to support participation, achievement and integrity in Australian sport. This includes implementing joint priorities agreed under the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework.Working closely with states and territories and key Commonwealth agencies to support and coordinate Australian Government's involvement in staging major international sporting events.Supporting the Australian Government to progress initiatives to embed sport firmly back into school life for all Australian children.Supporting the Australian Government as it works closely with key water and snow safety organisations to continue to deliver the water and snow safety programs.Implementing initiatives and strategies to protect the integrity of Australian and international sport.Supporting the Australian Government to meet its international anti-doping commitments and assist the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority do deliver a world leading domestic anti-doping regime including the development of measures to further strengthen Australia's regime.Supporting the development and upgrading of critical sport and recreation infrastructure from major stadia through to community facilities

Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers

Following the 2011 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform of the Ministerial Council system, MSRM was established to replace the Sport and Recreation Minister’s Council and to allow Sports Minister’s to meet outside of the COAG framework.

MSRM is comprised of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers responsible for sport and recreation. It provides a forum for co-operation and co-ordination on matters relating to the development of sport and recreation in Australia and, more recently, in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Representatives from New Zealand or Papua New Guinea have not attended the meetings.

The last meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers was held in 11 July 2013.

Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials

The Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials (CASRO) was established to prepare advice, and discuss and respond to tasks referred to them by the relevant meetings of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers for Sport and Recreation (MSRM).

The agreed objectives and functions of CASRO are:

    • Actively promote a nationally collaborative approach to sport and active recreation, which aligns with the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework.
    • Progress the agreed key priorities as set out in the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework.
    • Identify new and progress existing sport and active recreation initiatives of national significance.
    • Contribute to whole of government objectives by participating in other forums where these objectives are progressed.
    • Progress the sharing of information between the governments of the Commonwealth, states and territories and New Zealand.
    • Carry out special projects to support coordination including use of Consultancy Funds.
Current member organisations include:

    • Office for Sport (including NISU)
    • Australian Sports Commission
    • ACT: Sport and Recreation Services, within in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
    • NSW: Office for Sport, within the Department of Sport and Recreation
    • NT: Sport and Recreation Services, within the Department of Sport, recreation and Racing
    • QLD: Sport and Recreation Services, within the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
    • SA: Office for Recreation and Sport
    • TAS: Sport and Recreation Services, within the Department of Premier and Cabinet
    • VIC: Sport and Recreation Services, within the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
    • WA: Department of Sport and Recreation
CASRO last met on 30 March 2015

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