The Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.

Elite and high-performance sport

Our champion athletes are role models and a major influence in our goal to be the world’s most active nation.

Elite and high-performance athletes showcase the highest levels of skill, mastery and competitiveness. They inspire the community to get active, which:

  • creates a solid base for developing high-performance talent

  • builds commitment to a lifelong appreciation of sport

  • provides the broader benefits of being healthy and active.

Funding elite sport

The Australian Government, through Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport, provides annual high-performance funding to National Sporting Organisations.

National High Performance Sport Strategy

The National High Performance Sport Strategy 2024 supports the Sport 2030 plan’s aim to achieve sporting excellence.

It provides a unified approach to high-performance and elite sport in Australia. Its focus is on success at Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth games.

The Minister for Sport released the strategy in November 2019.

Protecting the integrity of elite sport

Elite sport is an important part of Australian life. Doping scandals and match-fixing reduce our confidence that sport is clean and fair. We are actively working to protect sport in Australia from such threats.

The Wood Review (2018) recommended a single body to handle national sports integrity matters. In response, the Australian Government created Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), merging the:

  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)

  • National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU)

  • national integrity functions of Sport Australia.

SIA’s role is to prevent:

  • the use of banned substances and methods

  • abuse, bullying, discrimination and harassment, especially of children

  • match-fixing and illegal betting.

The National Sports Tribunal provides independent, cost-effective dispute resolution services to sporting bodies, athletes and support personnel.

Last updated: 
28 October 2021
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