Why sport matters
Sport is an important part of life in Australia:
- More than 90% of adults have an interest in sport.
- About 13 million adults and 3 million children take part in sport each year.
- 3.1 million Australians volunteer in sport and active recreation each year.
Sport has many benefits for participants. It can:
- motivate kids to be active, which can also improve school results
- instil habits that will help kids remain healthy and active throughout life
- improve physical and mental health
- help people feel included in a social group, and part of a community that sticks together.
Find out more about the lasting health benefits of exercise and physical activity.
Sport also has wider social and economic benefits. It is:
- a force for social change, increasing acceptance of women and people with disabilities as sporting role models
- an important part of the economy, generating an estimated $32 billion annually in sales and supporting 128,000 jobs.
International success by Australian athletes inspires people to take up sport and is a source of national pride.
National Sport Plan
The Office for Sport is currently developing a new National Sport Plan. The new Plan, which will replace Sport 2030, will set a shared vision and priorities for sport and will align and leverage key Australian Government sport strategies and plans.
Public consultation on the new plan has commenced and will be open until 7 December. The consultation paper and survey is available on the Department of Health and Aged Care Consultation Hub. Findings from the consultation will inform the development of the Plan ahead of formal Government consideration.
Organisation of sport in Australia
Sport is organised at national, state and local levels in Australia.
National sports bodies
There are several key national bodies related to sport.
- The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is the Australian Government Agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport at all levels.
- Australian Sports Foundation – Australia's leading non-profit sports fundraising and charity body. Funds several grant programs to help overcome barriers to participation.
- National Sports Tribunal – provides independent, cost-effective dispute resolution services to sporting bodies, athletes and support personnel.
- Sport Integrity Australia – protects the integrity of Australian sport.
State and territory government sports agencies
The state and territory governments also give considerable support to sport and recreation. Learn about what’s happening in your local community:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
State peak sports bodies
These member-based organisations represent the sporting and recreation industries in their state:
Sports research and data
The Clearinghouse for Sport is the information and knowledge sharing platform for Australian sport. The Clearinghouse shares news, evidence and insights about a range of topics across sport and human performance.
The Australian Sports Commission delivers the AusPlay survey, a large scale national survey to track Australians’ sporting behaviours. The AusPlay survey is updated every 6 months.