Major sporting events

The Office for Sport coordinates the Australian Government’s involvement in the bidding and hosting of major sporting events.

Why major sports events matter

Hosting major sporting events enhances Australia's international reputation. It also inspires Australians to take up a sport and get active. 

Sporting organisations and host cities often need our help to successfully bid for a major sporting event. They may also need support to prepare for and host the event.

Sport 2030 identifies the benefits of hosting major sporting events, including:  

  • tourism – international, interstate and intrastate

  • trade – both direct and indirect business activity generated by sporting events

  • employment – event organisers, commercial partners, service providers

  • infrastructure – legacy benefits of new and improved stadiums, sporting, transport and other public facilities

  • gender equality – creating fair, safe and inclusive opportunities in, and through, sport

  • communities – uniting people, strengthening local communities and instilling national pride

  • participation – creating role models who motivate and inspire children and adults to be active and play sport.

Hosting major events is a key part of Australia’s Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy.

Bidding for a major sporting event

A major sporting event is one that generates significant interest, has a high profile, or attracts visitors to Australia.

Organisations planning to bid to host a major sporting event in Australia should contact the Office for Sport. Early engagement is crucial as we may be able to help.

If the event is not a major sporting event, support may be available from the relevant state or territory government.

Major Sporting Events team

Contact us for more information about major sporting events in Australia.

Upcoming major sporting events in Australia

Australia has a long and rich history of delivering world class sporting events. Over the coming decade leading into the Olympic and Paralympic Games Brisbane 2032, we will continue to showcase our strength as an international host with many major sporting events taking place on our shores.

Find out more about what events are coming to Australia.

Recent major sporting events in Australia

See Recent major sporting events for information on the key moments and lasting legacy of recent events.

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