Sport plan for a healthy, active and successful Australia

The Federal Government has today unveiled Sport 2030, a comprehensive plan to reshape the face of Australian sport and build a healthier, more physically active nation.

 

Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said that sport 2030 will help to get more Australians more active, more often, drive sporting excellence and success.

 

It will position sport and physical activity through the next decade and beyond for all Australians and reflects the Government’s commitment to link sport, physical activity and preventive health.

 

Sport 2030 recognises sport plays a very significant role in Australia’s economy — from our biggest cities, to regional and remote communities —and we need to maximise these benefits.

 

The Sport 2030 vision is for Australia to be the world’s most active and healthy sporting nation.

 

As part of this vision, the Australian Sports Commission will be rebranded as Sport Australia and will champion the rollout of Sport 2030, maintaining a strong focus on sport and the sport sector, while working more broadly to get Australians moving.

 

Sport Australia will also play a key role in helping the Government to provide better access to sporting facilities through the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

 

The program will provide grants of up to $500,000 for small to medium scale sporting infrastructure projects, encouraging greater community participation in sport and physical activity.

 

Program guidelines are available on the SportAustralia website.

 

Alongside Sport 2030, the Government has also released the Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements, conducted by an eminent panel headed by the Hon James Wood AO QC.

 

The Wood Review is the most comprehensive examination of Australia’s sports integrity framework ever undertaken and the Government looks forward to working with stakeholders to protect Australian sport from growing integrity threats, ensuring it is clean, fair, safe and inclusive for decades to come

 

The Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements can be found on the Department of Health’s website. Australia’s first national sport plan can be found on the National Sport Plan website.

 

Building a more active Australia

As a nation, we are less active than ever with two thirds of adults and one quarter of children overweight or obese.

 

Under Sport 2030, the Government will reframe sport policy to include physical activity, as well as organised and high performance sport, and commit to reducing inactivity amongst Australians by 15 per cent by 2030.

 

This will mean that participation in sport and physical activity will be ramped up across the country so every Australian can be either playing sport, be part of it, or engaged in healthy, active living.

 

There will be a greater focus on teaching swimming to school age children, making swimming a skill for life.

 

As part of a range of programs aimed at helping parents to give their children the best start in life, an Early Childhood Activity Strategy will be developed to improve the quality and amount of physical activity for children under five.

 

Sport and physical activity organisations will also be encouraged to give greater consideration to the needs of the least active people, and people with a disability, when designing programs and projects.

 

1 August 2018.