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Sport Australia Executive Report

Who We Are - Sport Australia executive report - 1  to help drive sport participation so we become the world’s most active sporting nation; and supporting the growth of sport industry capability. These two goals go hand-in-hand. A critical project Sport Australia led this year was the development of a Return to Sport Toolkit, applicable to sports at every level. The Toolkit was aimed at supporting our administrators, many of them volunteers, to put plans in place for a safe return to sport. This capability, in turn, gives participants confidence they can return to safe and enjoyable sporting environments. Sport Australia has consulted with sports on financial challenges, guiding them through the available Australian Government stimulus packages. We estimate our funded Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports are forecast to receive $17 million in financial support via JobKeeper and the cash flow boost by the end of September 2020. This has been vital to stabilising the financial positions of many sports and saving jobs. Many Australians have no doubt adapted their physical activity during COVID-19. This cannot replace the broader benefits sport provides. Apart from physical health, sport has the ability to build confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, communication, social skills, leadership, goal setting and resilience.
Who We Are - Sport Australia executive report - 2 Sport is for life and we have enhanced programs to deliver on this. In August 2019, we launched a national a Physical Literacy Framework. This is about building the skills, knowledge and behaviours that give us the confidence and motivation to lead active lives. We have embedded this in our national Sporting Schools program, which provides fun and free sporting opportunities and has now funded in excess of 7500 schools since its inception in mid-2015. Sporting Schools Plus has been introduced too, to try and better connect these school experiences with and community sporting clubs. Our Participation Grants and Better Ageing Grants programs continue to offer greater opportunities to be active, the national launch of Walking Football in partnership with Football Federation Australia just one example of traditional sports adapting to be more inclusive. The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced why Sport Australia continues to focus on supporting sports to build their capability and governance models. Governance models are not one-size fits all. A wonderful example is our work with the national sporting organisations for people with disability (NSODs) sector during the year. In November 2019, for the first time, the nine NSODs formalised a partnership to embed cooperative practices, while also retaining the individual identities of each specialised organisation. They have worked together in the best interest of providing sporting opportunities for the 5 million Australians with a disability. At the end of the financial year we announced a partnership with Suncorp to expand their Team Girls initiative, which aims to build a nation of more confident girls and women through a connection with sport. Almost half of girls between the ages of 15–17 drop out of sport. This is a time when we want to encourage Australian girls to remain involved in sport, for the benefits mentioned above. We look forward to developing this partnership further in 2020–21. I would like to thank the ASC Board for their support and commend Chair John Wylie for his tireless efforts in that role since 2012. Thank you to everyone who contributes to Australian sport. Keep playing, keep volunteering, and keep contributing in whatever way you can. As we emerge from this challenging year, sport will again play a prominent role in lifting the nation’s energy and spirits. Rob Dalton Acting Chief Executive Officer Sport Australia