Improved opportunities for community participation in sport and recreation, excellence in
high-performance athletes, and protecting the integrity of sport through investment in sport infrastructure, coordination of Commonwealth involvement in major sporting events, and research and international cooperation on sport issues
Programs contributing to Outcome 3
Summary of results against
Targets Substantially met
Program 3.1: Sport and Recreation
Program 3.1: Sport and Recreation
The Department met all performance targets related to this program.
Sport is an important part of Australian society and holds many benefits for the Australian community and economy. Sport and physical activity positively impacts all Australians by encouraging people to be more active, more often. This creates a stronger and healthier Australia where as many people as possible see and feel the benefits of sport and physical activity during every stage of their lives.
Throughout 2018-19, the Department worked closely with a range of stakeholders to maintain the Sport 2030 vision: ensuring Australia is the world’s most active and healthy sporting nation, known for its integrity and sporting success.
The Department continued to support global anti-doping efforts, ensure Australian compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and promote safe, fair and inclusive Australian Sport – ranging from grassroots levels through to elite and professional ranks – protecting the considerable government and community investment in sport and the diverse benefits sport provides to the Australian community.
The Department supported the Australian Government to facilitate the highly successful 2018 Invictus Games and is continuing to lead coordination of the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup 2020 (ICC T20 World Cup). Additionally, the Australian Government will partner with the sports industry and other nations to implement the Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy, aimed at increasing engagement between Australian and Pacific sports, supporting regional sports integrity efforts, building the diplomatic capacity of Australian sports and improving the international profile of the Australian sporting industry.
Supporting an increase in participation in sport and recreation activities, fostering excellence in Australia’s high-performance athletes and protecting the integrity of Australian sport.
Participation in sport is supported through the development, implementation and promotion of national policies and strategies.
Source: 2018-19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, p.89
Support the ongoing delivery of the Australian Government’s sport policies and initiatives, including implementation, monitoring and evaluation of relevant programs and initiatives.
Provide strategic, high quality policy advice to Government.
Australia’s first national sport plan, Sport 2030, was launched in August 2018.
A number of grant programs and campaigns which deliver on the Sport 2030 vision have since commenced.
A new Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy was released in February 2019 in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Strategic high quality advice on sports issues has been provided to Government.
Sport 2030 was supported by the launch of the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program, the Better Ageing grant program and the Move It Aus Participation grant program, as well as the Find Your 30 awareness campaign. The campaign’s purpose was to encourage Australian adults to commit to at least 30 minutes of activity each day and has been well received with high levels of recognition in the community. The new grant programs provide funding to sporting and community organisations to help Australians become more active.
The Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy was informed through national consultations with representatives from all the major Australian sports codes and other key sports stakeholders. The strategy seeks to increase engagement between Australian and Pacific sports, improve the international profile of the Australian sport industry, support regional sports integrity initiatives and build stronger communities in the region by addressing issues of gender equality, disability inclusion and social cohesion.
Whole-of-government leadership and coordination of major international sporting events in Australia is provided, including the development and implementation of related policies and strategies, to support each event.
Source: 2018-19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, p.89 and Health Corporate Plan 2018-19, p.13
Policies and operational arrangements are implemented to meet agreed Australian Government commitments to support the:
2018 Invictus Games;
ICC T20 World Cup; and
2023 FIFA1 Women’s World Cup – potential Australian bid.
The Department successfully delivered operational and protocol support to the 2018 Invictus Games.
The Department continued coordination of Australian Government support for:
ICC T20 World Cup; and
Football Federation Australia to further develop its bid for Australia to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Department led the strategic planning and coordination of Australian Government operational support through the planning and event delivery phases for the highly successful 2018 Invictus Games. Support included immigration and border control, biosecurity, medical device importation, security, international engagement and protocol arrangements.
The Department has facilitated the coordination of Australian Government operational support for the ICC T20 World Cup, including in the areas of immigration and border control, taxation, movement of currency, security, intellectual property rights protection and event promotion.
The Department has led Australian Government involvement in the development of Football Federation Australia’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in consultation with states and territories.
Invictus Games – Sydney, Australia 2018
The 2018 Invictus Games (IG2018) took place from 20–27 October 2018, with events being held across the Greater Sydney area, including Sydney Harbour and Sydney Olympic Park. Up to 500 novice, experienced and elite competitors from 18 nations participated in the multi-day and adaptive sport event created for wounded, injured or ill armed services personnel and veterans.
While the Australian International Military Games Limited, a not-for-profit charity, was responsible for the planning and delivery of the event, the Office for Sport within the Department of Health lead the strategic planning and coordination of Australian Government operational support to IG2018. This included immigration and border control, physical and biological security, medical device importation, international engagement and protocol support.
The event attracted more than 105,000 spectators, 1,200 volunteers, 665 media personnel and a number of international dignitaries to Sydney. Media coverage was extensive, with the event broadcast to a large global audience. In addition, IG2018 provided an opportunity to recognise and thank the friends and family of competing service men and women for the support they provide them. More than 1,000 family and friends attended throughout the event, taking part in a dedicated program of activities.
IG2018 harnessed the power of sport to inspire and support recovery, not just to the service men and women involved, but to all who witnessed their physical and mental rehabilitation. It also generated a wider awareness, understanding and respect for those who have served their country.
“It’s about more than your inspiring stories of recovery from injury and illness. It’s about your example of determination,of optimism, of strength, of honour and friendship – or as the Aussies call it, mateship. A core value that has the power to inspire the world.” – HRH the Duke of Sussex
Safe and successful major sporting events such as IG2018 continue to provide the Australian community with sporting, social, cultural and economic benefits and further enhance Australia’s reputation as a premier host of major international sporting events.
The integrity of Australian sport is protected from threats of match-fixing, doping, criminal infiltration and other forms of corruption.
Source: 2018-19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, p.90 and Health Corporate Plan 2018-19, p.13
Australian anti-doping arrangements are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Sports integrity efforts of national sporting organisations, states and territories, and other stakeholders are supported through ongoing policy development, collection, assessment and dissemination of sports integrity threat information and related briefings, education platforms and initiatives.
Implement agreed responses to the Review of Australia’s Sport Integrity Arrangements (Wood Review2).
Australia is formally identified as being compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Ongoing support has been provided to sports integrity stakeholders across the sector.
The government response to the Wood Review was released in February 2019 and implementation of agreed responses has commenced.
Australia continues to be a contributor to world anti-doping efforts including through formal delegate status to the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board, and supporting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s International Convention against Doping in Sport and Pacific anti-doping programs.
The Department has established a dedicated sports integrity taskforce to implement the government response to the Wood Review, including establishing a National Sports Tribunal, enhancing anti-doping capability, developing national anti-match fixing offences and establishing a single national sports integrity agency, Sport Integrity Australia. Legislation to establish Commonwealth match-fixing offences is expected to be introduced in early 2020.
Australian sport continues to benefit from support provided through the threat assessment and response process, activities of the Sports Betting Integrity Unit, and education and outreach efforts.