Healthy Active Australia – grants for physical activity projects in the community

With the rate of overweight and obesity among adult Australians doubling over the past two decades, the Government will provide grants to communities to make it easier for adult and older people to take part in physical activities and social interaction to improve their weight and overall health.

Page last updated: 08 May 2007

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Why is this important?

  • As a population we are simply not active enough.
  • More than half of Australians aged between 18 and 75 years do not undertake the recommended levels of physical activity to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Grants will be available for local organisations and communities throughout Australia to support activities that increase levels of physical activity.

Who will benefit?

  • Participating communities will benefit from organised, community-based activities promoting physical activity.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $11.7 million in new funding for the initiative over the next four years. This initiative will fund activities such as healthy walking groups or small infrastructure costs such as a community group’s purchase of equipment to support them to be active.

What have we done in the past?

  • In 2004, the Commonwealth Government committed $116 million to the Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative to promote a balanced approach towards nutrition and physical activity throughout life. This investment has been expanded through the 2006 COAG Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI), to which the Commonwealth committed $250 million. The aim of ABHI is to refocus the health system to promote good health and reduce the burden of chronic disease.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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