The Australian Government is committed to enhancing and promoting community sport and, through it, to building healthy and active Australian communities.
In 2013-14, 60 per cent of people aged over 15 years reported that they participated in sport and physical recreation, a decline from 65 per cent in 2011-12. Over 60 per cent of children aged 5 to 14 also participated in sport and recreation. The Office for Sport works with the Australian Sports Commission, other Australian Government agencies, the States and Territories, academia and other stakeholders to support increased participation in sport for all Australians, and develop, implement and promote policies to support participation in sport and physical activity.
The Office for Sport supports the ASC to implement its new participation strategy, Play.Sport.Australia, and other initiatives to increase participation in sport (from the community to elite level), improving safety and health outcomes for people involved in sport. The Office for Sport also provides support and assistance to national sporting organisations to encourage community-based sporting activity and increase participation.
Programs including the Sporting Schools Initiative, Local Sporting Champions, the Junior Sport Framework, Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program and the Women Leaders in Sport Grant Program . Find out more about these programs on the ASC website or the Sporting Schools Initiative website.
The Office for Sport also supports two programs to increase participation in communities These are the Jim Stynes Scholarship fund which provides small grants to young people experiencing disadvantage and the Bachar Houli AFL Academy.
The Australian Sports Foundation is the Australian Government organisation that generates funds from the community and business sectors to assist schools and community groups develop sport. Find out more information from the Australian Sports Foundation website.