Released in mid-2018, the National Sport Plan demonstrates a clear vision of the Australia Government for sport and physical activity in Australia. One of the four key pillars of the plan is ‘Building a More Active Australia’. This will be promoted in the following ways:
Coordinated investment in sport and recreation facilities to achieve sustainable outcomes for communities, with a focus on universal design to ensure sport is accessible to all Australians.
The National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework, endorsed by the Commonwealth and State and Territory Ministers for Sport and Recreation in February 2011, provides the basis for continued collaborative work between Governments in sport and active recreation. The framework provides a guide for the development of policies by all governments and it is intended that coordinated strategies and initiatives that flow from the framework will lead to greater alignment of sport and active recreation funding and programs in pursuit of an improved sport and active recreation system. The Framework is currently under review.
Fitness Australia is the peak health and fitness industry association providing a range of support services and solutions to over 30,000 registered personal trainers, registered fitness instructors, fitness businesses and suppliers Australia-wide.
Parks and Leisure Australia is the peak industry association for professionals working in the Parks and Leisure sector in Australia, representing over 2500 members. Through a broad range of services they support members to provide opportunities that strengthen communities through good use of leisure time for the social, environmental, economic and physical wellbeing of all Australians.
The AusPlay Survey is a large scale national population tracking survey funded and led by the Australian Sports Commission that:
Data collection for AusPlay commenced on 22 October 2015. On 31 October 2018 Sport Australia released the latest AusPlay results covering data collected in the last financial year (July 2017 to June 2018).
Top 15 activities for adults – 9 of top 15 involve active recreation. Detailed South Australian data can be found on the Sport Australia Clearinghouse for Sport.
Participation rate (%)
Athletics, track and field (includes jogging and running)