The Federal Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie on
Wednesday, unveiled Sport Australia as part of the Australian Government’s
national sport plan – Sport 2030.
Under the 12 year plan, the Australian Sports Commission
will henceforth operate as Sport Australia with the strategy identifying three key
- More Australians moving more often
- Building the capability of sport to create
robust, connected industry
- National pride and inspiration through
international sporting success
The strategy details a holistic approach from grassroots
participation to international competition.
Sport Australia Chair, John Wylie described the plan as a
"roadmap” for future success, stating that national pride would be a key
indicator to the effectiveness of those measures that also set targets on
making Australia the most active and healthy nation in the world.
Australia will lead the implementation of Sport 2030, to create an even better
and more successful national sports sector,” Wylie said. "If we get it right we
know that in 2030 sport will continue to be a key point of national pride, our
Olympic and Paralympic teams and national sporting teams will continue to
achieve podium success and our athletes and their journeys will be a source of
inspiration for the next generations.
"Our goal is
for Australia to be a healthy and successful sporting nation, known for our
integrity, vibrant participation base, thriving sports organisations and
world-leading sports industry, as well as our elite competitive results.”
the Australian Olympic Committee yesterday welcomed the National Sport Plan
release, with its President John Coates stating support for the increased focus
on anti-match fixing and anti-doping measures but also reserved judgement on
the high performance measures and funding model of the national sporting
"I support all of the recommendations for a national policy
on match-fixing; formulation of Commonwealth criminal offences; regulation of
and administration of an Australian Sports Wagering Scheme; and information
sharing and intelligence collection” Coates said.
"As for Anti-Doping Rule Violation matters, the AOC fully
supports the establishment of a National Sports Tribunal and generally on the
"The AOC agrees that the provision of opportunities and
pathways must be the focus to enable athletes to compete on the world stage,
including supporting them not only during but after their careers.
"The financial adequacy of the Australian Sports Commission
(ASC) and Institute of Sport’s (AIS) support to State Institutes, National
Federations and their athletes will determine how well they can compete. I note
the plan is silent in this regard,” Coates said.
Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer has indicated that greater
detail on the strategy for high performance sport through Sport 2030 and the
role of the AIS in leading this system will be released in coming weeks and
To the broader purpose of the national plan, Palmer commented
that its worth would be weighed by more than results.
"We want to
ensure every individual has the ability to reap the benefits of an active
lifestyle or aspire to the pinnacle of their sport. Australia’s future sporting
success will be measured by more than numbers on a scoreboard, it will be
reflected in our nation’s health, education, social and economic outcomes.”
Government’s national sport plan – Sport 2030.