Australian Government Release Sport 2030

Other | Published: Thu 2 August 2018

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 themes of:


  • 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.


"Sport 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.”


In response, 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 system.


"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 basis proposed”.


"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 months.


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.”


Australian Government’s national sport plan – Sport 2030.