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Recreation in Australia

Sport 2030 - National Sports Plan

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:

  • Drive movement for life through sport and physical activity participation for all Australians
  • Ensure all Australian children have the skills, confidence and motivation to be active for life and safe in the water
  • Reduce barriers to sport and physical activity participation, including swimming, and actively promote incentives for participation
  • 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.

Fitness Australia

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

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.

AusPlay Sport and Recreation Data

The AusPlay Survey is a large scale national population tracking survey funded and led by the Australian Sports Commission that:

  • is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia;
  • is the single-source participation data currency for government and the sport and recreation sector;
  • helps the sport and recreation sector better understand the participation landscape and identify strategies to grow participation; and
  • provides national and state based data.

Data collection for AusPlay commenced on 22 October 2015 and has continued annually since. Visit the Ausplay results page for past and current state and sport based data, and the survey’s long term response to the COVID-19 pandemic.