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Part 2: Performance Report (page 7)

Outcome 4

Program 4.1

Sport and Recreation

The department works closely with states and territories, the Australian Sports Commission and other key national sporting organisations to develop, implement and promote policies and strategies to support participation, achievement and integrity in Australian sport.

The department supports national strategies to promote regular physical activity, supports the bidding for and hosting of major international sporting events, and maintains a best practice anti-doping regime that meets international standards. The department also supports the development of initiatives designed to encourage widespread participation by specific groups within the Australian community, including women, Indigenous Australians and Australians from multicultural backgrounds.

Table 14 summarises the department's performance against its key performance indicators for 2012–13. The department achieved all of its key performance indicators under Outcome 4.

Image: a competitive swimmer participating in a freestyle race.

The Office of Sport supported sports at all levels from international to community programs.

Table 14: Program 4.1: Sport and recreation—performance results

Table 14: Program 4.1: Sport and recreation—performance results
  • Production of relevant and timely evidence-based policy advice.
  • Nationally agreed frameworks and agreements, reports on reviews, strategy documents providing evidence of implementation of initiatives announced in the Government's policy document and response to the Crawford Report, Australian Sport: the pathway to success and other Government priorities.
  • Participation by stakeholders in program development through avenues such as regular consultative committees, conferences, stakeholder engagement forums, surveys, submissions on departmental discussion papers and meetings.
  • Water and snow safety funding agreements to enhance the safety of people engaging in water and snow activities.
  • Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation program funding agreements to promote participation and employment of Indigenous Australians in sport and physical recreation.
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport funding agreements to provide education and where appropriate testing programs to support integrity and member protection policies of national sporting organisations.
  • Completed new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities providing opportunities for increased participation in sport and active recreation.
  • Contracts to deliver research aimed at improving detection and deterrence of doping in sport.
  • Funding agreements, memoranda of understanding and other evidentiary documentation which reflect the Government's policy position and priorities associated with its support for the Commonwealth's involvement in supporting bids and staging major international sporting events.
Key performance indicators Resultsa
  • Successful completion of funding agreements for new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities.

Several new funding agreements for sport and recreation facilities were entered into during the year. Projects funded in previous years continued to be managed through to completion.

2011–12 result: Achieved
  • Maintenance of best practice anti-doping regime through continuous review ensuring the anti-doping regime is aligned with United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization International Convention against Doping in Sport and world anti-doping code and associated international standards.

Australia has contributed to all stages of the current revision of the World Anti-Doping Code.

2011–12 result: Achieved
  • Funded research contributes to improved detection and deterrence of doping in sport.

Five new research projects were funded in addition to the ongoing research support provided to the National Measurement Institute.

2011–12 result: Achieved
  • Illicit Drugs in Sport grants programs deliver effective education and testing programs for participating athletes.

The department funded 13 national sporting organisations to deliver illicit drug education projects.

The Australian Sports Commission conducted an effective education and testing program for Australian Institute of Sport athletes.

2011–12 result: Achieved
  • Execution of funding agreements and arrangements with participating jurisdictions and the Local Organising Committee for the 2015 Asian Cup.

A funding agreement was executed on 28 March 2013.

2011–12 result: Achieved
  • Execution of government guarantees and other relevant documentation by the Commonwealth and states and territories, outlining the operational and other support to be provided by governments for the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Government guarantees were executed on 26 February 2013.

a Trend information provided where available.

Major achievements

Establishment of the National Integrity of Sport Unit

In July 2012, the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) was established within the department to provide national oversight and coordination of efforts to protect the integrity of sport.

Since its establishment, the NISU has implemented the National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport and has assisted sporting organisations to implement integrity measures.

It has also set up the Australian Sports Integrity Network as a vehicle for sporting organisations to coordinate responses to sport integrity issues, The NISU continues to work collaboratively with sporting groups, law enforcement organisations and government agencies to improve integrity in sport.

To raise awareness of sports integrity and sports betting issues and to assist sporting organisations, the NISU developed an anti-match-fixing policy template for sporting organisations to use, and an online education program. The online education program is available on the NISU's website and has attracted strong international interest.

Passage of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Act

The department supported the Minister for Sport in the development, introduction and passage of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Act 2013, which received royal assent on 29 June 2013. The Act strengthens the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigative capacity by giving its chief executive officer the power to issue a disclosure notice to compel a person to assist with an investigation.

The changes introduced by the Act help to ensure that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is equipped to meet the challenges faced in a changing environment where the testing of athlete biological samples alone may not be enough to detect sophisticated doping.

World Anti-doping Code

The department supported Australia's submissions to each stage of the international review of the World Anti-Doping Code. The World Anti-Doping Code is the core document that provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies, rules and regulations across international sporting organisations and governments. The code came into force on 1 January 2004 and is currently undergoing its second review, which is intended to shape the future direction of international anti-doping activities.

Image: Small children participating in a multicultural tennis event.

The department works to build stronger, more inclusive communities through sport. (Photo courtesy of Tennis Australia.)


At 30 June 2013, five Australian governments had passed or introduced criminal offences for match-fixing to meet specific commitments made under the National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport.

The department continued to work with betting regulators on a consistent regulatory framework for sports betting markets, and with the betting industry on measures required under the national policy, including standards for information sharing.

The department also supported international efforts to combat match-fixing by contributing to a draft international match-fixing convention. The draft convention, the Council of Europe's Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, calls for parties to adopt legislative measures to ensure cooperation between sports organisations, betting operators and law enforcement agencies.

Women in sport

The department supported the government's response to the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee's report, About time! Women in sport and recreation in Australia. The response, developed in consultation with other government agencies, makes a commitment to working with sports stakeholders to increase the commercial profile of women's sport and to address barriers affecting the participation and leadership of women and girls in sport.

As part of the response, the Prime Minister's Women in Sport Award was reintroduced. The award aims to raise the commercial profile of women's sport and celebrate Australian sportswomen. The department administered funding for the award and supported the consideration of candidates. The 2012 winner was gold medal–winning Paralympic swimmer Jacqueline Freney.

The department also assisted the Australian Sports Commission and other relevant entities throughout 2012–13 to address issues affecting female participation, advancement and leadership in sport.

Major sporting events

A Major Sporting Events Taskforce was set up within the department in November 2012 to coordinate the Australian Government's involvement in upcoming major sporting events, including:

  • the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup
  • the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015, co-hosted with New Zealand
  • the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

The taskforce made significant progress in planning for these events in 2012–13. Government guarantees and operational support measures for the Cricket World Cup were finalised, including arrangements for security, immigration, customs, marketing and protection of commercial rights.

In consultation with other government agencies, and state and territory governments where relevant, the taskforce also developed implementation plans for the Cricket World Cup government guarantees and the previously agreed government guarantees for the Asian Football Cup.

A funding agreement was established between the government, the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee, Football Federation Australia and the participating states and territories for the provision of funding to support the Asian Cup. The agreement sets out roles and responsibilities of each party involved in preparing for and staging the event.

Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program

The Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program continued to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians across the country. In 2012–13, multi-year funding agreements were made available under the program for the first time. A total of 120 funding agreements were executed under the program, of which 78 were multi-year agreements. This administrative change to the program provides certainty of funding for organisations to undertake longer-term sport and active recreation initiatives.

Image: Two tall AFL players competing for the ball at the start of a competitive match.

Sport and recreation facilities were created and upgraded through new funding agreements.

Water & snow safety activities

The department continued to provide funding to improve the safety of water-based and snow-based recreational activities in 2012–13.

Funding provided under the National Recreation Safety Program supported the ongoing activities of Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, AUSTSWIM and the Australian Ski Patrol Association. Water safety activities funded included ongoing distribution and promotion of the ‘Living with Water’ DVD, which highlights water safety issues for children aged under five years. Additionally, funding supported the development by Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises of a curriculum and related material for use in early childhood learning situations.

Sport for Social Good

For many of us, sport is a fundamental part of what it means to be Australian; it brings us together and provides a sense of belonging to our community, our region and our nation. For individuals, sport can increase self-esteem and confidence and contribute to physical and mental wellbeing. In 2012–13 the department supported a range of activities to encourage Australians to participate in sport through the National Reclink Program.

The National Reclink Program uses sport and physical recreation activities to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people experiencing disadvantage and helps them to integrate into the community. Direct benefits for people involved in Reclink activities include increased exercise, physical fitness, social connection and relief from boredom. With the department's support, the program engaged over 100,000 participants from around Australia in 2012–13.

The department supported a Tennis Australia pilot program ‘Do something Australian on Australia Day – Play Tennis’ to extend the reach of tennis clubs into local communities. Conducted in four suburban locations in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, as well as at the Australian Open in Melbourne, the program provided free coaching sessions and highlighted the role of clubs as accessible places for sport, socialising and friendship.

The department also worked with the Football Federation Australia to implement its ‘Harmony through Football’ program. This was a four-month multicultural community engagement program with over 190 events across Victoria and New South Wales. More than 21,000 people of all ages, races and backgrounds participated, culminating in three Harmony Day themed A-League matches.

Image: Two children participating in a tennis activity, photographed embracing and standing in front of a large bucket of tennis balls. The department supported Tennis Australia with its outreach program to communities in four states. (Photo courtesy of Tennis Australia.)

The department supported Tennis Australia with its outreach program to communities in four states. (Photo courtesy of Tennis Australia.)

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