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Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard

What is the Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard?

The Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard (the Standard) builds on the development of the Australian Physical Literacy Definition to provide a framework that all Australians can use to support their own, and others, lifelong participation in movement and physical activity.

It reminds us to focus on developing in a holistic and integrated way through physical, psychological, social and cognitive aspects of movement and physical activity – not just the physical.

The Standard supports individuals to identify and reflect on their proficiency across four interrelated domains and plan for development to support their lifelong participation in movement and physical activity.

It can be used by anyone, at any life stage, and at all levels, to develop physical literacy.

View the Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard Infographic

Download the Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard: Explaining the Standard

Features of the Standard


The Standard is arranged into four interrelated domains – Physical, Psychological, Social and Cognitive.

Physical Domain Psychological Domain Social Domain Cognitive Domain
Physical domain Psychological domain Cognitive domain
The skills and fitness a person acquires and applies though movement.
The attitudes and emotions a person has towards movement and the impact these have on their confidence and motivation to move.
A person's interaction with others and the environment.
A person's understanding of how, why and when the move.
 

The Standard’s four domains are made up of multiple capabilities that develop physical literacy. These are referred to as elements.

Each element has five levels of development that outline the stages a person can progress (or regress) through. These levels represent a progression in development as individuals develop to higher levels of proficiency in physical literacy.

Development across the levels may be independent from one element to another, and from those in other domains. This is due to the strong relationship between an individual’s context and their overall development of physical literacy.


Viewing the Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard

Development Milestones for Lifelong Participation


To support the application of the Standard, Development Milestones (Milestones) for physical literacy have been created. These represent aspirational milestones drawn from the Standard that promote lifelong participation in movement and physical activity.

Each milestone includes suggested levels of proficiency for all elements within the Standard as a target for development to support a participation pathway for all.

The Milestones can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • helping to identify a person’s current stage within the physical literacy participation pathway
  • understanding how Physical Literacy can be developed across the Standard to move to the next stage in the participation pathway
  • providing a guide for the development of skills required to support lifelong participation in movement and physical activity
  • To identify the other areas a participant or athlete may need to focus on in order to develop in a more holistic way (i.e. not just the physical aspects of physical literacy).

View the Australian Physical Literacy Standard: Development milestones for lifelong participation


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