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Investment announcement 2017-18


In 2017-18 the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will continue to invest in participation using the national sporting organisation (NSO) investment categorisation framework.

Each year the ASC invests in NSOs to achieve participation outcomes aligned to Play.Sport.Australia. This investment is determined using the participation categorisation framework which provides for a fixed funding amount per category. This framework provides a simpler, more consistent and transparent approach for sports to participation funding.

The categories are based on participation data from both the Australian Sport Performance Review (ASPR) and the national population tracking survey, AusPlay.

High Performance

High Performance investment to NSOs is aligned to sports with the greatest potential of contributing to Australia’s Winning Edge targets. In 2017-18, the high performance investment approach took into consideration the following factors:

  • Proximity of key Australia’s Winning Edge benchmark events (2018 Winter Olympics / Paralympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games)
  • Performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Assessment of the future performance profile of sports

Final 2017-18 allocations are provided in the investment allocation outlined below.

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Quick numbers

11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.
650 thousand Australians either coach, teach or instruct sport.