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Investment announcement 2016-17

In 2016-17 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 by 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.

A new category (A*) has been introduced for sports identified as having an annual revenue in excess of $250 million. Four sports – AFL, rugby league, cricket and tennis – are in this category.

The categories are based on participation data in the Australian Sport Performance Review (ASPR) and Australian Bureau of Statistics participation data.

Where participation data provided by NSOs during the 2015 ASPR period indicated a ‘move up’ in category, the ASC appointed an independent company to undertake an analysis of this data to confirm its reliability.

Based on this analysis, eight sports are moving up categories in 2016-17. They are baseball, gymnastics, judo, softball, tenpin bowling, sailing, ski and snowboard and water skiing.

Future categorisation will be informed by the new ASC sector-wide national AusPlay Survey.

High Performance

High Performance investment to NSOs is aligned to sports with the greatest potential to contribute to Winning Edge targets.  

In 2016-17, the high performance investment approach took into consideration the proximity of the Olympic/Paralympic Games by providing NSOs funding at the same level as 2015/16 for the first six months to 31 December 2016 and guaranteeing a minimum of 80% of their 2015/16 investment level for the second six months to 30 June 2017.  

Following the completion of the Rio Olympic/Paralympic Games, allocations for the second six months to 30 June 2017 were confirmed to NSOs and took into consideration the following factors:

  • Performance at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Proximity of key Winning Edge benchmark events in 2018 (Winter Olympics / Paralympics and Commonwealth Games)
  • Introduction of new sports being added to the Tokyo Olympic program
  • Assessment of the future performance profile of the sport  
Final 2016/17 allocations are provided in the investment allocation announcement below.

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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.