The Office of Sport is the lead NSW Government agency for sport and active recreation. The Office of Sport aims to increase the levels of physical activity of the people of NSW by providing the leadership, policies, programs, funding and infrastructure necessary to enable higher rates of participation in sport and active recreation. Sport is defined as physical activity that can be undertaken by a team or an individual in a social or competitive environment in pursuit of a result. It can be organised or less formal with a greater focus on social outcomes. Active recreation is defined as physical activity for the purposes of relaxation, health and wellbeing or enjoyment which can be self-directed or facilitated by a provider or organisation.
Sport and active recreation creating healthier people, connecting communities and making a stronger NSW.
Providing the people of NSW with the leadership, policies, programs, funding and infrastructure necessary to maximise the social, health and economic benefits realised through sport and active recreation.
Sport and active recreation are an important part of the fabric of our communities. It reaches across age, cultural background and demographic groups. Whether it’s performed at grassroot or elite level, it can be a vehicle for community identity and pride. Sport and active recreation strengthens social networks and builds a sense of belonging for participants. It contributes to community character and gives us local role models that inspire and unify us.
People who participate in sport and active recreation enjoy better physical and mental health. A child participating in sport and active recreation early in life is more likely to maintain active and healthy behaviours throughout their life. Participation in sport and active recreation can improve life expectancy and can reduce the rate of non-communicable diseases. It can also play a significant role in the management and prevention of mental health conditions. Research also shows that participation in sport and active recreation contributes to better cognitive function and academic achievement.
Sport and active recreation create jobs and opportunities for investment. Hosting major sporting events contribute to regional and local economies and is a driver for the NSW visitor economy. Voluntary work enables many sport and active recreation events and activities and makes a large contribution to the economy. Volunteering also helps to develop and reinforce skills and build social networks that can lead to economic as well as social and health outcomes. The health and social outcomes achieved through participating in sport and active recreation contribute to improving workforce productivity and reducing overall healthcare costs.
Our Focus Areas
- Participation – OUR GOAL: Everyone in NSW participating in sport and active recreation throughout their whole life
- Places and Spaces – OUR GOAL: Everyone in NSW can access places and spaces for sport and active recreation
- Sector Sustainability – OUR GOAL: The sector continues to grow sport and active recreation across NSW
- Partnerships and Investment – OUR GOAL: Partnerships and investment in sport and active recreation that maximise the value for everyone in NSW
The Office of Sport has four key Groups and works closely with a number of other agencies.
Sport Infrastructure Group
The Office of Sport has a dedicated group responsible for the development, delivery and implementation of a portfolio of policy initiatives and reforms implemented by maintaining and developing existing and new sports infrastructure.The work supports organisational objectives and Government commitments by providing strategic direction and coordination in the planning, management and delivery of the sporting venues and facilities
The three key areas of focus for the Sports Infrastructure Group include:
- Stadia network implementation – delivering the Government’s 2015 Rebuilding the Stadia Network Strategy (2015) of $1.6 billion project pipeline. The objective of this investment in key stadia infrastructure is to drive growth in the visitor economy, realise the economic and social benefits of strong cultural and sporting sector, and support liveability for the people of NSW.
- Facilities strategy and planning – drives the implementation of a government and sport strategic planning framework and investment strategy for community sporting facilities.
- Asset management – coordinates the maintenance and capital works program across NSW Government sporting infrastructure. The Unit develops business cases for government funding review by working with Treasury, Infrastructure NSW and stakeholder groups.
Major projects underway include:
- Rebuilding the major NSW stadia network
- The new Western Sydney Stadium
- Lake Ainsworth Olympic Training Centre
- Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex at Hill Top
- NSW NRL Centres of Excellence Program
- Future Needs of Sport Infrastructure Study
- Commerciality Framework for stadia
- Community Sport Infrastructure Resource Library
Sport and Recreation Services Group
The Sport and Recreation Services Group is focused on delivering services which enable the people of NSW to access and participate in sport and active recreation.
The Sport and Recreation Services Groups facilities the following programs:
- Sport and Recreation Centres - 10 centres located in regional and metropolitan areas of NSW
- Regional Offices
- Former Olympic Venues - Sydney International Regatta Centre, Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Sydney International Shooting Centre and Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex
- Grants and Funding programs - grant programs providing funding to state sporting organisations, local sporting clubs and other stakeholder groups
- Regulation - Provide regulatory services for Combat Sports and Motor Sports
Sport Development Group
The Sport Development Group provides collaborative leadership to improve the relevance and impact of the sport and active recreation sector through improved participation, high performance pathways and attendance at events.
The four key areas of focus for the Sport Development Group include:
- Policy and Sector Strategy – leading and facilitating policy and strategy development and the provision of high level advice on strategic issues facing the sport and active recreation sector to resolve challenges and capitalise on opportunities. Key focus areas include improved evidence, evaluation and alignment across government and sector.
- Sector Performance – driving improvements in sport and active recreation sector sustainability and performance by developing and implementing capacity-building strategies and fostering cross-sector engagement and collaboration.
- Integrity Branch – leading the development of strategies and facilitates implementation to achieve improved integrity in sport and confidence in the system.
- Major Sports Events – assists with undertaking major sports event planning and activation to deliver a high quality customer experience and to maximise the benefits of events for NSW, particularly focusing on increasing participation in sport and active recreation and strengthening the sector.
Corporate Services Group
The Corporate Services Group provides services and support to divisions and entities across the Office of Sport.
The Office of Sport works closely with the following agencies: