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NSW Budget 2021-22 investment in sport and recreation

The 2021-22 NSW Budget will invest more than $450 million in additional funding over four years in the sport and active recreation sector, providing new and improved sports facilities across the State, enabling record numbers of people to be healthy and active.

First Lap Voucher Program

The First Lap voucher program aims to make water safety education more accessible for NSW families, providing $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3-6 years. This will include children in kindergarten in 2021, or who are starting kindergarten in 2022 within the age limit. 

The vouchers may be used with an approved First Lap provider and will be available through the Service NSW website from 1 December 2021.

By making swimming and water safety education more accessible for families, the First Lap program will help keep NSW children healthy, happy, and safe in and around the water.  


Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund

Community sport facilities across NSW will receive a $200 million injection following the announcement of a new Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund in the 2021-22 Budget.

The two-year Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund will invest in new or upgraded multi-sport facilities across the State to provide more opportunities for people to play sport and be healthy and active.

The Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund will be a grants-based program with $100 million available in 2021-22 and $100 million available in 2022-23.


Centre of Excellence Fund

The NSW Government will establish a two-year $150 million Centre of Excellence Fund to support the development of integrated high-performance sporting facilities as part of the 2021-22 NSW Budget.

Aligned to the state-wide sports infrastructure plan, the Centre of Excellence Fund is a key sporting initiative of the Budget, aimed at improving talent pathways and community engagement for sporting codes.

Up to $75 million will be available in 2021-22 and $75 million available in 2022-23.


Surf Club Facility Program

$8 million in additional funding has been allocated to the Surf Club Facility Program, meaning a total of $16 million will be available support the upgrade, restoration, or construction of surf life saving facilities over the next four years (2021-22 to 2024-25).


Supporting our Current and Future Champions

The NSW Budget will enable continued support to performance pathways and for elite athletes, coaches and officials, with $21.4 million over four years allocated to the NSW Institute of Sport, the NSW Government's lead agency for high performance sport, in addition to ongoing funding of $10 million over four years for the Regional Academies of Sport network.

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