Online version of the 2013-14 Department of Health Annual Report

Outcome 15: Sport and Recreation

Improved opportunities for community participation in sport and recreation, and excellence in high-performance athletes, through initiatives to help protect the integrity of sport, investment in sport infrastructure, coordination of Commonwealth involvement in major sporting events, and research and international cooperation on sport issues

Page last updated: 17 July 2019

Major Achievements

  • Helped embed sport firmly into school life to benefit Australian children, including working with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to develop the new Sporting Schools initiative.
  • Supported the completion of 10 new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities, with 14 more projects currently underway.
  • Supported the organisation of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup and the Netball World Cup tournaments being held in 2015 by collaborating across Government and with major sporting event organisers.
  • Raised awareness of sports integrity and betting issues by providing an online anti-match-fixing education programme which has been accessed by more than 2,250 athletes, administrators and support personnel.
  • Helped protect against the unauthorised commercial use of event indicia and images by supporting the development, introduction and passage of the Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 2014.
  • Ensured the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is equipped to meet the challenges of a changing environment where testing of biological samples alone is insufficient to detect sophisticated doping efforts. This was done by leading the development, introduction and passage of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Regulations 2013.
  • Improved the resilience of the Australian sports sector to integrity challenges by developing the Australian Sports Integrity Network.
  • Supported the Australian Government’s participation in the Review of the World Anti-Doping Code, culminating in the World Conference Against Doping in Sport in November 2013.

Challenges

  • With the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup and the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup both occurring in the summer of 2015, effective communication and consultation across Government and with external stakeholders will be essential to ensure commitments are met.
  • Addressing stagnant or declining sport participation rates, particularly in areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Continuing work with betting regulators on a consistent regulatory framework for sports betting markets, and with the betting industry to meet key measures under the National Policy on Match-fixing in Sport.
  • Coordinating State and Territory Government efforts to implement a nationally consistent legislative approach to address match-fixing and corruption in sport.

Looking Ahead

The Department will continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders to encourage increased participation in sport and physical activity by all Australians. This includes supporting the ASC as it implements the Government’s new Sporting Schools initiative in 2015 to encourage school children to take part in sport-based physical activity.

In 2014-15, the Department will continue to support key water and snow safety organisations in Australia, including implementation of the Government’s policy to reduce drownings: Water Safety: Reduce Drownings Programme.

Programme Contributing to Outcome 15

  • Programme 15.1: Sport and Recreation.

Divisions contributing to Outcome 15

In 2013-14, Outcome 15 was the responsibility of the National Integrity of Sport Unit and the Office for Sport.60

Outcome Strategy

Outcome 15 aims to work closely with States and Territories, the ASC, ASADA, and other key stakeholders to develop, implement and promote policies and strategies to support participation, achievement and integrity in Australian sport. In 2013-14, the Department worked to achieve this Outcome by managing the initiatives under the programme below.

Programme 15.1: Sport and recreation

Increase participation in sport and recreation by all

In 2013-14, the Department continued work undertaken by the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport to support participation in sport and recreation by all Australians. This included supporting the ASC in its development of participation initiatives and strategies to boost Australia’s active engagement with sport and recreation.

In 2013-14, the Department worked with the States and Territories to ensure that implementation of priorities outlined in the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework aligned with health and broader whole-of-government policy priorities. The Department also worked with key stakeholders, including national sporting organisations, to ensure consistency between Government and non-Government policies and initiatives.

Qualitative Deliverable
Completed new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities providing opportunities for increased participation in sport and active recreation
2013-14 Reference Point
Regular progress reports on key milestones from contracted organisations indicate that activities are being implemented effectively in accordance with contractual arrangements
Result
Met
Fourteen sport and recreation facilities projects are in progress, and most are expected to be completed in 2014-15.
Qualitative KPI
Successful completion of funding agreements for new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities
2013-14 Reference Point
Sport and recreation facilities under the funding agreement are completed
Result
Met
A total of 10 sport and recreation facilities projects were completed in 2013-14.
Qualitative Deliverable
Nationally agreed frameworks and agreements, reports on reviews, strategy documents providing evidence of implementation of initiatives announced in the Government’s policy documents, and other Government priorities
2013-14 Reference Point
Work with State and Territory Governments to progress nationally agreed frameworks and policies
Result
Met
Qualitative Deliverable
Participation by stakeholders in policy development through avenues such as stakeholder meetings and submissions
2013-14 Reference Point
Departmental representatives will facilitate opportunities for stakeholder engagement
Result
Met
In 2013-14, the Department conveyed Government priorities to stakeholders through a range of avenues, including regular progress reporting and meetings. Through this regular reporting, stakeholders provided valuable feedback to inform Government and assist other key stakeholders.

Embedding sport into school life

In 2013-14 the Department worked with the ASC to develop the Sporting Schools initiative. This initiative, which will replace the current Active After-school Communities programme from 1 January 2015, will encourage school children to take part in sport-based physical activity before, during and after school.

Women in sport

In 2013-14, the Department continued to support the ASC and the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association to encourage participation in sport by women and girls.

Improving water and snow safety

In 2013-14, the Department continued to support the ongoing operations of the major water and snow safety organisations through the National Recreation Safety Programme.

The Department, in collaboration with Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises, supported the distribution of the Kids Alive water safety DVD and the development of a water safety education curriculum for children five and under, through the Saving Lives in the Water – Element 2 programme. The curriculum will be distributed to childcare centres, play groups, School of the Air families and primary schools for use by children aged five and under. The curriculum covers four themes of water safety – rural, home, pool, beach – and includes books, posters, animations and songs.

Qualitative Deliverable
Water and snow safety funding agreements to enhance the safety of people engaging in water and snow activities
2013-14 Reference Point
Changes to funding arrangements are completed in a timely manner
Result
Met

Supporting our major sporting events

The Australian Government will support the hosting of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015, the International Netball Federation Netball World Cup 2015 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. In 2013-14, the Department coordinated a range of activities across Government, including trade, tourism, community and sporting legacies, border control, communications and intellectual property rights, and also supported event (national) security planning.

Funding of $156 million was provided to the Queensland Government to support investment in infrastructure for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Qualitative Deliverable
Funding agreements, memoranda of understanding, project plans and implementation plans which underpin the delivery of Government services and support necessary to host major international sporting events
2013-14 Reference Point
Regular progress reports on key milestones and regular agency and stakeholder engagement
Result
Met
In 2013-14, the Department developed project management and risk management plans for both the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup and the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015. These plans were reviewed by affected agencies and senior official committees and updated as changes were required.
Qualitative KPI
Agreed implementation arrangements for the Government’s operational support required to deliver the 2015 Asian Cup and Cricket World Cup and commence implementation accordingly
2013-14 Reference Point
Implementation of arrangements are progressed in accordance with key milestones
Result
Met

Protecting the integrity of sport

In 2013-14, the Department provided support to State and Territory Governments, sports and other organisations to address match-fixing and other integrity issues by:

  • supporting sporting organisations to protect sports integrity, including the management of integrity information, development of integrity units and positions within sporting organisations, development of integrity networks, and stronger probity arrangements and codes of conduct;
  • assisting the Government in the development of appropriate legislation and programmes;
  • working closely with key stakeholders to ensure the integrity of major sporting events including the International Cricket Council Cricket 2015 World Cup and 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup; and
  • continuing work to ensure Australia’s anti-doping legislative framework is consistent with the new World Anti-Doping Code.
Qualitative Deliverable
Provide a support service on sports integrity for sporting organisations, including networking with relevant law enforcement and anti-doping organisations and contribute to the international sports integrity policy agenda
2013-14 Reference Point
  • Initiate and convene Australian Sports Integrity Network (ASIN) meetings
  • Contribute to the deliberations of the Drafting Group for the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions
  • Work with DFAT and foreign officials from interested countries to pursue Memoranda of Understanding that promote greater co-operation in sport, including integrity
Result
Met
The Department chaired three meetings of the ASIN in 2013-14.
Qualitative KPI
Services and products provided by the National Integrity of Sport Unit to assist sporting bodies with integrity issues are well received
2013-14 Reference Point
Sports integrity products and services are developed and utilised by industry stakeholders
Result
Met

Illicit Drugs in Sport

The Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) programme aims to discourage the use of illicit drugs in sport, through education and preventive initiatives targeted at elite and sub-elite athletes, coaches and administrators.

Qualitative Deliverable
Illicit Drugs in Sport programme funding agreements to provide education to support integrity and member protection policies of national sporting organisations
2013-14 Reference Point
Regular progress reports on key milestones from contracted organisations indicate that activities are being implemented effectively in accordance with contractual arrangements
Result
Met
Throughout 2013-14, the Department received regular progress reports from funded sporting organisations outlining activities implemented under the IDIS programme. The reported activities were in line with the funding agreement and helped enhance awareness of the harm associated with illicit drug use at the elite, sub-elite and community levels.
Qualitative KPI
Illicit Drugs in Sport programme contributes to the delivery of effective education programmes for participating athletes
2013-14 Reference Point
Regular progress reports on key milestones from contracted organisations indicate that activities are being implemented effectively in accordance with contractual arrangements
Result
Met
Qualitative Deliverable
Contracts to deliver research aimed at improving detection and deterrence of doping in sport
2013-14 Reference Point
Regular progress reports on key milestones from contracted organisations indicate that activities are being implemented effectively in accordance with contractual arrangements
Result
Met
Qualitative KPI
Funded research contributes to improved detection and deterrence of doping in sport
2013-14 Reference Point
Regular progress reports on key milestones from contracted organisations indicate that activities are being implemented effectively in accordance with contractual arrangements
Result
Met
Qualitative KPI
Maintenance of a best practice anti-doping regime through continuous review ensuring the anti-doping regime is aligned with United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation International Convention against Doping in Sport and World Anti-Doping Code and associated International Standards
2013-14 Reference Point
Participate in negotiations to any amendments to anti-doping regimes
Result
Met

Outcome 15 – Financial Resource Summary

(A) Budget Estimate1
2013-14
$’000
(B) Actual 2013-14
$’000
Variation (Column B minus Column A)
$’000
Programme 15.1: Sport and Recreation
Administered Expenses
Ordinary Annual Services (Annual Appropriation Bill 1) 2
17,757
11,667
( 6,090)
Special accounts
Sport and recreation Special Account
558
624
66
Departmental Expenses
Departmental Appropriation 3
10,002
9,631
( 371)
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the current year 4
501
457
( 44)
Total for Programme 15.1
28,818
22,379
( 6,439)
Outcome 15 Totals by appropriation type
Administered Expenses
Ordinary Annual Services (Annual Appropriation Bill 1)
17,757
11,667
( 6,090)
Special accounts
558
624
66
Departmental Expenses
Departmental Appropriation 3
10,002
9,631
( 371)
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the current year 4
501
457
( 44)
Total Expenses for Outcome 15
28,818
22,379
( 6,439)
Average Staffing Level (Number)
51
48
( 3)

1 Budgeted appropriations taken from the 2014-15 Health Portfolio Budget Statements and re-aligned to the 2013-14 programme group structure.

2Administered appropriation variance relates mainly to the Brookvale Oval upgrades ($5.0m) and Brisbane Inner Norths Sports Complex ($0.675m). The responsibility of these two programmes has been transferred to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development as part of the Community Developments Grant Programme. As the function no longer sits with the Department, the funding is required to be returned to consolidated revenue as part of the Final Budget Outcome process.

3Departmental appropriation combines ‘Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill 1)’ and ‘Revenue from independent sources (s31)’.

4‘Expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year’ is made up of depreciation expense, amortisation, make good expense and audit fees. This estimate also includes approved operating losses – please refer to the departmental financial statements for further information. Some reclassifications have been made to the Budget estimates to more accurately reflect the allocation of departmental depreciation by outcome.

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