Sport and Recreation Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, Sydney 27 October 2018

Summary of the Sport and Recreation Ministers' Meeting for the 27 October 2018

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The Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers (MSRM) held a meeting in Sydney on the 27th day of October 2018.

Healthy Eating in Children’s Sport and Recreation

Ministers have agreed CASRO would continue to develop joint approaches that support children’s healthy eating and active living in sport and recreation.

Sport 2030 – Strategic Overview and Priorities

Ministers noted the four strategic priorities for the Australian Government to 2030:

  • Building a more active Australia
  • Achieving sporting excellence
  • Safeguarding the integrity of sport
  • Strengthening Australia’s sport industry

Report Card for Girls and Women in Sport

Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to provide a clear vision for the growth of female participation to 2030 and acknowledged that various initiatives have been underway in every jurisdiction for the last decade.

Ministers welcomed the release of the first report card which provides a snapshot of female participation across all levels of sport from grassroots to leadership of our National Sporting Organisations.

The last six months saw an additional 90,400 women and girls participate in sport across the Nation which represents half the growth rate for men and boys (197,600). This growth rate in 15-17 year old girls is stronger (6.5%) with 65.3% of girls participating in sport, compared to 63.5% of their male counterparts. Women and girls overall, are still under-represented in those participating in sport (30%) and sports leadership (27.3% Board Chairs & 18.2% CEOs of the selected sporting organisations).

The Chair, Minister Wingard, said “The report card will be a valuable tool to assist all tiers of government with information to guide future investment, inform policy decisions and guide sports strategy”.

Sports Integrity – Current Threat Environment and Responses to the Review of Australia’s Integrity Arrangements

Ministers were provided with an overview of the Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements by the Hon. James Wood QC AO and an update on the current sports integrity threat environment by the Sports Betting Integrity Unit.

Ministers noted the importance of vigilance and strengthening efforts to protect and promote clean, safe and fair sports for athletes and all participants and Ministers commit to cross-jurisdictional consideration and cooperation in all relevant sectors.

National High Performance Sport Strategy and National Institute Network Operating Model

Ministers were provided with an update on the final stages of development of the National High Performance Sports Strategy; including the operating model for the network of institutes across the nation. Completion is anticipated by the end of the year pending agreement of the draft targets and outcomes.

Sport Australia Corporate Plan

Ministers were provided with an overview of the Sport Australia Corporate Plan 2018-2022, released in late September 2018 as a mechanism to deliver upon their new strategic direction outlined in the National Sports Plan. Ministers were advised that the Corporate Plan outlines Sport Australia’s contribution to Sport 2030.

Ministers noted Sport Australia’s seven strategic priorities and their intention to partner with State and Territory governments in the future to enable their delivery.

Sporting Schools and Physical Literacy Update

Ministers were provided with an update by the Commonwealth government through Sport Australia on their development of a National commitment to increasing physical literacy in early childhood, particularly in schools, as part of the solution to Australia’s burgeoning problem with inactivity.

Ministers noted the proposed evolution of the Sporting Schools Program to enable exemplary whole-of-school environments to enhance ‘learning through movement’, encouraging children to thrive through sport and physical activity.

Accessible and Affordable Sport Reporting Framework – Cost of Junior Sport

Ministers commented on policy options presented, recognised that interventions are required and recommended CASRO to continue discussions on additional measures that reduce barriers to access for junior sport.

Veterans Active – Proposed Legacy of Sydney’s Invictus Games

Ministers warmly commended the fellowship and power of sport presented through the delivery of the Invictus Games. Ministers endorsed the aspiration to have a service veteran’s domestic sporting event in the years between Invictus Games and committed to working with all relevant partners to deliver an event.