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Australian Sports Outreach Program

The Australian Sports Outreach Program was the Australian Government’s flagship sport for development program, funded through official development assistance from 2006 – 2015. This program was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and managed by the Australian Sports Commission.

The Australian Sports Outreach Program used the expertise and profile of the Australian sports sector to encourage more people to be involved in healthy and inclusive sport in the Pacific, Caribbean, Southern Africa and India.  The Australian Sports Commission connected Australian sports organisations with local partners internationally to support the delivery of quality sport programs and used government to government links to promote local policy environments in which sports can flourish.

Quality sport programs can achieve real social change

Through independent research and evaluation, the Australian Sports Outreach Program demonstrated sport’s capacity to contribute to a range of development objectives. There is strong evidence that the program has contributed to:

  • Increasing engagement and empowerment of women and girls
  • Including people with disability in their communities
  • Improving social cohesion between different population groups
  • Increasing people’s knowledge of the health risks of physical inactivity, attitudes towards doing physical activity and rates of physical activity amongst target populations
  • Improving job readiness of marginalised populations such as youth and women

Further information

Fact sheets, case studies, strategies, research studies, evaluations of our programs and other useful tools can be accessed on the Australian sport sector’s Clearinghouse website.

Visit the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website for more information about Australia’s current sport for development programs.

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Quick numbers

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.