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The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), is committed to leading and growing an innovative national sport sector that embraces knowledge creation and sharing, and continues to produce world leading sports science and research outcomes for the benefit of sport and the Australian community.

AusPlay Survey - participation data for the sport sector


AusPlay is a national population tracking survey funded and led by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

AusPlay provides the sport sector with vital insights, inform strategy and fills a major information gap left by the Australian Bureau of Statistics when it stopped collecting sport and recreation data in 2014.The Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) task is to make Australian sport stronger.

AusPlay is a key part of the ASC’s Play.Sport.Australia. participation strategy, with the aim to get more Australians participating in organised sport more often.

Research - Injury Study

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Running injury

The AIS Injury Study is looking for runners to participate in a research project on the role of genetics in exercise-induced injuries.

This study aims to identify genetic variations that contribute to increased risk of, or protection from tendon and bone injuries sustained through participation in physical activity.

We invite you to participate in our online could help provide new insights into the genetic factors associated with exercise-induced injuries in recreational and elite athletes. This knowledge will be used to develop programs for the prevention of injury in sport and physical activity.

Clearinghouse for Sport

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An Australian sport sector information and knowledge sharing initiative.

The Clearinghouse for Sport (Clearinghouse) brings together Australia’s leading sport and active recreation agencies. These agencies are working through the Clearinghouse—using the Australian Sports Commission as the principal information coordination point—to share knowledge and insights about sport, human performance, and the levels of physical activity in our communities.

The Clearinghouse is available to all who wish to register and join this growing online knowledge sharing community. 

National Sport Information Centre (NSIC)

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Keep up to date with the latest news, events and research in sport

The National Sport Information Centre (NSIC) is located on the grounds of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) campus in Canberra. The centre is open to the public and makes available a comprehensive range of sports information resources (publications, videos, research databases) and technology applications to the Australian sports community.

The NSIC is an integral element of the AIS national high performance sport training centre environment and plays an important role in supporting the work of Australia's leading sports practitioners including athletes, coaches, sports administrators, researchers, competition officials, sport scientists and medical support staff.

  • Open to the public
  • Location: Corporate & Clearinghouse Building (No.17), on the AIS Bruce campus in Canberra—please see AIS Map.
    Open 8:30am to 5:00pm - Monday to Friday
    Closed weekends and public holidays in the ACT
    Other times by appointment - 24/7 access is available to Australian national sporting organisation staff 

AIS Applied Research Centre

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AIS Physiology Lab - Australia's premier sport science and medicine facility

The focus of the AIS Applied Research Centre is to increase the capacity for relevant research across the diverse disciplines that comprise the Sports Science Sports Medicine departments of the AIS. In addition to ‘in-house’ research, the Centre is the vehicle for negotiation with potential collaborators and funding agencies, as well as for promotion of innovative achievements.

A key component of the Centre’s activity is the formation of collaborative arrangements that provide the AIS with increased access to expertise and other research resources. The Centre has enjoyed enormous success on this front, collaborating with Universities, Businesses, Sporting Organisations and other government research agencies. Most recently, the Centre has been involved with large scale research projects with the CSIRO and National ICT Australia (NICTA).

CASRO Research Group

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Just some of the benefits of sport participation - fun and physical fitness

The CASRO Research Group (CRG) is a sub-committee of the Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials (CASRO), consisting of representatives from the Department of Health, the Australian Sports Commission, and State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation.

The CRG's role is to improve the range and quality of information about sport and recreation including data and research on physical activity trends, sport and recreation participation, economic impacts and social benefits.

Sport Market Insights

The Sport Market Insights program leads and manages the ASC's Social Research Framework and ensures the ASC meets its statutory requirements.

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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.