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Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Department of Health is responsible for sport and recreation in Australia. Within this department, the Sport Division works to enhance the development of the industry through setting policy direction. It also initiates and coordinates the development and implementation of programs and packages for delivery in all states and territories.

The division is also responsible for working with other Commonwealth departments to ensure that the sport and recreation industry receives maximum benefit from Commonwealth initiatives.

Within the division, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is responsible for the funding and development of sport. It supports a wide range of programs designed to develop sporting excellence and increase all Australians' participation in sports.

State Government

Like the Commonwealth Government, the Queensland Government's primary role is to develop a policy framework to assist the development of the sport and recreation industry. It is responsible for coordinating and assisting with the provision of sport and recreation infrastructure, industry development and quantity and quality of services available to Queenslanders.

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing is the key state government department responsible for sport and recreation.

Local Government

This level of government plays a major role in the provision of recreational opportunities and local facilities. Unlike their state and commonwealth counterparts, local governments have traditionally been involved in the direct delivery of sport and recreation services.

This occurs through the administration of the leasing of crown land where sport and recreation activities are conducted, the administration of swimming pool leases, the construction and maintenance of bicycle and walking tracks and a range of other community facilities. Some local governments employ recreation officers who design and initiate recreation infrastructure and also conduct specific recreation programs.

For more information about local governments visit the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Last reviewed
9 August 2011
Last updated
16 December 2010