Since its establishment in 1981, School Sport Australia has been responsible for the development and promotion of school sport in Australia.
This has been achieved through the work of its State Member bodies which have accepted the responsibility of implementing School Sport Australia’s programs, assisting in policy development and providing, through their individual state networks, the maximum number of opportunities for students to participate in the broadest possible range of sporting activities.
During this time, the focal point of School Sport Australia activities has been the interstate competitions offered at both Primary and Secondary levels. These are the culmination of state based programs and offer the gifted and talented students the opportunity to participate in higher levels of sporting competition. These events are an integral part of the School Sport Australia program, not only for their sporting benefits, but also for the immense educational, cultural and social benefits they provide for the participants.
- Operate within a framework of accepted state and national policies, frameworks and guidelines for the development and conduct of sport in schools
- Ensure that educational outcomes form the basis for all school based sporting programs/activities
- Liaise with and promote cooperation between school sport and community sport agencies
- Provide leadership in the area of sport development and programming and other key educational and sporting issues related to the delivery of sport in schools
- Identify and address equity standards in the participation of students and officials in school sport, particularly in relation to gender
- Act as a forum for the sharing of effective practice in the development and conduct of sporting programs for students
- Identify and further develop the links between sport and relevant learning areas (in particular Health and Physical Education)
- Provide opportunities for students in sport within and beyond state or territory boundaries
- Involve students in the leadership of their own sporting programs
- Maintain and enhance the quality of those teachers and other volunteers who deliver sporting programs to students
- Ensure that the National Representative School Sport Committee is kept informed of developments in school sport and make recommendations to the Committee regarding policy and new initiatives
- Promote and publicise the range of sporting activities conducted in schools to the wider community