Sport and Recreation Services

Sport and Recreation is a vital part of the ACT community. The ACT is Australia's most physically active community, home to many successful elite athletes and sporting teams and an abundance of sport and recreation facilities that provide physical activity opportunities around almost every corner.

Latest News

Indoor Sports Facility Feasibility Study

The ACT Government seeks to engage a consultant to undertake an Indoor Sports Facility Feasibility Study (ISFFS). The study will provide a comprehensive understanding of the current indoor sports facility landscape, and inform future consideration of infrastructural planning and developments. The scope of this project includes the identification of usage trends and a gap analysis of current facilities across the ACT.

Quotations will need to be lodged in the Request for Quote format, outlined in the documents below.

Quotations must be submitted via email to Jim Sanderson, Manager, Strategic Projects, Policy and Planning by 5:00pm on 24 November 2014.

You Can Play Forum: tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport

Sport and Recreation Services, is partnering with the Australian Sports Commission and Play by the Rules to deliver the You Can Play Forum on Wednesday 5 November 2014. The forum addresses homophobia and transphobia in sport and will be live-streamed at 10.30am.

A panel of experts and audience members, consisting of individuals who are involved in sport across a variety of roles and capacities, will share their thoughts and experiences, and contribute to a dynamic, engaging and informative discussion and debate. Award winning broadcast journalist and SBS nightly World News anchor Anton Enus will facilitate the forum.

Panel and audience members include:

  • Minister Andrew Barr MLA - Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT
  • Minister Shane Rattenbury - Minister for Sport and Recreation ACT
  • Clyde Rathbone - Retired Brumbies Rugby and Wallabies player
  • Heather Reid - CEO of Capital Football
  • Gus Johnston - Anti-homophobia campaigner and retired field hockey goalkeeper          
  • Dr Caroline Symons - Leading Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Victoria University
  • Simon Hollingsworth - CEO of Australian Sports Commission
  • Lori Linsdsey - Canberra United player and retired member of the United States women’s football team
  • Andrew Purchas - President Bingham Cup 2014
  • Craig Bolton - General Manager of AFL NSW/ACT and retired professional AFL player
  • Peter Hyndal - Advocate and advisor on gender diversity issues

Visit for information on how to watch the live-stream of the You Can Play forum or to contribute to the online conversation on twitter.

2015 Sport and Recreation Grants Program – now open

Applications are now open for eligible ACT Organisations for the 2015 Sport and Recreation Grants Program (SRGP):

  • Opens: Monday 8 September 2014 at 3.00pm; and
  • Closes: Monday 20 October 2014 at 10.00am.

Applications can only be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system available via the Sport and Recreation Services 'Support' web page at the following link:

Please note: Whilst Triennial funded organisations are not required to submit a new application in this round, they are required to update their details via the online SmartyGrants application process and provide Sport and Recreation Services with a copy of their current certificate of currency, financial statement and other relevant information.

For more information about the Grants Program please visit our Support webpage.

New Resources for the Industry:

Sporting clubs and organisations are invited to partner with Play by the Rules to deliver an event, such as a Play by the Rules match, round or carnival. By using the Play by the Rules Kit sporting organisations are able to effectively promote the Play by the Rules message and website to their members, while demonstrating their commitment to inclusive, safe and fair sport.

To assist state sporting organisations better understand essential aspects of their Member Protection Policy and how to effectively implement, promote and review the policy, SRS has developed a Member Protection Policy Plan.

Sport and Recreation Services Annual Thanks Awards

Nominations are now open for the 14th Annual Thanks Awards presented by Sport and Recreation Services (SRS). The Awards are an industry wide volunteer recognition program for the local sport and recreation sector, and will be held on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

Nominations for the awards are open to all volunteers identified by their club and peak organisation as having made an outstanding contribution to the industry. Peak ACT sport and recreation organisations are invited to nominate individuals for an award on behalf of their affiliated clubs.

More information about the Thanks Awards

2014 Commonwealth Games

The 20th Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from the 23rd of July to the 3rd of August 2014. 17 athletes supported by ACTAS have been officially selected to compete in the Australian Team.
For further information relating to ACTAS supported athletes competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found by visiting the ACTAS page. 

Inclusive Sport Survey

The Inclusive Sport Survey report is a study completed by Sport and Recreation Services on the sport experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people living in the ACT and its surrounding regions.

More information about the Inclusive Sport Survey

ACT Health Grants – Changes to Funding Rounds Information Session

The Health Improvement Branch, ACT Health provided an update on changes to the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program for the sport and recreation industry on Thursday 6 February 2014. The session detailed the new strategic direction for the program and the aims and objectives of the Healthy Canberra Grants and the Health Promotion Innovation Fund.

You can view the presentation at:

Integrity in Sport

The National Integrity of Sport Unit's Education Program is now available online. The program allows sports to meet their obligations to educate players, support personnel, officials and staff under the obligations of their match-fixing policies.

To access the program:

  1. Visit the e-learning portalExternal Link - opens in new window
  2. Select the 'Get Started' option on the front page.
  3. Create an account.
  4. Then you can now start the course!

Stromlo Leisure Centre

If you would like information in regards to the Stromlo Leisure Centre, please contact us.

The Game Plan for Movable Soccer Goal Safety

There are simple ways to prevent injury and death from happening to young soccer players. Always remember to anchor, check and respect, and follow the:

Upcoming Events

The 2014 Education and Training Calendar can be found here.