The Australian Greens believe that:
- Sport and physical recreation are essential elements of the culture of many Australians.
- Sport and physical recreation is necessary for the maintenance of good mental and physical health and wellbeing.
- Participation in sport plays an important role in the development of social, organisational and communication skills.
- Community-based sporting clubs and associations are an integral part of our society.
- Government has a responsibility to ensure equitable access to affordable sport and physical recreation facilities and services.
- The staging of sporting events and the building of sporting facilities must minimise ecological impacts.
- Unregulated sports betting poses a threat to the integrity of professional sport.
- The integrity of sport should be encouraged by sound and transparent governance structures.
The Australian Greens want:
- All schools to be funded and required to provide opportunities for appropriate sport and physical recreation for all school children up to and including year 12.
- All women's, men's and disabled sporting events of national significance to be available on free-to-air television or other free media.
- Promotion of women's sport, including support for the professionalisation of women's competitions.
- A drug-free sporting environment.
- Improved access to sport, including organised sport, for children and young people, people with disabilities, LGBTI people, older Australians and people of low socioeconomic status.
- The promotion of sport and physical recreation as a key element of health policies.
- Funding in the health, welfare and social services areas to promote participation in sport or other physical recreation.
- Support for local government to provide accessible, well-resourced and safe sporting and physical recreation facilities to the community.
- Real accessibility to sport and physical recreation facilities and services for people with disabilities.
- Better promotion and resourcing of sport and physical recreation activities within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- The adoption of codes of practice in sport which discourage acts of violent or antisocial behaviour and encourage a culture of respect for all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
- Governance structures and financial structures in sporting organisations and associations to ensure integrity in all sporting codes.
- Funding prioritised for community facilities which encourage active participation in physical activities.
- To reduce deaths by drowning of Australian children through access to swimming and water safety lessons.
- Restriction on advertising and sponsoring of sports events by alcohol and gaming companies.
- Reduced influence of gambling on sport though:
- more tightly regulated sports betting;
- education about the risks and harms of gambling on sport; and
- restricted advertising of gambling on sports.
[Policy endorsed: November 2017]