Boosting sports participation in communities across metropolitan, rural and regional areas and increasing community sporting events
Enforcing strategies to combat the use of illicit drugs by Australian athletes to maintain Australia’s integrity in sports. These include $1.5 million for pre-drug testing before major events and the launch of the Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) e-learning education program, aimed at sub-elite athletes unable to access the same educational resources as elite sports players
Equality for female athletes in the sports industry in relation to travel, accommodation and participation
The continued rollout of the Coalition government’s $100 million Sporting Schools program giving primary schools access to sporting activities before, during and after school hours
Boosting sports participation has become a Coalition policy in this Olympic year to help get people more active.
It has implemented new strategies to address the issue of drugs in sport, influenced by the drug doping scandals in Australian sporting codes. In 2016-17 ASADA will receive $400,000 and $1.1 million in 2017-18 to fund anti-doping strategies, such as pre-testing in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) e-learning education program was set up in 2015 and educates athletes, coaches and officers. It aims to prevent illicit drug use, show the power of positive sporting role models and help identify drug problems and how to get help.
Ms Ley has pushed for more funding to bring equality to male and female athletes in relation to accommodation, travel and participation in sport. This follows the unequal treatment of female basketball team the Opals who flew economy to the London Olympics in 2012. The Australian Sport Commission (ASC) has said it will provide $134 million to fund sporting organisation this financial year. Major sporting organisation could lose millions of dollars in federal funding if woman do not receive the same standards as men for travel.
The Coalition will continue to put $100 million towards primary schools to fund sporting activities before, during and after school hours. This initiative began in July 2015, aims to give primary schools access to programs from more than 30 sports, promoting fit, healthy and happy kids.