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4147.0 - Sport and Recreation Funding by Government, Australia, 2000-01  
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Total government funding for sport and recreation activities was $2,124.2m in 2000–01. Of this, the Commonwealth Government contributed $198.9m (9%), state and territory governments contributed $875.2m (41%) and local governments provided $1,050.1m (49%).

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        Graph - SPORT AND RECREATION FUNDING, By level of government

In 2000–01, total government funding for sport and recreation activities was $110.21 per person. The Commonwealth Government contributed $10.32 per person in 2000–01, while state and territory governments provided $45.41 and local governments provided $54.48.

The majority of the funding supported Venues, grounds and facilities ($1,292.2m or 61% of total funding) and Participation and special events ($527.8m or 25%). A smaller proportion of overall funding was provided for Administration and regulation ($205.8m of 10%) and Other services ($98.4m or 5%).

Local government contributed the majority of the funds for Venues, grounds and facilities ($997.5m or 77%), while the state and territory governments contributed the majority of funds for Participation and special events ($441.9m or 84%).


The Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in the 2000–01 financial year. While the Commonwealth Government and New South Wales (NSW) Government contributed most of the funding for this event, other state and territory governments also provided funds for hosting events and providing training venues for overseas athletes. The Commonwealth Government contributed an estimated $71.8m, while the NSW Government provided $382.3m for this event. Funding for Olympic venues during 2000–01 has been reported in Venues and sports grounds, and all other sport and recreation funding associated with the Olympics was reported in Special events.


Capital expenditure refers to expenditure on the creation of fixed assets and on the acquisition of land, buildings and intangible assets. Recurrent expenditure refers mainly to expenditure on wages and salaries, purchases of goods and services, and current grants and subsidies.

Recurrent expenditure accounted for the largest portion of total government funding for sport and recreation activities in 2000–01 ($1,585.5m or 75% of total government funding). Similarly, the majority of funding from each level of government was recurrent expenditure, with the Commonwealth Government allocating $190.8m (96%), state and territory governments allocating $667.8m (76%) and local governments providing $726.9m (69%) for recurrent purposes.

The majority of government capital expenditure was for Venues and sports grounds ($341.8m or 63%).



In 2000–01, the main recipients of Commonwealth Government funding were Special events ($77.0m or 39%), Regulation and control ($39.7m or 20%), Administration, policy and planning ($29.8m or 15%), and Coaching and training ($24.4m or 12%). The majority of funding for Special events was for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, while the majority of funding for Regulation and control was to assist peak sporting associations and national bodies representing sports. Coaching and training included funds for the Australian Institute of Sport.


The majority of sport and recreation funding provided by state and territory governments was directed towards Special events in 2000–01 ($374.9m or 43%), although the majority of this was for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. Other categories receiving large shares of state and territory government funding included Venues and sports grounds ($185.8m or 21%) and Recreation parks and waterways ($94.4m or 11%).

Paragraphs 15 to 19 of the Explanatory Notes should be read before making comparisons across states and territories.

The level of sport and recreation funding per person varied widely among the state and territory governments. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government expenditure was highest ($185.70 per person). The ACT Government was responsible for the municipality functions for sports venues, grounds and recreation parks that are usually undertaken by local governments. Relatively high levels of government funding per person were also provided by Northern Territory ($121.92 per person) and New South Wales ($73.28 per person). Funding per person by Western Australia ($38.38) and Queensland ($30.11) were closer to the Australian average of $45.41. The lowest levels of funding per person were South Australia ($27.04), Tasmania ($21.19) and Victoria ($17.73).


In 2000–01, the largest recipient of local government funding was Recreation parks and waterways ($587.4m or 56%). Venues and sports grounds also received a substantial amount of local government funding ($410.1m or 39%).

The level of sport and recreation funding per person by local governments was highest in Western Australia ($87.96 per person) and lowest in the Northern Territory ($37.62 per person). The Australian average was $54.48 per person.


This publication contains estimates of Australian government funding for sport and recreation activities, facilities and services for 2000–01. Estimates have been compiled from data obtained by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from annual reports and budget papers, and from information provided by selected Commonwealth, and state and territory governments. For local government authorities, survey data were used to obtain estimates of sport and recreation funding.


For further information about these statistics, please contact Lisa Conolly on (08) 8237 7402 or email

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