Total expenditure by all three levels of government on sport and recreation activities in 2000-01 was $2,124.2m. Of this, Australian Government expenditure was $198.9m (9.4% of the total), state and territory governments spent $875.2m (41.2%) and local governments spent $1,050.1m (49.4%) (table 12.26). Of all government expenditure on sport and recreation activities, recurrent expenditure ($1,585.5m) was much larger than capital expenditure ($538.6m).
The Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in the 2000-01 financial year. While the Australian Government and New South Wales 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 Australian Government contributed an estimated $71.8m, while the New South Wales Government provided $382.3m for this event.
According to the ABS Business Generosity Survey, during 2000-01 businesses gave $1,447m to organisations and individuals, of which sport and recreation activities (which included the operation of sporting events, clubs and teams; indoor or outdoor recreational facility operations; social, leisure and hobby club activities; and recreational parks and gardens operations) received $628m (43%). This comprised $480m of sponsorship, $109m of donations and $39m of 'business to community projects' funding. Activities associated with sport and recreation attracted the most business sponsorship funding compared with the other activities surveyed, namely community service and welfare, arts and culture, health, education and training, and environmental activities.
12.26 GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR SPORT AND RECREATION - 2000-01
Level of government
State and territory
Proportion of total
|Category of funding|
|Administration and regulation|
|Administration, policy and planning|
|Regulation and control|
|Venues, grounds and facilities|
|Venues and sports grounds(a)|
|Recreation parks and waterways|
|Participation and special events|
|Participation by clubs, teams and individuals|
|Horse and dog racing|
|Coaching and training|
|Other support services|
|(a) Includes funding for Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues.|
(b) Includes funding for Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, excluding venues.
Source: Sport and Recreation Funding by Government, Australia, 2000-01 (4147.0).