Active 2020

ACTIVE 2020 is a long term strategic plan for sport and active recreation in the ACT and Region. It provides a blueprint upon which sport and recreation will be nurtured and promoted over the period 2011–2020. It promotes partnerships between industry and government and investment in long term sustainable outcomes. Importantly ACTIVE 2020 allows for long term planning by sport and recreation associations in the ACT and Region.

ACTIVE 2020 takes into account the challenges and opportunities within the current operating environment, including the recommendations of the 2008 Australian sport system review (Crawford Report) and the 2009 ACT Recreation Industry Capacity Mapping Project. It also reflects the key principles of the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework and the definitions it provides:


  • A way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines and is a fundamental part of improving physical health and general wellbeing.


  • Active recreation activities are those engaged in for the purpose of relaxation, health, wellbeing or enjoyment with the primary activity requiring physical exertion, and the primary focus on human activity.


  • A human activity involving physical exertion and skill as the primary focus of the activity, with elements of competition where rules and patterns of behaviour governing the activity exist formally through organisations and is generally recognised as a sport.

ACTIVE 2020 also acknowledges the Recreation–Participation–Sport Continuum which recognises a continuous pathway and the benefits that flow in both directions between recreation and sport. It builds collaboration between recreation and sport systems:

Recreation > Participation > Community Sport > Competition > Talent Development > Performance Sport

ACTIVE 2020 recognises the importance of fostering strategic partnerships in addressing current challenges including social and environmental issues, changing demographics, pressures on our education and health systems, and the increasing cost of developing and maintaining facilities. It also acknowledges the importance of ensuring decisions are made using research to support educated planning and a sound business base for future funding.

In summary, ACTIVE 2020 aims to ensure that sport and active recreation in the Canberra region enables an enriched active national capital and that it is supported through a united system connecting and promoting the economic and social value of sport and active recreation to the health and well being of the community.

Download a copy of the ACTIVE 2020 Strategic Plan