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Upgrades to Phillip precinct oval complete

Upgrades to the Phillip Oval precinct are complete with the opening of a new-look pavilion in August 2018. The upgrades will provide a better experience for players and spectators with significant upgrades to the main pavilion and surrounds, and a new scoreboard and floodlights. The upgrades make Phillip Oval the second tier oval for AFL and cricket after Manuka Oval.

2018 CBR Sport Awards - Nominations now open

Nominations are now open for all award categories including the ACT Sport Hall of Fame. For further details visit

Women in Sport Forum 2018

The Women in Sport Forum 2018 will bring together an exciting panel of inspiring and thought provoking speakers to discuss the changing landscape for women and girls in sport, future opportunities and how local clubs, and associations can continue to adapt to meet the needs of female participants.

Hosted by respected author and journalist Angela Pippos, speakers include inaugural AFLW Premiership Coach Rebecca Goddard, Matilda's legend Julie Murray, Australian Basketball legend Lauren Jackson, AFLW star Moana Hope and Olympic swimmer, journalist and leading sports administrator Nicole Livingstone. International sponsorship expert Vickie Saunders will also discuss the chnaging commercial landscape of women's sport, focusing on how female athletes and teams can better appreciate their sponsorship value and take positive steps to unlock this potential.

Canberra is a leader in women's sport and while our journey towards greater equity is far from complete, this Forum promises inspiration and practical ideas to take further positive steps.

Tickets on Sale Now - Purchase here

Date: Thursday 9 August 2018

Time: 4:30pm - 9pm

Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra

Cost: $10 plus booking fee per person including light refreshments and canapes

2018 Inclusive Participation Funding Program (IPFP) Recipients Announced

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Yvette Berry, has announced $80,000 in funding through the 2018 Inclusive Participation Funding Program (IPFP).

For more information on the IPFP, including a list of the 2018 IPFP recipients, please visit the Inclusive Participation Funding Program web page

2018 Nature Play Grants Program (NPGP) Recipients announced

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Yvette Berry, has announced $25,000 in funding through the 2018 Nature Play Grants Program.

For more information including a list of the 2018 NPGP successful recipients, please visit the Nature Play Grants Program web page.

Announcement of the 2018 Sport and Recreation Grants Program Recipients

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Yvette Berry, has announced that more than $2.4 million will be invested in local sport and recreation as part of the 2018 Sport and Recreation Grants Program (SRGP).

For more information including a list of the 2018 SRGP recipients, please visit Sport and Recreation Grants Program web page.

HerCanberra Portal

Active Canberra has partnered with HerCanberra to develop a new online portal for women and girls. This portal will share stories, promote upcoming activities, and through an ACTIVE Directory, connect local women and girls with sport and recreation organisations.   On this directory you can advertise your current sport and recreation offerings to the significant readership of HerCanberra.  To ensure you are included on the directory, please complete the ACTIVE Directory Listing Form (PDF 74.2 KB) and email to

Deloitte Review of the ACT Southern NSW Rugby Union Limited - ACT Government Communique

The ACT Government engaged Deloitte to undertake a review of the ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union (the “Brumbies”) in the second half of 2016.  This review was focused on financial performance and organisational governance.

Following meetings between the ACT Government and the Brumbies in regard to the review, the ACT Government has determined it is not appropriate to publicly release the report as it contains commercial in confidence information, including sensitive information related to third parties.

The ACT Government has carefully reviewed the findings of the report and subsequently met with the Brumbies to discuss the report’s recommendations.  Government is confident that the matters raised are being addressed by the organisation.  In this regard the ACT Government notes ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union Limited has:

  • In November 2016, adopted a new constitution based on the Australian Sports Commission’s best practice model for sporting organisations;
  • Appointed three highly qualified directors, including the recent appointment of Pat McCabe as the players’ representative;
  • Appointed an experienced sports administrator as the new CEO, a position which no longer sits on the board;
  • Enhanced the organisation’s financial position including through the signing of a new naming rights partner and the continued involvement of the previous naming rights partner, Aquis;
  • Put in place steps to improve operational governance, particularly in regard to Board processes; and
  • Identified a number of strategies that will help further the long term viability of the organisation including:
    • Implemented a review of membership offerings and game day experience;
    • Establishment of a grass roots rugby support scheme through the Australian Sports Foundation; and
    • Engagement with Singapore and China to develop new relationships and access new markets.

The ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union Limited has also agreed to support the Government’s intent to undertake annual financial performance monitoring for at least each of the next two years.  The scope of this work will be agreed by both parties.

The ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Union Limited held its Annual General Meeting on 8 February 2017 and the ACT Government is advised the organisation will now work on medium and longer term strategic plans to further ensure the club’s long-term future in partnership with its key stakeholders including the ACT Government.

The last few years have been tumultuous for the Brumbies.  With clear strategic direction, continued governance enhancement and changes to the financial structure the ACT Government is optimistic that the Brumbies can achieve greater off-field stability and continue to deliver for the many thousands of Canberrans that love to watch and participate in rugby union.

The ACT community, through the government, contributes significant funding to elite sport in Canberra – a commitment which is growing with the inclusion of the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United women’s teams in the elite funding framework from 2017-18. Recognising the value of this investment, the government has initiated a review of funding agreements with elite sporting teams, including the Brumbies.  This review will focus on ensuring agreements are structured and managed to achieve the best possible value and outcomes for both the Canberra community and the recipient teams. It will inform priority outcomes from public investment in elite sport, while also contributing to a refined policy framework to guide future arrangements.

ACT Indoor Sports Facility Study – ACT Government Response

Minister for Sport and Recreation has released an ACT Indoor Sports Facility Report which examines the current provision of indoor sports facilities in Canberra and provides recommendations on how these facilities can be best utilised. The report also provides recommendations for future provision of indoor sport facilities to meet the needs of our growing population.

The ACT Government response to the recommendations from ACT Indoor Facility report can be found at the highlighted link.

Department of Health - Grants to develop female sport leaders