Canberra has a great reputation as a healthy, active and inclusive city. We want all Canberrans to have the opportunity to participate in sport, which is why the ACT Government invests in our local high performance athletes and venues while also delivering education, training and grant opportunities for sports clubs and community facilities.

We deliver quality sports venues, managing 280 hectares of ovals including 880 hireable sporting fields.

The ACT Government is supporting around 80 local sport and recreation providers; local professional sporting teams across several codes, fostering Canberra’s participation in elite-level sport and putting us on the national sporting map; and over 100 high performance athletes, including 73 women across 12 sports through the ACT Academy of Sport.

$51.4 million investment in local sport & recreation in 2018-19

Progress on Stromlo Pool

The ACT Government is delivering a 50 metre swimming pool and splash park within the broader Stromlo Leisure Centre at Stromlo Forest Park.

With design and procurement now approved, work will begin on the pool in mid-2018. The new centre is expected to open to the public in early 2020.

Canberra kids out & about

Nature Play CBR is an active recreation initiative that reconnects children to unstructured outdoor play to build skills and capability to lead an active life.

Over 20,000 Nature Play CBR Passports to an Amazing Childhood have been distributed to Canberra kids since launching in January 2017.

 In this budget: Rugby League Centre of Excellence & Community Hib at Northbourne Oval, more irrigation for our sportsgrounds, upgrading manuka Oval to cater for international sporting events, restoration lights & new pavillion for Higgins Neighbourhood Oval.


Sport factsheet (pdf 571 KB)