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Sport Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2024

Key Figures2023-242024-25
Estimated Australian ODA$6 million$6 million
Partnerships with Australian/Regional organisations1828


Key program outputs - participation2020-21 totals2021-22 totals2022-23 totals
Pacific islanders engaged132,430131,411112,070
% of female participants47%44%42%
% of primary school-aged participants40%26%79%*
Number of participants with a disability1,9391,8733,807
Number of volunteers and staff4995741,006**
Number of individuals trained1,1292,8097,929***

*42% women, 2% people with a disability
**49% women, less than 1% people with a disability and 3% individuals identifying as LGBTQI+ including Pacific culture gender identities
***52% women, 15% people with a disability

Australia's sport for development programs use sport to bring together communities, create opportunities and address social issues.

Building on more than a decade of investment, Team Up is the Australian Government's flagship sports for development program in the Pacific.

Strategic direction

Team Up aims to deepen Australia's linkages with the region in line with Sports Diplomacy 2030. The program's goal is for sports partnerships to support all people to realise their full potential. The program focuses on achieving the following development outcomes:

  1. sport programs attract and retain women and girls and people with a disability as well as boys and men;
  2. sport organisations are safe, inclusive and accessible;
  3. Australia and its partners in the Indo-Pacific use sport to strengthen relationships and build closer collaborations.

Team Up builds strategic partnerships with regional and global organisations, elevating Australia to a position of global influence in sports for development. It aligns with Australia's international development policy, which is centred on 'listening, respect and genuine partnership' for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

Team Up program highlights

In an initiative jointly coordinated between FIFA and Team Up, eight Pacific safeguarding champions from Team Up partners were selected to work alongside safeguarding specialists to provide safeguard support to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.

Team Up supported the Solomon Island 2023 Pacific Games Organising Committee to deliver the Games News Service (GNS). From developing training resources to delivering workshops, Team Up trained over 50 volunteers who had little or no experience in sports media but together published 262 stories, interviewed athletes in seven languages, and covered 14 para events.

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Participating Sports

AFL, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Para-Athletics, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Swimming, Surfing, Table Tennis and Volleyball.

Team-Up Countries

Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.


Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1, No poverty.
Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Goal 10, Reduced inequalities.
Goal 11, Sustainable cities and communities.
Goal 13, Climate Action. 
Goal 17, Partnerships for the goals.
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