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Sport Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023


Key Figures 2022-23 2023-24
Estimated Australian ODA $6 million $6 million
Countries 6 7
Partnerships with Australian/Regional organisations 16 18


Key program outputs - participation 2019-20 totals 2020-21 totals 2021-22 totals
Pacific islanders engaged 366,610 132,430 131,411
% of female participants 48% 47% 44%
% of primary school-aged participants 73% 40% 26%
Number of participants with a disability 3,825 1,939 1,873
Number of volunteers and staff 3,514 499 574
Number of individuals trained 1,174 1,129 2,809

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

Australia has supported sport for development programs in the Indo-Pacific for more than a decade, most recently through Team Up. Team Up builds on earlier programs, the Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) and the Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP). Team Up aims to deepen Australia's linkages with the region. In line with one of the four strategic priorities of Sports Diplomacy 2030 - strengthening communities in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The program's goal is for Australia Indo-Pacific sports partnerships to support all people to realise their full potential through sport. The program will focus 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 program highlights

A series of online safeguarding webinars were delivered by Team Up on foundational and practical areas of safeguarding, strengthening and organisational cultural change. Webinar hubs in PNG and Fiji allowed for facilitated discussions.

To capitalise on the International Working Group Women and Sport Conference (IWG), held in New Zealand, Team Up supported participants in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa through free interactive live stream hubs aimed to ensure more women, girls and leaders from the sport were provided the opportunity to engage, share experiences and learn from the event.

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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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