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Australia is a successful global leader and innovator in sport. We are known as an active and healthy sporting nation, producing a broad range of athletes and sports administrators with integrity and character.
Our love and dedication to sport can provide us with unique opportunities to engage our neighbours, and advance our national interests. Sport allows us to build and extend our influence in our region and beyond. We also use our love of sports as an expression of who we are and what we stand for as an open trading partner to the globe.
In 2015, Australia released its first Sports Diplomacy Strategy, setting in motion a new era of international sporting engagement.
Building on the success of the first strategy, Sports Diplomacy 2030 was launched on 1 February 2019. The new strategy continues to have a global outlook, with a strong focus on our Pacific neighbours and a vision to build a thriving regional sports community.
Sports Diplomacy 2030 envisages closer collaboration between the Australian sports codes, industry and government to leverage the nation's sporting excellence in ways that enhance Australia's influence and reputation and advance our national interests.
To help deliver these goals the strategy is organised around four strategic priority areas:
- Empower Australian sport to represent Australia globally
- Build linkages with our neighbours
- Maximise trade, tourism and investment opportunities
- Strengthen communities in the Indo-Pacific
Access the strategy below:
Learn more about Australian sport diplomacy at Sport Exchange Australia
Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council
To assist with implementation of Sports Diplomacy 2030, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, established the Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council.
The 13-member Council is made up of former sporting champions, senior sports administrators and sports media representatives.
Council members provide advice to the Government on opportunities to promote Australian sporting expertise internationally. They will help to promote Australia's work in sports diplomacy, especially with Australia’s partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
Learn more about the Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council
Sports for development
Sport is a globally recognised vehicle to achieve development outcomes in areas such as health, social cohesion, gender equality and disability inclusion. The Australian Government strongly supports these outcomes through its targeted sport for development programs in the Indo Pacific region.
Learn more about the history of Australian government support for sport for development
Team Up is an Australian Government program supporting partnerships across the Pacific that use sport to bring people together, champion inclusion and create opportunity.
Learn more about Team Up
PacificAus Sports is creating new opportunities for athletes, coaches and administrators to train, play and grow together. Through collaborative and ambitious partnerships, the program drives success for the Pacific sports community, unlocking the potential of a new generation of sporting champions.
Learn more about PacificAus Sports