News from the Office of Sport


Posted: Tue, 16th Feb 2021

Including a Covid Update, Grant Information and Active Kids News

COVID-19 sport update

The NSW Government continues to monitor the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences. Sport and recreation organisations are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest changes via the NSW Government COVID-19 website as well as the Office of Sport’s COVID-19 webpage.


View currently open grants here. 

Time to get Active in 2021

The first $100 Active Kids voucher for 2021 is now available, helping reduce the costs of sport and recreation for families. 
Two $100 vouchers are available per child in 2021 with the second voucher available from 1 July. 
More than 1.2 million Active Kids vouchers were redeemed in 2020, enabling children to enjoy the benefits of sport and active recreation despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With more than 11,000 Active Kids providers in NSW, there’s plenty of opportunity for kids in NSW to get active in 2021.
For further information on the program visit

Defib program closing soon
The final assessment period of 2020/21 Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program closes soon and sport and recreation organisations are urged to get their applications in now.
The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides up to $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for their facilities and clubs.
This is the final year of the program with $1 million available to help sport and recreation organisations purchase life-saving defibrillators for their facilities.
The current assessment period closes on 22 February and sport and recreation organisations are urged to get their applications in to ensure their venues are equipped to respond to life-threatening emergencies.
The 2020/21 program closes on 12 April. For further information:

Free member protection webinars
The Office of Sport’s free Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) webinar program continues.
Better equip your sporting organisation to manage member concerns and complaints.
The webinars involve two one-hour sessions that provide training in how to manage issues such as harassment, discrimination, abuse and general matters of concern.
Completion of free, online training through Play By The Rules must be completed prior to participating in the webinar.
Make sure your members are provided with the support they need and register for our MPIO webinar. 

Free infection control training
To limit the spread of COVID-19 and help the economy to recover, the NSW and Commonwealth Governments are funding free accredited infection prevention and control training.
The training will enable sporting organisations, their participants, employees and volunteers to better respond to COVID-19 risks, reduce transmission and provide confidence to members. 
Participants will learn the skills required to follow organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures, including implementing precautions and responding to infection risks.
There are 35,000 places available this financial year, so please consider completing the training and let’s ensure it’s a COVID-safe year for sport in NSW. 
For further information click here or contact


To read the full Sport Shorts Newsletter, click here. 

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