NSW Sport and Recreation
|Jurisdiction||New South Wales|
|Headquarters||Level 3, 6B Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park|
|Parent Agency||Department of Industry|
The Office of Sport, an agency of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for assisting the people of New South Wales to participate in sport and active recreation, in order to improve personal and community well being.
Administratively, the agency is a division within the Office of Sport, which is part of the Department of Industry. The Chief Executive of the Office of Sport is Matt Miller. Ultimately, the agency is responsible to the Minister for Sport, presently the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP.
Whilst the agency was formed in 2014 with its current title, its history goes back 60 years. Formerly the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation (until 2003); the agency was reincarnated as the New South Wales Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation (2003 to 2006), the Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation (2006 to 2009), Communities NSW (2009 to 2011), and Office of Communities, Sport & Recreation (2011-2014).
||This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (November 2011)|
Sport and Recreation is divided into 3 branches:
As part of its commitment to the people of NSW, the Office of Sport manages 11 Centres in NSW, 3 Olympic Sport Venues and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
The Sport and Recreation Centres offer people of all ages the opportunity to participate in well-planned recreational and sporting activities in a residential environment at an economical cost. The Centres offer the following programs and services:
- School camps for government, independent and catholic schools throughout NSW (targeted at primary and high school students)
- Kids and family holiday camps – during school holidays
- Programs for under-represented and disadvantaged groups such as respite camps for disabled teens
- Active experiences and outdoor education programs for corporates and community groups.
The 11 Sport and Recreation Centres are located at:
- Berry Sport and Recreation Centre (South Coast)
- Broken Bay (Hawkesbury)
- Borambola (Riverina)
- Jindabyne (Snowy Mountains)
- Lake Ainsworth (North Coast)
- Lake Burrendong (Western NSW)
- Lake Keepit (North West NSW)
- Milson Island (Hawkesbury)
- Myuna Bay (Hunter)
- Narrabeen (Sydney)
- Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre (Hunter)
Olympic Sport Venues include:
- Sydney International Equestrian Centre (Sydney)
- Sydney International Regatta Centre (Sydney)
- Sydney International Shooting Centre (Sydney)
Participation and Partnerships
The Participation and Partnerships branch incorporates regions, funding and performance, and industry programs.
The Office of Sport has offices in:
- Sydney (Central Region)
- Borambola near Wagga Wagga (Southern Region)
- Dubbo (Western Region)
- Lennox Head (Northern Region)
- Newcastle (Northern Region)
- Orange (Western Region)
- Ourimbah (Northern Region)
- Tamworth (Western Region)
- Wollongong (Central Region)
These offices work closely with local government, non-government agencies, community and sporting organisations to facilitate, implement and promote greater opportunities for sport and recreation in the community.
Policy and Strategy
The Policy and Strategy branch develops and provides strategic advice to the Minister, Chief Executive and Executive Director. The branch works closely with stakeholders in the sport and recreation sector, other entities within the portfolio and key government agencies including Infrastructure NSW, Destination NSW and NSW Treasury.
The branch is responsible for the development and implementation of key major projects including the NSW Stadia Strategy. The NSW Government announced in September 2015 that more than $1.6 billion will be invested in the stadia network over the next decade. $600 million has been set aside in Rebuilding NSW and the NSW Government will provide a further allocation of funding to complete the projects.
- Sport and Recreation
- Berry Sport and Recreation
- Borambola Sport and Recreation
- Broken Bay Sport and Recreation
- Jindabyne Sport and Recreation
- Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation
- Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation
- Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation
- Milson Island Sport and Recreation
- Bay Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation
- Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation
- Sydney Academy Sport and Recreation
- Sydney International Regatta Centre
- Sydney International Equestrian Centre
- Sydney International Shooting Centre