NSW Sport and Recreation

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Office of Sport
Agency overview
Formed 1955
Preceding Agency
  • Office of Sport
  • New South Wales Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters Level 3, 6B Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Matt Miller, Chief Executive, Office of Sport
Parent Agency Department of Industry
Website www.sport.nsw.gov.au

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.[2]

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).


Sport and Recreation is divided into 3 branches:

Commercial Services[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Contact us". Sport and Recreation NSW. 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "What we do". Sport and Recreation NSW. 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 

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