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Program parameters

Program parameters help to describe the characteristics of activities for schools participating in Sporting Schools.

All schools participating in Sporting Schools are required to comply with the following program parameters:


  • 'Organisation' means an NSO, SSO or NSO-nominated coaching provider.
  • 'Program' means Sport Australia’s Sporting Schools program.
  • 'Funding period' means the time period (school term) specified by Sport Australia within which a School may use a Grant to deliver activities under the Program. 
  • 'Site account' means an account for use of the Site (Sporting Schools website) by a School or Organisation that intends to participate in the Program, accessed via a registered individual username and password for an employee of the School or an employee, contractor or volunteer of the Organisation.



1. Engage a Sporting Schools national partner sport.

Select a minimum of one (1) national partner sport to deliver Program activities within the approved funding period.

2. Use the Booking System to engage, and administer delivery of Sport packages.

Must use Site account to engage an Organisation for the delivery of Sport packages or nominate a Teacher for delivery of Teacher-delivered Sport packages.

Must use Site account to administer and manage Sport package booking requests, including amendments and cancellations.

3. Free service.
Must not request payment from children or families to participate in activities under the Program.
4. Provide as complementary to existing sport and physical education activities.
Sport Packages and resources can be used to complement curriculum delivery, existing sport and physical activity programs. 

The Grant cannot be used to fund elite/representative sport teams and events e.g. Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA), Interschool Sport, School Sport, Elite pathways.
*5. Deliver the approved funding application.
Must use Site account to administer and manage Grant applications.

At a minimum, deliver activities under the Program to the participant numbers identified in the approved Grant application.
*6. Spend funding on Sport Australia supported costs.

Must use the Grant only for activities under the Program and for no other purpose during the approved funding period (school term).

Refer to the spending fact sheet ( PDF 228Kb).

7. Use appropriate facilities and equipment.

Ensure activities under the Program are delivered at suitable facilities, or locations using the appropriate equipment required for the Sport package.

8. Use an Organisation nominated coach for coach delivered Sport packages and/or nominate a teacher for teacher-delivered Sport packages.

Coach means an individual (being an employee, member, contractor or volunteer of an Organisation) nominated by an Organisation to deliver activities under the Program, excluding Teachers.

Teacher means an individual (being an employee of a School that has a valid State and/or Territory teacher registration) nominated by a School to deliver activities under the Program.

Nominated Teachers must comply with the relevant Organisation’s requirements for delivery of the selected Sport package.

9. Sessions delivered safely, supervision ratios are appropriate and 'duty of care' responsibilities applied.

Ensure active supervision is provided for Sport packages under the Program in addition to the coach, encouraging maximum participation, supporting behaviour management and ensuring Playing for Life principles are applied.

Supervisor retains the ‘duty of care’ for the participants and ensures appropriate standards of care are implemented e.g. work, health and safety, risk management policy and procedures.

*10. Deliver Sporting Schools partner sport approved products.

Deliver a Sport package with a minimum of four sessions, which applies the Playing for Life key principles;

Each session must:

  • have the same participants taking part;
  • have a minimum of 10 participants;
  • engage participants of all abilities; and
  • actively engage participants for the duration of the session e.g.  A recommended 45 – 60 minutes of activity.
*11. Deliver before, during or after school.

Deliver a Sport package under the Program before, during or after school during the nominated funding period (school term).

12. Comply with Sport Australia Financial declaration (Acquittal) and reporting requirements.
Must use Site account to administer and manage acquittals.

Must complete the acquittal process, including the settlement of invoices by the nominated due dates.

Provide Sport Australia with Program delivery data by the nominated due dates.

Must maintain all records and accounts detailing activities under the Program and submit to Sport Australia on request.

These tables are up to date as of 21/09/2018

* Exemptions may apply. Please contact our Client Support Centre on 1300 785 707 or visit our Help Centre for more information.