Contributes to economic growth through business investment and employment.
Builds communities through social inclusion and binds families through shared experiences and achievements.
Is the cure-all for society's issues.
Helps address anti-social behaviour and can support education.
Makes significant social, economic, cultural and environmental contributions in rural communities.
Provides opportunities for social engagement and creates awareness and acceptance of differences between individuals and communities.
Provides opportunities to form friendships and a sense of belonging.
Generally, places with low levels of social capital are safer than those with high levels of social capital.
Results in various immigrant groups being exposed to sport and recreational activities they may not have otherwise considered.
Participation in sport provides increased opportunities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds and indigenous Australians to connect with the wider community.
It is a key medium for creating new relationships among disparate social groups.
Culturally and linguistically diverse people as well as Indigenous Australians can be vulnerable to social and structural disconnection. Participation in sport and recreational activities tends to increase this social isolation.
Contributes to the prevention of obesity, relieves symptoms of arthritis and positively influences the immune system.
Contributes to higher levels of self-esteem, motivation and self-worth.
Facilitates better stress management, alleviates depression and anxiety and boosts mental alertness.
Contributes to cardiovascular disease prevention and control as well as primary prevention of some cancers. However, it does not benefit injury prevention.
Increases apathy and incidence of violence, delinquency and suicide.
Assists rehabilitation and development of young people most at risk of committing a crime.
Promotes social inclusion and provides a level playing field to help bridge gaps in our society.
Creates opportunities to learn new skills and develop confidence and self-esteem.
Improve mental concentration, stamina, reaction time, memory and performance.
Increase work enjoyment and job satisfaction.
Develop a better rapport between workers.
Improves mental health, alertness and resilience against the stresses of modern day living.
Reduces the overall burden of disease among Australians.
Reduces the costs associated with absenteeism and low workplace productivity.
Increases weight and related rates to obesity.
Strong positive effects on cognitive functioning and academic ability.
Physiological and social development gained from participation in physical activity enhance learning capabilities and lead to better academic performance.
Sport and recreation does not contribute to lifelong learning and the development of new skills.
Children who engage in sport and recreation do better academically and are more likely to enjoy school and complete their homework.
Maximises the ecological footprint.
Reduces noise and air pollution through increased use of active green transport options such as cycling and walking.
Physically active communities put less strain on the environment by reducing dependence on vehicle use.
The development of specific areas for physical activity can contribute to improved streetscapes, open spaces and preserving natural landscapes.
Sport is big business in Australia, generating an estimated income of approximately $8.8 billion in 2004/2005.
Generates employment opportunities such as coaching, sports administration, turf management, officiating, event management and education.
Sporting events stimulate the economy in metropolitan areas but marginally in regional areas.
Encourages tourism and visitor spending, particularly through the hosting of major sporting events and competitions.