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Sport and Physical Activity Policy

Requirements related to mandatory weekly participation in sport and physical activity for schools and their students. This includes the identification of local procedures that support the planning and delivery of high quality and safe sport and physical activity programs.

1. Objectives - Policy statement


Student participation in planned physical activity includes time spent in physical education, sport and other structured physical activities.


All principals, teachers and support staff in NSW Government schools must comply with the requirements stated in the following documents unless exceptional circumstances arise.


School-developed procedures for the organisation and management of sport and physical activity reflect current local information and circumstances, are documented and communicated across the school community as appropriate.


Students in Years K-10 participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of planned moderate with some vigorous physical activity across the school week. This time includes planned weekly sport. Schools are also encouraged to provide Year 11 and 12 students weekly access to a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate with some vigorous physical activity and sport.

2. Audience and applicability


This policy applies to all NSW Government schools.

3. Context


This policy is informed by evidence based research, Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.


The policy is supported by the Sport Safety Guidelines.

The guidelines:

  • address the supervision and welfare of students, equipment, venues and specific safety conditions and procedures for an extensive range of sports and physical activities.
  • include a list of banned activities.
  • provide procedures for Principal Endorsed Activities that guide principals in approving a sport or physical activity that is not specifically covered elsewhere.


This policy relates to the Excursion Policy and the Working With Children Check Policy

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1 Principals:


Lead the development and implementation of a current and locally based Sport and Physical Activity procedures document. This would include operational logistics, safe conduct procedures, resourcing implications, delivery and evaluation processes. Further information on the development of this procedures document is in the Sport Safety Guidelines.


Ensure that the school meets the mandatory weekly requirements for student participation in sport and physical activity.


Ensure the safety conditions for specific activities in the Sport Safety Guidelines are adhered to, whether an activity is taken as part of school sport, physical education, school excursions, or any other occasion where sport and physical activity is planned.


Review and approve any sport or physical activity that is not specifically covered in the Sport Safety Guidelines.

4.2 Leader, School Sport Unit:


Provide advice on implementing the policy and development of support materials.

4.3 Director, Arts, Sports and Initiatives:


Be responsible for the currency of the policy and oversight of support materials.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements


The School Sport Unit, Specialist Programs, will monitor the implementation of this policy and will report, as required, to the Executive Director, Learning and Leadership.

6. Contact

School Sports Policy Advisor (02) 9707 6910.

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