26 September 2023

Sports Australia jumps into new focus

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Sport Australia has launched a new project to see Australian sports around the nation adopt a national focus on priority areas of research for sporting organisations, academics, researchers, research funding bodies, and governments across Australia.

Outlined in the Australian Sports Commission’s Corporate Plan is the new National Sport Research Agenda (NSRA).

Under the plan, Sport Australia (SA) will work to provide a national focus and give greater visibility to research effort in Australian sport.

“This work will help to coordinate and identify research opportunities and priorities, for both high performance and community sport at all levels across the sector,” the SA said.

“The NSRA will play an important role in expanding the evidence base for sport.”

It said groundwork had already begun to deliver the early formation of a cross-industry steering group to develop the scope of the NSRA and ensure consensus on the sport sector’s research priorities.

“The NSRA will make the knowledge gaps and delivery challenges in Australian sport visible to our nation’s smartest minds,” SA said.

“It will play a leading role in fostering cross-industry partnerships and attracting new investment in sport research.”

SA said that building on the great cross-sector work achieved to date, the NSRA will be activated and delivered through the Clearinghouse for Sport, including the development of a national register of active research.

More information about the initiative will be released in the coming months with the revelation of how sport, government and academic organisations will be able to play a role helping to activate the NSRA will be released in the coming months.

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