Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Major parties make sport funding pledges a cornerstone of Federal election campaign

Major parties make sport funding pledges a cornerstone of Federal election campaign
May 15, 2019

Australia’s major political parties have once again made funding pledges, particularly to sport, one of the key areas of the current Australian Federal election.

Presuming that donations to electors’ chosen codes, venues and teams will sway their vote, both the Liberal/National coalition and the Labor Party have rolled out a range of funding commitments towards sporting projects and infrastructure.

In a campaign short on major policy announcements, the Coalition has made multiple funding commitments, blurring election pledges with a repetition of sport funding allocations announced in the Federal budget.

Australasian Leisure Management has chosen not to report all such campaign pledges, not only because they have been so numerous but also because many such pledges often don’t materialise.

However, of particular note has been a $30 million Coalition commitment to fund numerous Netball Australia initiatives - from grassroots through to high performance.

If the Coalition is re-elected, the $30 million commitment will be the largest single investment in Australian netball by a Federal Government and will enhance participation at a grassroots level through a range of products and programs that can be localised to netball communities across each state and territory.

The Government would also be financially backing Netball Australia’s bid to host the world cup in 2027, one that coincides with the 100th anniversary of Netball Australia.

The Coalition’s announcements follows a $150 million plan outlined in the April Federal budget to upgrade 124 change rooms nationwide to provide sufficient facilities for female athletes.

Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie said the lack of appropriate changing rooms was a “major deterrent” for women wanting to participate and feel welcome in club sport.

As part of a broader sports package, a Coalition Government would also create a $2 million Regional Events Fund for elite events outside the capital cities, and invest $1.5 million in talent-scouting for para-athletes.

By contrast, Labor has made a wider range of policy announcements on the arts, environment and tourism, which have been welcomed by industry bodies.

However, it to has backed sport with an announcement this week of a $30 million pledge towards the WACA Ground Improvement Project in Perth marking the single largest commitment to an individual sporting project in the election campaign to date.

The funding will help transform the ageing WACA Ground into a venue with female-friendly facilities for Western Austraia’s elite women’s teams, as cricket continues to pursue a level playing field for women in sport.

In addition to this investment, Cricket Australia will provide $4 million, the WACA will raise another $10 million through the WA Cricket Foundation, with the hope that $30 million from the Western Australian Government.

Related Articles

14th May 2019 - Parramatta Eels secure funding for new high-performance centre

13th May 2019 - Sport Australia misses opportunity at remarkable SportAccord Gold Coast

12th May 2019 - Australian Major Performing Arts Group welcomes Labor’s ambitious cultural policy

11th May 2019 - LPA welcomes Labor vision for creative Australia

11th May 2019 - Australian Marine Conservation Society compares parties’ election policies on reefs and oceans

10th May 2019 - Netball Australia to further advance the sport across the Pacific

10th May 2019 - The National Association for the Visual Arts releases Federal election report card

26th April 2019 - Election trail sees another announcement on funding for Monash University sport and medical research hub

24th April 2019 - Liberal leaders repeat $15 million budget commitment to Sydney Swans AFLW facilities

23rd April 2019 - Tourism groups praise Labor’s election pledges

22nd April 2019 - Labor releases election plans to back regional tourism

18th April 2019 - Australian Golf Industry Council urges politicians to act now on golf facilities

16th April 2019 - MP presents $1.5 million novelty cheque to sports club despite funds not being approved

6th April 2019 - NSOs welcome Federal budget funding boost

3rd April 2019 - Federal budget includes $385 million to implement Sport 2030 plan

2nd April 2019 - Federal budget delivers pre-election funding commitments for arts, sport and tourism

24th August 2018 - TTF welcomes ‘one of our own’ as Australian Prime Minister

5th June 2016 - Leisure and the Federal election

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Email for trade enquiries:  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness


TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues


Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness


BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks



SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues



Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing



The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business