Government Advocacy strategic priorities

Government Advocacy strategic priorities

Our overall priority is to have exercise, physical activity and fitness considered integral components of Australia’s preventative health thinking and policies

Local Government priorities

  • To advocate that new developments and urban renewal projects provide sufficient open space for physical activity
  • To advocate for the continued provision and/or establishment of community leisure facilities
  • To advocate for public spaces to be available for exercise programs supervised by appropriately qualified AUSactive Exercise professionals
  • To advocate that when an AUSactive professional is conducting a program in public space at no cost to participants any licence fee be waived
  • To advocate for local government investment to deliver accessible group-based exercise programs and physical activations within community settings, facilitated by appropriately qualified AUSactive Exercise professionals (i.e., ‘Movement for Movement Action Plan’)
  • To advocate for council owned facilities to operate with the highest quality standards by meeting the requirements of the AUSactive Quality Business Accreditation program

State Government priorities

  • To advocate for AUSactive business member facilities and individual programs be classified as “Essential Services”
  • To advocate for recognition of AUSactive as the relevant State’s peak health and fitness body
  • To encourage the provision of physical activity vouchers for all Australians
  • To advocate for membership of relevant state government exercise and physical activity consultative groups
  • To advocate for updating and harmonising the Fitness Code of Practice in all jurisdictions, including adoption in jurisdictions where not currently legislated

Federal Government Priorities

  • To advocate for a national public preventative health campaign encouraging physical activity
  • To increase interaction between the exercise sector and the Department of Health and for the exercise/fitness industry to be recognised under the Health portfolio
  • To advocate for the implementation of the GAPPA commitment; more Australians more active more often
  • To advocate for changes to the private health legislation recognising the role AUSactive members have in enhancing the nation’s wellbeing through preventative physical and mental health programs
  • To advocate for Medicare to recognise the role AUSactive members have in enhancing the nation’s wellbeing through preventative physical and mental health programs
  • To advocate for an increase in government investment in prevention (as a % of the health budget), with a clear focus on reducing physical inactivity
  • To advocate for increased government investment in vocational education for Fitness occupations that are delivered under the nationally recognised fitness training package

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