Sport and Recreation Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, Townsville 13 March 2020 (Word 39 KB)
The Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers (MSRM) held its 54th meeting today in Townsville at Australia’s newest addition to world sporting and entertainment venues, Queensland Country Bank Stadium ahead of the official opening of the Stadium and first National Rugby League game between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos.
Ministers were provided with an update on COVID-19 by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer from the Australian Government Department of Health. Ministers agreed to continue to be guided by the single source of health advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee about the implications for public gatherings and sporting events noting that it was important to continue to support as appropriate sporting fixtures.
Ministers agreed to direct community sport to that source of information.
Each jurisdiction is working with their elite athletes to support their training and preparation for upcoming events and competitions.
Ministers agreed to the release of the National Policy Framework for Girls and Women to mark the end of International Women’s Week and noted the achievements in sport of girls and women at all levels.
Ministers agreed that physical activity is an important driver of community wellbeing. Ministers committed to ongoing collaboration through further work on a National Physical Activity Strategy to facilitate the achievement of the objectives of Sport 2030.
Ministers agreed that coordination of effort and investment across jurisdictions is critical to the implementation of the National Physical Activity Strategy and agreed to progress work on a coordinated implementation plan to reduce duplication and maximise use of resources across jurisdictions.
Ministers acknowledged that concussion in some sports and recreation activities, and the potential health risks associated with traumatic brain injuries, is a significant concern for many people, not just in contact and combat sports. Ministers recognised that while there have been positive steps across the sporting industry to raise awareness of concussion, and to put in place specific concussion policies and guidelines to prevent, recognise and manage concussion in sport, there are clear opportunities to improve health and safety for all participants.
Ministers agreed on the need to develop, in consultation with sporting codes, options which may include the exploration of model legislation for consideration to establish consistent, minimum health and safety standards across sports and recreation to protect participants. Ministers also agreed to collaborate across jurisdictions on a broader package of measures aimed at raising community-wide awareness, education and training on concussion, and to strengthen organisational responses to incidents of concussion, including better recording and reporting .
Ministers were provided with an update on governance reforms currently underway, and continue to impress the need for jurisdictions to be consulted along with State Sporting Organisations on the implementation of governance reforms to ensure the best outcomes for sports within their given jurisdiction.
Ministers wish all Australian athletes competing in the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games the best of luck and congratulate them on all of their achievements.