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Active schools

Active Schools aims to ensure that all Victorian students have the skills, confidence and motivation to be active for life.

Creating active schools

The $24.2 million Active Schools initiative builds on existing programs and funding to boost support and resources for schools to get kids moving. It includes a toolkit for school leaders and teachers, expert physical education leaders and extracurricular coordinators, and funding for schools.

A Joint Ministerial Statement on Physical Activity for Children and Young People between the Ministers for Education, Community Sport and Health sets out how schools, in partnership with families and the community, can set our children on a physical activity path for life, including through the Active Schools Framework.

What is an active school?

An Active School encourages physical activity through a whole school approach that goes beyond traditional physical education and sport to promote physical activity at every opportunity.

The Active Schools Framework, detailed in the Joint Ministerial Statement, supports schools to take a whole school approach to physical activity, recognising there is no single solution to shifting inactivity; it takes a multifaceted and system wide effort.

An Active School ensures it provides students opportunities to be active through the six priority areas outlined in the Active Schools Framework:

  • quality physical education
  • quality school sport
  • active classrooms
  • active travel
  • active recreation
  • supportive school environment.

Becoming an active school

All schools will have access to the Active Schools Toolkit from Term 1, 2021.

Up to 480 disadvantaged government schools each year will receive an Active Schools funding boost to help meet the costs of running sport, outdoor education and active recreation programs after school. A further 90 schools per year will receive extra funding to implement a whole school approach to physical activity. The Department will advise schools of how to apply.

A new team of physical education leaders will provide on-the-ground advice and support to more than 800 schools to improve their approach to sport, physical education and physical activity from mid-2021.

The Department will also conduct innovative trials aimed to getting teens more active in secondary school settings.

Get Active Kids Voucher Program

A further $21 million over two years was announced by the Minister for Community Sport to create the 'Get Active Kids' Voucher Program. The Program will deliver $200 vouchers to more than 100,000 eligible Victorian children, assisting lower income families with the costs of participation in sport and active recreation activities.

The implementation of the Get Active Kids Voucher Program will be managed by Sport and Recreation Victoria within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

Further information about eligibility criteria and voucher distribution is currently being developed by DJPR and will be communicated soon.

For further information please visit Sport and Recreation Victoria website.