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Healthy communities initiative



The Healthy communities initiative (HCI) is an Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing initiative that aims to help reduce overweight and obesity by increasing the number of adults engaged in healthy lifestyle programs. This is to be achieved by providing funding to local government authorities (LGAs) to deliver community-based physical activity and healthy eating programs.

The Australian Government is providing $71.8 million funding for five years from 2010.

The three key elements of the program are:

  1. grants to LGAs
    • 92 LGAs will receive grants between April 2010 and June 2014 to increase the number of adults predominately not in the paid workforce to engage in physical activity and healthy eating programs and activities
  2. national program grants
    • eligible not-for-profit organisations across Australia will receive grants to expand their current healthy lifestyle programs
  3. quality framework and registration system
    • development of a web based portal 'healthy living network' through which all participating programs and service providers will be registered and promoted.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing


Australian Government
Department of Health and Ageing
Furzer Street
Woden Town Centre
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555
Ph: 1800 020 103


Last updated: 2 September 2013
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