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To increase the opportunities and quality of sport at a grassroots level there is a national network of 50 Indigenous Sport Development Officers (ISDOs), 28 of whom are directly funded under a partnership between the Australian Sports Commission and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
These officers liaise with Indigenous communities in their region to assess the sporting needs and priorities. The ISDOs then coordinate the delivery of programs, resources and services in partnership with the mainstream sporting industry and the relevant state/territory departments of sport and recreation.
The ISDOs aim to create sustainable programs by focusing on building the sporting capacity of Indigenous Australians. This can take the form of coordinating the delivery of accredited coaching and officiating courses, building links to existing sporting clubs or assisting in the creation of new clubs and where possible, linking individuals to mainstream sporting competitions.
In addition ISDOs work with Indigenous Coordination Centres and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to ensure programs are delivered to Indigenous Australians and their communities with a integrated whole of government approach.
Australian Sports Commission abstract
Australian Sports Commission
PO Box 176
Belconnen ACT 2616
Ph: (02) 6214 1149