The South Australian Government has invested in Game On: Getting South Australia moving (Game On), a forward-looking framework that outlines a collaborative approach to ensure physical activity and play can fit seamlessly into the daily lives of South Australians. Game On also seeks to provide a shared vision and common platform for the sport and recreation sector in South Australia.
Through better coordination between whole-of-government and sectors that play an enabling role in physical activity, Game On will reverse the levels of poor physical activity and increase movement opportunities across the state, leading to stronger outcomes in community wellbeing, liveability and economic productivity.
Game On will:
The recommendations within Game On will contribute to getting more people active, more often by making it easier to get moving.
The Game On report was finalised in mid-2020 and provides;
Game On will be activated across the Government of South Australia by maximising departmental synergies in alignment with the plan’s recommendations.
It is important to note that there are a number of organisations, businesses and groups that also have responsibilities in these listed areas. Partnerships between the Government and non-Government sector will ensure the Game On outcomes are met.
To achieve the Game On project objectives, ORSR worked closely with an independent provider, Urban & Regional Planning Solutions (URPS), to undertake a comprehensive ten-week statewide consultation process from June to August 2019.
ORSR actively sought deeper collaboration with the community and its stakeholders on the Game On project. Two other key projects which were identified as key priorities for the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan cycle;
These three projects were consulted on collectively, as they were closely aligned and will deliver outcomes that address the whole of government and Agency objectives.
The statewide consultation process sought to gather input regarding how South Australia can be an Active State by:
The Phase One consultation process was designed to ensure the engagement captured community views from right across South Australia and from a variety of perspectives.
The consultation was undertaken through survey results, written submissions, interviews and 34 interactive workshops and forums held across the state. The aim was to gather as much input as possible to ensure the community could contribute to the project and influence how South Australia becomes an Active State.
It was abundantly clear throughout the Phase One consultation that:
Visit the Statewide Consultation page or review the Statewide Consultation Final Report for more information about the Statewide Consultation.
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing engaged KPMG to support the development of Game On Phase Two to;
Phase Two was broken up into four streams of consultation.
Interjurisdictional consultations were held with eight state and territory departments of sport and recreation, national departments and other agencies which play a key role in getting people active:
The consultation with these departments highlighted consistency across all jurisdictions in relation to the eight Game On issues.
Targeted consultations with senior representatives from SA Government Agencies were undertaken to understand the role each Agency has in contributing to an Active State, and to understand opportunities for collaboration to address the Game On issues.
Eight interactive ‘Deep Dive’ workshops with 107 targeted representatives from a diversity of stakeholder groups were held to understand what the sector’s vision and solutions are to addressing the eight Game On issues.
The workshops used design thinking techniques to generate a Vision Statement and a long-list of potential solutions for the issues. Participants then identified solutions “most likely to succeed” and “most likely to solve the issue”.
170 different solutions were developed and explored in detail. The Vision Statement and possible solutions were then refined by the Expert Panel. The solutions were also tested by the general public through online engagement.
Following the Phase One consultation, an expert panel was tasked with prioritising eight issues and providing a corresponding opportunity for each issue. All issues seek to engage both inactive and active South Australians in more physical activity.
The Game On issues can be spilt into two distinct categories:
Lifestyle, environment and cultural related issues and outcomes:
Being time poor and having competing priorities
Quality and accessibility of public open space
Enabling places for active transport
A lack of physical literacy is leading to inactive children and youth.
Lifelong physical activity
High quality and accessible public open spaces for active recreation
Growth in active transport
Active young people with good coordination and strong fundamental movement skills
Sport and recreation specific issues and outcomes:
Cost of participating in sport and recreation
Cost of delivery in sport and recreation
Attracting, recruiting, training and retaining volunteers
The lack of and maintenance of facilities
Affordable sport and recreation opportunities
Sustainable sport and recreation sector
More and better trained volunteers
High quality, inclusive and accessible sport and recreation infrastructure
In addition to the eight priority Game On issues, four key principles were identified during the consultation and considered to be important to the decision-making process when thinking about how to invest in sport and active recreation. These key principles were chosen to underpin the implementation of Game On.
Funding and Resources
Game On is a long term agenda that will require collaboration, partnerships and coordination across government and across the sector. To achieve the vision of Game On: Getting South Australia moving, it will be necessary for all stakeholders to engage with and understand the issues.
Game On has been developed with the full recognition that stakeholders are at different starting points in their efforts to increase physical activity and that the priorities and capabilities of each stakeholder group vary. The feasibility of different initiatives and the speed of implementation will vary according to each stakeholder.
A detailed Action Tracker will be developed to support stakeholders to meet the recommended actions of Game On. The Action Tracker also includes the acknowledgement that investment will be required to address the recommended actions.
An Expert Panel was appointed by invitation from the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing to contribute to the development of Game On.
The Expert Panel comprised of seven SA leaders in their fields of sport, technology and innovation, academia, media and government.
Amanda Vanstone – Chair
Senator from 1984 to 2007, Former Australian Ambassador to Italy, Port Adelaide Football Club Board Member
Paul Di Iulio
Chief Executive Officer, Campbelltown City Council, Board Member at SYC (housing, education and employment), Expertise: Local Government
Professor, Alliance for Research in Exercise Nutrition and Activity, Sansom Institute, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Expertise: Research and health
FIVEaa, Expertise: Sports
Commonwealth Games Australia Board Member, Board Director Netball SA
Former CEO at 36ers, CEO WNBL, CEO Events SA and Head of Women’s Football at FFA, Former Australian representative Basketball player. Expertise: Sports (particularly women in sport)
Former Australian lacrosse player and national league basketballer, Chief Executive, Office for Recreation Sport and Racing
Founder & Managing Director at Convergen and Jumpgate VR, South Australian Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, Adelaide Film Festival Board, Expertise: Technology
The Expert Panel;
ORSR Game On
Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing
PO Box 219
Brooklyn Park SA 5032
Or email: GameOn@sa.gov.au