Australian Sports Partnerships

The Pacific Sports Partnerships Program (PSP) is a range of sports initiatives funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

These programmes are designed to support both Australian national sporting organisations and their Pacific counterparts to deliver development priorities alongside increased governance and capacity building in developing Pacific Island countries through sport.  

They are operated via a series of partnerships between the DFAT and 11 Australian, regional and Pacific Island sports organisations.  

The objectives of the PSP are to increase regular participation in physical activity, to improve health-related behaviours and to promote inclusive social attitudes amongst the targeted populations. This is done through targeting the population at the community level, including those who self-identify as having a disability, youth and emerging leaders, and women and girls.

The ONOC engagement has focused heavily on the provision of Governance courses for PSP partners at regional and national levels in the Oceania Continent through its flagship Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP).

ONOC also partners with PSP through two avenues, the provision of capacity building in governance and management of sport organisations and professionals in the countries involved, and through PSP engagement with NOCs and their respective ministries of sport. This relationship is to deepen as PSP’s projects and activities link directly with ONOC’s initiatives in sport for social development where gender, diabetes, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and youth are addressed.

More about this innovative programme can be found here with DFAT.

Ben Howard

programme manager

Level 7, 16 Marcus Clarke Street,
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia