Team Up

Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization

Aligned to the work of ONOC and the Olympic movement in the region, the Australian Government is building sporting linkages, contributing to development and elite sport outcomes through its key sport diplomacy and sport for development programs, PacificAus Sports and Team Up.

Team Up is the Australian Government’s sport for development program in the Asia-Pacific. It comprises more than 30 partnerships across the Asia-Pacific that are working towards three outcomes:  

1. Sport programs attract and retain women, girls and people with a disability, as well as men and boys
2. Sport organisations are safe, inclusive and accessible
3. Australia and Asia-Pacific partners use sport to strengthen relationships and build closer collaboration

These three outcomes all contribute to Team Up’s overall goal: Australia-Asia-Pacific sport partnerships support all people to realise their full potential through sport.

Working to transform lives through sport, the second and current phase of Team Up supports sport for development partnerships in seven Pacific countries - Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. Programs are delivered in partnership by sport and non-sport organisations, with technical support from Team Up management in Australia and the program’s regional office in Suva, Fiji.

PacificAus Sports is a flagship initiative of the Australian Government’s Pacific step up and aims to strengthen connections between Australia and the Pacific region.

PacificAus Sports objectives are to: 1) develop pathways for professional Pacific teams and established athletes to play in high level Australian sports competitions; 2) support Australian professional sports codes to increase their presence and participation in the Pacific; and 3) develop pathways for emerging athletes from the region to benefit from high performance coaching, training and competition.  

Team Up involves more than 70 partners from 15 sports (Athletics, Australian rules football, basketball, badminton, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, surfing, swimming, table tennis and volleyball) and has five focus areas: gender; disability; leadership; governance and knowledge.

ONOC has been working with Australian government programs for a number of years.

Under the previous Australian Government supported sport for development  program, Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP), ONOC’s engagement 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).

This relationship ensured PSP’s projects and activities linked directly with ONOC’s initiatives in sport for social development where gender, diabetes, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and youth were addressed.

Currently, ONOC works closely with Team Up and several key stakeholders through the Oceania Sport, Equality and Inclusive Communities Impact Network (Impact Network). A collaborative effort of dedicated stakeholders committed to advancing gender equality, inclusion, and safety in Pacific sports.  

Team Up also contributes to the goals of ONOC through representation on ONOC’s Equity Commission and the ONOC Education Commission. The work of both commissions is aligned to Team Up focus areas, especially with regards to gender, governance and organisational strengthening. The work with the ECO is guided by the Impact Network objectives. In 2023 Team Up staff were also part of the work of OSEP to develop and get accredited sport qualifications and micro-qualifications through the Industry Advisory Committee, contributing specifically to the safeguarding and sport for development qualifications.  

Discover Team Up on the program’s Website and Social Media Channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Andrew Lepani

program manager

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