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Industry insights: resources and funding to improve fitness and health

In a health and fitness-focused nation, Australian Fitness & Health (AFH) aims to better equip gyms and health centres with the knowledge of high-quality services to improve their facilities. These improvements benefit gym-goers, health enthusiasts and Australia's fitness industry at large.

On top of this, the Australian Government is investing in preventative health measures by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating, as well as providing funding for sport. This includes grants for local community clubs to keep Aussies active at all stages of life.

AFH has complied useful resources and information for gyms, health centres and sporting facilities. 

  • Accreditation
    Build your gym, sports or health centre's credibility and improve your overall business with the following accreditations and memberships: Showcase your professional credibility and commitment by joining the industry's leading organisation, AUSactive. Read more To build a better business, establish credibility and create competitive advantages, gyms can get the right accreditation with AUSactive. Read more The Health and Fitness Association of Australia was started by fitness professionals, for fitness professionals. It is an Approved Registration Body under Australia's only Fitness Industry Code of Practice and is invested in protecting the rights of trainers and instructors. Read more
  • Professional Development
    To enhance the professional skills of Australia's personal trainers, gym members and gym staff, ongoing professional development and training is paramount. See the following courses to upskill yourself or your staff. ​ The Australian Institute of Fitness is a training organisation in Australia. To find a course that works for you, from personal trainer courses to nutrition coach courses, Read more To become a qualified fitness professional, you can undertake a course with the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. Read more The Australian Fitness Academy has assisted graduates in creating careers as exercise professionals by offering the SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Read more
  • Preventative Health Funding
    For information on where government funding is being allocated for preventative health, see below. ​ Federal budget 2024–25: $25.3 million to prevent skin cancer, now and in the future. An investment in the Melanoma Institute Australia will see the development of a national roadmap to better skin cancer outcomes. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $38.8 million to continue funding for free bowel cancer screening under the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. The age for free bowel cancer screening will be lowered from 50 to 45. Read more Federal budget 2024–25: $43.9 million to work towards eliminating HIV transmission by 2030. People with or at risk of HIV will receive better prevention, testing and information. There will also be more training around HIV for the health and support workforce. Read more $478 million for preventive and public health research. Read more​ $303.5 million in new MFF grants and funding opportunities to assist researchers around the country in tackling health problems, including dementia, the wellbeing of Indigenous mother and their babies, and cancer. Read more​ $30.1 million to continue delivering the National Preventative Health Strategy 2021-2030, with a focus on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. Read more
  • Sport Funding
    The federal government invests millions in sport, including the following funding: The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) provides grants and funding for all levels of sport nationwide. Read more to see and apply for these current grants. Federal budget 2024–25: $132.7 million to boost sports participation. Read more $2.1 million to advance the rights of women, girls and broader human rights objectives, as well as for a talent and development program to increase the number of female coaches, officials and administrators. Read more $10.7 million to maximise social, economic and sporting outcomes from the green and gold decades of major sporting events and leverage significant legacy initiatives. Read more $8.3 million in 2023-24 for the extension of the Local Sporting Champions program, which supports young Australians to participate in state, national and interactional sporting competitions. Read more $1.6 million over 3 years from 2023 to Reclink Australia to expand port and recreation programs for disadvantaged Australians. Read more $16.3 million from 2024-25 to support the Confederation of Australian Sports to host the World Masters Games in Perth. Read more $79.6 million for an additional two calendar years of the school sporting program to support children, young people and their parents to reconnect with sport in a safe and healthy way. This program reaches around 2.2 million students per year. Read more $10.6 million to Paralympics Australia to prepare and support the Australian Paralympic Team for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Read more
  • Grants
    NATIONAL Grant opportunity: National Pies for Local Heroes. Any registered Australian community group, sporting club or not-for-profit organisation can apply for a grant of $1,000 each month over the next 12 months. A major grant of $10,000 will be awarded at the end of the program. Whether you need new boots for your footy club, a special trip funded, or something else entirely — tell National Pies how they can help. Round 3 applications close Sunday 30 June. Read more Grant opportunity: Macca's Sponsorships. Contributes to sporting organisations that develop kids’ sports skills and provide opportunities for them to play. Hundreds of sporting clubs across Australia benefit from the support of their local McDonald’s restaurant and in some states, restaurants work together to support state-wide programs. Read more
  • Economic Insights
    A global Deloitte Report, commissioned by The Global Health & Fitness Alliance in collaboration with AUSactive, found that the Australian fitness and health industry contributes over 4 billion dollars to Australia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ​ AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said that this contribution to the Australian GDP showed the significant size, impact and demand for the health and fitness sector. In addition to the industry's economic impact, the Deloitte Report looked at its socio-economic impact, finding: inactivity directly costs the Australian healthcare system $2 billion to treat and care for key diseases linked to a lack of fitness every year, Australia loses over 14 million working days in absenteeism and presenteeism from insufficiently active workers every inactive worker costs the economy $2,191 per year, representing 6% of average disposable income per capita. Read more from AUSactive.

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