ASC PUBLISHES Australian Physical Literacy Definition and Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard

The ASC are delighted to announce the release of the Australian Physical Literacy Definition (the Definition) and the Draft Australian Physical Literacy Standard (the Standard). These represent vital first steps in the ASC's mission to counteract the decline in movement while supporting the increase in participation across sport, physical activity and recreation.

Over the past 18 months, the ASC has been leading the development of a physical literacy definition and standard for the Australian context, with a team of Australian and international experts, and stakeholders, representing education, sport and health.

Physical literacy emphasises the development of a wide variety of skills required to participate and fully experience the range of benefits that sport and physical activity have to offer. Together, the Definition and draft Standard support a consistent understanding of physical literacy and how it can be developed, so that all Australians can use it, including children, parents, coaches and educators. For the first time, when this work is complete Australians of all ages and levels will have a standardised guide to support their development through movement.

The Definition and Standard will support our organisations and coaches to adopt a physical literacy approach in their products and delivery, athlete development programs, and coach training to create more well-rounded participants and athletes.

The Definition and Standard are now available to view on the ASC website at www.ausport.gov.au/physical_literacy. Here you will also find a range of resources and information to support your understanding and use of the Standard, along with research that informed the development of the Definition and Standard. You can also view their introductory video which discusses the background and intent of Physical Literacy.

The ASC are inviting public comment on the Standard from stakeholders such as parents, coaches and educators, and ask that you assist them by sharing this new resources with your contacts and on social media. They also welcome feedback from anyone to support the Standard’s refinement and adoption in Australia. Comments and feedback can be directed to physical_literacy@ausport.gov.au