Sport is fundamental to Australia’s society, culture and economy. Participation in sport improves mental and physical health, enhances community well-being and contributes significantly to employment - Australian Sports Commission
Sport is an Investment Catalyst for Infrastructure, Tourism, Community and Health, and, delivers value added economic and trade benefit directly as a sector and indirectly through other sectors and through the individuals in those sectors.
Benefits to the health and wealth of Australians by participating in sport include:
Decreased blood pressure.
Reduced stress levels.
Improved health status and thus decreased use of health care services leading to reduced costs of health care to employer (if these services are provided to employees).
Improved workplace morale and workplace culture.
Reduced injuries and or work-related accidents.
Improved staff recruitment/retention.
Enhanced quality and/or quantity.
Sport and more particularly Major Sporting Events are important catalysts for urban redevelopment, new and improved transport systems, housing and retail. Domestic and international tourism further enhances the benefits major events bring to the economy and local populations.