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Recognition process for state sport and recreation bodies

State sport and active recreation bodies are classified as organisations active within the Victorian sport and recreation sector.

State sport and active recreation bodies provide significant sport or active recreation participation opportunities for Victorians, however do not govern a sport in the same way as a state sporting association.


Recognition criteria

Recognition will be assessed against the below criteria:

  • Criteria 1: The organisation has sport or active recreation as part of its core business, and has the capability to deliver or enable significant participation opportunities for Victorians
  • Criteria 2: The organisation is not a sporting club, league or similar grouping; and has either a state-wide, or multi regional focus.
  • Criteria 3: The organisation can demonstrate how they deliver a significant benefit to the Victorian sport and recreation sector.
  • Criteria 4: The organisation is non-government, legally constituted and not-for-profit
  • Criteria 5: The organisation has been operational for a minimum of 3 years and is financially solvent
  • Criteria 6: The organisation can provide evidence demonstrating a commitment to contribute to the Victorian Sport and recreation sector that aligns with Victorian Government policies and outcomes.

Applying for recognition

Applications for recognition will be assessed biannually.

The application periods for 2024 are as follows.

Round 1

  • Opens: Monday 1 April 2024
  • Closes: Friday 3 May 2024

Round 2

  • Opens: Monday 12 August 2024
  • Closes: Friday 13 September 2024

If your organisation needs more information or has questions about the process for state sport and active recreation body recognition, please contact the Manager – Governance and Integrity at

Page last updated: 28 May 2024
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