Physical Activity Strategies

What is a Physical Activity Plan?

A physical activity plan is a strategic document that identifies the current and future physical activity opportunities of your community.  It plans for the infrastructure and service needs using a coordinated approach.  Physical activity plans are designed to integrate with local, state and federal policy directions and consider areas such as general health and fitness promotion, obesity reduction, active travel, direct services, programs and events.

Benefits of a Physical Activity Plan

The preparation of a strategy/plan:

  • Assist your community achieve the National Physical Activity guidelines
  • Coordinates agencies, groups and individuals in providing active and healthy initiatives and programs
  • Enhances relationships with key stakeholders
  • Outlines key issues and opportunities
  • Prioritises facility and program needs


  • Expands and enhances partnerships between key stakeholders
  • Informs the community of healthy lifestyle benefits
  • Decreases reliance on local health services
  • Promotes physical activity opportunities in lower socioeconomic areas
  • Raises participation rates in local sport and recreation programs/clubs
  • Develops culturally appropriate services
  • Encourages healthy workplace cultures
  • Reduces reliance on motor vehicles through Active Travel initiatives
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