The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is pleased to launch the Sports Industry CEO Briefing in conjunction with the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) this year in Melbourne on Thursday 27th July.

This inaugural Sports Industry CEO Briefing will focus on presenting a ‘State of the Nation’ regarding the latest funding trends and challenges facing the industry, and will be presented by The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and ASF Chief Executive Officer Patrick Walker.

The ASF’s commitment to stimulating additional investment into the sports industry has never been more important as sports plan for the next decade in the run-up to Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Walker, who will reveal the organization’s vision for supporting the industry to help itself financially over the next decade, said, “The Australian Sports Foundation is delighted to partner with the National Sports & Activity Convention on this very important sports industry event.”

Our shared commitment to advancing the role of sport and physical activity in promoting health and wellbeing makes this collaboration a natural fit. We are proud to be working alongside an organisation that shares our passion for empowering individuals and communities to lead active, healthy lives.”

Leigh, the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury and Federal Member for Fenner (ACT), will share insights and explore new perspectives that are and could be available to the industry, and Walker added, “We look forward to welcoming CEOs from across Australian Sport to the Sports Industry Briefing and express our gratitude to Treasury and to Minister Dr Andrew Leigh and for his support and ongoing commitment to promoting the importance of sport and physical activity in Australia.

“We are confident that our joint efforts will lead to significant advancements in the field of sports and recreation recognising key stakeholders to drive positive change and investment in the sports sector. We are excited to be at the forefront of this collaborative effort, working together to shape the future of sport in Australia.”

This invitation only event to Chairs, Board Members, and CEO’s of national and state sports organisations and peak bodies will include complementary access to the NSC Oration and the networking event afterwards.

About the Australian Sports Foundation

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is Australia’s national non-profit sports fundraising organisation, and the only organisation to which donations for sport are tax-deductible. The ASF is focused on supporting a thriving Australian sporting sector, where everyone has access to the health and social benefits of sport, regardless of their background, location, ability or culture. The ASF has been helping athletes, sporting clubs and organisations fundraise for more than 30 years.

Since inception, the ASF has distributed over $600 million to Australian sports clubs and athletes through its online fundraising platform and community sport grant rounds.

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About Minister Leigh

Andrew Leigh is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University.

He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law. Andrew is a past recipient of the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

Andrew is a keen triathlete and marathon runner, and hosts a podcast called The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation, about living a happier, healthier and more ethical life. Andrew is the father of three sons – Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.

About the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC)

The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) has grown since 2016 as Australia/New Zealand’s largest and most prominent community sport and recreation convention and expo. This year the NSC returns to Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 27th and 28th July 2023. The organizers have worked with its 30+ collaborators to offer a program with international and Australian experts, providing the most comprehensive program on community sport recreation and sports facilities in Australia, post-covid, and with the continued support of the Victorian Government.

The full NSC Program can be found at

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Further information contact Martin Sheppard at or (03) 9421 0133.

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