Everyone has the potential to value, develop and maintain positive physical activity behaviours for life.
Physical literacy involves holistic lifelong learning through movement and physical activity. It delivers physical, psychological, social and cognitive health and wellbeing benefits. The Sport Australia Position Statement on Physical Literacy outlines our commitment to creating a healthier generation of more active Australians.
The Australian Physical Literacy Framework activates this commitment through the establishment of a common language to support all Australians develop their physical literacy, at every stage of life.
The skills you need to be physically literate
Sport Australia has identified the physical, psychological, social and cognitive skills people can work on to develop their physical literacy.
Keep in mind:
- you don’t need to master them all
- you can choose a few skills to work on at a time
- what you focus on will depend on your current skills, circumstances and goals
This holistic learning enables people to draw on these integrated skills to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through movement and physical activity.
Help others develop their physical literacy
We all have an important role to play in supporting others to develop their physical literacy.
From infants to teenagers, it is important for children to continually develop their level of physical literacy. Parents can use physical literacy as a reference point to understand what their children should be learning through movement - at home, at school, and on the sporting field.
Tips for Parents Flyer [PDF]
Physical literacy can be supported by coaches, sporting organisations and recreational providers which create programs and deliver sessions that focus on the holistic development of individuals, and provide opportunities for participants to enhance their physical, psychological, social and cognitive attributes.
Teaching skills to increase levels of physical literacy supports whole-of-child development and movement for life. Sport Australia, in partnership with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (ACHPER) has developed the Physical Literacy: Guide for Schools that identifies the key components of a whole-school approach to the development of physical literacy in children including characteristics of exemplary school practice.
Physical literacy can be adopted through systems and policies across health, education, sport and recreation as a tool that improves individual and societal health and wellbeing. Policy makers can target aspects of the physical literacy domains – physical, psychological, social and cognitive in planning for impact with specific audiences and communities.
We want everyone to learn about and develop physically literacy, so please share some or all of these resources with your friends, family, students, colleagues, sporting club or school.
- Sporting Schools
- Playing for Life activity cards
- Find Your 30 Challenge
- Traditional Indigenous Games
- Engaging youth in sport and physical activity
- Nurturing a child's sporting development
- Physical Literacy Definition: Consensus Statement
- Healthy Active Kids Games
If you are interested in working with Sport Australia to help bring physical literacy to life, email the Physical Literacy Leadership team at email@example.com