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Recognition of National Sporting Organisations

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognises eligible National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) and National Sporting Organisations for People with Disability (NSODs). Recognised NSO/NSODs are organisations that the ASC supports to achieve the Australian Government’s sporting objectives.

NSO/NSOD recognition is an important function undertaken by the ASC. Organisations recognised as NSO/NSODs have met the ASC recognition criteria, which assist the ASC in determining whether an organisation is considered the pre-eminent body for the sport they represent in Australia, has sufficient standing within its sport and has adequate governance. NSO/NSODs are recognised for a defined recognition period.

The ASC periodically reviews and may update the recognition criteria and the supporting process to ensure each remains relevant and contemporary.

Recognised national sporting organisations and national sporting organisations for people with disability are listed on the Australian Sports Directory.


The application period for new organisations seeking recognition is currently closed.


If you would like to express your interest in being informed when the application period next opens, please contact

Benefits of Recognition

Recognised NSO/NSODs are eligible to access a range of benefits. Recognition does not automatically entitle the NSO/NSOD to receive ASC funding; however, a sporting organisation must be recognised to be eligible for ASC investment. Recognition also does not constitute an endorsement or accreditation of the quality of the organisation’s sport programs or its structures, policies or operations.

Recognised NSO/NSODs can access the following benefits:

The right, subject to any directions or guidelines given by the Australian Sports Commission, to be referred to as an NSO/NSOD recognised by the ASC and to use ASC logos in accordance with usage guidelines.

The opportunity to apply to use the Commonwealth Coat of Arms on playing and dress uniforms of Australian representative sports persons and accompanying official on their dress uniforms.

Entry in the ASC's online Australian Sports Directory as the recognised NSO/NSOD for the organisation's sport.

Eligibility to apply to grant programs available to recognised NSOs/NSODs such as dAIS, Local Sporting Champions and Women Leaders in Sport.

Invitations to attend workshops, seminars and other ASC forums conducted for NSOs/NSODs.

Access to recognised NSO/NSOD services and information from the ASC Partner Portal and the Clearinghouse for Sport.

Recognition Assessment Process

Review of Recognition Criteria

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