Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Natasha Schranz*, Tim Olds, Dylan Cliff, Melanie Davern, Lina Engelen, Billie Giles-Corti, Sjaan Gomersall, Louise Hardy, Kylie Hesketh, Andrew Hills, David Lubans, Doune Macdonald, Rona Macniven, Philip Moran, Tony Okely, Anne Maree Parish, Ron Plotnikoff, Trevor Shilton, Leon Straker, Anna Timperio & 4 others Stewart Trost, Stewart Vella, Jenny Ziviani, Grant Tomkinson

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BACKGROUND: Like many other countries, Australia is facing an inactivity epidemic. The purpose of the Australian 2014 Physical Activity Report Card initiative was to assess the behaviors, settings, and sources of influences and strategies and investments associated with the physical activity levels of Australian children and youth.

METHODS: A Research Working Group (RWG) drawn from experts around Australia collaborated to determine key indicators, assess available datasets, and the metrics which should be used to inform grades for each indicator and factors to consider when weighting the data. The RWG then met to evaluate the synthesized data to assign a grade to each indicator.

RESULTS: Overall Physical Activity Levels were assigned a grade of D-. Other physical activity behaviors were also graded as less than average (D to D-), while Organized Sport and Physical Activity Participation was assigned a grade of B-. The nation performed better for settings and sources of influence and Government Strategies and Investments (A- to a C). Four incompletes were assigned due to a lack of representative quality data.

CONCLUSIONS: Evidence suggests that physical activity levels of Australian children remain very low, despite moderately supportive social, environmental and regulatory environments. There are clear gaps in the research which need to be filled and consistent data collection methods need to be put into place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S21-S25
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • child health
  • advocacy
  • activity guidelines

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