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Australian Government funds sport and recreation industry training.

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Media Release


30 June, 2006

The Australian Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, today opened the Melbourne School of Sport and Recreation Management state-of-the-art training facilities in Albert Park.

“As a nation, we’re famous for being sports mad, we love watching sport and playing it, but now people are increasingly getting involved professionally and taking up training to actually work in the sport and recreation professions,” Mr Hardgrave said.

The Australian Government invested $636,072 in the refurbishment of Sports House, which has provided purpose-built facilities including a project planning room, four multipurpose rooms with ICT equipment, a photocopy and resource room and a student amenities area.

“The School’s relocation from the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to Sports House, will provide industry specific and practical training opportunities in management, and professional development to assist people in sport and fitness occupations,” Mr Hardgrave said.

Sports House also accommodates administration facilities for the 2007 World Swimming Championships Corporation and Sports Medicine Australia.

Other projects will flow from the Melbourne School of Sport and Recreation Management’s partnerships with the Victorian Sports Centre Trust and industry groups.

“The School’s training programs are designed for those wishing to enter the industry, and those already working in it at every level,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“The Australian Government believes industry and business needs must drive training policies, priorities and delivery to augment the skilling of our workforce.”

The Australian Government is committed to supporting vocational and technical education and career options for all Australians, particularly the 70% of young Australians who do not go straight from school to university.

This year alone $2.5 billion has been invested to support and expand training opportunities across Australia.

Media Contact: Minister Hardgrave’s Media Contact: Nikki Voss 0402 896 100 Dept of Education, Science and Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034

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