Status: The first Australia-wide curriculum for Health and Physical Education (HPE) was scheduled to be released to Australia’s states and territories and their respective education systems in 2014. Although the HPE documents do not make explicit reference to physical literacy, there are strong alignments between particular interpretations of physical literacy and aspects of the HPE curriculum. At this time, however, the concept of health literacy has been adopted at the exclusion of physical literacy. As such, the University of Canberra is pioneering explicit efforts around physical literacy.
Definition: “Physical literacy is a concept capturing the ability to move effectively; the desire to move; the perceptual abilities that support effective movement; the confidence and assurance to attempt movement challenges; and the subsequent ability to interact effectively with their environment and other people.”
Leadership: The University of Canberra, Centre of Excellence in Physical Literacy and Active Youth: This center’s physical literacy project and research group aim to improve the physical literacy of Australian children through primary school PE and sport, and community linkages.
Sector and Venue: Physical literacy is taught and developed through physical education and practiced/delivered through the teaching of fundamental movement skills.
Sample Program: Scattered programs exist, but there does not appear to be a consistent program for developing children’s physical literacy throughout preschool and primary school in preparation for physical activity across the lifespan.
Getting Australia Moving: Establishing a Physically Literate and Active Nation: This publication provides a synopsis of global physical literacy initiatives and lays out a model for physical literacy in Australia.
Inclusion: No programs found for underserved populations specific to physical literacy.
Assessment: None specific to physical literacy.
Messaging: The University of Canberra provides information on and research about physical literacy through university materials and an online presence. Academic leaders there also have a published game plan for Australia to embrace physical literacy.