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Sport and Recreation IRC

At its 13 August 2019 meeting, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved the Cases for Endorsement relating to the outdoor recreation and sport components in the SIS10 Sport Fitness and Recreation Training Package. These changes incorporate the transition to the Standards for Training Packages and mean that the SIS10 Training Package is now fully superseded by the SIS Sport Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

Click here for more information about the current project to update the SIS Fitness Training Package Products.

Industry Overview

The sport, fitness and recreation industries play a crucial role in the health and wellbeing of Australians. The positive impact they have on the health of the population, and by extension, our economy, cannot be underestimated. As well as physical health, the industry promotes mental health of individuals and the health of society overall by building social cohesion and inclusion.

Workers in the sport, fitness and recreation (SFR) sector include those employed in the management of venues and facilities, such as aquatic centres, outdoor centres and camps.

Employers in the sector include government, businesses and organisations, including:

  • Not-for-profits (including volunteer organisations)
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Businesses ranging from sole traders to large companies.

The SFR landscape is complex and comprises four main industry sectors:

  • Sport
  • Fitness
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Community recreation.

Community recreation happens in contexts like community recreation facilities and community activity programs. Employers in the community recreation sub-sector are particularly diverse and run across national, state and territory, and local levels. There are commercial providers, clubs, schools, higher education institutions, and youth and community groups.



Employment opportunities in the fitness sector include health clubs, fitness centres and gyms, as well as providing personal training for individuals and groups outside those contexts.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) defines fitness professionals as those who ‘direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in the pursuit of physical fitness and wellbeing’.

Job roles include:

  • Aqua instructor
  • Gym instructor
  • Exercise instructor
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Personal trainer.
  • Aquatic and Community recreation

    Job roles include:

    • Lifeguard
    • Recreation leader
    • Swimming teacher
    • Administration and leisure services officer
    • Leisure centre assistant and facility coordinator
    • Aquatic operator
    • Community recreation activity assistant
    • Community activities officer
    • Recreation officer and leader
    • Competition manager
    • Sports program officer
    • Community services program manager
    • Asset and facility manager
    • Coordinator of volunteer work
    • Community recreation centre manager.
    • Outdoor recreation

      Job roles include:

      • Outdoor activity assistant
      • Outdoor activity guide
      • Outdoor activity instructor
      • Outdoor recreation assistant
      • Outdoor leader
      • Outdoor recreation program manager.
      • Sports

        Job roles include:

        • Athlete
        • Assistant coach
        • Sports official
        • Sports coach
        • Sports development officer
        • Sports development manager
        • Sports event manager
        • Team manager
        • High performance coach.


        The VET qualifications that cater to this sector are:

        Fitness qualifications

        • SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness
        • SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.
        • Community recreation qualification

          • SIS31015 Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation.
          • Outdoor recreation qualifications:

            • SIS20419 Certificate II Outdoor Recreation
            • SIS30619 Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership
            • SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership
            • SIS50421 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership.
            • Sport qualifications

              • SIS20221 Certificate II in Sport - Developing athlete
              • SIS20321 Certificate II in Sport Coaching
              • SIS30421 Certificate III in Sport - Athlete
              • SIS30521 Certificate III in Sport Coaching
              • SIS40321 Certificate IV in Sport Coaching
              • SIS40421 Certificate IV in Sport Development
              • SIS50321 Diploma of Sport.
              • Sport and recreation qualifications

                • SIS10115 Certificate I in Sport and Recreation
                • SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
                • SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
                • SIS40115 Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation
                • SIS50115 Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management.

                Links to view and download the content for each of these qualifications may be found in our Training Packages section.

                Sport and Recreation IRC Industry Skills Forecasts

                CLICK HERE to download the 2017 Sport and Recreation IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

                CLICK HERE to download the 2018 Sport and Recreation IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

                CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Sport and Recreation IRC Industry Skills Forecast.