Group VRG 83
Sport and Recreation (previously Sport)
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Date Range: 1985 - cont
Description of this GroupDescription of this Group
Establishment and Functions

In 1985 the Minister for Sport and Recreation succeeded the Minister of Youth, Sport and Recreation (VRG 66).

Following the election of the first Kennett Government in October 1992 the Sport and Recreation portfolio was renamed Sport, Recreation and Racing.

In April 1996 a Minister for Sport was commissioned to undertake the responsibilities previously vested in the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing.

Essentially the Minister is responsible for promoting the fitness and general health of Victorians and for improving the facilities available for leisure activities.

The prime functions associated with this portfolio are:

sport and recreation including the provision of advice and financial assistance to municipal councils and community groups to aid recreation planning and the design and management of facilities; training for recreation workers, sports officials and coaches; state-wide co-ordination of sport, recreation, leisure, safety and fitness programmes and services; regulation of professional boxing and martial arts through the Professional Boxing Control Board; development and management of major facilities such as the National Tennis Centre, support for the State Sports Council and the Community Recreation Council.

racing and gaming including the regulation of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing through the Bookmakers and Bookmakers' Clerks Registration Committee; registration of bookmakers; and regulation of off course totalizer betting, raffles, bingo and other gaming activities.

The Department of Sport and Recreation (VA 2691) provides a central co-ordinating role for the portfolio's activities. A number of statutory authorities are included in the portfolio including the Greyhound Racing and Bingo Permits Board, the Totalizer Agency Board and the Racecourses Licences Board. A number of other bodies are also associated with the portfolio such as the Victoria Racing Club, VICSWIM and VICFIT.

Location of Records

No central departmental records have been transferred to the Public Record Office. See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 3.20.2 (Raffles and Bingo Permit Board) and 3.20.3 (1956 Olympic Games Organising Committee).


Minister for Sport and Recreation 1985-1992
Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing 1992-1996
Minister for Sport 1996-ct
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Agencies within this GroupAgencies within this Group
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Date within Group Agency Title Agency Number Agency Hierarchy
1985 - 1992 Department of Sport and Recreation VA 2691 Dept. of State
1992 - 1996 Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism VA 3095 Dept. of State
1996 - 1999 Department of State Development II VA 3973 Dept. of State
1999 - 2002 Department of State and Regional Development VA 4189 Dept. of State
2002 - 2007 Department for Victorian Communities VA 4562 Dept. of State
2007 - 2013 Department of Planning and Community Development VA 4838
2013 - 2014 Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure VA 5003
2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
Functions related to this GroupFunctions related to this Group
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Date within Group Function Title Function Number
1985 - cont Raffles and bingo VF 56
1985 - cont Racing and gaming VF 201
1985 - cont Sport and recreation VF 202