17-37 – Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program

What’s new or changing

  • The Office of Sport has allocated $4 million over four years for the provision of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) through the NSW Government Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.
  • Grants are available for up to 50% of the AED package.
  • Successful applicants will be provided the opportunity to receive an AED, a familiarisation induction and a minimum of six years’ essential defibrillator maintenance.
  • Applications opened on the 1 November 2017 and will close 20 December 2017.
  • The Program is available to:
    • incorporated, not-for-profit grassroots sports clubs in NSW
    • councils on behalf of several eligible sports clubs may be considered, if they currently share facilities based in NSW and will be involved as partners in any project to acquire one or more AEDs for the shared facilities
    • licensed sporting clubs may be considered providing the project directly benefits the sport and not the licensed premises
    • sport clubs may be considered if associated with a school, church or university providing they are an incorporated not for profit club.

What this will mean for your council

  • Councils can expect to receive requests for letters of support from sports clubs.
  • Councils should encourage clubs to apply, especially in cases where numerous sports stand to benefit from a successful application (e.g. multi-sport facilities).
  • Councils should attempt to influence the placement of the AED to ensure broad access.
  • Councils may apply on behalf of a number of eligible sports clubs that share facilities and may be involved as partners in any project to acquire one or more AEDs for the shared facilities.

Key points

  • AEDs are a life-saving device that deliver a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest that increases the likelihood of a positive outcome.
  • The recipient will be responsible for the ongoing costs/maintenance of the device.

Where to go for further information

Tim Hurst
Acting Chief Executive