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Active Parramatta

Better ageing fitness development subsidy program

Current Status

The Better Ageing Fitness Development Subsidy Program has now concluded. 


The Better Subsidy Program aimed to upskill sport, fitness and exercise professionals working in the Parramatta LGA to be able to engage or improve the programs they offer to older adults.

It was funded by Sport Australia’s Move It AUS Better Ageing Grant.


The program’s objectives were to:

  • increase the number of people who are qualified to deliver health and fitness classes to older adults.
  • increase the number of fitness providers who are bilingual or multilingual and their capacity to work with older adults.
  • offer a wider range of fitness and wellbeing activities for older adults in their communities.

What it covers

The program covered either 50% or 100% of the cost of a professional development course, up to $800, nominated by the applicant.

  • 50% track: 50% of the professional development course will be covered.
  • 100% track: 100% of the professional development course will be covered and the applicant will be required to facilitate at least one free activity session, applying the newly acquired knowledge, under the Active Parramatta Fitness Program.

Program eligibility

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To be eligible for the subsidy program the following conditions must be met:

  • The applicant must be a qualified sport, fitness or exercise professional who works or has plans to work, in the Parramatta LGA.
  • The nominated professional development course must be recognised by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Physical Activity Australia (PAA), Fitness Australia or Australia Community Workers Association (ACWA).
  • The nominated course must be taken after the application submission date. Courses already taken or certifications already granted are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be over 18 years old.
  • Applicants only receive one subsidy.

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Assessment criteria
    • Do they live in the Parramatta LGA?
    • Do they work in the Parramatta LGA?
    • Percentage of work based in the LGA is less than 25%
    • Percentage of work based in the LGA is between 26-50%
    • Is the identified course clearly targeting the health and wellbeing of older adults?
    • Will this course be beneficial to the applicant and the communities they work with?
    • Are they able to independently run/facilitate group fitness classes?
    • Are they able to facilitate classes in a language other than English?
    • Is the activity they want to provide unique?
    • Are they able to provide more than 1 free activity?
      • facilitate 2 sessions
      • facilitate 3 sessions
    • How many participants are they able to accept?
      • less than 10 participants
      • 10 or more participants

Application process

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Submit your application

Submit your application via SmartyGrants. If you have used SmartyGrants for any other grants program, you can use the same login.

Application period

The application period is open from 2 December 2019 to 30 June 2020. Applications will be assessed throughout this period with the following closing dates:

  • 31 January 2020, 4pm
  • 17 April 2020, 4pm 
  • 30 June 2020, 4pm

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will be notified via email that their course is approved for funding and are required to sign a funding agreement as a formal acceptance of the subsidy.

All activities for both tracks must be completed by 30 September 2020.

  • 50% track – if proof of course payment and completion is not provided by 30 September the payment will not be made.
  • 100% track – if the free activity is not completed by 30 September 2020, the remaining 50% payment will not be made.


All payments will be made via electronic funds transfer.

Get in touch

If you have any questions you can get in touch Nicholas Korelin on (02) 9806 5269 or

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