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Policy and guidelines FAQs

Find answers to our frequently asked questions regarding Policies and Guidelines governing Sport and Physical Activity in NSW public schools. 

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Physical activity and the 150 minutes

Planned physical activity includes physical education, weekly sport, and other structured physical activities (OSPA).

Physical Education (PE) is a mandatory part of Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education (PDHPE).

Structured physical activity can be planned for any time during the school day, such as recess, lunch, or during other learning experiences run by the school.


If the travel time involves walking or physical activity, then it can be included. If travel doesn’t involve any exercise, for example, sitting on a bus, then it should not be included.


No. The revised policy requires a consistent approach to providing students with 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This time needs to be met through activities that would normally happen as part of the weekly timetable.


Yes. As per the policy, student participation in physical activity can include time spent in physical education, sport, and other structured physical activities. As with all KLA's there are mandatory hours required. The time spent in practical activities (physical education) of PDHPE can be accounted towards the PDHPE mandatory time as well as in the 150 minutes required by the Sport and Physical Activity policy.

Therefore the theoretical aspect of PDHPE often referred to as Health lessons, do not count towards the 150 minutes of physical activity required by the Sport and Physical Activity Policy.

Sample whole school physical activity timetables are available to help schools understand how their timetable may fit the policy requirements.


Structured physical activity

Other structured physical activity usually refers to planned physical activity other than physical education and weekly sport. It can be planned for other times of the school day such as at recess, lunch or in any other learning experiences conducted by the school. 

Planning regular energisers and learning in Key Learning Areas through physical activity is an effective way to avoid overcrowding the school week. Research shows that incorporating regular physical activity will help to engage students, break up long periods of sitting and increase concentration levels of students. 

When including other structured physical activity as part of the 150 minutes per week, schools need to ensure they can account for all students in their school and that it is sustainable as part of regular programming and planning. For example, a lunchtime soccer competition that runs for a term and is only available to a limited number of students could not be included in the 150 minutes of physical activity. 

Go to the Sample whole school physical activity timetables section of the website for more information including energisers and sample Thinking while moving lesson plans.


PDHPE vs Sport


Procedures document


Fact sheets