National Health and Physical Education Day

Australian school children rank among the worst in the world when it comes to their physical activity levels. To tackle this problem, they need to be taught skills and have better knowledge and understanding of how to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

That’s why National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our schools.

The theme of HPE day is Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities and in 2023 HPE day will be celebrated on Wednesday 6th September 2023!

If you are a teacher, why not take your class outside for a lesson or organise a PE-related excursion? Schools, why not plan a fun run or walk for your students? If you are a parent, why not walk home with the kids or take them to a nearby park for some play time after school?

When it comes to how to get involved, the only limit is imagination – so get moving, because every step counts!


The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc. (ACHPER) is the leading professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in the fields of health and physical education. We are a member based, not-for-profit organisation with a significant profile.

The purpose of ACHPER is to promote active and healthy living for all Australians through education and professional practice. ACHPER also provides programs and services that support continuing development of knowledge, skills and professional practice, focussing primarily on health education, physical education and recreation. Through this, ACHPER will serve members and other stakeholders who value lifelong physical activity and health.

ACHPER has a proud tradition that goes back to 1955 when the organisation had its beginnings in the Australian Physical Education Association. ACHPER has approximately 2,500 members nationwide and has a Branch in each state and territory.

To read more about ACHPER, please visit our website www.achper.org.au