About Us

The 10,000 Steps Program is a free, evidence-based multi-strategy behaviour change program that supports people to increase their awareness and participation in physical activity by tracking steps, setting goals, and finding ways to be active as a part of their everyday lives. We provide a range of strategies and resources for workplaces and communities to support their employees or community members to live active and healthy lives. The Program is delivered via an interactive web and mobile apps (iOS and Android) with email and phone support from project researchers based at CQUniversity.

The 10,000 Steps Program is delivered by CQUniversity and funded by Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Queensland Government, and Preventive Health SA, Government of South Australia.

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Our Program
The 10,000 Steps program's purpose is to encourage Australians to move more throughout their daily lives by making active choices and tracking activity.
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Our Impact
Discover the positive impact our Program has had on the health of individuals, workplaces and communities over more than 20 years.
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Our Research
The Program's evolution, development, and adaptability are guided by ongoing evaluation and evidence-based research. Explore our range of research papers and working papers published by the 10,000 Steps Team.

Who We Are

Funded by Health and Wellbeing Queensland and Preventive Health SA, the 10,000 Steps Program is facilitated by the team at CQUniversity’s Physical Activity Research Group who coordinates the dissemination of the program. The team supports individuals, workplaces, and communities around Queensland, South Australia and beyond to incorporate more movement into their daily activity through the use of the Program's website 10000steps.org.au, mobile app and resources.

We take pride in the fact that, as of 2023, our team members have together contributed their passion and expertise to 10,000 steps for over 74 years, building an extensive knowledge base and fostering a collaborative and positive workplace culture.
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Our Team
Meet our small and dedicated team who are based out of CQUniversity Australia and live across Queensland in Rockhampton, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.
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Our Partners
Find out more about our partners and how their free health programs can support you.

What We Do

The purpose of the 10,000 Steps Program is to support inactive people to increase their skills, confidence, and motivation to develop sustainable, active habits that improve their physical and mental wellbeing. More than 40% of adults are not meeting recommended physical activity guidelines, leading to chronic disease and other health problems. The 10,000 Steps Program exists to support these people to increase their awareness and participation in physical activity.

Individuals

We empower individuals to be motivated, accountable and supported to make positive physical activity changes and be active every day. Our platforms support individuals to monitor and track their steps, set goals, join Monthly Challenges, or team up in Health Challenges or Tournaments with their friends, workplaces or communities.

Organisations

10,000 Steps provides resources, tools, and engagement activities so that workplaces and communities can nurture social and physical environments that are conducive to being active and foster healthy people and healthy places. We support workplaces through changes in workplace environments, policies, culture change, and delivery of engaging activities like Team Tournaments. We build capacity for Councils and community organisations to promote physical activity and walking by creating supportive environments and delivery of engaging activities like Health Challenges that connect people to their community.

At a glance

The 10,000 Steps Program began in 2001 and has now celebrated 23 years! As at June 2024, our program has achieved: 

  • 660,000+ members registered
  • 403+ billion steps logged on the 10,000 Steps applications
  • 11 million* website sessions and 65.7 million* page views
  • 726,658 downloads of the 10,000 Steps mobile app
  • 19,500+ Organisations registered of all sizes and from a range of industries
  • 11,518 Tournaments started 
  • 68,524 teams comprised of 432,000+ individuals
  • 160+ million Tournament steps logged
For more information, take a look at our Program Achievements.

*Source: Uptake (2011-2022)

What Our Members Say

Recently 10,000 Steps asked our users their thoughts on the Program.

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Now I am more active!

Using an activity tracker and recording my physical activity with 10,000 Steps has helped me to become aware of how much activity I do and how much I don't do. Working at a computer most days of the week for work contributes to my sitting time greatly. Tracking my steps, I can see that I only reach 2,000-3,000 steps on a typical work day unless I make time to get out of my seat and go for a quick walk around the building to clear my head, walk to and from the printer and the offices and take a walk during my lunch break or during the afternoon. It can be difficult to reach 10,000 steps each day without putting more effort into being active before and after work.

- Nina G, Queensland

Motivation for Transformation

The 10,000 Steps Challenges for me have been a motivation - transformation - for my fitness levels. Along with me, my daughter Alice is nearly 6 months old , and we are both exercising together getting stronger every day. Not only keeping fit, but also losing a few pounds up to Christmas. It has really been enjoyable and rewarding for the both of us. We have been enjoying creek walks and the fresh air and sunshine. Thank you to the 10,000 Steps Challenges for the extra motivation, these have helped us stay above 10,000 steps a day!

- Kate L, South Australia

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Member Stories

Read more stories shared throughout the years by our members