Australian Sport: The pathway to success

Chapter 1.4: Building the Capacity of Our National Sports Organisations

Page last updated: 31 October 2013

4.1 National sporting organisations should have primary responsibility for development of their own high performance programs with assistance from the Australian Sports Commission as appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

Government Response

Supported.
The Australian Government supports this approach which will be addressed by the Australian Sports Commission through funding agreements which include support for the enhancement of national sporting organisations’ capacity, governance and planning, and the prioritising of participation outcomes.

4.2 The Australian Sports Commission should make the adoption of appropriate and national skills-based governance structures that reflect the diversity of membership a funding condition for national sporting organisations.

Government Response

Supported..
The Australian Government supports this approach which will be addressed by the Australian Sports Commission through funding agreements which include support for enhancement of national sporting organisations’ capacity, governance and planning, and the prioritising of participation outcomes.

4.3 National sporting organisations’ boards and managements should place engagement of recreational participation as a key priority and this focus should be backed by government policy at all levels.

Government Response

Supported..

The Australian Government supports this approach and will provide national sporting organisations with additional funding to grow participation at a community level and require them to deliver participation outcomes as part of their funding agreements with the Australian Sports Commission.

4.4 All national sporting organisations that are highly dependent on public funding should have rolling five-year national plans that set the targets and measures by which the national sporting organisations should be judged.


Government Response

Supported..

The Australian Government supports this approach which will be addressed by the Australian Sports Commission through funding agreements which include support for enhancement of national sporting organisations’ capacity, governance and planning, and the prioritising of participation outcomes.

4.5 To address duplications of functions, the Australian Sports Commission should encourage ventures that provide ‘shared functions’ to sporting clubs and bodies and should make ‘sharing’ a condition of financial support to identified national sporting organisations.

Government Response

Supported..
The Australian Government supports this approach and will encourage the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to work with smaller national sporting organisations to identify suitable arrangements for shared functions and services. The ASC will encourage relevant agencies in other jurisdictions as well as local governments and sporting organisations to adopt a similar approach.

4.6 National sporting organisations that are engaged in the Olympics should explore events that raise profile
outside the Olympics

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Government Response

Supported..
The Australian Government supports this approach and acknowledges the importance of national sporting organisations (NSOs) creating revenue streams to decrease their reliance on public funding. The Australian Sports Commission will work with NSOs to identify suitable options.