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Australian Sports Commission Annual Report 2003–2004 © Australian Sports Commission 2004 ISSN 0186-3448 This work is copyright. Apart from any uses as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the Australian Sports Commission. Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction should be directed to: The Manager Business Development Australian Sports Commission PO Box 176 BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For general enquiries concerning the Australian Sports Commission: Tel: (02) 6214 1111 Fax: (02) 6251 2680 Email: email@example.com Web site: www.ausport.gov.au Unless otherwise stated, all images Australian Sports Commission Produced by Australian Sports Commission Publications staff Letter of transmittal Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp Minister for the Arts and Sport Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 I am pleased to submit the twentieth Annual Report for the Australian Sports Commission covering the period 2003–04. The report has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 as required under Section 48 of the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989. The Commissioners of the Board are responsible, under Section 9 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, for the preparation and content of the Report of Operations in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders. The Board resolved to adopt the Report of Operations at its meeting on 9 September 2004 as a true and concise portrayal of the year’s activities. This report assesses our performance against the accountability framework agreed with the Government, and highlights the success of the programs of the Australian Sports Commission, including Business Operations, the Australian Institute of Sport, and Sport Performance and Development. I commend this report to you as a record of our achievements. Yours sincerely PETER T BARTELS Chairman Australian Sports Commission 5 October 2004 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Contents Letter of transmittal Mission statement Chairman’s review Chief Executive Officer’s report Report of operations Organisational overview Introduction Organisational structure Australian Sports Foundation Staffing Organisational chart Corporate governance The Australian Sports Commission Board Legislative reporting requirements Environment and heritage Enterprise agreements Social justice and equity Disability Action Plan Occupational health and safety Indemnities and insurance for officers Freedom of information Privacy Formal reporting requirements under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 Fraud control Performance reports Business operations Outcome 1 An effective national sports system that offers improved participation in quality sports activities by Australians Outcome 2 Excellence in sports performance by Australians Financial accountability Budget Planning and accountability framework Internal and external scrutiny © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendixes 1 Financial report Australian Sports Commission – Independent audit report – Financial statements Australian Sports Foundation – Independent audit report – Financial statements 2 Staffing statistics 3 Australian Institute of Sport scholarship program performances, 2003–2004 4 Grant allocations to sports, 2003–2004 5 Summary of compliance 6 Australian Institute of Sport program locations 7 Contact officers 8 Australian Sports Commission corporate partners Errata Index © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Mission statement To enrich the lives of all Australians through sport Australian Sports Commission objectives The Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC’s) Strategic Plan 2002–2005 sets the direction, strategies and broad framework that allows the ASC to meet its statutory objectives and achieve the outcomes the Government requires. Building on previous plans, the ASC’s key objectives are to secure an effective national sporting system that offers improved rates of participation in quality and diverse sports activities by Australians, and to secure excellence in sports performance by Australians. Supporting the ASC’s objectives are several critical result areas. These are: · greater grassroots sports participation, particularly by youth, women, Indigenous Australians and people with a disability · increased sports participation, particularly in rural and regional communities · increased membership and reach of local sporting clubs · best-practice management and governance of sport within and through national sporting organisations · increased adoption of the values of fair play, self-improvement and achievement · recruitment, retention and accreditation of people within the sports sector · improved economic efficiency within, and commercial return to, the ASC and national sporting organisations · continued achievements in high performance sport by Australian teams and individuals · recognition of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) as a world centre of excellence for the training and development of elite athletes and coaches · a drug-free sporting environment. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Chairman’s review I am constantly reminded of the strength and depth of the Australian sports system and its resilience in addressing challenges and managing issues while maintaining focus on the delivery of high-quality programs across sport. The 2003–04 year produced its share of unexpected challenges, but also delivered the lengthy list of achievements documented in this report. As Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), I am proud to report that the Commission has again provided strong leadership and momentum to Australian sport through a comprehensive range of programs and initiatives. With unprecedented levels of support from the Australian Government, we have enhanced the operation of a national sports system that remains a world leader in developing high performance and community sport. The year under review has seen further strengthening of the cooperative approach in the delivery of our national sports system, particularly in the area of high performance athlete development. The national network of institutes and academies of sport, including our own Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), is working to deliver quality programs to all elite and potential elite athletes. The AIS remains at the forefront of sports science, innovation and cutting-edge technology, through initiatives such as our participation in the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology and information delivery. The advantages gained from developments in these areas can mean the difference between success and disappointment. At the other end of the participation scale, community sport and the volunteers that largely deliver it remain the foundation of our national system. Initiatives such as the projects funded through the Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program and the exciting Active After-school Communities program announced by the Prime Minister on 29 June 2004 proactively seek to grow the number of people participating in sport at the community level. Contrary to the perceptions of some, this area is a key focus of the work of the ASC. The ASC remains at the forefront of ensuring the integrity of sport remains in place. Australia has long been a staunch advocate for the removal of performance-enhancing substances and practices from sport, and played an integral role in the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Working jointly with the Australian Sports Drug Agency as Australia’s two nominated national anti-doping organisations, during the year the ASC has progressed the adoption and implementation of the World Anti- Doping Code within Australian sport. Australian athletes will benefit greatly from the development and implementation of the Code as they compete on the international stage. The ASC is committed to the Government’s zero tolerance policy, and will continue to lead the fight against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. There are no easy answers to some of the issues and problems we encounter in sport. The actions and failures of a few can taint the whole sports sector, and sadly it is these that gain the attention of the media, rather than the many ‘good news’ stories that abound in sport. In the year under review, we have seen widespread coverage of behavioural problems in some of our professional sports, and allegations of misconduct by individuals involved in sport. I have confidence in the processes and procedures by which these matters are investigated and dealt with by sport. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Indeed, I find it extremely reassuring the way our sports, our athletes and others associated with sport respond to pressure and negativity to reinforce the strength of the sports system. The Australian spirit and determination underpins many of our successful onfield sporting performances. For example, the men’s under-21 basketball team and the men’s team pursuit cycling team both won World Championships during the year, the latter doing so twice. Our women waterskiers performed admirably in winning three separate World Championships, and what can be said about Layne Beachley, six-time World Champion and winner of the 2004 Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year? These are but some of the outstanding performances reported elsewhere in this publication, and highlight the diversity of our international success. Congratulations to everyone involved with sport, including players, coaches, officials and administrators at all levels. You are to be commended for your participation, dedication and achievements, particularly the more than 1 million volunteers involved with sport in this country. To those that have represented their country and those that have represented the AIS, you have done yourselves and your nation proud. As we turn our attention to the future, our athletes are in the final stages of their preparations for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens. I wish our teams every success and I am reassured that they have been given all possible support during their preparation. Planning and training for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne is well underway, and soon our focus will be on the Beijing 2008 Games. The ASC supports athletes, coaches and other support staff on an ongoing basis as they prepare for major competitions and championships. The behind-the-scenes preparation and support is often of equal importance to athlete preparation, and I acknowledge the leadership role the ASC plays in this regard. I am grateful for the support and commitment of the ASC Board of Commissioners who have ensured sound governance and effective operation of the organisation. I appreciate their positive response to the additional calls on their time, and individually and collectively they bring considerable expertise and experience to the organisation. The professionalism and commitment of the staff of the ASC is greatly appreciated by the members of the Board. Many of you receive little recognition, but your contribution makes the ASC an outstanding organisation, one that I am proud to be associated with. Peter T Bartels Chairman Australian Sports Commission © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Chief Executive Officer’s report In the last 18 months, Australian athletes and teams have won world championships or major events in 18 sports at either senior or junior level, with 60 individuals or teams standing on the gold-medal podium. The sports range from well-known ones such as swimming, rowing, cricket and cycling to lesser-known or publicised sports such as bodyboarding, weight-lifting and archery. For many athletes and teams, it was a year focused on qualifying and preparing for the 2004 Athens Olympic and Paralympic Games. On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC’s) ongoing support of the high performance programs in Olympic sports has contributed to the qualification of Australia’s largest- ever off-shore Olympic team and good prospects for Australia’s most successful away- from-home Paralympic Games. Recognising our athletes’ need for support to allow them to adequately prepare for Athens, the Australian Government provided $1 million in additional funding for direct athlete support, assisting 201 Olympic and 21 Paralympic athletes with their preparation. During the reporting period, allegations concerning inappropriate attitudes and behaviour within sport, such as sexual misconduct by coaches and athletes, and incidents of spectator violence and disrespect, gained substantial media coverage. In response, the ASC convened a forum for leaders in the sports industry in April 2004 to consider a consolidated approach to dealing with such issues. The ASC remains committed to ensuring sport maintains its strong integrity base, and is working with sports on strategies to support the positive values and benefits that sport brings to the community. Overall, 2003–04 was a year of achievement for the ASC across a range of program areas. For me, the highlight was on 29 June 2004 when the Prime Minister announced the Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative to address the growing crisis in childhood obesity. The ASC has been given carriage of the main component of the initiative — the Active After-school Communities program — which will provide more opportunities for children to become physically active in the after-school hours timeslot. This initiative was the result of the ASC taking leadership across government, and I thank staff for their substantial efforts in its development. Active After-school Communities represents an exciting step for the ASC and will strengthen our links with state and territory agencies, sporting organisations and local communities. Improved governance within sport remains a key focus for the ASC. Following the Report of the Independent Soccer Review Committee into the Structure, Governance and Management of Soccer in Australia (the ‘Crawford Report’) in September 2003, the Government offered financial assistance for the restructuring of soccer in Australia. Implementation of the recommendations made by the Crawford Report continued during the year. In March 2004, Athletics Australia invited the ASC to undertake a review to develop strategies to deal with the acknowledged problems in the sport. It is expected that the review will be completed by the end of 2004. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications During the year, significant work was undertaken towards making the ASC and national sporting organisations compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency Code. The ASC anti-doping template was revised and released for adoption by national sporting organisations. Sport-specific advice was provided to more than 30 national sporting organisations to enable them to comply with the ASC’s core anti-doping provisions. In conjunction with the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and the Australian Sports Drug Agency, support was also given to state and territory government agencies and sporting bodies to implement the World Anti-Doping Agency Code at all levels of government. The ASC has a zero tolerance policy on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport and continues to work with athletes, coaches, staff and national sporting organisations to ensure that Australian sport remains a leader in the world-wide fight against the use of drugs in sport. While the Athens 2004 Olympic Games loom large on the horizon at the end of the reporting period, work has begun on planning for Australia’s participation in future major international events. The ASC brought together all state and territory institutes and academies of sport and major national sporting organisations to discuss a nationally coordinated approach to high performance planning for the 2005–09 period. This quadrennial planning process will maximise returns on the investment in excellence in sports performance, in order to enhance our performance in future international competition. Discussions have also begun with Chinese sporting representatives to plan the 2008 Olympic campaign. As an organisation that promotes excellence in management, the ASC attained a number of achievements in its own management during the year. The ASC Code of Conduct was revised, and a new staff certified agreement struck. By the end of the reporting period, the revision of the ASC’s Anti-Doping Policy to become World Anti-Doping Agency Code compliant was also nearing completion. I would like to publicly record my thanks to all staff for their expertise, commitment and enthusiasm in working within the Australian sports sector to ensure that not only is the ASC a leader in Australian sport, but that the Australian sports system continues to be a world leader. To the Chairman of the ASC, Mr Peter Bartels, and other Board members I extend my personal thanks for your dedication, leadership and support throughout a productive year. On behalf of the Australian Government, the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, has been a strong advocate for Australian sport and the ASC, and I am grateful for his ongoing support. MARK A PETERS Chief Executive Officer Australian Sports Commission © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Organisational overview © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Introduction The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is the Australian Government body responsible for coordinating the Government’s commitment and contribution to the sporting industry. Its role is to provide national leadership in all facets of sport development from the elite level through national sporting organisations (national governing bodies for sport and their affiliated associations, clubs and individuals), to the government and private sectors, schools and the wider sporting community. In addition, the ASC focuses on encouraging and strengthening a business culture in the sporting industry in Australia and on contributing to the development of sport both here and, via specific programs, abroad. It also offers a range of services that enhance the contribution of sport to the health and social wellbeing of the Australian community. The ASC delivers its responsibilities through three groups — the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Business Operations, and Sport Performance and Development. The ASC reports to the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp. The senior portfolio minister is Senator the Hon. Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Every four years, the ASC prepares and distributes its strategic plan. Its current strategic plan covers the period 2002–05 and reflects the policy directions established by the Government’s sports policy, Backing Australia’s Sporting Ability: a more active Australia. The strategic plan is the main planning document setting out the direction and major strategies for the organisation for the four years to 2005. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Organisational structure Australian Institute of Sport During 2003–04, the AIS continued its leadership role as a world centre of excellence for the training and development of elite athletes and coaches. The AIS provided facilities and assistance for elite athletes, including access to world-class coaches. Through the AIS Performance Enhancement Program, which includes a coordinated planning and evaluation process for AIS programs, the Institute provided integrated services in clinical and sports sciences, and career, education and welfare for AIS sports programs and athletes. Throughout the reporting period, the AIS conducted 35 programs in 26 sports. National sporting organisations are responsible for the management of the overall elite athlete pathway in their sport. However, as agreed with each national sporting organisation, the AIS plays one of two roles in the organisation’s elite athlete pathway by conducting sports programs targeted at either: · elite or senior international programs (23 sports programs in 2003–04) · pre-elite or developmental programs (12 sports programs in 2003–04). The AIS also continued to provide sports science and sports medicine services to 22 national teams on a commercial basis. It also provided technical and program leadership to Australian sport. It conducted national programs in Athlete Career and Education, Talent Search, Elite Sports Research and the Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme. It also coordinated benchmarking, best-practice and innovation projects in physical therapies and recovery. The AIS is a core participant in the national Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology. Through this participation, the AIS aims to keep Australian sports science at the world’s leading edge by developing unique monitoring equipment that is essentially unobtrusive and can be used in training or in competition. During the reporting period, the AIS, as a program of the ASC, was extensively involved in the ASC quadrennial planning process for 2005–09 with national sporting organisations. The focus of this planning process was to ensure that sports have an effective elite athlete pathway. This includes an agreed and specific role for an AIS program that complements and adds to the role that state and territory institutes and academies of sport and other partners play in the sport’s overall elite athlete pathway. AIS staff provided significant input into the AIS Redevelopment Project, particularly the aquatic testing and training centre, AIS service centre, and athlete residence and welfare facilities. This development will significantly improve training, testing and accommodation facilities available to Australia’s elite athletes attending the AIS Canberra campus. Director Michael Scott headed the AIS during the reporting period. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Business Operations Business Operations provides corporate support to the ASC in order to meet Government obligations, provide general services to sports, improve the national sports information network, manage communication and marketing requirements, and manage the significant commercial businesses of the ASC. The programs within Business Operations are: · Business Development · Commercial Operations · Corporate Communications · Corporate Planning and Research · Facilities Services · Finance · Human Resources · Information Management · International Relations. During the reporting period Business Operations consolidated plans for the $65 million redevelopment of the AIS Canberra campus to ensure state-of-the-art facilities for the future. It has upgraded the existing information technology infrastructure to safeguard ASC intellectual property and to meet emerging needs such as a digital video repository and the development and implementation of an electronic records management system. Commercial Operations manages the AIS Canberra visitors centre, its sporting and conference facilities, and the residential accommodation complex. It promotes the use of the AIS Canberra facilities on a commercial basis to local, national and international sporting groups and the general public. The business activities areas of the section generate significant off-budget revenue for the ASC. Business Operations also increased off-budget revenue through involvement with the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology, negotiating commercial contracts with overseas countries, receiving further funding to deliver community development projects for Government departments such as AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and increasing sponsorship. In 2003–04, responsibility for the Australian Sports Foundation was transferred from Sport Performance and Development to Business Operations. Also during the reporting period, a review of the Media and Public Relations section was undertaken. The decision was subsequently made to incorporate the newly named Media Liaison unit into the Corporate Communications section. Corporate Communications now incorporates publications, distribution, marketing, sponsorship, event management and media liaison. Business Operations was headed by Lois Fordham, General Manager, during the reporting period. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Sport Performance and Development During 2003–04, Sport Performance and Development provided integrated and targeted funding and services to national sporting organisations in order to support all aspects of their operations. Through standard Funding and Service Level Agreements between the ASC and national sporting organisations, administered by Sport Performance and Development, the ASC allocated funding and services against sports’ strategic plans. Each agreement was negotiated, agreed and planned based on each national sporting organisation’s needs and priorities, and its ability to contribute to the ASC’s outcomes. Over the year, Sport Performance and Development worked to ensure that sports were accountable and transparent, and provided opportunities for people of all ages and capacities to compete. Through the provision of financial resources and key services and support, Sport Performance and Development helped to prepare national sporting organisations to meet their obligations and objectives in the areas of anti-doping, member protection, risk management, corporate governance, financial management, participation and high performance success. Australian sports are being challenged to adopt a national approach to the implementation of policy and programs across the range of sport development and high performance activities. During 2003–04, Sport Performance and Development assumed a lead role in ensuring that existing national coordinating bodies, such as the Standing Committee on ORecreation and Sport and its sub-committee, the National Elite Sports Council, wereare better integrated, as indicated through the ASC’s Quadrennial Planning exercise to cover the 2005/09 high performance planning cycle. . Further opportunities for integration emerged through the recently established sport development sub- committee of the Standing Committee on ORecreation and Sport. Sport Performance and Development also played a key role in delivering national high performance outcomes, both as the primary funding agent for national sporting organisation high performance programs, and as the coordinator of the national high performance planning processcess mentioned previously. This exercise wasFor the first time, a national approach to the planning of high performance sport for the 2005-2009 quadrennium funding cycle (2005–09) and was implemented with a view to applying the collective resources of the ASC, the AIS, and the state and territory institutes and academies of sport in a coordinated fashion. The objective of this approach was to enhance Australia’s performance in international competition. ASC funding is carefully structured and applied to develop sport from the grassroots through to the elite levels. The notion of both social and elite pathways for athletes, coaches, officials and administrators lies at the heart of a sport’s effective planning processes. The ASC, through Sport Performance and Development, directs its funding to ensure these pathways are in place and are effective in delivering increased participation and continued international sporting success. During the reporting period, Sport Performance and Development continued to: · challenge national sporting organisations to achieve agreed higher organisational, membership and athlete performance targets · provide national leadership on key issues and challenges within the sports industry © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · demonstrate the social, economic and health benefits of participation in organised sport. Sport Performance and Development was headed by Brent Espeland, General Manager, during the reporting period. Australian Sports Foundation The Australian Sports Foundation was established in 1986 to assist Australian sport by generating funds for the development of sport from the corporate sector and the community at large. Projects can be registered for facility development, non-recurrent equipment needs, sports development, team travel and hosting major events. The Australian Sports Foundation is a public company and is governed by the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989. It is listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Division 30, Sections 30 to 90), which enables the Australian Sports Foundation to offer tax deductions to donors for contributions of $2 or more. Since its inception, the Australian Sports Foundation has helped raise over $80 million for the benefit of sport in Australia. Following the release of the Australian Government’s national sports policy, Backing Australia’s Sporting Ability: a more active Australia, the Australian Sports Foundation relocated from Sydney to Canberra in August 2001, and was reintegrated within the administration of the ASC. The Australian Sports Foundation continues to build awareness in the sports sector of the importance of partnerships involving sport, business and the broader community. Through contact with sporting clubs, associations, national bodies and schools, and through establishing links with local government and community bodies, it has worked to promote understanding of the benefits of its tax-deductible services and to develop a ‘self-determinant’ culture within organisations. A focus of the Australian Sports Foundation has been raising awareness of its services in regional and rural Australia. As required by legislation, the Australian Sports Foundation’s annual financial statements and related audit opinion for 2003–04 are at Appendix 1. Staffing The ASC employs a highly diverse range of staff in vocations such as elite and developmental coaching, sports science and sports medicine, trades and horticulture, technical, security, retail, sports and general administration, finance and management. Staff are employed in full-time or part-time positions, either on an ongoing or non- ongoing basis (fixed-term or casual employment). Substantial increases in the demand for services to national sporting organisations and ASC programs in the lead-up to the Athens Olympic Games led to an increase in staff during 2003–04. This demand was managed efficiently with a relatively small overall increase in jobs, achieved in part through a nett reduction in casual employment. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Detailed ASC staffing data can be found at Appendix 2. Organisational chart © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Corporate governance © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications The Australian Sports Commission Board The ASC is governed by a Board of 12 Commissioners who are appointed by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp. Details of all members who served on the Board during the year ending 30 June 2004 follow. Mr Peter Bartels AO (Chairman) FAISM, FRS Peter was formerly a Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of a number of leading public companies. He is currently the Chairman of Starpharma Ltd and Central City Studios Ltd. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Committee for Cooperation through Sport, was Chairman of the Royal Women’s and Royal Children’s hospitals, and was formerly a Director of the Melbourne Business School (Melbourne University). Peter is Patron of Cycling Australia, a Director of the organising committee for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Pty Ltd and a Director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. In his youth, Peter was an outstanding cyclist, an Australian team member for many years and a Commonwealth Games cycling gold medallist at Perth in 1962. He attended all seven meetings of the Board during the year and was an ex-officio member of the Audit and Emoluments Committees. Appointed to 7 November 2004 Mr Alan Jones AO (Deputy Chairman) BA, AEd (QLD), SDES (OXON) Alan is a well-known breakfast broadcaster on Macquarie Radio 2GB and can be heard nationally on the Nine Network each day on The Today Show. He has received numerous awards for being the best current affairs commentator and best talk-back radio host in the country. He is a public speaker of wide acclaim. Alan is a former Australian Rugby Union coach and a former coach of Balmain and South Sydney in the New South Wales rugby league competition. Alan is the Deputy Chairman of the New South Wales Institute of Sport and a Board member of the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium Trust. Alan attended four of the seven scheduled Board meetings during the year and was an ex-officio member of the ASC committees. Appointed to 7 November 2005 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Mr Cory Bernardi Cory is an Equity Portfolio Manager for a major Australian financial planning and investment firm. He was an AIS scholarship holder in rowing and went on to become an Australian representative in the coxless four at the 1989 World Championships and other international regattas. He continues to row for recreation. He attended all seven of the Board meetings during the past year. Cory chaired the Australian Sports Foundation Board throughout the year and was reappointed to the ASC Audit Committee in May 2004 after deputising for Ms Puels between October and January during her leave of absence. He continued his association with the Indigenous Sport Program by representing it at various functions and meetings. Cory was also a member of the judging panel for the 2003 ASC Media Awards. Appointed to 7 November 2004 Mr John Eales AM John is an Executive of the BT Financial Group and is a Director of both STW Sport and Events, and Mettle. He was appointed to the ASC Board in November 2002 for a period of three years and has served as a member of the Emoluments Committee during the past year. John attended five of the seven scheduled meetings during 2003–04. Appointed to 7 November 2005 Ms Michelle Ford–Eriksson MBE MA, BA As an Australian representative in swimming for ten years, Michelle won a gold medal in the 800-metres freestyle and a bronze medal in the 200-metres butterfly events at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. A dual world-record holder for the 800-metres freestyle, Michelle also won Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 200-metres butterfly event in 1978 and 1982. Michelle was an inaugural member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and a member of the International Olympic Academy for the International Olympic Committee. For the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, she was a regional manager for the National Olympic Committee services. Previously, Michelle was a consultant on the Olympic campaign bids for Sydney (2000), Brisbane (1992) and Melbourne (1996). She spent a number of years in Switzerland as a director of sport and a manager of a sports science unit at the University and Polytechnic College of Lausanne. In 2003, Michelle was a Director of Swimming Australia and continues to work as a consultant to the sports industry. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Michelle served as a member of the Anti-Doping Committee and the Australian Sports Foundation Board throughout the year. She attended all seven of the ASC Board meetings held during the year. Appointed to 7 November 2004 Ms Margot Foster BA, LLB Margot has an established legal practice in Melbourne where she combines her skills and experience as a practising lawyer with her considerable involvement in sports administration. Margot was a successful athlete, winning bronze in the women’s coxed four at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 and gold in the women’s eights at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Margot has served on numerous boards and committees since she ended her competitive career in the late 1980s, including membership of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ and Education Commissions, Melbourne’s 1996 Olympic Bid Committee and Secretary General of Rowing Australia. Currently she serves on the Boards of Gymnastics Australia, World Gymnastics Melbourne 2005 Ltd and the Melbourne University Sports Association, and has recently been appointed to the Board of the Australian National Bobsleigh Association Inc. Margot attended all Board meetings held during 2003–04 and served on the Audit Committee throughout the year. Margot’s legal expertise was instrumental in her appointment to act as Chair of the Anti-Doping Committee to oversee the inquiry into Doping Allegations within the AIS Track Sprint Cycling Program (the ‘Anderson Report’). Appointed to 7 November 2004 Mr Roy Masters BA, M Litt, Dip Ed Roy is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. He was first appointed to the ASC Board in 1984 and is its longest-serving member. He pioneered the Aussie Sport program, which introduced modified versions of sport for children, and was an inaugural member of the Audit Committee, where he continues to serve, currently as Chairman. Roy had earlier careers as a schoolteacher and then as a coach of a leading rugby league team. He attended six of the seven scheduled Board meetings during 2003–04. Appointed to 7 November 2005 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Mr Kieren Perkins OAM Kieren went to his first international swimming meet at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games as a 16-year-old. He was the first swimmer in history to hold Olympic, world, Commonwealth and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously, and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards within the sporting fraternity. Often rated as the greatest male swimmer in Australian Olympic history, he is fondly remembered by most Australians for his gold medal performance in the 1500 metres at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Kieren was a member of the successful 1993 Australian Olympic Committee Sydney Olympic presentation bid in Monaco, and was appointed to the Board of Swimming Australia in December 2002. His sporting achievements were acknowledged and honoured through his appointment as an Executive Board member of the World Olympians Association in December 2003. Kieren is also a Board member of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Kieren attended six of the seven scheduled Board meetings and served on the Emoluments and Anti-Doping Committees throughout the year. Appointed to 7 November 2005 Mr Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter Chilla has a strong affiliation with track and field, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Western Australian Athletics Commission (trading as AthleticA) late in 2003. He has previously been a Board member and Chairman of the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Chilla was a silver medallist in the men’s high jump at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games and competed in the 1960 Games in Rome. He was a silver medallist in high jump at both the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games. He attended six of the seven scheduled meetings during 2003–04 and served on the Australian Sports Foundation Board throughout the year. Appointed to 7 November 2004 Ms Karin Puels MBA, LLB, B Comm, FAICD Karin has worked extensively with sporting organisations through her former role as Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Health Promotion Foundation, the largest sponsor of sport in South Australia. She is currently a producer of a global media project and works in business development ventures in Australia and offshore. She attended five of the seven scheduled Board meetings during the year and was granted a leave of absence for the other two in deference to her work commitments overseas. Karin continued in her role as a member of the Audit Committee and served on the Australian Sports Foundation Board throughout the year. Appointed to 7 November 2004 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Ms Pamela Tye OAM, Grad Dip ECE, Grad Dip Man Admin Pamela had a long association with the Australian Women’s Hockey Association before her appointment as the inaugural President of Hockey Australia, the amalgamated body representing men’s and women’s hockey. She is also a Vice-president and member of the Executive Board of the Federation of International Hockey. Pamela was the recipient of the Federation of International Hockey Award of Merit in 2001. She was a Director of the Board of the Sydney Paralympic Games and a member of the Sydney Youth Olympic Festival Committee. Pamela has been a member of the State Sport Centre Trust in Sydney since 1984. Pamela attended six of the seven Board meetings held during 2003–04. She was a member of the Anti-Doping Committee and chaired the Emoluments Committee meetings. Pamela has served on the Australian Sports Foundation Board since her appointment in May 2002. Appointed to 7 November 2005 Ms Helen Williams AO BA (Hons) Helen became the ex-officio member of the Board on her appointment as Secretary of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in January 2002. She had previous appointments as Secretary of the Department of Education and Youth Affairs, the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs prior to being appointed as the Australian Public Service Commissioner in 1998. Helen is a member of the Management Advisory Committee of the Australian Public Service and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is a member of the Board of the Bundanon Trust and a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia. She attended six of the seven scheduled Board meetings during the year. Appointed in January 2002 Board activities The Board met on seven occasions during 2003–04 in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Minister Kemp met with the Board on three occasions to discuss its operational agenda and objectives. The Board was appreciative of his leadership and accessibility. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications In conjunction with its interstate meetings, the Board took the opportunity to meet informally with coaches and technical staff from the AIS sports programs in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra. In December, the Board held a joint meeting with the Australian Sports Drug Agency Board to discuss their respective roles in adopting and promoting the World Anti- Doping Agency Code in Australia. The ASC and the Australian Sports Drug Agency have both been recognised as national anti-doping organisations but have independent and separate roles, which are complementary and supportive of each other. During the year, the Board addressed a range of issues including the development of new strategic directions for the ASC and the AIS post-Athens, a policy for genetic research and the use of genetic information in sport, and the development of strategies to encourage a higher involvement of women in all areas of sport. It also took a lead role in addressing the issue of abusive and other unacceptable behaviour in sport. A major focus of the Board over the past 12 months was the development of a strategy to re-establish sport and physical activity within the school environment. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman held pivotal discussions with the Ministers for Sport, Health, Education, and Children and Youth Affairs to develop a strategy to address obesity and declining activity levels in school-aged children. In June 2004, the Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard MP, announced the Australian Government’s new initiative — Building a Healthy, Active Australia — to address these issues. The ASC was given a leadership role to implement this new strategy. The Remuneration Tribunal determines the annual fee for members of the Board and following a review of Commissioners’ responsibilities and workloads, approved an increase to their remuneration in October 2003. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman declined to have their annual fees increased. Within this review, the Tribunal also determined that members of the ASC’s Audit Committee would be paid an additional annual fee for their services from October 2003. Committees In consideration of the increased activity and responsibilities associated with the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, the Chairman determined in February 2004 that an Anti-Doping Committee would be formed to assist in a review of the ASC’s anti-doping model and to look at furthering the Government’s Tough on Drugs in Sport strategy. Ms Tye chaired the committee, with the assistance of Mr Perkins and Ms Ford–Eriksson. The committee has met on three occasions since it was established. Mr Masters continued as Chair of the ASC Audit Committee, with assistance from Ms Puels and Ms Foster. Mr Bernardi deputised for Ms Puels during her three-month leave of absence from October to January. In May 2004, the Board agreed to appoint a fourth member to the sub-committee to assist with its increased workload and Mr Bernardi joined the committee as a full-time member. The committee met on four occasions during the year and a report on its activities is included in the ‘Financial accountability’ section. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Ms Tye chaired the three meetings of the ASC Emoluments Committee that were held during the year. Mr Perkins and Mr Eales were the other members of this committee, which monitors the terms of employment for senior executive staff. The Australian Sports Foundation Board Mr Bernardi (Chair), Mr Porter, Ms Puels, Ms Tye and Ms Ford–Eriksson continued their appointments as members of the Australian Sports Foundation Board. The Australian Sports Foundation Board meets in conjunction with, but separate from, the ASC Board and met on seven occasions during the year. A report on the Australian Sports Foundation’s activities is included in Appendix 1. Government and Board Services The Government and Board Services section oversees the maintenance of the integrity and reputation of the ASC among its stakeholders, Government and the general public through the coordination of timely and quality contributions to the business of Government, the ASC Board and the broader sports sector. This includes the provision of advice to the Minister and the Government on policy issues affecting the development of sport in Australia. The section also provides high-level policy analysis and advice, together with support services, to the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive of the ASC. Government and Board Services also provides secretariat services for the ASC Board and its committees, and manages the ASC’s involvement with the Sport and Recreation Ministers’ Council and the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport. In 2003–04, the section processed the following documentation and advice to the Minister: · 531 replies to ministerial correspondence · 266 briefing submissions · 167 Question Time briefs · 48 Senate Estimates questions on notice · seven Parliamentary questions on notice. Legislative reporting requirements Under Section 48 of the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989, the ASC is required to report on the activities listed below during the 2003–04 financial year: © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · No significant acquisitions or disposals of real property occurred. Del Monte, an AIS facility in Adelaide, was offered for sale by tender in May 2004 with tenders closing on 24 June 2004. · The ASC invested a total of $3.5 million in capital works projects in 2003–04. The most significant of these projects was the extension to the existing rowing facilities, completed in September 2003 at an approximate cost of $0.65 million. A total of $1.1 million was spent on the AIS Redevelopment Project during the reporting period. · Judicial decisions — no complaints were filed. Environment and heritage Legislative compliance Implementation of the environmental-management system for the AIS Canberra site continued during the reporting period. The directory of legal obligations, which is part of the environmental-management system and assists the ASC to comply with Commonwealth and territory environmental legislation, was reviewed. Environmental policy The ASC’s environmental policy includes principles for managing those aspects of the environment affected by its activities. Effects of the Australian Sports Commission’s activities on the environment Environmental incidents and breaches There were no reportable breaches of environmental legislation within the ASC during the year. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Environmental aspects and effects In the first half of 2004, the ASC joined the Greenhouse Challenge. The Greenhouse Challenge commits the ASC to a program of environmental performance improvements covering energy use, waste minimisation and recycling to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. During the reporting period, the ASC continued a water-use reduction program and purchased 10 per cent green power as part of its electricity supply contract. The ASC reports its annual building and transport-related energy consumption data to the Australian Greenhouse Office for inclusion in its annual report, Energy Use in the Australian Government’s Operations. Environmentally sustainable design The AIS Redevelopment Project engaged the services of an environment sustainability design consultant. This consultant is responsible for providing advice to the designers on environmentally sustainable design issues. Heritage No heritage issues arose during the reporting period. Enterprise agreements During the year, the new Australian Sports Commission (Committed to Excellence) Certified Agreement 2004–2007, incorporating employment for staff in the AIS Caretaker’s Cottage Childcare Centre, was finalised for commencement from July 2004. Social justice and equity The ASC recognises the importance and value of workplace diversity. Strategies aimed to ensure the ASC maintains a culture that values diversity include: · development and training of staff in the new ASC Code of Conduct, and its promotion by management at all levels · providing access and equity for people with a disability · provision of induction training for all new staff including a focus on staff expectations and the prevention of workplace harassment © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · promotion of the ASC’s Employee Assistance Program for all staff · raising the awareness of the need to balance work and family responsibilities. A training program promoting standards of behaviour in compliance with the Code of Conduct and its application within ASC workplaces commenced in April 2004. Disability Action Plan Ongoing consultation occurred regarding maintaining and improving a Disability Action Plan to meet requirements, including the changes required as a result of the refurbishment of the AIS Canberra site over the next two years. Information is also provided to employees regarding their responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Occupational health and safety The ASC maintained its commitment to occupational health and safety through: · the ongoing operations of the ASC WorkSafe Committee · the delivery of training to over 120 ASC staff in the identification of hazards and risks · the delivery of occupational health and safety awareness training to the ASC Executive and senior managers · ongoing training of all occupational health and safety support groups across the ASC (these groups include first aid officers, fire wardens [including bomb threat and building evacuation training], health and safety representatives, and workplace harassment contact officers). The ASC’s Employee Assistance Program has been widely promoted and provides a free and confidential counselling service to staff and their families in times of need. Formal reporting requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 Section 30 No requests were received from health and safety representatives Sections 45, 46 and 47 No notices of safety breaches were received from Comcare © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Section 68 One serious personal injury was reported Indemnities and insurance for officers The ASC is insured through the Government’s self-managed fund, Comcover. The full cost of commissioners’ and officers’ insurance has been met through Government appropriations. The ASC has met all statutory requirements associated with reporting to Comcover. Freedom of information The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives the general public the right of access to documents held by the ASC. Freedom of information statistics for 2003–04 are as follows: • Requests on hand at 30 June 2004 3 • Requests received during 2003–04 13 • Requests granted in full 1 • Requests granted in part 7 • Requests refused 1 • Requests transferred 1 • Requests for internal review 1 • Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 1 Information regarding accessing ASC information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 can be found at Appendix 7. Privacy The ASC’s privacy statement can be found on its web site (www.ausport.gov.au). The statement is in accordance with guidelines issued by the Privacy Commissioner. In 2002–03, the ASC was notified it had breached the disclosure provisions of the Privacy Act 1988. Settlement is yet to be reached on the matter. The ASC provides in-house training on issues pertaining to privacy as part of its induction program. In-house awareness sessions are run periodically by the ASC for staff. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Formal reporting requirements under the CAC Act 1997 The ASC has not received any notifications under Section 28 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. Fraud control The ASC is committed to the minimisation of fraud through effective fraud management and control. Its current fraud control plan, while effective in its detection and prevention strategies, will be revised within the next 12 months. This will ensure that the ASC’s obligations under the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2002 continue to be met. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Performance reports © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Business Operations To assist the ASC to successfully meet its agreed outcomes, Business Operations provides corporate support to both the AIS and Sport Performance and Development. The associated costs of this support are distributed between the outcomes. A description of each Business Operations section, as well as its achievements for the past year, are listed below. Business Development Business Development plays an essential role in the management, protection and commercial development of the ASC’s intellectual property assets. It also promotes the ASC’s commercial consulting capabilities, the preparation of business cases for new products and services, and the provision of commercial and contractual legal support. Business Development works in a supporting and educational role across the ASC to identify and develop commercial opportunities. Achievements over the past year include: · establishment of SportZCo Pty Ltd, a joint venture with the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology to market new sports-monitoring products · delivery of a range of international commercial consultancies · management of a series of commercially funded residential training placements at the AIS for visiting coaches and sports scientists from the Nigerian Institute for Sports. Commercial Operations Commercial Operations manages the AIS Canberra visitors centre, its sporting and conference facilities, and the residential accommodation complex. It promotes the use of the AIS Canberra facilities on a commercial basis to local, national and international sporting groups and the general public. The business activities areas of the section generate significant off-budget revenue for the ASC by coordinating events and functions, hiring out facilities and residential accommodation, providing guided tours of the AIS and the Sportex exhibition, and through the operations of the AIS retail shop and the Swim and Fitness Centre. Commercial Operations also manages a childcare centre on a commercial basis. During the reporting period, 410,603 people used ASC commercial programs at the AIS Canberra site, with 123,779 of these taking a guided tour of the AIS. Commercial Operations managed: © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · 323 sporting and commercial camps involving 8719 people · 31 sporting carnivals involving 27 349 participants · 33 functions in the AIS Arena for 37 017 people · 21 conferences for 4699 people. The remainder of the visits were through the Swim and Fitness Centre and the AIS Swimming Pool turnstile. Commercial Operations also hosted a number of major events that were conducted on the site including the Hoopfest basketball tournament, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series, and various Australian Masters Games events. Concert activity in the AIS Arena was down on the previous year, reflecting a general trend Australia-wide. The Swim and Fitness Centre’s level of profit was adversely affected by the opening of the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre, although not to the degree originally anticipated. The AIS Residence occupancy has been at record levels over the last 18 months and increased by 4.2 per cent in 2003–04 over the previous year. Profits for the AIS Residence, tours and commercial camps exceeded budget due to the higher than anticipated level of activity on site. During the reporting period, a process commenced to re-tender for site services as the current contract expires in March 2005. A decision was taken to tender separately for cleaning and catering services. The tender for site-cleaning services was let in May and submissions were being evaluated at year’s end. Specifications for the catering-services tender were being drawn up at the end of the reporting period. Corporate Communications Corporate Communications has multiple objectives that are designed to build the public profile of the ASC, its roles and responsibilities, and the role of the Australian Government in supporting and developing Australian sport. It plays a central coordinating role across all areas of the ASC to deliver consistent and strong positioning of the ASC and its activities. The section is engaged in marketing and communicating the ASC’s messages and programs — including its commercial activities — to key stakeholder groups. It also produces ASC publications and other resources in support of ASC programs and manages their distribution. Corporate Communications works to protect and strengthen ASC brands, and to generate off-budget revenue through the ASC’s commercial activities, corporate partnership program and the sale of resources through its distribution function. Corporate Communications staff also support ASC programs through the provision of strategic advice and assistance in implementing marketing plans. Event delivery is another component of the program’s work, conducting high- profile national events that are designed to generate increased participation in sport by all Australians. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Following an internal review in June 2004 of what was the Media and Public Relations section, the Media Liaison unit was established and incorporated into Corporate Communications. The Media Liaison unit concentrates on securing quality media coverage of the ASC’s programs and initiatives. The unit works closely with the media, national sporting organisations and other sporting bodies to protect and enhance the reputation of the ASC and national sporting organisations. Specific achievements for Corporate Communications during the reporting period include: · further strengthening of the ASC brands through the development and stringent application of guidelines on logo use · the production of approximately 600 publications and resources to support ASC programs · further strategic and effective marketing of ASC commercial activities and programs · the implementation of a partnerships policy and sales strategy · successful delivery of events including 1800 Reverse Street Active, Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series, Ausport Awards, ASC Media Awards and the AIS Athlete and Coach Awards · effectively managing media enquiries and monitoring media reporting of the ASC and its programs · providing strategic media advice to the programs of the ASC and national sporting organisations. Corporate Planning and Research Corporate Planning and Research manages the ASC’s social research agenda and ensures the ASC meets its statutory requirements. Responsibilities include oversight and management of strategies to assure and effectively utilise corporate research findings. Corporate Planning and Research provides timely, evidence-based advice and support services, highlighting the impact of program projects and contributing reliable research findings to corporate program development and decision-making. It also develops and revises the underpinning policies, practices and procedures of the ASC’s governance and risk-management framework. The year 2003–04 saw the ASC adopt a five-year strategic approach for social sports research. The agreement between the ASC and the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport to conduct the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey was concluded. The Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport agreed to extend the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey and following a comprehensive procurement process, a contract was let to continue the survey until 2006. Corporate Planning and Research manages this large survey on the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport’s behalf. The section also manages the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport Research Group web site on behalf of the state and territory departments of sport and recreation. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications The ASC’s Social Research Panel is comprised of a group of eminent Australian sports researchers and is an important component of the ASC’s research quality assurance. The panel met on two occasions during the year. Discussions to finalise a partnership arrangement with Sport England and UK Sport pertaining to involvement in their Value of Sport Monitor project are well advanced. It is envisaged that this project will involve the collection of data from several countries in the first instance. Corporate Planning and Research provided strategic advice to a number of ASC programs on areas including business planning education, undertaking client- satisfaction surveys, providing research procurement advice, designing program evaluation frameworks and bringing online a corporate social research register. In the latter half of the reporting period, the ASC’s business planning and risk-management documentation was revised as part of ongoing corporate process improvements. Facilities Services Facilities Services provides engineering, maintenance, asset and other property management, general services and facilities operations for the ASC. Key activities during the reporting period include: · completion of the extension to the AIS rowing facility at Yarralumla · construction of a clothing store · replacement of skylights in the AIS swimming complex · replacement of the sheeting on the Sports Science Sports Medicine Biomechanics Dome · refurbishment of the Theatrette in the Sports Training Facility building · development and implementation of a contract register as part of the ASC’s contract-management function. Parliament approved the AIS Redevelopment Project at an estimated cost of $65.4 million on 21 August 2003. Since then, design consultants for all major elements have been engaged and conceptual designs have been prepared. This includes the aquatic testing and training centre, AIS service centre, athlete residence and welfare facilities, sports development and education centre, and site-wide engineering and air- conditioning services. A shortlist of contractors for the construction phase has been completed after expressions of interest were called for in early 2004. In June 2004, a security review and risk assessment of the AIS Canberra campus was carried out and a report prepared. Its recommendations are currently being considered. During the reporting period, the ASC’s Facilities Operations function was transferred to Facilities Services from Commercial Operations. This function comprises the Security unit and the day-to-day operations of facilities, excluding the AIS Arena. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Finance Finance is responsible for the ASC’s financial management, business support, accounts processing and financial reporting. The Finance section focuses on the provision of support within the ASC while continuing to ensure that the ASC satisfies the Government’s financial-management and accountability requirements. Finance’s major activities during 2003–04 include: · increasing liaison with ASC program areas to improve financial-management practices across the ASC and providing direct assistance on business decisions · meeting the Government’s external budgetary and reporting requirements · preparing the ASC’s annual financial statements · the management of insurance issues · the management of travel issues. Human Resources Human Resources manages the employment framework and work arrangements for all ASC staff. Its services encompass remuneration management including payroll and salary packaging, recruitment, development and updating of human resources policies and advice, occupational health and safety, staff development, induction and workplace relations. Significant initiatives during the reporting period include: · development and implementation of an induction program · finalisation and distribution of the new Code of Conduct to all staff · provision of occupational health and safety training for approximately 100 staff in hazard and risk identification · upgrade of the human resources information system · development of a new certified agreement for the ASC workforce. Information Management Information Management encompasses Information Technology and the National Sport Information Centre. An Information Management Strategic Plan was developed in early 2003 and the following projects were consequently undertaken during the reporting period: © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · improved remote access for coaches, AIS programs and staff by providing secure web email for national and international access · a high-level analysis to improve the athlete and sport database · re-design and development of the ASC web site and intranet to improve information access and service delivery to sports · development of a sport client contact system to improve service delivery to sports following an intensive requirement-analysis process · upgrading and piloting the ASC’s electronic document-management system. In addition, a project piloting a collaboration and portal tool recently commenced. Information Technology Information Technology provides technology services to the ASC, including developing and supporting applications and all computing and communications infrastructure. During 2003–04, Information Technology developed and enhanced a range of application systems, including a psychology session notes system, archery tracking system, high performance tracking system and reporting module for Project CONNECT (a national joint venture between the ASC and the Australian Paralympic Committee to create opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport). Information Technology also implemented a range of improvements to the ASC’s technical infrastructure, including: · significant upgrades to the local area network at the AIS Canberra campus · infrastructure work for the Hockey program, including the installation of new network equipment · design, development and implementation of a new network for the Golf program · server replacement for the Softball program · completion of Microsoft Exchange (email) upgrade · building of new SQL cluster for applications · evaluation of broadband network access technologies · purchasing, building and installing over 140 new PCs and laptops. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications National Sport Information Centre The National Sport Information Centre provides a gateway to sport-related information and services. It enables access to electronic resources and a world-class collection of sports books, videos and journals, and provides regular updating services. The National Sport Information Centre is also responsible for the ASC’s records management, web services and audiovisual services. The National Sport Information Centre continues to develop its use of digital delivery and storage to provide access to, and to preserve, sports information. The ASC Image Library is now searchable via both the intranet and ASC web site. Images can be ordered online by staff and commercial clients. The National Sport Information Centre provides a range of digital video services supporting AIS performance-analysis activities. The National Sport Information Centre service statistics for the reporting period were: · door count (number of visitors) 58,803 · reference queries answered 8,923 · articles copied for clients 5,402 · books loaned to other libraries 3,325 · video units dubbed 1,817 · inter-library loans for ASC staff 1,628 · personalised National Sport Information Centre tours 550 · Image Library orders 473 · photography tasks 163 International Relations International Relations fosters cooperation in sport between Australia and other countries through the provision of resources, services and facilities related to sport. It does this principally through managing federally funded international community sports development programs in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea, southern Africa and the Caribbean, and through coordinating the ASC’s relationship with foreign agencies. Programs managed by International Relations are detailed under Outcome 1. During 2003–034, International Relations hosted40 17 visiting delegations from 2413 countries representing various international governments and institutions,. including a personal visit by the Crown Prince of Brunei. In December 2003, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, leaders agreed to disband the Committee for Cooperation through Sport, which ASC Chairman Peter Bartels had chaired. Recognising, however, the important role sport plays in development, leaders agreed to establish a Commonwealth advisory body on sport, which will report through the Commonwealth Secretary General to Ministers of Sport. Its inaugural meeting is scheduled to be held soon after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Outcome 1 An effective national sports system that offers improved participation in quality sports activities by Australians TOTAL PRICE: $34,586,000 The Australian Government envisions a national sports system that is robust and self- sustaining, backed by a dynamic sports industry that plays a vital role in the development of sport in Australia at all levels. The ASC plays a central leadership role in developing a holistic sports delivery system. The ASC works with other sports delivery agencies, including grassroots sporting clubs, to assist their management to offer improved participation in quality sport for all Australians, while ensuring that Australia’s elite teams are provided with the opportunity to excel in competition on the world stage. The ASC also plays a vital role in fostering cooperation in sport between Australia and other countries by providing resources, services and facilities related to sport. The following table presents the ASC’s performance against the measures associated with Outcome 1. Table 1 Outcome 1: National sport system development COST TO GOVERNMENT: $28,619,000 Activity Quantity Target Result Variance Notes /quality (%) Activity 1.1: Programs and services and national leadership Leadership Quantity 70 Funding and Service Level 70 0 and Agreements, including high partnership performance and service commitments, jointly agreed to by funded national sporting organisations Quantity Eight Funding and Service Level 7 –12.5 1 Agreements, including service commitments, jointly agreed to by funded state/territory departments and/or stakeholders Quantity 70 funded national sporting 55 –21.4 2 organisations to implement or 71 1.4 3 partially implement member protection policies, risk- 22 –68.6 4 management frameworks and the Junior Sport Framework/policy Quantity Ten significant targeted 12 20.0 5 interventions and/or initiatives to assist funded national sporting organisations improve their business practices, such as strategic planning, governance and structural change Quantity Six workshops to improve high 1 –83.3 6 performance planning and implementation Quantity Two specific sector leadership 2 0 forums for the sports industry Quantity 70 funded national sporting 69 –1.4 7 organisations to implement World Anti-Doping Agency and Australian Government-compliant anti-doping policies in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s specified timeframe Quantity Assist ten of the smaller national 10 0 sporting organisations to support their administrative arrangements to enable capacity building Quality Conduct Year of the Official, 5 0 Project CONNECT, Indigenous Sport Program Athlete Development, and Coaching and Officiating Scholarship programs Quality Sport Performance and – 8 Development programs, such as Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program, Indigenous Sport, Project CONNECT, Coaching and Officiating, and Junior Sport, achieve rural and regional reach in conjunction with funded national sporting organisations and other funded stakeholders Quality Work with select national sporting ? – ? organisations to support a national initiative to improve sporting experiences and skills of primary school-aged children Participation Quantity 23 funded national sporting 23 0 organisations accessing numerous program initiatives across the Sport Performance and Development program areas, including coaching and officiating, Indigenous, disability, junior, women, club development, Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program and high performance Quantity Club membership through ASC – 9 programs significantly increased (target: 1 million additional members over four years, 2001–02 to 2004–05) Quality Adapt the National Coaching – 10 Accreditation Scheme and the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme to adjust to the changing needs of the funded national sporting organisations and other stakeholders Quality Four major partnerships with the 4 0 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, VicHealth and the Australian Paralympic Committee to support initiatives in sports programs Activity 1.2: Systems improvement Quality 80 per cent of funded national 91% 11.0 sporting organisations satisfied with Sport Performance and Development program performance and service delivery Activity 1.3: Research Quality Review of data collection systems Compl 0 to improve understanding of sport eted involvement by young people and sporting club membership Quality Review of data linking sport with Compl 0 social, health and economic eted outcomes Quantity Quarterly collection of adult Compl 0 participation data and annual eted reporting of findings Activity 1.4: Commercial activities Quantity Generate and manage three new 9 200.0 11 off-budget commercial initiatives Activity 1.5: International development assistance Quality Maintain and strengthen the 4 0 management of four international sports-development assistance programs © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Variance from targets The following notes provide an explanation for variations between set targets and the results achieved for Outcome 1. 1 Negotiations have taken place with the eighth state (Queensland) for joint delivery of programs outside the Funding and Service Level Agreement. As a result, the ASC worked with Queensland on Year of the Official and harassment-free sport projects during the year. 2 Fifty-five national sporting organisations are at various stages of developing or implementing a member protection policy nationally. It is anticipated that the remainder of the national sporting organisations will have a member protection policy and procedures in place by June 2005. 3 Seventy-one national sporting organisations have commenced or continued implementation of the risk-management framework (weight-lifting is yet to address risk management). An assessment against the risk-management framework revealed that 45 sports have significantly progressed their risk- management processes. 4 As part of their Funding and Service Level Agreement, all Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program national sporting organisations were required to attend a workshop to provide feedback on the draft Junior Sport Framework and formulate an action plan for the development of their respective junior sport policies. Twenty-two of the 23 national sporting organisations attended and drafted action plans. The ASC has identified nine pilot sports for the Junior Sport Framework (basketball, volleyball, swimming, hockey, netball, tennis, soccer, wrestling and golf). All sports have submitted proposals on their development and implementation process. Three sports have draft policies. The process undertaken by these sports will be documented and shared with all other national sporting organisations. A re-assessment of the junior sport policy mandatory requirement under the Funding and Service Level Agreements now means only those national sporting organisations that identify junior sport as a priority in their strategic plan will be required to develop a junior sport policy. 5 Management-improvement activities with national sporting organisations were above those forecast due in part to a focus on the implementation of the ASC sport governance principles by the ASC Board. 6 Following completion of the first generic workshop to assist sports with high performance planning, the quadrennial planning process was implemented. This was a more direct approach to assisting national sporting organisations to improve high performance planning and implementation, and replaced the previous workshop approach.?? 7 The ASC worked with all ASC-funded national sporting organisations in the development of World Anti-Doping Agency Code-compliant anti-doping policies. Sixty-nine national sporting organisations have agreed to adopt specific anti-doping policies, rules and programs that conform with the Australian Government’s anti-doping strategy, World Anti-Doping Agency and the relevant international federation. Cricket and rugby league anti-doping policies have variations to the standard World Anti-Doping Agency component, however reference to Australian Government core principles relating to the World Anti- Doping Agency have been incorporated. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications 8 Six national sporting organisations utilise ASC sport development funding to implement specific rural and regional strategies. Of the Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program sports that could report on their rural and regional/metropolitan status, 60 per cent of programs were conducted in metropolitan areas and 40 per cent were conducted in regional and rural areas. Of the 4703 members of the Club Development Network, 2081 (44 per cent) are from rural and regional areas. In early February 2004, the ABC Heywire forum was held with 38 young people from rural and regional Australia participating. The ASC Junior Sport unit ran a workshop session as part of the program. All state out-of-school-hours sports program pilots have involved participation by rural, regional and urban communities. The Active Australia Schools Network has 1080 members that comprise representatives from metropolitan, regional and rural locations. All coaching courses associated with the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and all officiating courses associated with the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme are required to abide by the course design guidelines regarding access and equity, including catering for those in rural and regional areas. The Regional Sport Education Centre in Warrnambool, Victoria, has commenced conducting a series of generic education programs for local sporting associations and clubs. Level 2 Coaching Principles are provided online to cater for the rural and regional population. 9 Overall, 17 sports are 1.7 per cent above targeted participation to date. The reported result is from the 17 sports that have completed and reported on year one or year two of their programs. The remaining sports are either yet to report on year one or are only part way through their first year. 10 All national sporting organisations have been advised, through seminars, conferences and correspondence, of the capacity to vary their frameworks. Many national sporting organisations are currently assessing their frameworks and some have already made modifications to better suit their needs. 11 Commercial activity opportunities were stronger than anticipated due to an increase in approaches and a better than expected conversion rate on international visit initiatives. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Programs Planning and Reporting Funding and Service Level Agreements In 2003–04, Funding and Service Level Agreements were developed to bring together all grant arrangements across the ASC Sport Performance and Development group into a single agreement between the ASC and each national sporting organisation. Previously, the ASC could have had up to seven separate agreements with one national sporting organisation. The development of a single integrated agreement with each national sporting organisation was seen as central to improving Sport Performance and Development’s service delivery. The planning documentation of national sporting organisations was used to define an agreed set of performance measures that were included in each sport’s Funding and Service Level Agreements. Satisfactory progress against these measures is a condition of continued ASC funding. As part of the Funding and Service Level Agreement approach, a revised monitoring program has been implemented that focuses on the activities of national sporting organisations in three priority areas: · ASC operational plan strategies · accountability for ASC funds · formal and informal performance reporting against the strategies and performance measures agreed and listed in each sport’s Funding and Service Level Agreement. State and territory relations During the reporting period, sport development service agreements were negotiated with seven state and territory departments of sport and recreation for the delivery of programs and services. The agreements covered activities in the areas of coaching and officiating (including Year of the Official), junior sport, disability sport, organisational development, club development and harassment-free sport. Discussions with Queensland resulted in work on Year of the Official and harassment-free sport projects being undertaken outside of the sport development service agreement. Anti-doping Funding and Service Level Agreements with national sporting organisations for 2003– 04 contained seven mandatory anti-doping performance measures and strategies. The ASC worked with national sporting organisations to ensure they developed, implemented and enforced anti-doping policies that complied with the ASC’s core anti- doping provisions. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications During the reporting period, the ASC also: · revised and released the ASC anti-doping template for national sporting organisations in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency program · actively participated in domestic and international anti-doping forums · worked with the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and the Australian Sports Drug Agency to harmonise and implement the Code at all levels of government · provided sport-specific advice and assistance to more than 30 national sporting organisations. Harassment-free sport Ongoing publicity surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct by coaches and athletes, and incidences of spectator violence and disrespect have raised concerns about whether sport is engendering or tolerating violent and other inappropriate attitudes and actions. The ASC convened a meeting of leaders in the sports industry in April 2004 to discuss an industry-wide approach to dealing with issues of inappropriate attitudes and behaviours in sport. The ASC, in consultation with the sports industry, is progressing with the following key areas: · developing national guiding ethical principles for the sports industry · conducting comprehensive research to determine what attitudes and behaviours exist in Australian sporting culture and what strategies may be effective in achieving any necessary cultural change · educating members and training role models to develop and promote positive and appropriate attitudes and behaviours · identifying and sharing good practice strategies. Other activities relating to harassment-free sport undertaken during the reporting period include: · commissioning a major review and evaluation of the ASC’s harassment-free sport strategy to determine if changes were required to ensure the strategy remains an effective risk-management tool that meets best-practice standards and the needs of the sports industry · assisting over 20 national sporting organisations with the development of member protection policies and related strategies · increasing the number of people trained as member protection officers by 40 per cent (a network now totalling over 580 people across 78 sports, local and state government agencies, and community groups) · educating coaches, officials and administrators on their rights and responsibilities in relation to child-protection and anti-discrimination legislation © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · developing a new comprehensive ethics in sport web site that provides guidelines, templates, information, resources, contacts, research and relevant links to other sites (www.ausport.gov.au/ethics) · assisting with revision of the national Play by the Rules web site, including the addition of online information and training modules on child-protection issues in sport (www.playbytherules.net.au). Direct Athlete Support The Australian Government allocated $1 million in its 2003–04 budget to provide direct funds to targeted elite athletes, selected on the basis of medal potential and individual need, to assist in their daily living and training environment while they prepared for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Direct Athlete Support allocations were made to 201 Olympic and 21 Paralympic athletes from 18 sports. Sport Innovation and Best Practice During the reporting period the ASC, through Sport Innovation and Best Practice, providedassisted the development of the national sports system through the provision of consultancy services and advice tofor 12 national sporting organisations in relation to their structure, governance, management and strategic direction, with the aim of increasing their capacity and capability to work towards their strategic objectives. This included the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Independent Soccer Review into the Structure, Governance and Management of Soccer in Australia (the ‘Crawford Report’), and completed governance reform projects in equestrian, triathlon and cycling. Sport Innovation and Best Practice also worked on a number of other initiatives includingthe facilitation and coordination of:: · two pilot projects to assess the capacity of online learning to increase access for athletes, coaches and administrators to risk-management and athlete personal development courses · an organisational development conference and teleconferences with state departments of sport and recreation to coordinate national approaches to issues including governance reform, club development and risk management · the development of a performance improvement process to support national sporting organisation development based on the strategic priorities identified in planning documentation and broader sports industry requirements. The initial stage of the project included identifying the characteristics of a benchmark organisation to facilitate the comparison of national sporting organisation performance against industry and organisational standards. The project is now focused on bringing the performance improvement component together with strategic planning guidelines, the new ASC funding model (to be implemented in 2005–06) and a revised service delivery model to enable the ASC to better support national sporting organisations to achieve their strategic objectives and meet ASC outcomes © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · investigations into making ‘high-speed sport’ available to a wider audience, including: – use of a high-speed network to deliver video to coaches – the establishment of a corporate digital repository that will allow users from a range of areas both inside and outside the ASC to access digital resources – a performance tracking system that will provide current international performance snapshots as well as providing a tool for analysis and prediction. Business Support Centre The ASC Business Support Centre has completed the second year of a three-year pilot. The Business Support Centre’s key objective is to provide leadership, advice and support to selected national sporting organisations with a view to improving their operational capacity and business practices to ensure their continued viability. The Business Support Centre undertook an interim review of its activities in February 2004. The review provided overwhelming support for the program with a number of specific references to the quality and range of services provided. There are ten national sporting organisations currently supported by the Business Support Centre. It has been recognised that increasing the participation rates within these sports is critical to their continued viability. The success of these participation initiatives is strongly linked to the sports’ capacity to self-manage their affairs so they are better able to support their growth strategies. The following sports are currently developing participation programs as a direct result of their relationship with the Business Support Centre: polocrosse/pony club, handball, modern pentathlon, table tennis (athletes with a disability), wrestling and badminton. Sport Programs Disability Sport Project CONNECT (Creating Opportunities Nationally through Networks in Education, Classification and Training) is a national joint venture between the ASC and the Australian Paralympic Committee that aims to create more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport. During 2003–04, Athletics Australia, Swimming Australia, Tennis Australia, Tenpin Bowling Australia, Yachting Australia and Basketball Australia worked with the ASC to develop and refine their disability action plans, which not only meet their legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, but also provide the sports with an opportunity to ensure that current programs and services are inclusive of people with a disability and that planning for inclusion becomes an accepted practice within their sport. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications The sports measured their progress against a set of broad industry benchmarks. These are set at the bronze, silver and gold levels. ASC funding supported the sports in achieving their targets at bronze and silver levels, while the attainment of gold level indicates that the sport has successfully embedded these standards at all levels of their organisation. By the end of the year, all the sports had fulfilled Bronze level requirements, and had begun working towards Silver level attainment. In addition, each sport registered its disability action plan with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.By 30 June 2004, all six Project CONNECT sports had their disability action plans registered with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Disability Education Program, a national initiative operating since 1994, assisted the national sporting organisations involved in Project CONNECT by providing the vehicle for them to educate and train coaches, administrators, volunteers and officials to appropriately include people with a disability. The Disability Education Program courses are delivered by a network of specialist agencies throughout Australia and are tailored to meet the needs of sports. Disability Education Program courses continued to provide practical and theoretical information to a range of sport and physical activity providers across Australia. Over 4800 attendances were recorded at Disability Education Program courses in 2003–04. During 2003–04, the ASC’s Disability Sport unit proposed an inclusive games program called Sports Ability, as part of a program of initiatives to maximise national benefits and legacies arising from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006. This proposal was accepted and will enable the ASC to provide increased opportunities for young people with a disability in special education over the next three years. Coaching and Officiating The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme are the industry-standard quality-assurance programs for coach and official education programs. National sporting organisations that have their training programs registered with the schemes and adhere to the standards set by them provide approved education and training for their coaches or officials in accordance with the guidelines. Coaches or officials who are duly assessed as meeting the standard set by the sport are registered on the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme/National Officiating Accreditation Scheme database, maintained by the ASC. The increased flexibility that has been provided by modifying the framework of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme in 2003–04 has been embraced by national sporting organisations. Sports are no longer required to adhere to a Level 1 to 3 structure, but are free to determine the number, name and level of accreditation that best suits that sport. This has led to many national sporting organisations revising their accreditation structures to better meet the individual needs of the sport. The numbers of coaches and officials recorded on the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme/National Officiating Accreditation Scheme database is constantly changing as new coaches and officials are accredited and others allow their accreditation (normally four years’ duration) to lapse. National Coaching Accreditation Scheme A total of 75,226 coaches were registered as being accredited at 30 June 2004. This is a reduction of 7983 (9.6 per cent) compared to 30 June 2003 and is consistent with the trend reflected in the broader Australian Bureau of Statistics coaching data. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · Total new accreditations for 2003–04 12,433 · Total re-accreditations for 2003–04 10,452 National Officiating Accreditation Scheme A total of 8788 officials were registered as being accredited at 30 June 2004. This represents an increase of 876 compared to 30 June 2003, and is attributable to more sports seeking to formalise officiating structures and recognising the value of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme in this process. · Total new accreditations for 2003–04 1140 · Total re-accreditations for 2003–04 91 National coaching and officiating scholarships Twenty coaching scholarships were provided under the National Coaching Scholarship Program. Coaches in this program undertake a full-time one-year coaching apprenticeship with an AIS or state or territory institute or academy of sport head coach. A review of the National Coaching Scholarship Program identified that 95 per cent of previous scholarship holders who responded to the survey (72 per cent response rate) have since been employed in sport, with 75 per cent of those in coaching positions. The review, together with feedback gained through the quadrennial planning process, High Performance Advisory Panels and the Coaching and Officiating ’03 conference, identified that one of the major issues for sports in this area is providing comprehensive coach development pathways. This pointed to the need for the ASC to consider the endorsed the effectiveness of the current program and provided the ASC some direction for future direction of the National Coaching Scholarship Programs, especially with respect to. I increased flexibility in its implementationprogram. This will be a focus area over the next reporting period. Seven officiating scholarships were provided under the 2004 National Officiating Scholarship Program. The National Officiating Scholarship Program provides potential high performance officials with an intense learning program. The program is flexible in order to meet the individual needs of the sport and can vary from four to 52 weeks’ duration. Officials were required to participate in hands-on officiating as well as to undertake professional development courses and update/upgrade their National Officiating Accreditation Scheme level. Sport education delivery networks State delivery networks were maintained during the reporting period, with the ASC providing financial assistance, through annual Sport Programs and Organisational Development funding, to sport education centres located within each state and territory department of sport and recreation. During 2003–04, a total of 142 active sport education agencies (schools, TAFEs, universities and local councils) were registered with the ASC to deliver the General Principles of Officiating and Coaching courses across Australia. This number was down from the previous year as most national sporting organisations now integrate these courses into their sport-specific training programs. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications In 2003–04, ASC staff held a series of meetings with representatives from the Australian National Training Authority and Sport and Recreation Training Australia to clarify the position of those national sporting organisations that are presently within the Sports Industry Training Package. The ASC will continue to work closely with national sporting organisations to ensure that their interests are met when dealing with the vocational education and training sector. The ASC continued to provide quality advice and support to over 90 national sporting organisations in order to improve the quality of their education and training programs for coaches and officials within the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and National Officiating Accreditation Scheme frameworks. Year of the Official The Year of the Official program was initiated to redress the significant decline in the number of officials participating in sport in recent years and was conducted for the duration of 2003. Administrator education workshops were conducted throughout Australia and targeted the decision-making sports administrators at state, territory and local association levels. In excess of 600 sports administrators participated in the workshops. Grants to some 21 state sporting organisations were provided as an extension of the workshops to assist them to implement projects to address the behaviour and competency issues within their sports. A community awareness media campaign was undertaken to implement the strategies. The major components of this campaign were the national launch, radio and television commercials, posters and an intensive media servicing program. A national telephone survey, conducted by Newspoll in May 2004, to evaluate the effectiveness of the Year of the Official campaign has indicated that: 20% of those surveyed have heard of the Year of the Official, and 20% of those surveyed have heard of the tagline “Time to respect the official, sport”. The success of the Year of the Official initiative has enabled the ASC to commit to maintaining a focus on the issues of officiating beyond 2003–04. Coaching and Officiating ’03: investing in the future Over 300 delegates representing a range of organisations including national and state sporting organisations, local sporting clubs, state departments of sport and recreation, and peak industry groups attended Coaching and Officiating ’03: investing in the future. The conference provided an opportunity for increased knowledge sharing, which is vital if the ongoing issues surrounding coaching and officiating are to be addressed effectively within the Australian sporting system. Coaching and Officiating ’03: investing in the future provided heightened recognition of the role that the ASC can play in working with national sporting organisations to build better structures and provide guidance in the development of coaching and officiating. The need for the ASC to provide leadership in this area led to an internal review by the ASC of the issues affecting coaching and officiating in Australia. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Indigenous Sport During the reporting period, the Indigenous Sport Program underwent a major independent review that was jointly funded by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the ASC. The review findings were very positive overall with only minor amendments requested. The review’s central finding was that a new memorandum of understanding between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the ASC be developed. The Australian Government subsequently abolished the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and devolved its programs and services to other Government departments. As a result, funding previously provided to the ASC from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission to conduct the Indigenous Sport Program has been transferred to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. A new memorandum of understanding between the Department and the ASC to continue the Indigenous Sport Program has been agreed for 2004–05, which incorporates the findings of the independent review. The ASC has consolidated its work with 16 national sporting organisations to enhance links with the national network of Indigenous sport development officers. This approach has resulted in approximately 300 programs specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being conducted during 2003–04. The majority of these programs have resulted in the development of regular organised competition and sound club structures that provide pathways and opportunities for Indigenous Australians. The ASC continues to receive recognition and support from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. During 2003–04 through the assistance provided by Laureus, the Australian Soccer Association launched a program to provide equipment and uniforms for remote Indigenous communities. The program was launched in Dajarra, Queensland, and was promoted through the attendance of Frank Farina (Australian Socceroos coach), Fred Agius (Australian under-23 Olympic squad member) and Belinda Dawney (Matildas squad member). The ASC Indigenous Athlete Development Program continued with the allocation of 100 Indigenous Sporting Excellence Scholarships to athletes, coaches and officials competing in 18 sports. Women and Sport The Women and Sport unit worked to develop and implement a leadership program for national sporting organisations to increase the involvement of women and girls in identified areas within sport. The pilot of the program was undertaken with women in Bowls Australia in March 2004. Completion of the Women and Sport Analysis Framework and Performance Report Card tools is expected by November 2004. The ASC continued to develop partnerships with other agencies. The Sport Leadership Grants for Women in Rural and Remote Communities program was funded by the Office of the Status of Women and managed in collaboration with the ASC. A sum of $200,000 was made available in four key areas: Indigenous women, women in disability sport, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and women in general sports leadership. The funds were distributed throughout the states and territories to meet the needs of women in rural and remote communities. Funds were allocated to 62 projects in 2003–04. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Membership Growth and Club Development The Club Development Network is a free web-based program aimed at supporting the development and management capacity of sporting clubs. Network membership increased during 2003–04 from 3142 to 4703 (up 50 per cent). Rural and regional clubs are well represented in the Network, with 44 per cent of the 4703 members coming from rural and regional areas. Twenty-seven national sporting organisations were involved in the Club Development Network workshops organised by the ASC. These national sporting organisations have actively promoted the Club Development Network on their web sites and newsletters, as well as at national forums and seminars. During the year, a short DVD was produced that outlined the operational aspects and benefits of the Club Development Network. The DVD was distributed to all recognised national sporting organisations and additional copies were provided to a number of sports for use by their state-based development officers. In partnership with Swimming Australia, a copy of the DVD was sent to every swimming club in Australia as part of their club development strategy. Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program The Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program provides a small number of sports with support to expand active memberships and improve the reach of their affiliated clubs and associations. The ASC’s approach is to create a three-way relationship between the ASC, the national sporting organisation and a corporate sponsor to deliver a program of continuing growth and participation. During 2003–04, the ASC Board approved investment in one program of $235,000 over three years. This brought the total number of approved Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program sports to 21, and total funding to $11.53 million for the period of the program. Two further sports secured sponsorship for their programs, bringing total sponsorship funding to more than $11 million, which is marginally below the ASC investment of $11.53 million for the 21 sports. Seventeen sports completed either year one or year two of the program during 2003–04. Reports show that for those sports, participation targets have, on average, been exceeded by 1.7 per cent. During the year, successful program launches were held in conjunction with cricket, cycling, lawn bowls, rugby league, sailing and surfing. The Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program has resulted in many other tangible benefits to sports including bringing stakeholders at all levels of the sport together to work towards common objectives, improving communication within the sport and challenging traditional strategies for delivering sport development programs. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications National Junior Sport On 29 June 2004, Prime Minister John Howard announced the Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative to address the growing crisis in childhood obesity. This package has four components: · Active After-school Communities · Healthy School Curriculum · Healthy School Communities · Healthy Eating and Regular Physical Activity: information for Australian families. The ASC has carriage of the Active After-school Communities component, a program aimed at providing more opportunities for children to become physically active in the after-school hours environment. The Australian Government has allocated $90 million to this program to be administered by the ASC over a four-year period beginning 1 July 2004 with the delivery framework of the program to span three school years beginning in Term 2, 2005. With the close relationship between Active After-school Communities and the ASC’s Junior Sport activities, these two functions were combined under one program called National Junior Sport. Junior Sport Through Junior Sport initiatives, the ASC aims to enhance sporting opportunities and experiences for all young people from grassroots to elite-level sport. The ASC has been working with key partners to ensure they provide safe junior sporting environments, and develop and deliver quality programs that address the needs of young people. The ASC continued to provide leadership in these areas by supporting national sporting organisations in adopting the Junior Sport Framework and building sport-specific policies. The University of Queensland completed the final draft of the Junior Sport Framework. A key part of the development phase included workshops held in conjunction with state and territory departments of sport and recreation and national sporting organisations to gather feedback on the draft. The ASC also held a workshop with 21 national sporting organisations to assist in the drafting of action plans for the development process of their junior sport policies. During the reporting period, the ASC also implemented the following: · Out of School Hours Sports Program — In partnership with VicHealth, Northern Territory Health, South Australian Office for Recreation and Sport, New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation, and Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation, the ASC has been involved in piloting out of school hours sports programs in their respective states. Following on from the success of these pilot programs, the ASC developed a proposal for a national after-school hours structured physical activity program. This proposal was adopted by the Australian Government and the Active After-school Communities program development will begin in 2004–05. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · Active Australia Schools Network — The ASC continued its partnership with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation to assist the development of school–club links. The Active Australia Schools Network has 1080 member schools. · Good Sport Monitor — The Good Sport Monitor program supports safe, fun and nurturing junior sport environments by making resources and strategies available to sporting clubs and organisations that can be modified and implemented to address ‘ugly’ issues. These resources and strategies are being piloted with four sports within the Australian Capital Territory before a final review and national roll-out. Examples of strategies being piloted include the establishment of player/parent/coach/spectator contracts, stakeholder education, and the red and yellow card penalty system. Active After-school Communities Commencing in the 2004/05 financial year, the AASC program is a free, after school hours structured physical activity and health program. It will be offered to all Australian primary schools and approved out of school hours care services during the 3.00-5.30pm time slot.Approximately 20–25 per cent of Australian children are overweight or obese and this statistic is increasing, particularly since the mid-1980s — a trend that reflects international patterns. At the same time, the aerobic fitness of children has taken a sharp downward turn since 1970–80. Around 40 per cent of Australian children do not participate in organised sport outside of school hours. With this translating to an estimated 1.5 million young people under the age of 18 being overweight or obese, there is a large proportion of the population that may be at risk of preventable chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. In launching the Building a Healthy, Active Australia package, Prime Minister John Howard stressed his hope that the program would represent a watershed in the process of encouraging Australians of all ages to undertake more physical activity and to embrace more healthy eating habits. The Active After-school Communities program, part of the Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative, is one of the most significant undertakings of the ASC in recent years. It is a practical means of improving the health and wellbeing of Australian children, recognising that a balanced approach to nutrition and physical activity is necessary to promote healthy habits for life. Active After-school Communities will help address the growing crisis in childhood obesity and has the additional focus of unsupervised activity during the 3.00–5.30pm timeslot and declining motor skill development in children. Commencing in 2004–05, the Active After-school Communities program will be a free after-school hours structured physical activity and health program. It will be offered to all Australian primary schools and approved out of school hours care services and will cater for at least 3250 schools and approved after-school hours care centres, involving a minimum of 150,000 children. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications This program is one ofthe 1800 Reverse Street Active 1800 Reverse Street Active supports Backing Australia’s Sporting Ability: a more active Australia through the ASC’s shift to visible programming and activities in preference to general awareness raising and education about the benefits of sport. It also builds partnerships between the Australian Government, national sporting organisations (Skate Australia and Freestyle BMX) and the corporate sector (1800 Reverse, Kewday, Roces and Mongoose). 1800 Reverse Street Active attracted 2910 participants in 2003–04. Every participant also became a paying national sporting organisation member. Targeted at 6 to 14-year- olds, coaching sessions and competitions were conducted by Australia’s first-ever accredited coaches in street sports. The focus of the program in 2004 has been to ensure a cost-effective structure is in place so the two national sporting organisations involved are able to effectively implement their own street sports programs. The first two of seven events conducted in 2004 attracted 1357 participants. Of these, 808 are now paying members of Skate Australia and 453 are paying members of Freestyle BMX. The remaining 96 consisted of paying national sporting organisation members who participated in more than one session (that is, repeat visitors). This initiative continues to encourage the formation of membership pathways for street sports. Through newly formulated coaching programs and competitions, these pathways will provide participants with coordinated skills-based opportunities for development. Skate Australia and Freestyle BMX (part of Bicycle Motocross Australia) have implemented management structures to support each of the new disciplines. Skate Australia has appointed a National Skateboarding Committee and a National Inline Committee. Freestyle BMX has appointed a Freestyle BMX Committee. These have been crucial in providing both organisations with direction for these disciplines within the sport, and credibility in the street sports industry. Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series In its third and final year, the 2003–04 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series was delivered under a three-way partnership between the ASC, Sanitarium Health Food Company and Triathlon Australia. It provided participation opportunities for all children aged 7–13 years and promoted the messages of healthy living, good nutrition, fun, challenge and a sense of achievement through sport. The ASC’s investment in, and support of, the TRYathlon Series presented Triathlon Australia with an opportunity to increase the profile of the sport among juniors and parents, and to secure increased junior club memberships. Year three of the TRYathlon Series has achieved the goal of significantly increased participant numbers on year two, with a total of 9102 children registering for the seven TRYathlon events. This represented a 16 per cent increase on year two results and an increase of 54 per cent from year one. Events were held in both metropolitan and regional areas across Australia between November 2003 and April 2004 and the series was the largest-ever series of triathlon events for children in Australia. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications International Relations The ASC continued to deliver international services through the four federally funded (AusAID/DFAT) international community sports development programs. The programs are: · Australia–South Pacific Sports Program (this includes the successful Oceania Olympic Training Centre) · Australia–Papua New Guinea Silver Jubilee Sports Program · Australia–Africa 2006 Community Sports Development Program · Australia–Caribbean Community Sports Development Program. Activities of particular note during the reporting period within these programs include: · Australia–South Pacific Sports Program: – completion of the Pacific Sporting Needs Assessment (a comprehensive review conducted with each of the 14 participating countries to identify means of better focusing development activities over the next three years) – coordination of 19 training scholarships for athletes, coaches, administrators and sports scientists from nine countries under the Oceania Olympic Training Centre – commencement of a major disability sport initiative, with disability sport workshops conducted in Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji to develop the skills of athletes, coaches and administrators, as well as the placement of an Australian Volunteers International volunteer in Fiji for a seven-month term to deliver disability sport programs for the Fiji Sports Council – continuation of the development of an innovative sport education course for sports administrators. · Australia–Papua New Guinea Silver Jubilee Sports Program: – the delivery of an interactive sports administration program – the development of an event-management program – a major drive to develop Papua New Guinea facilitators for the delivery of the sports education program at the provincial level – a review of the national sports policy – capacity building for provincial youth and sports officers – grants provided to 20 provinces and 14 national sports federations to foster sports development programs at the grassroots level – a major review of physical education and the ground work for some innovative research into the benefits of sport in a community. The Silver Jubilee Sports Program has been seen as the most innovative sports program in the country in the past eight years, taking sport to the community under the theme of ‘There’s more to sport than just playing the game’. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · Australia–Caribbean Community Sports Development Program — The restructure of the program in 2003–04, with local in-region management and delivery under ASC supervision, was particularly successful. This is best illustrated by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s decision to second two officers on full pay to assist with program delivery throughout the region. Gains were made in regional coordination of development assistance. The major initiatives of the year were a regional disability sports program providing skills training for coaches and teachers, and promoting participation in sport and physical activity for people with a disability. The focus continues on developing local skills and expertise of people working in the areas of sport for people with a disability, youth at risk, sports administration and school-sector programs such as curriculum development. · Australia–Africa 2006 Community Sports Development Program — The program continued to focus on establishing a community sport model for the developing countries of southern Africa through the Active Community Club concept. The program was also reviewed during the year with a view to moving towards a similar management model as the Caribbean program. Additional funding for the final two years of the program was announced by the Prime Minister. The results of the research program designed to measure the impact of the project on the pilot communities was published. Conclusion Sport is an integral part of Australian society. However, Australia’s national sports system continues to be challenged, whether it is in maintaining participation rates, addressing issues of integrity and poor behaviour, or ensuring Australians perform at the level the nation expects. The ASC has continued to be innovative in the development and delivery of targeted programs to improve the health of the national system so that sport can continue to deliver benefits for all Australians across the full spectrum of participation from the grassroots to elite levels. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Outcome 2 Excellence in sports performance by Australians TOTAL PRICE: $113,363,000 Maintaining Australia’s level of success in international sport remains a challenge. The ASC is committed to strengthening Australia’s high performance sports system and backing Australia’s sporting ability to enable Australian athletes to excel in international competition. Each AIS program has a unique role in the international elite sport pathway with programs focused at either the elite senior or developmental level. Through the AIS, the ASC provides a world-class training environment to support AIS athletes and coaches, including services such as planning and evaluation, athlete and coach support and technical direction. The Sports Excellence Program, delivered through the ASC, underpins the sustained success of Australian athletes through continued international competition and the support of world-class coaches. The Sports Excellence Program provides essential funding to national sporting organisations based on individual strategic plans with an emphasis on high performance. The following table provides information on, and an assessment against, the agreed strategies chosen to deliver Outcome 2. Table 2 Output 2.1: National elite athlete development COST TO GOVERNMENT: $96,973,000 Variance Quantity/quality Target Results from Notes target (%) Activity 2.1: AIS programs and services, and national leadership Quantity AIS scholarship programs in 26 sports. 35 35 0 sport programs’ annual plans, including service commitments, jointly agreed to by national sporting organisations and the AIS Quantity Conduct four national programs: Athlete 4 0 Career and Education, Talent Search, Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme and Elite Sports Research Quantity Conduct two technical benchmarking 2 0 projects Quantity Conduct 20 approved applied research 31 55 projects Quantity Provide service provision to a maximum of 22 10 20 national teams on a commercial basis Quantity Conduct at least three commercially 0 –3 1 funded projects Quality 60 per cent of eligible AIS athletes 74% 14 2 annually chosen to represent Australia in international competition Quality Annual reviews conducted for all AIS 35 0 programs Quality 80 per cent of national sporting Athletes: 93% 13 3 organisation and AIS satisfaction with sport program performance and service AIS/NSO: 85% 5 4 delivery effectiveness Quality 80 per cent of national sporting 100% 20 organisation and AIS satisfaction with national team service delivery effectiveness Activity 2.2: Sports Excellence Program Quantity One major initiative to facilitate a nationally 1 0 coordinated approach to high performance planning for the 2005–09 quadrennium Quantity Six sport-specific workshops to improve 3 –50 5 high performance planning and implementation Quantity 70 national sporting organisations 70 0 benefiting from high performance grants Quantity One major initiative to assist funded 1 0 national sporting organisations in implementing drug-free sport policies and understanding their ‘drugs in sport’ responsibilities Quantity Conduct two anti-doping assessment 2 0 processes against the ASC’s Funding and Service Level Agreements for all funded national sporting organisations (in conjunction with the Australian Sports Drug Agency) © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Variance from targets The following notes provide an explanation for variations between the set targets and the results achieved for Outcome 2. 1 Following a restructure of the ASC Commercial Operations area, this specific AIS function was incorporated into the overall ASC structure and is reported on in Outcome 1. 2 Of the 718 athletes who held an AIS scholarship during 2003–04 who were eligible to represent Australia, 529 (74 per cent) were selected to represent Australia in international competition. 3 Ninety-three per cent (445) of the 477 AIS athletes who completed the AIS athlete survey indicated that they were either meeting the expectations (292 athletes) or were above the expectations (150 athletes) of their AIS scholarship. 4 At the May/June 2004 Performance Enhancement Program review meetings, the AIS and national sporting organisations agreed that 30 of the 35 programs (85 per cent) reviewed were meeting or exceeding agreed expectations in terms of program performance and service delivery effectiveness. 5 High Performance Advisory Panel workshops were conducted for athletics, bowls and skiing. The analysis process was completed for rugby union before the sport decided not to proceed to the workshop stage of the process. Work on the remaining two sports has commenced. National sports performance highlights Archery David Barnes won bronze in the 2003 World Target Championships. Tim Cuddihy finished fourth at the same event and is the newly crowned 2004 World Junior Champion. The Australian Olympic team finished first at the European Grand Prix in Germany in June 2004, beating the world number-one ranked team, Korea. A total of six archers qualified for the Athens 2004 Olympics. Athletics Jana Pittman continued her climb up the international standings with a memorable win in the 400-metres hurdles at the Paris World Championships, beating the world-record holder from Russia. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Australian football Australia defeated Ireland on aggregate in the 2003 Foster’s International Rules Series. Australian University Sport Australia had its best-ever World University Summer Games in Daegu, Korea, in August 2003 with an unprecedented 12 medals — two gold, five silver and five bronze. Baseball Australia won the Oceania Championships in January–February 2004, qualifying the team to play South Africa in the Africa/Oceania play-off. Australia won this best of five series 3–0 to qualify for the Athens 2004 Olympics. In 2003, Australian baseball had experienced a 30 per cent increase in the number of Australians signing professional contracts with major league baseball clubs in the United States. Australia now has 103 signed professional players with US major league baseball clubs. Basketball Australia had another strong year in basketball, winning the men’s under-21 World Championship, with Australian Andrew Bogut winning the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament. Lauren Jackson became the first non-American to win the US Women’s National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. BMX The 2003 BMX World Championships were held in Perth in July. Australia emerged as the second-ranked nation in the world following the championships. Boxing The Australian boxing team competed in the World Championships in Thailand followed by the Commonwealth Cup held in Malaysia. Good performances by Australian boxers culminated in three gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Of the 11 weight divisions at the Athens Olympics, Australia was eligible to contest nine following wins in the Oceania qualifying tournament in Tonga. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Bowls The Australian combined men’s and women’s team took out the Trans Tasman Test Series against New Zealand in February. The men’s team won the home series against England in April, Scotland in May and Wales in June. The men’s team also won the Centenary Quadrangular Tournament in South Africa in June. The women’s team won the Test Series against Scotland in February and the Four Nations Series in April. Canoeing · Flat water — Nathan Baggaley is the current World Champion in the K1 500 and finished third in the K1 1000 at the 2003 World Championships in Atlanta. At the same championships, the women’s K4 1000 won a bronze medal and Vince Fehervari won silver in the K1 200. A total of 11 Australian athletes qualified for the Athens 2004 Olympics. · Slalom — Five Australian athletes qualified in four classes of slalom events for the Athens 2004 Olympics. Australia qualified for the men’s C1 event at the Slalom Racing World Championships in July 2003 and qualified for a further three Olympic events (men’s C2 and K1, and women’s K1) at the World Cup in Athens in April 2004. Robin Bell finished the 2003–04 season in third position in overall World Cup standings. Cricket The Australian men’s cricket team maintained its number-one ranking on the International Cricket Council Test Championship table following another productive season. The highlight was the enthralling test series against India, which tied at 1–1, and Australia’s successful VB One-day Series victory, also against India, 2–0. The Australian women’s team — the Southern Stars — won the 2003–04 One-day Rose Bowl Series against New Zealand with a convincing 5–1 victory. Cycling The strong performances of Australian cyclists continued in 2003–04 with Michael Rogers coming second in the men’s time trial at the World Road Championships in Hamilton, Canada. The International Cycling Union subsequently awarded the gold medal to Rogers after the winner confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs at the time of the victory. In the Tour de France, Brad McGee held the leader’s yellow jersey while Baden Cooke held off fellow Australian Robbie McEwan to win the green jersey for sprinters. Australia’s performance on the track continued to be exceptional, with the men’s team pursuit winning the World Championships and setting a new world record in August in Stuttgart, Germany, and then successfully defending its title at the World Championships in Melbourne in May. Anna Meares also won gold in Melbourne in the 500-metres time trial. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Sam Hill and Lisa Mathison also won gold medals at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland. Diving Australia kept at the forefront of world diving with a strong performance at the 2003 World Championships. In all, the Australians won four medals. Mathew Helm and Robert Newbery won gold in the men’s ten-metre synchronised platform as did Irina Lashko in the one-metre women’s springboard. Silver medals went to Loudy Tourky and Lynda Dackiw in the women’s ten-metre synchronised platform and Mathew Helm in the men’s ten-metre platform. Australia also picked up seven medals in the 14th FINA World Cup and another five at the 7th FINA Diving Grand Prix Super Final. Equestrian Australia qualified with five riders/horses for the inaugural World Cup eventing final in Pau, France. The best performance was by Olympic gold medallist Matt Ryan (on Bonza Puzzle) who finished eighth in the three-day event. Australia was represented in the World Cup dressage final in Düsseldorf, Germany, with Kristy Oatley–Nist (on Quando–Quando) achieving the best-ever result in a World Cup grand prix, placing 13th out of 18 riders. Golf Australian professional and amateur golfers figured in fewer than 80 top-three finishes in golf tours around the world. Particular mention should be made of Nick Flanagan’s win in the US Amateur Championship, the first time an Australian has achieved this honour in 100 years. The Australian amateur men’s team also took out the Asia-Pacific Teams Championship and the Four Nation’s Team Championship. In the strong US professional tours, Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott, Craig Parry and Karrie Webb won tournaments. Gymnastics Australia’s leading gymnasts built on their growing international reputations, highlighted by the women’s artistic gymnastics team finishing third at the World Championships in 2003 behind the United States and Romania to record Australia’s first-ever women’s gymnastics medal. Philippe Rizzo had consistent strong performances on the World Cup circuit, which led to a fourth place in the high bar apparatus final at the World Championships. Both Philippe Rizzo and the women’s team, along with Penelope Blackmore (rhythmic gymnastics) and Lesley Daly (trampoline), all qualified for the Athens Olympics. Lauren Farry also recorded consistent outstanding performances on the sport aerobics international circuit, resulting in three individual gold medals. The trio of Tara Busbridge, Veronica Gravolin and Jessica Stamenovic received Australia’s first sports acrobatics silver medal at the 2004 World Championships. Kieran Gorman (individual junior male division) won gold at the 2004 Sport Aerobics World Age Games. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Hockey The Australian women’s hockey team — the Hockeyroos — recaptured the type of form that had seen them dominate international hockey leading up to the Sydney Olympics when they won the 2003 Champions Trophy in Sydney in December, defeating China 3–2 in the final. The men’s team had to be satisfied with silver when they were beaten by the Netherlands 4–2 in the final of the men’s Champion Trophy in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Judo Maria Pekli (57 kilograms) beat the gold medallist from the Sydney Olympics to achieve fifth place at the 2003 Judo World Championships in Osaka, Japan, which automatically qualified her for the Athens Olympics. Maria also won gold at the US Open, as did Semir Pepic (+100 kilograms). Australia also achieved three bronze medals at this event. As a result of good performances at the Oceania Championships held in April, along with Maria Pekli’s previous performances, Australia was eligible to contest 12 of the 14 available weight divisions at the Athens Olympics. Netball New Zealand defeated Australia 49–47 at the World Championships in Jamaica, avenging defeats from the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 1999 World Championships. Paralympic sport Members of the powerlifting squad competed at the European Championships. The results of two medals and a further two top-six finishes at this key event were better than the results Australia obtained at last year’s World Championships. Paul Harpur won silver in the 400 metres at the International Blind Sports Association World Championships held in Quebec, Canada. Natalie Cordowiner won a silver medal at the International Paralympic Committee World Archery Championships in Madrid. Australia dominated the International Paralympic Committee European Cycling Championships, with a total of four gold, two silver and four bronze medals for road events. However, Australia managed to stay ahead of all nations in the overall medal tally after both track and road competitions, and left the championships as the number- one ranked nation. The total medal count for Australia was ten gold, five silver and 11 bronze. Australia’s David Hall, the world number-one men’s singles and world number-two doubles wheelchair tennis player, won his seventh singles title at the prestigious US Open in San Diego, United States. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Peter Brooks returned from the 2003 Open European Cycling Championships with two medals out of four races — silver in the one-kilometre time trial and then bronze in the four-kilometre individual pursuit. At the 2004 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Championships, Cameron Rahles–Rabula and Michael Milton shared top honours with gold medals, giving Australia four gold medals from four races in the LW2 class. Rowing The Australian team competed at the 2003 World Championships in Milan, Italy. The men’s pair of James Tomkins and Drew Ginn finished with a gold medal, as did the women’s quad scull. The team also won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals in adaptive events at the Championships. Rugby league The Australian Kangaroos maintained their dominance in the international arena, playing two tests against New Zealand as well as internationals against a French XIII and Wales, and then overcame a fierce British challenge to record a 3–0 series win to retain the Ashes Trophy. Rugby union After its stunning 22–10 win over the New Zealand All Blacks in the semifinal of the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Sydney, the Wallabies narrowly lost to England in the final. Sailing Australian sailors again stamped their authority on the sport with no fewer than 15 world championship titles contributing to more than 30 top-three finishes. The sailors won titles across the full spectrum of the sport including senior and youth women, senior and youth men, masters and sailors with a disability. Shooting Australia qualified 29 Olympic shooting places across all rifle, shotgun, running target and pistol events at the Oceania Championships in Auckland in November 2003. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Soccer During the reporting period, the Socceroos participated in a number of international matches. They also qualified after the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup to play Solomon Islands in a two-match series in October for the right to represent Oceania at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany in June 2005. Both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the Athens Olympics after winning at Oceania qualification tournaments. The women’s team participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States in September. Softball The Australian women’s team finished second in the final of the 2003 Canada Cup. The Australian men’s team won the bronze medal at the 2004 International Softball Federation Men’s Softball World Championships, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February. Squash The year 2003–04 proved to be another great year for Australian squash on the world stage. The senior men’s team won the World Championship, defeating France 3–0 in the final. The Australian 2006 Commonwealth Games squash squad commenced its preparation for the Games with a doubles test match against England in Manchester. Australia won the test match 12–3. In individual competition, Australian athletes achieved notable victories during the reporting period. Australians won both the women’s and men’s British Opens (the sport’s most established titles), with Rachael Grinham and David Palmer winning, respectively. Surf lifesaving Two Australian development squads were selected in 2003–04. The Australian development team selected to compete at the inaugural DHL Asia-Pacific Lifesaving Challenge won the championship, while the team contesting the German Cup finished second. Surfing It was another outstanding year for Surfing Australia and its Association of Surfing Professionals Australasia division. International results saw Australians in five of the top-ten women’s places for 2003, with Layne Beachley taking the Association of Surfing Professionals world crown. In the men’s division, six of the top-ten places for 2003 were Australians, with Taj Burrow (third) Australia’s top performer. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications In International Surfing Association events, Australia took out first place team honours at the World Surfing Games in Ecuador, with individual world championships going to Kira Llewellyn (women’s bodyboard) and Andrew Lester (men’s bodyboard). On the Association of Surfing Professionals competition schedule, Australia held four of the top-ten world qualifying series final ratings for both men and women for 2003. The top place men’s position went to Trent Munro (second), and women’s to Chelsea Georgeson (third). Swimming The Australian swimming team won 22 medals at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Eighteen of these medals were in Olympic events. Overall, the Australians, with six gold, ten silver and six bronze, finished second on the medal tally behind the United States. Australians also broke two world records, clocking 0:23.43, and Leisel Jones broke the existing world record in the 100-metres breaststroke, recording 1:06.37. Along the way, Ian Thorpe became the first swimmer to win the same event three times, winning the 400-metres freestyle gold medal. A few days later, Grant Hackett equalled Ian’s feat by winning the 1500-metres freestyle title for the third time. In winning the race, Hackett extended his unbeaten run in the 1500 metres to five years. By the end of the championships, Ian Thorpe had won three gold, a silver and a bronze to stretch his record number of world championship titles to 11, three more than his nearest rival, East German Kornelia Ender, who swam in the 1970s. Throughout the year, Australian swimmers broke a total of three world and 15 Commonwealth records. In addition to the two records mentioned above, Lisbeth Lenton became the world’s fastest female over 100-metres freestyle in clocking 0:53.66 at the Telstra Australian Championships and Olympic trials in Sydney in March. In January, the Australian team competed in the 2004 International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability World Swimming Championships in Hong Kong, winning 16 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals. Siobhan Paton completed another exceptional meet, winning a total of 17 medals, 14 of them gold. Tennis At Wimbledon in July, Mark Philippoussis achieved another career highlight finishing runner-up in the men’s singles final, while Todd Woodbridge partnered with Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden) in a winning performance in the men’s doubles. Todd Woodbridge continued his form with another win in the men’s doubles at the US Open. In the Davis Cup, the Australian team of Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge defeated Spain 3–1 to win the final in November. Triathlon Australia recorded its best-ever result at the 2003 World Championships in Queenstown in New Zealand, with gold medals in senior competition to Peter Robertson and Emma Snowsill. Australia won eight of the 18 medals on offer to dominate the event. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications At the 2004 World Championships in Portugal, Loretta Harrop came second in the senior women’s event. Volleyball The senior men’s volleyball team qualified for the Athens Olympics, securing the single berth available for Asia. The youth boy’s volleyball team finished eighth at the 2003 Youth World Championships. In beach volleyball, Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson finished third at the 2003 World Championships and secured fourth place on the 2003 World Tour. Water polo The Australian women’s and men’s water polo teams both finished seventh at the World Championships in Barcelona. Water skiing In the open women’s division of the Wakeboard World Championships, Amber Wing came first and Hayley Smith came third. Australia won the overall team result. At the Tournament Skiing World Championships, Emma Sheers came first in the women’s slalom and jump events. In addition, Joel Wing placed third in the men’s tricks and Curtis Sheers third in the men’s jump. Australia placed second in the overall team result. At the Barefoot Skiing World Championships, Gizella Halasz won the senior women’s tricks event and Australia placed third overall in the team result. Weight-lifting Sergo Chakhoyan placed third at the World Championships in the 85-kilograms category. AIS sports performance highlights During the reporting period, the AIS provided facilities and assistance for elite athletes, including access to world-class coaches, leading sports science support and an unrivalled career and education program. Through this approach, the AIS provided integrated support services to the AIS sports programs, which contributed to the successful achievement of Outcome 2 — excellence in sports performance by Australians — in 2003–04. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications During 2003–04, the AIS conducted 35 programs in 26 sports. As of May 2004, the AIS provided 684 scholarships to athletes in these programs. As agreed with national sporting organisations, the AIS plays one of two roles in the organisation’s elite athlete pathway by conducting sports programs targeted at either: · elite or senior international programs (23 sports programs) · pre-elite or developmental programs (12 sports programs). The AIS conducts residential programs, where the athletes live in one location to train under the direction of an AIS head coach. The AIS also conducts camps-based programs, where the athlete’s daily training is conducted in their home environment and the AIS brings the athletes together for training camps throughout the year. As of May 2004: · Fourteen residential programs were based in Canberra. There were 210 scholarship holders in the Canberra-based programs (31 per cent of all AIS scholarships). · Seven residential programs were based in state locations. Diving and Squash were based in Brisbane, and Golf and Tennis were based in Melbourne. Hockey (men’s and women’s) was located in Perth. During the reporting period, Men’s Cricket relocated from Adelaide to Brisbane. The AIS Cricket program is a component of the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence and caters for athletes for up to two months annually. There were 120 scholarship holders in these state-based programs. · A component of the AIS under-23 Road Cycling program is based in Italy for nine months of the year. There were 12 scholarship holders in this program. · There were 342 scholarship holders in the 13 camps-based programs. · There was a total of 462 scholarship holders (67 per cent of all AIS scholarship holders) who were in either state-based or camps-based programs. Details of AIS programs’ role and structure, and a comprehensive report on AIS sport performances in 2003–04 can be found at Appendix 3. Some of the highlights of AIS athlete and coach performances in 2003–04 follow. 2003 AIS Athlete and Coach Awards · Nathan Baggaley (AIS/NSWIS) (Sprint Canoe) won the 2003 AIS Athlete of the Year Award. Nathan won the 2003 K1 500 and finished third in the K1 1000 at the 2003 world championships. In the 2003 Men’s World Cup, Nathan was ranked number two. · David Barnes (Archery) won the 2003 AIS Junior Athlete of the Year Award. David won the bronze medal in the men’s individual event at the senior 2003 World Target Archery Championships and a bronze medal at the Croatia Grand Prix. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · Amber Bradley, Dana Faletic, Kerry Hore and Jane Robinson (AIS/ACTAS) (Rowing) won the 2003 AIS Team of the Year Award. The Australian women’s quad scull crew won the world championships in Milan, Italy, in August 2003. This achievement marks the first time an Australian crew has won the event and only the second time an Australian crew has won a medal in the event. It also ended the German’s 13-year domination of the events. · Lyall McCarthy (Rowing) was the winner of the 2003 AIS Coach of the Year Award. Lyall guided the all-AIS Australian women’s quad scull crew to the gold medal at the world championships in Milan, Italy. Lyall has now coached five crews to gold medals in four separate world championships. · The Diving program won the 2003 AIS Program of the Year Award. This new award recognises the role a sport program plays in establishing an environment conducive to individual and team success and the pursuit of excellence. The results achieved by the AIS divers at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in 2003 contributed significantly to the Australian team’s best- ever diving performance at a world championship, with two gold and two silver medals. 2003 AIS Education Achievement and Vocation Achievement Awards · Adam Pine (Swimming) was awarded a 2003 AIS Vocation Achievement Award. Adam works as a sports consultant in the Membership Growth and Club Development unit of the ASC and primarily looks after the Club Development Network, a free web-based program that supports the development and management capacity of sporting clubs. Since moving into the club development area, Adam has helped increase membership of the Club Development Network from 2700 members to over 4000 members nationally. · Mark Hickman (Hockey) was also awarded a 2003 AIS Vocation Achievement Award. Mark has demonstrated outstanding achievements in his studies and sporting career, having qualified as an accountant in 2000. A scholarship holder since 1995, he has diligently worked at developing his career. · Travis Moran (Volleyball) was awarded a 2003 AIS Education Achievement Award. Travis graduated from Lake Ginninderra College with a Universities Admission Index score of 81. During his final year at school, he was a member of the Student Representative Committee and a member of the senior national volleyball squad. Travis has been an exemplary student and positive role model for other AIS athletes. · Rachel Imison (Hockey) was also awarded a 2003 AIS Education Achievement Award. Rachel is a full-time student at La Trobe University. She achieved outstanding results in 2003 as dux of the year with a straight-A average. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications 2003 Australian Institute of Sport memorial scholarship winners · Michael Sim (Golf) was awarded the Ross Herbert Memorial Scholarship. · Andrew Richards (Swimming) was awarded the Brent Harding Memorial Scholarship. · Mathew Helm (Diving) was awarded the Nathan Meade Memorial Scholarship. · Aaron Kemps (AIS/QAS) (Road Cycling) was awarded the Darren Smith Memorial Scholarship. · Tobby Sutherland (Athletics) was awarded the Gary Knoke Memorial Scholarship. Other significant performances by Australian Institute of Sport athletes · Annabel Luxford (Triathlon) won a gold medal at the 2004 International Triathlon Union Championships in the under-23 age group. · Felicity Abram (AIS/QAS) (Triathlon) at age 17 won the 2003 World Junior Triathlon Championship for athletes aged 16–19. She also won the 2003 Australian Championships — Sprint Distance for 16–19-year-olds and the 2003 Cup in Germany. · Nikki Egyed (AIS/QAS) (Triathlon) won the 2003 Under 23 World Triathlon Championship. She was also a member of the Australian team that won the women’s event at the inaugural Triathlon World Teams Championships. · Belinda Archer and Jacqui Dunn (Gymnastics) were members of the Australian women’s team that placed third at the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships. This was a historic first-ever team medal in a world championship for Australia. · Andrew Bogut (Basketball) was voted the Most Valuable Player at the 2003 World Junior Championships, won by Australia. He was also selected in the Australian Basketball Association All Star 5 and won the Most Valuable Player and Youth Player of the Year awards in the Australian Basketball Association East Conference. · Jobie Dajka (AIS/SASI) (Cycling) won a silver medal in the men’s sprint and the men’s keirin at the 2003 World Track Championships. · Peter Dawson (AIS/WAIS), Luke Roberts (AIS/SASI) and Stephen Wooldridge (AIS/NSWIS) (Cycling) won the 4000-metres team pursuit at the 2003 World Track Cycling Championships. Their gold medal-winning ride also broke the world record. Luke Roberts also won a silver medal in the 4000-metres individual pursuit. · Shane Kelly (AIS/VIS) (Cycling) won a silver medal in the one-kilometre time trial at the 2003 World Track Cycling Championships. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications · Oenone Wood (Road Cycling), during the 2004 World Cup Series, became the first Australian to win the time trial title. · Henry Gundry (Rowing) won a gold medal in the men’s quad scull at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2003. · Mathew Helm and Robert Newbery (Diving) won the men’s platform synchronised diving gold medal at the world championships. This was Australia’s first gold medal in men’s diving in the 30-year history of the world championships. Mathew Helm also won a silver medal in the men’s individual platform event at the world championship. At the 2004 FINA Diving Grand Prix Super Final, Mathew and Robert won gold in the men’s platform synchronised event. · Linda MacKenzie (Swimming) became the first swimmer since Anna McVann in 1984 to win the 200, 400 and 800-metres freestyle treble at the 2004 Telstra Olympic Team Swimming Trials. · Michael McBryde (Rowing) won a silver medal in the men’s lightweight quad scull at the 2003 World Rowing Championships and a gold medal in the lightweight quad scull at the Lucerne World Cup. · Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS) and Nathan Wilmot (Sailing) won a silver medal in Spain in the men’s Olympic 470 class at the 2003 World Championships. At the 2004 World Championships, they also won a gold medal. · Darren Bundock (AIS/NSWIS) and John Forbes (AIS/NSWIS) (Sailing) won their third consecutive world championship. This was John’s sixth world championship title and Darren’s fourth. The pair also won a gold medal at the 2003 Tornado Class European Championships. · Grant Schubert (Hockey) was named World Young Player of the Year in men’s hockey and won a silver medal with the Australian senior team in the 2003 Champions Trophy. · Michael Milton (AIS/NSWIS) (APC Skiing) in 2003 broke the world speed- skiing record for a skier on one leg and outriggers, with a speed of 193.16 kilometres per hour at the Pro Mondial Event in France. At the 2004 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, he won two gold and two silver medals. · Alisa Camplin (AIS/VIS), Lydia Ierodiaconou (AIS/VIS) and Liz Gardner (AIS/VIS) (Aerial Skiing) in the 2003–04 World Cup season won more medals for Australia than ever before. They won a total of 19 medals and the Australian team (all AIS scholarship holders) retained their world number-one ranking. Leading the charge, Alisa Camplin and Lydia Ierodiaconou finished the season retaining their first and second World Cup rankings. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Other Australian Institute of Sport programs and activities In 2003–04, the AIS’s three sections contributed to the Institute achieving its annual objectives. A summary of the activities of each of these sections in 2003–04 is set out below. Sport Programs Planning and Evaluation The Sport Programs Planning and Evaluation section is responsible for the implementation of the AIS Performance Enhancement Program across the 35 AIS sport programs, and the ongoing effective management of these programs. During the reporting period, Sport Programs Planning and Evaluation: · coordinated all planning and reporting functions across the AIS · developed and evaluated comprehensive annual plans for 35 AIS sport programs. All plans were endorsed by the AIS and the relevant national sporting organisations. Each program was reviewed mid-year and at end of year, assessing performance against the agreed targets and service delivery levels · coordinated AIS input into the ASC quadrennial planning process for 2005–09 with national sporting organisations · completed the annual performance planning review of AIS-employed coaching staff · coordinated the selection and annual presentation of the 2003 AIS Athlete and Coach Awards · coordinated a formal drugs education program for AIS scholarship holders, delivered by Australian Sports Drug Agency staff and AIS medical practitioners · coordinated a social drugs education program with particular emphasis on the responsible use of alcohol, delivered by AIS nutritionists and drug and alcohol educators · supported the AIS Athletes’ Commission, which addresses athlete issues and provides advice to AIS management. Twenty-eight AIS coaches and one administrative staff member were appointed as Australian coaches and management staff for the Australian team for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Athlete and Coach Services The major responsibility of Athlete and Coach Services is the delivery of integrated support services in the areas of clinical and sports science, athlete career and education, and athlete welfare to AIS sport programs. These services were delivered during the reporting period as agreed between the coach and the service provider in the AIS Performance Enhancement Program planning process. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications In 2003–04, Athlete and Coach Services staff provided services to national teams under negotiated commercial arrangements with national sporting organisations, consistent with the adoption of the ASC policy on one-line appropriation of funding to national sporting organisations. The AIS agreed to second 20 AIS-employed Athlete and Coach Services staff to the Australian Olympic Committee to provide services to the Australian Olympic team. The provision of such services is regarded as part of the ASC’s contribution to the national sporting effort. During the reporting period, staff in Athlete and Coach Services also conducted considerable research to identify best practice to support elite athlete development and to provide innovations to the AIS and Australian elite sport network. A brief report on these activities is set out below. Clinical Services Sports Medicine Research within Sports Medicine in 2003–04 focused on haematological and biochemical screening of athletes, the interpretation of blood test results in elite athletes, tendon injuries and osteitis pubis. The department also commenced a PhD program in association with the University of Western Sydney. PhD research focused on concerns the effects of a range of alternative therapies on muscle soreness and inflammation. Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning continued its proactive coordination of, and quality- assurance role for, AIS sports located in the states and Canberra. It also played a leadership role with state and territory institutes and academies of sport personnel in the ongoing development of national protocols for testing and exercise prescription to provide consistency for elite athlete development. Physical Therapies An Olympic year brings special challenges for Physical Therapies. In the first six months of 2004, the combined time away for staff providing training and competition support was approximately 54 weeks. Ongoing involvement with research continued. The Beiersdorf PhD Fellow presented some of his research findings regarding the differences between cyclists and triathletes in electromyographic patterns of the lower limb during cycling at both national and international conferences. Physical Therapies also created a further PhD scholarship position, which will be examining the relationship between bicycle set-up and performance and injury. Performance Psychology As a result of the AIS Benchmarking Report, Performance Psychology revised the type of services it is delivering to coaches and athletes by placing a greater emphasis on practical activities with measurable outcomes. The use of online delivery of mental skills training is also starting to provide a flexible learning approach for athletes around Australia. The Skill Acquisition team achieved significant research outcomes, particularly in basketball and netball, where they have used video-based decision- making training. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Sports Science Physiology Physiology services to AIS sports and national sporting organisations were supported by further development in the areas of fatigue and recovery management and neuromuscular physiology, and by the continuation of Physiology’s involvement in the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology. New devices for athlete monitoring in rowing and swimming were developed and are now being trialled by AIS coaches and athletes. Education and research activities were extensively pursued through the pilot Sport-based PhD Scheme with ten full-time PhD scholars now carrying out their PhD studies in Physiology. Major areas of research included environmental physiology (altitude hypoxia and cooling strategies), exercise immunology, strength/power development and competition analysis. The technical area of Physiology embarked on significant technical advances, such as the development of new technologies to ‘water proof’ Australian rowing boats for the Athens Olympics and, in partnership with RMIT University in Melbourne, the development of a new cooling jacket that utilises molecular technology for cooling the body. Biomechanics Biomechanics has continued its cutting-edge reputation in the areas of technique enhancement, competition analysis and specialised feedback procedures for the coach and athlete in a variety of AIS sports. Biomechanics is organised into six streams with each stream focusing on servicing a particular sport (track and field, canoe/kayak, cricket [significantly funded by Cricket Australia], cycling, rowing and swimming). In addition to focusing on these sports, Biomechanics provided access to all other AIS sports for biomechanics services as required. There was also a considerable number of service requests for commercial work with national sporting organisations and private- sector organisations. Much of the development and research in the area of equipment and technology was developed and produced in-house. During the reporting period, Biomechanics had six postgraduate scholars, each for a 12-month period, and two staff completing their PhDs. Nutrition During the reporting period, Nutrition released its third book in the successful Survival cookbook series — Survival Around the World. This book contains a diverse range of recipes from around the world, which is important given AIS athletes spend considerable time travelling domestically and internationally. Nutrition further developed the Nutrition Recovery Bar program to assist athletes maximise their exercise performance and facilitate recovery following training and competition. The Nutrition Recovery Bar is part of the AIS Supplement Program, which is now in its fourth year. The Nestlé Fellowship program continued, and opportunities for mentorship within Nutrition increased with the commencement of the Gatorade Fellowship position as part of the new sponsorship arrangement between the AIS and Gatorade. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Performance Analysis Performance Analysis supports coaches in their observations and analyses of athlete performance. Staff work with coaches to identify how innovations in information and communication technologies can improve their effectiveness as coaches. Staff also work closely with colleagues in Athlete and Coach Services to develop integrated approaches to performance excellence. In the last year, Performance Analysis worked with a variety of programs to prepare for the Athens Olympics. Performance Analysis was also involved in developing an internet-based approach to sharing video and other information among coaches. Technical Workshop The Technical Workshop staff provide electronic and mechanical expertise for all Clinical Services and Sports Science departments within the Athlete and Coach Services section. In 2003–04, considerable support was provided to develop new equipment and technologies. This includes the fabrication of a vibration plate for the Australian Wallabies, a throwing chair for Athens Paralympians, new prosthetic technology, and the construction and installation of a wireless networked three-dimensional camera- analysis system for basketball and boxing. AIS Software Development In January 2003, the AIS and the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology jointly funded a position to design and develop leading-edge software for coaches and scientists. Successful projects include the integration of sensor and timing data with video in a number of areas including cycling, rowing and archery, a hand-held system to measure netball player performance indicators during a game, and an athlete self- monitoring tool based on personal digital assistants. Two new initiatives commenced during the reporting period — a project to automatically track swimmers in the pool during competition, and the integration of three-dimensional video into a computer- based skill-testing system. AIS Athlete Career and Education AIS Athlete Career and Education staff provide a high-quality and innovative career and education service, study hall program and ongoing education assistance to both residential and non-residential athletes. Services to non-Canberra-based residential athletes were delivered on behalf of the AIS through the state and territory institute and academy of sport network. The AIS Athlete Career and Education program commissioned a review into developing research and assistance material to support scholarship holders to continue with their career and education action plan while away from their home base. Employment opportunities reflecting the scholarship holder’s action plan have increased both in Canberra and in the states, complemented by a partnership with the Coles Myer group. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Residences Welfare The AIS Residence provides a homely environment for 160 live-in athletes. There are six live-in houseparents and 15 block supervisors providing a high standard of welfare, services, recreation and supervision. During the reporting period, the Residential Athlete Committee was formed. The aim of this committee is to address any concerns and ideas relating to life in the AIS Residence. Technical Direction The focus of Technical Direction is to provide leadership to Australia’s high performance sport through national programs in athlete career and education, elite sports research, talent identification and laboratory standards, in addition to providing benchmarking of services and facilitating discussion on topics of current interest. Technical Direction also enables international partnerships with elite training institutions and universities. Cooperative Agreements Technical Direction has established working partnerships with the Institut National du Sport et de l’Education Physique in Paris, the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, and Free University of Brussels. Agreements have also been initiated with centres in Spain and the University of North Carolina in the United States. National Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme The AIS and two state institutes and academies of sport — South Australian Sports Institute and Queensland Academy of Sport — renewed accreditation with the Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme for the third quadrennial period. Interest in the Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme exercise physiology accreditation program was also forthcoming from a number of organisations outside the state and territory institute and academy of sport network. During the reporting period, progress was made towards implementing a national accreditation model (facilities and individual accreditation) in strength and conditioning as a discipline. The Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme also held a workshop to assist the development and implementation of national standards of best practice in biomechanics. In addition, workshops were held to address and discuss issues of interest to sports scientists such as interpretation of results and data from testing of elite athletes, and quantification of training and competition loads. National Talent Search Throughout 2003–04, the National Talent Search program continued to fund and support six of the state and territory institute and academy of sport partners. Six regional academies of sport within New South Wales have supported a pilot scheme. Additional funding was also made available through a competitive tendering process to a range of stakeholders wishing to pursue novel science-based talent identification programs. Talent Search athletes performed impressively at national and international competition. During the reporting period, 30 athletes competed for, or were selected to represent, Australia with gold, silver and bronze medals won at junior world championships and a gold medal won at a senior world championship. One hundred and thirty-two junior and 81 senior medals were also won at national championships. Research was undertaken to describe the development pathways and processes of elite Australian athletes, and a consultancy was commissioned to assess the viability of a national system of talent transfer in high performance athletes from sport to sport. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications National Elite Sports Research Program During 2003–04, the National Elite Sports Research Program conducted a workshop to determine research directions leading up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Along with coaches and scientists from the AIS, representatives of the various state and territory institutes and academies of sport participated in the workshop to ensure that research continues to have a targeted and practical approach. AIS research through the National Elite Sports Research Program and the AIS/National Elite Sports Council’s discretionary research program continued to deliver research outcomes that are recognised for their contribution to the body of scientific knowledge and their practical application to the preparation of Australia’s elite athletes. The AIS Research Publications Database at www.ais.org.au/research provides information on research outcomes presented at conferences and/or published by AIS researchers. National Athlete Career and Education During the reporting period, National Athlete Career and Education provided advice and support to 32 national sporting organisations on the integration of athlete career and education programs into their high performance plans. Links with international partners were strengthened through the establishment of an International Athlete Services Steering Committee, which the National Athlete Career and Education Manager chairs. Following on from research into athletes’ needs in the education sector, partnerships were explored with tertiary institutions to establish a national network of ‘athlete- friendly’ universities. Benchmarking, Best Practice and Innovation Benchmarking This AIS initiative was established in 2002 to ensure world’s best practice, particularly in the areas of sports science and sports medicine. During 2003–04, Benchmarking was undertaken for the Physical Therapies department and Recovery as a discipline. The deliberations of this benchmarking process were made available to state and territory institutes and academies of sport and to national sporting organisations. Seminars and workshops Seminars and workshops were held on strategic directions for research in high performance, and diagnosing and managing fatigue in athletes. The proceedings of these seminars and workshops were made available to state and territory institutes and academies of sport and to national sporting organisations. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology To keep Australian sports science at the world’s leading edge, the AIS is collaborating with the national Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology. This collaboration aims to develop unique and unobtrusive monitoring equipment that can be used in training and/or competition. The project commenced in July 2001 and in the lead-up to the Athens Olympics, all AIS and Olympic rowing crews used world-class prototype equipment co-developed with the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology. Concurrently, the Australian swimming squad conducted initial trials with another prototype that incorporates micro-electromechanical components. A joint spin-off company, SportZCo Pty Ltd, has been formed between the ASC and the Cooperative Research Centres for MicroTechnology to investigate commercial opportunities that may emanate from these devices. Commercialisation will be prudently controlled to ensure that a competitive advantage for AIS and Australian athletes is not compromised. Other activities Technical Direction staff also provided technical advice to the Australian Olympic Committee to assist athlete performance at the Athens Olympics. Areas covered include recovery, intravenous rehydration, weight-making strategies and nutrition. Sports Excellence Program Under the Sports Excellence Program, the ASC provides grants and advice to national sporting organisations with an emphasis on high performance. The Sports Excellence Program is managed by the Sport Services section of Sport Performance and Development. Approximately one quarter of the ASC’s 2003–04 budget was directly invested in the high performance programs of national sporting organisations (excluding funds that were spent directly on AIS programs). The ASC’s principal point of contact for national sporting organisations with respect to this funding is the Sport Services section. The nature of this relationship was integral in strengthening national sporting structures so that Australian athletes and coaches had the support systems and programs to sustain and build international sporting success. Through the provision of strategic advice and assistance, the ASC challenged national sporting organisations to strive to achieve higher organisational, participation and athlete performance targets. With an in-depth knowledge of each of their sport’s high performance programs, Sport Services consultants administered the provision of ASC funding and services in a coordinated way such that sports achieved improved efficiency and effectiveness. Through the combined efforts of Sport Services and the quality-assurance role provided by the Planning and Reporting section, the ASC also monitored agreed national sporting organisation high performance targets and outcomes. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Planning and Reporting Nadine (high performance grants – make reference to sports’ strategic plans, major initiative to assist implementation of Drug Free Sport policies, anti-doping assessment processes) The ASC, through the Planning and Reporting section, played a number of key roles in delivering national high performance outcomes, including being the primary funding agent for national sporting organisation high performance programs. The contractual vehicle with national sporting organisations for this was the rough Funding and Service Level Agreements that wasere negotiated and agreed between the ASC and each sporte ASC and national sporting organisations. The Funding and Service Level Agreements ensured an, the ASC emphasis oned the application of ASC high performance funding and services against sports’ strategic plans. The ASC also educated national sporting organisations and other stakeholders on their requirements and obligations in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the Australian Government’s Tough on Drugs in Sport Strategy and ASC funding terms and conditions via information workshops, email bulletins, published articles and information on the internet. Two national sporting organisation anti-doping assessment processes were undertaken to assist with these activities, and to monitor the progress of national sporting organisations in meeting their anti-doping obligations. The ASC worked closely with the National Elite Sports Council to implement a nationally coordinated approach to high performance planning for the 2005–09 funding period. This approach applied the coordinated collective resources of the ASC, AIS and state and territory institutes and academies of sport in order to achieve the maximum return in terms of elite performance across a range of sports, with the overall objective of enhancing Australia’s performance in international competition. During the reporting period, the ASC conducted High Performance Advisory Panels to provide a detailed assessment of a national sporting organisation’s high performance program and produced an action plan for improving it. Advisory panels were conducted for athletics, bowls and alpine skiing. Results of Australian performances in international events were also tracked. An analysis of results was performed to meet a range of requirements, including Olympic medal predictions. Conclusion In an environment of increased international competition, Australian elite athletes continued to excel both in Australia and abroad. The delivery of integrated services to AIS sport programs, the leadership provided to sport to adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement and the fostering of a cooperative approach to develop and implement the national system has ensured that Australia remains at the forefront of developing successful high performance athletes and coaches. In doing so, the ASC met its agreed outputs under Outcome 2. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Financial accountability © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Budget The Australian Government appropriation to the ASC for the 2003–04 financial year was $125.592 million. In addition, the ASC generated in the order of $22.357 million in revenue from corporate sources such as sponsorship, hire of facilities and interest, from external sources such as Government departments and agencies, and from national sporting organisations. The independent audit report and financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2004 are incorporated in Appendix 1. The disbursement of funds across the ASC is depicted below. Through its sports grants program, the ASC provides financial assistance to 75 sports. Details of grant allocations to sports are at Appendix 4. Figure 1 Disbursement of the budget across the Australian Sports Commission, 2003– 2004 Planning and accountability framework The ASC has in place a planning and accountability framework that is based on the Government’s outcomes and outputs framework. The framework is designed to ensure the ASC meets its legislative responsibilities as described in the Australian Sports Commission Act (1989) and effectively meets on its objectives, which are: · to secure an effective national sports system that offers improved participation in quality sports activities by Australians · to secure excellence in sports performance by Australians. The Operational Plan 2003–2004 stems from the Strategic Plan 2002–2005, and reflects these outcomes to ensure consistent reporting on performance measures identified in the Government’s budget papers. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications The planning and accountability framework is continually being reviewed and refined to take account of emerging needs and better-practice approaches. Internal and external scrutiny The Audit Committee, which is a standing committee of the ASC Board, develops and delivers the ASC’s financial-management and accountability framework (for more information see ‘The Australian Sports Commission Board’). It helps the ASC to fulfil its accountability responsibilities by reviewing audits conducted by the Australian National Audit Office and internal auditors (KPMG), and by monitoring the adequacy of the ASC’s administrative, operational and accounting controls. There were four Audit Committee meetings in 2003–04. Attendance by committee members was as follows: Name Position Meetings attended Karin Puels Chairperson/member 2 Roy Masters Chairperson/member 3 Cory Bernardi Member 2 Margot Foster Member 4 During 2003–04, the Audit Committee considered the report from the Australian National Audit Office on the financial statements audit for 2002–03 (for which an unqualified appraisal was obtained). In addition, the committee was informed of the ASC’s actions against the recommendations of 14 across-agency Australian National Audit Office reports, tabled in Parliament in 2003–04. The committee reviewed the following internal audit reports: · record keeping · publications inventory management · fringe benefits tax · salary packaging · review of costing analysis and overhead allocation (Swim School). The committee also considered reports provided on the ASC’s progress in the following areas: · 2003–06 strategic internal audit plan · 2003–04 internal audit program · tendering of cleaning and catering services · end of financial year treatment of grant payments owed. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendixes 1 Financial report Australian Sports Commission – Independent audit report – Financial statements Australian Sports Foundation – Independent audit report – Financial statements 2 Staffing statistics 3 Australian Institute of Sport scholarship program performances, 2003–2004 4 Grant allocations to sports, 2003–2004 5 Summary of compliance 6 Australian Institute of Sport program locations 7 Contact officers 8 Australian Sports Commission corporate partners © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 1 Financial report [See PDF] © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 2 Staffing statistics The following statistics, as at 30 June 2004, are measured in terms of full-time equivalent jobs. Table 1 Jobs by employment type Ongoing employment — full time and part time 309.2 Non-ongoing employment — fixed term (full time and part time) and casual 148.8 Total 458.0 Table 2 Jobs by employment type by group Australian Institute ASC Executive and Sport Performance Total of Sport Business Operations and Development Ongoing (full time) 87.0 145.0 49.0 281.0 Ongoing (part time) 12.9 13.5 1.8 28.2 Fixed term (full time) 78.0 20.0 11.0 109.0 Fixed term (part time) 5.6 0.0 1.0 6.6 Casual 4.0 27.7 1.5 33.2 Total 187.5 206.2 64.3 458.0 Table 3 Jobs by location Australian Capital Territory 431.7 New South Wales 3.0 Queensland 8.3 Victoria 7.0 South Australia 6.0 Western Australia 2.0 Total 458.0 Table 4 Staffing by level and gender (excluding casual employment) Female Male Total Executive 1.0 3.0 4.0 Sports Officer Grade 4 49.2 120.7 169.9 Sports Officer Grades 1–3 165.5 84.3 249.8 Staff separation rate The total separation rate for the ASC in 2003–04 was 13 per cent. This comprises employee and employer-initiated separations and separations due to contract expiration, but excludes casual employment. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 3 Australian Institute of Sport scholarship program performances, 2003–2004 AIS scholarship program contribution to sporting performances of Australia’s elite and potential elite athletes and teams Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Archery Residential program At least 80 per cent of 100 per cent of the for national squad the Australian recurve Australian recurve team for and development team selected for the the 2003 World athletes 2003 World Championships, held in Championships to be July, were current or former current or former AIS AIS scholarship holders scholarship holders At least 80 per cent of 100 per cent of the archers selected in the Australian recurve team for national recurve team the 2004 Junior World for the World Junior Championships, to be held Championships to be in July, are current AIS current or former AIS scholarship holders scholarship holders 100 per cent of the selected Australian Olympic archery team are current AIS scholarship holders Performances in major David Barnes: World international Championships — bronze; competitions Athens Test Event — bronze; European GP, Wyhl, Germany — 7th Tim Cuddihy: 2003 World Championships — 4th Jade Beatty: 2003 World Championships — 28th Men’s team (Tim Cuddihy, David Barnes and Simon Fairweather): European GP, Wyhl, Germany — gold Australian/AIS team (David Barnes, Tim Cuddihy and Andrew Lindsay): men’s teams event, senior division, Croatia Grand Prix Archery Tournament — 4th Australian Camps-based 2004 World Michael Milton Paralympic program for senior Championships results (AIS/NSWIS): giant slalom Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Committee elite athletes — gold; slalom —gold; Alpine Skiing super G — silver; downhill — silver Cameron Rahles–Rahbula (AIS/VIS): downhill — gold; super G — gold; slalom — silver Toby Kane: super G — bronze Michael Milton (AIS/NSWIS) broke his own world speed record for skiing on one leg when he achieved 198.68 km/h at the 2004 World Speed Skiing Championships Australian Camps-based 2004 Paralympic 21 AIS/APC scholarship Paralympic program for senior Games selection holders were selected for Committee elite athletes the 2004 Paralympic Swimming swimming team, comprising 72 per cent of the team Athletics Residential program International results 2003 IAAF World for senior elite Championships athletes and camps- based program for Luke Adams: 20-kilometre junior distance walk — 5th runners Stuart Rendell: hammer throw — 10th 2003 IBSA World Marathon Championship Roy Daniel — silver Heath Francis set a new world best time of 48.88 seconds in the T46 400 metres (arm amputee) Four to six athletes 2004 Olympic selection selected for the 2004 Olympic team Nathan Deakes: 20- kilometre walk and 50- kilometre walk Luke Adams: 20-kilometre walk Sisay Bezebah: marathon Stuart Rendell: hammer throw Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Patrick Johnson: 4x100- metres relay Four to six athletes 2004 Paralympic selection selected for the 2004 Paralympic team Roy Daniel: marathon Heath Francis: 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 4x400-metres relay and 4x100-metres relay Amanda Fraser: discus, shot put and 100 metres Hamish MacDonald: discus and shot put Lisa MacIntosh: 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres Amy Winters: 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump 80 per cent of 15 out of 17 eligible scholarship holders to athletes (88 per cent) finish in the top three achieved top-three results at the 2004 National Championships Australian Camps-based Level of performance Ireland defeated Australia Football program for in international 2–1 in the 2004 U17 (AIS/AFL development athletes competition International Rules Series Academy) in Australia Number of players AFL clubs drafted 25 drafted to AFL clubs former scholarship holders in the 2003 national draft Basketball Residential program Men 11 AIS athletes out of 12 for development Ten AIS athletes positions selected for the athletes selected for the 2003 Australian junior men’s Australian junior men’s team for the World team for the World Championships Championships Top-five finish in the 1st — World 2003 Junior Men’s Championships World Championships Women 91 per cent (ten AIS 80 per cent of current athletes out of 11 positions) AIS athletes to make selected for the Australian up the 2003 Australian young women’s team for young women’s team the World Championships for the World Championships Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 75 per cent of the 90 per cent (nine AIS 2003 Opals team to athletes out of ten compete in the positions) current or former Olympic qualifying AIS scholarship holders series to be current or selected for the Olympic former AIS scholarship qualifying series holders Boxing Residential and Improved international Jarrod Fletcher: 69kg, 2003 camps-based results Commonwealth program for senior Championships, Malaysia elite athletes — gold Adam Forsyth: 91kg, 2003 Commonwealth Championships, Malaysia — gold Todd Kidd: 64kg, 2003 Commonwealth Championships, Malaysia — bronze AIS boxers also won medals at the 2004 Oceania Championships in Tonga, the 2004 Olympic Test Event in Greece, the 2004 Chemistry Cup in Germany and the 2004 Grand Prix in the Czech Republic Canoeing — Camps-based World Championship 2003 World Championships sprint program for senior results and boats elite athletes qualified for Olympics Nathan Baggaley (AIS/NSWIS): K1 500 — gold; K1 1000 — bronze Olympic qualifications (as at 30 June 2004) Nathan Baggaley (AIS/NSWIS): K1 500, K1 1000 Nathan Baggaley (AIS/NSWIS) and Clint Robinson (AIS/QAS): K2 500 Daniel Collins (AIS/NSWIS) and David Rhodes (AIS/NSWIS): K2 1000 Amanda Rankin (AIS/QAS), Chantal Meek (AIS/NSWIS), Lisa Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Oldenhof (AIS/WAIS) and Kate Barclay (AIS/SASI): LK4 Canoeing — Camps-based World Championship 2003 World Championships slalom program for senior results and boats elite athletes qualified for Olympics Kynan Maley (AIS/WAIS): C1 class — 9th 2004 Olympic qualifications Robin Bell (AIS/WAIS): C1 Warwick Draper (AIS/VIS): K1 Louise Natoli (AIS/NSWIS): LK1 Lachlan Milne (AIS/NSWIS) and Mark Bellofiore (AIS/NSWIS): C2 Cricket — Short-term Number of scholarship 12 of the 25 residential men residential program holders progressing to scholarship holders for for development first-class cricket 2003 have progressed to athletes play first-class cricket for their state Graduates selected to Nine of the 13 players who play test and one-day played in the Australian international cricket for team in the test series Australia against India in the Australian summer of 2003–04 were former AIS scholarship holders 11 of the 15 players who played in the Australian team in the international one-day series in the Australian summer of 2003–04 were former AIS scholarship holders Former AIS scholarship holder Mike Hussey made his one-day international debut and Nathan Bracken and Andrew Symons made their test debut in 2003-04 Cricket — Camps-based 90 per cent of the 92 per cent of the women program for senior Australian team Australian team were elite athletes selected from AIS current or former AIS squad scholarship holders during 2003–04 Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Performance of the Australia won five out of six national team in one-day internationals international against New Zealand competitions Cycling — Residential program Performances in Michael Rogers (former road (Italy) significant international AIS/current ACTAS): time events trial, 2003 Road World For women — senior Championships, Canada — elite 2nd For men — Baden Cooke (former development athletes AIS/current VIS): Tour de (under 23) France — stage win; Tour de France — green jersey Brad McGee (former AIS/current NSWIS): time trial stage, Tour de France — 1st; 1st time trial stage, Tour of Italy — yellow jersey; 1st Route du Sud — pink jersey Robbie McEwen (former AIS/current QAS): Tour of Italy — stage win; Tour of Swiss — two stage wins Oenone Wood (AIS/ACTAS): World Cup — one win; Australian Road Title — 1st; Australian Time Trial Title — 1st Gene Bates (AIS/SASI): Giro due Province, Italy — 1st; GP Linz, Austria (U23 World Cup Race) — 1st Aaron Kemps (AIS/QAS): Citta di Asti, Italy (U23 World Cup Race) — 1st Olivia Gollan (AIS/NSWIS): two top-three places in World Cup events Sara Carrigan (AIS/QAS): three top-three places in World Cup events Australian Road Nations Ranking — Men 5th, Women 3rd Cycling — Camps-based Performances in 2003 Track Cycling World Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 track program for senior significant international Championships elite athletes events Luke Roberts (AIS/SASI), Stephen Wooldridge (AIS/NSWIS), Brett Lancaster (former AIS/VIS), Graeme Brown (former AIS/NSWIS) and Peter Dawson (AIS/WAIS): men’s 4000-metres team pursuit — 1st Luke Roberts (AIS/SASI): men’s 4000-metres individual pursuit — 2nd Jobie Dajka (AIS/SASI): men’s sprint — 2nd; men’s keirin — 2nd Shane Kelly (AIS/VIS): men’s 1000-metres time trial — 2nd Katie Mactier (AIS/VIS): women’s 3000-metres individual pursuit — 2nd Rochelle Gilmore (AIS/NSWIS): women’s scratch race — 2nd Anna Meares (AIS/QAS): women’s keirin — 2nd Australia’s medal tally was one gold and seven silver 2004 Track Cycling World Championships Peter Dawson (AIS/WAIS), Ashley Hutchinson (AIS/QAS), Luke Roberts (AIS/SASI) and Stephen Wooldridge (AIS/NSWIS): men’s 4000-metre team pursuit — 1st Anna Meares (AIS/QAS): women’s 500-metres time trial — 1st; women’s sprint — 2nd Katie Mactier (AIS/VIS): women’s three-kilometre individual pursuit — 2nd Ryan Bayley (AIS/WAIS): Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 men’s sprint — 3rd Australia’s medal tally was two gold, two silver and one bronze Diving Residential program Performance at World 2003 FINA World for senior elite Championships, World Championships athletes Cup and Olympic Mathew Helm and Robert Games Newbery: men’s platform synchronised — gold Mathew Helm: men’s platform –– silver Linda Dackiw (with Loudy Tourky, NSWIS): women’s platform synchronised — silver Five AIS divers were selected for the Australian World Championships team 2004 FINA World Cup Steven Barnett and Robert Newbery: men’s three- metre synchronised –– silver Loudy Tourky (AIS/NSWIS): women’s platform –– silver 2004 Olympic qualification Chantelle Newbery Linda Dackiw Steven Barnett Robert Newbery Mathew Helm Loudy Tourky (AIS/NSWIS) 2004 FINA Diving Grand Prix Super Final Mathew Helm and Robert Newbery: men’s platform synchronised — gold Steven Barnett and Robert Newbery: men’s three- metre synchronised — silver Loudy Tourky (AIS/NSWIS): women’s platform — silver Chantelle Newbery: women’s platform — bronze; women’s three- metre synchronised — bronze Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Golf Residential program 80 per cent of AIS 86 per cent of AIS players for development players selected for were selected for state or athletes state or national teams national teams National and Men international performances Andrew Martin: 2004 Australian Amateur Championships — 1st James Nitties: 2004 International Amateur Championships — 2nd; 2004 Mandurah Easter Open — 1st Michael Sim: 2004 Riversdale Cup — 1st Luke Hickmott: 2004 Mandurah Easter Open — 5th Women Dana Lacey: 2004 Lake Macquarie Women’s Championship — 3rd; 2004 New Zealand Stroke Play — 2nd; 2004 Victorian Stroke Play — 3rd Sarah Kemp: 2004 Australian Strokeplay Championship — 3rd; 2004 Australian Amateur Championship — 2nd; 2004 Victorian Stroke Play — 2nd; 2004 WA Stroke Play — 1st Bree Turnbull: 2004 Victorian Stroke Play — 1st; 2004 WA Stroke Play — 2nd Emma Bennett: 2004 Victorian Stroke Play — 5th Michelle Williams: 2004 Victorian Stroke Play — 7th Gymnastics Residential program Men Philippe Rizzo: high bar — for senior elite and One gymnast in 2003 4th development athletes World Championships finals Philippe Rizzo qualified for the Olympics with the IGF wildcard entry Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Women Belinda Archer and Jacqui Two current AIS Dunn selected for the athletes selected for World Championships team the 2003 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Australia — bronze medal World Championships (first-ever Women’s Artistic team Gymnastics World Championship medal for an Australian team) Australian Australian Championships, Championships, National Juniors — three National Juniors — AIS gymnasts in top-three one gymnast in top all round and on each three in all round and apparatus (Victoria on each apparatus Williams, Hollie Dykes and Melody Hernandez) Hockey Caters for both Men Australia (all AIS senior and Top-three finish at scholarship holders) development athletes 2003 Champions finished 2nd to the for short and long- Trophy Netherlands term residential periods depending on the focus of the four-year cycle Qualify for the Olympic Australia (all AIS Games scholarship holders) qualified for the Olympics with a 3–0 series win over New Zealand Women Australia (all AIS Top-three finish at scholarship holders) 2003 Champions finished 1st defeating China Trophy Qualify for the Olympic Australia (all AIS Games scholarship holders) qualified for the Olympics with a 3–0 series win over New Zealand Netball Residential program Nine out of 12 current Ten out of 12 AIS for development AIS scholarship scholarship holders athletes (under 21) holders to be selected selected for Australian 21 for Australian 21 and and under team under team Six out of 12 former Seven out of 12 former AIS AIS scholarship scholarship holders were holders to be selected selected for Australian for Australian Open Open team to compete at team to compete at World Championships World Championships Rowing Residential program 70–75 per cent of 80 per cent (16 out of 20) for senior elite scholarship holders scholarship holders were Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 athletes selected for a national selected for the national team team to compete in the 2003 World Championships Number of top-eight 2003 Rowing World places in Olympic Championships Games and World Championships Amber Bradley, Kerry Hore, Dana Faletic and Jane Robinson (AIS/ACTAS): women’s quad scull — gold Michael McBryde: member of the men’s lightweight quad scull — silver Craig Jones, Mitchell Punch, Shaun Coulton and Brendan Long (AIS/TIS): men’s quad scull — 4th Sally Robbins and Rebecca Sattin: members of the women’s eight — 4th Under 23 World Championships Henry Gundry: men’s quad scull — gold George Jelbart: men’s lightweight single scull — silver Rugby Camps-based Number of athletes Of the 19 players who League program for graduating to National graduated from the AIS development athletes Rugby League program in December in rural and regional environment 2003, 16 (84 per cent) were locations recruited by National Rugby League clubs Rugby Union Camps-based Graduation to elite 77 per cent of players who program for programs graduated in November development athletes 2003 were recruited into Provincial Academy or Super 12 squads 15 members of the 2004 Wallabies were graduates of the AIS program 18 members of the 2003 World Cup Squad were former AIS scholarship holders Sailing Camps-based Performance of AIS Top-three finishes at World program for senior scholarship holders in Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 elite athletes Olympic-class world Championships championships Darren Bundock (AIS/NSWIS) and John Forbes (AIS/NSWIS): tornado class, 2003 World Championships — 1st; 2004 World Championships — 3rd Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS): men’s 470 class, 2003 World Championships — 2nd; 2004 World Championships — 1st Michael Blackburn (AIS/NSWIS): laser class, 2004 World Championships — 3rd Performance of AIS Top-three finishes at scholarship holders in significant international significant international events competitions Jenny Armstrong (AIS/NSWIS) and Belinda Stowell (AIS/WAIS): women’s 470 class, 2004 Kiel Week Regatta — 1st Darren Bundock (AIS/NSWIS) and John Forbes (AIS/NSWIS): tornado class, 2003 European Championships — 1st; 2004 European Championships — 1st Nathan Wilmot (AIS/NSWIS) and Malcolm Page (AIS/NSWIS): men’s 470 class, 2004 Kiel Week Regatta — 2nd Alison Shreeve (AIS/NSWIS): women’s mistral class, 2004 Kiel Week Regatta — 2nd Colin Beashel (AIS/NSWIS) and David Giles (AIS/NSWIS): star class, 2003 European Championships — 3rd Sarah Blanck (AIS/NSWIS): Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Europe class: 2004 Kiel Week Regatta — 3rd Soccer — Residential program 50–70 per cent of 72 per cent (13 out of 18) men for development current or former AIS current or former AIS athletes (under 20) scholarship holders to scholarship holders were be selected for selected for Australian Australian youth team youth team (under 20s) (under 20) to compete at the World Youth Cup AIS Men’s Soccer AIS Men’s Soccer team team to make the were National Youth semifinals of the League minor premiers and National Youth League runners-up in finals series Soccer — Camps-based Qualify for the Olympic The Matildas (all AIS women program for senior Games scholarship holders) elite athletes qualified for the Olympics through the Oceania Zone Qualifier Softball Camps-based Australian senior and Australian senior women’s program for senior under-19 team world softball team is currently elite athletes rankings ranked fifth in the world Team results in annual Australian team (all AIS international scholarship holders) results competition Canada Cup — 2nd Japan Tour — 9 wins, 2 losses Hobart International Tournament — 2nd Blacktown International Challenge — 1st Squash Residential program 75 per cent of current 100 per cent of current or for senior elite and or former AIS former AIS scholarship development athletes scholarship holders to holders were selected for be selected for the the Australian men’s team. Australian men’s team Australia finished 1st to compete at the without dropping a set in World Men’s Team the competition Championships AIS scholarship Of the ten scholarship holders demonstrate holders, eight sustained demonstrated improvement improvement in world and one remained the ranking same Swimming Residential program Representation of AIS Ten athletes (45 per cent of for senior elite athletes on national the AIS squad) selected for teams and results of the Australian 2004 Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 athletes those athletes at major Olympic team international events AIS athletes won a total of 27 medals (9 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze) 82 per cent of AIS swimmers set personal bests in at least one of their identified priority events Linda MacKenzie won the 200, 400 and 800-metres freestyle treble at the 2004 Telstra Olympic Team Swimming Trials Performances at 2004 12 athletes (55 per cent of National Long Course the AIS squad) selected for Championships the Australian team for the World Long Course Championship Craig Stevens and Antony Matkovitch: 200-metres freestyle relay — gold medal Linda MacKenzie and Heidi Crawford: 200-metres freestyle relay — silver Tennis Residential program Improvement in ITF 100 per cent of AIS for development world junior rankings scholarship holders athletes and a and/or ATP/WTA world improved their ITF or camps-based senior rankings ATP/WTA rankings program for targeted emerging junior Todd Reid’s ATP ranking athletes went from 252 to 127 Chris Guccione’s ATP ranking went from 657 to 312 David Jeflea’s ITF ranking went from 262 to 91 Natalie Tanevska’s ITF ranking went from 141 to 105 Performances in Todd Reid: won two 2004 international Australian Futures events; competition member, Australian Davis Cup-winning squad 2003; 2004 Australian Open — 3rd round Chris Guccione: 2003 Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Wimbledon junior singles and doubles events — finalist Raphael Durek: 2004 Queensland Satellite event — winner; 2004 Munakata Futures event, Japan — semifinalist Adam Feeney: 2003 Wimbledon junior doubles — finalist David Jeflea: 2004 Australian Open junior doubles — finalist Triathlon Camps-based Percentage of AIS 13 out of 15 (87 per cent) program for scholarship holders AIS scholarship holders development athletes selected on national were selected for national (under 23) teams teams From 1 May 2004, the program changed to focus on the senior elite team Performance in 2003 ITU World international and Championships national competition Felicity Abram: junior women — gold Nikki Egyed: under 23 women — gold Mirinda Carfrae: under 23 women — silver Nick Hornman: under 23 men — silver Emma Snowsill (former AIS): elite women — gold 2004 ITU World Championships Annabel Luxford: under 23 women — gold 2004 Olympic qualification Simon Thompson Peter Robertson Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 Brad Kahlefeldt (reserve) Volleyball Residential program Performances in The Australian senior for senior elite men national and men’s team (all AIS and women international scholarship holders) competition qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games — the first time an Australian volleyball team has achieved Olympic qualification The Australian men’s youth team finished 8th in the 2003 World Youth Championships — the best result ever achieved by an Australian youth volleyball team The AIS men’s team won the 2003 Australian Volleyball League The AIS women’s team was 2004 Australian Volleyball League runners- up Water polo Residential program National team 83 per cent of squad — men for development selections selected for national teams athletes (under 19) Current scholarship holder Mitchal Ainsworth selected for the Australian senior squad 15 out of 17 (88 per cent) of the Australian senior squad are current or former AIS scholarship holders Water polo Camps-based Performances in The Australian senior team — women program for senior international (all AIS scholarship elite athletes competition holders) finished 7th at the 2003 World Championships The Australian team qualified for 2004 Olympics Winter sports Camps-based Performances in The Australian aerials team program for senior international maintained its number-one elite athletes competition world ranking in 2004 after winning 19 medals in World Cup competition in 2003– 04 Alisa Camplin (AIS/VIS): Sport Program Performance Achievements during description indicator 2003–04 ranked number one in the world; achieved ten top- three performances in World Cup events Lydia Ierodiaconou (AIS/VIS): ranked number two in the world; achieved seven top-three performances in World Cup events Liz Gardner (AIS/VIS): ranked number eight in the world The Australian half-pipe snowboard team achieved nine top-ten performances in World Cup competition The Australian mogul ski team achieved five top-ten performances in World Cup competition © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 4 Grant allocations to sports, 2003–2004 Sport Australian Institute High Sport Development Other* Total of Sport Performance $ $ $ $ $ Archery 546,702 318,300 25,000 – 890,002 Athletics 1,077,157 2,692,000 135,000 270,000 4,174,157 Australian football 200,000 111,000 200,000 275,000 786,000 Badminton – 155,000 25,000 0 180,000 Baseball ** – 1,206,000 135,000 15,000 1,356,000 Basketball 1,067,512 2,238,000 200,000 267,000 3,772,512 BMX – 89,000 97,500 5,000 191,500 Bocce – 26,000 25,000 0 51,000 Bowls – 378,000 135,000 106,000 619,000 Boxing 309,221 105,000 5,000 5,000 424,221 Calisthenics – 0 25,000 0 25,000 Canoeing 680,569 1,303,000 100,000 20,000 2,103,569 Cricket 481,111 361,000 190,000 310,000 1,342,111 Croquet – 0 10,000 0 10,000 Cycling 1,196,797 2,352,800 110,000 73,500 3,733,097 Diving 442,454 470,000 25,000 0 937,454 Equestrian – 1,249,950 80,000 10,000 1,339,950 Fencing 0 70,600 25,000 0 95,600 Golf (W) 180,217 201,000 20,000 55,000 456,217 Golf (M) 180,217 242,000 60,000 172,000 654,217 Golf (PGA) – – 60,000 0 60,000 Gymnastics 1,029,422 1,008,000 200,000 109,667 2,347,089 Handball 0 30,000 0 3,000 33,000 Hockey 957,954 3,270,500 150,000 117,667 4,496,121 Ice racing – 65,000 5,000 0 70,000 Ice skating – 52,000 10,000 0 62,000 Indoor cricket – 219,000 15,000 0 234,000 Judo – 393,680 15,000 0 408,680 Karate – 158,000 25,000 0 183,000 Lacrosse (M) – 0 25,000 0 25,000 Lacrosse (W) – 0 25,000 0 25,000 Modern pentathlon – 40,000 – 3,000 43,000 Motor sports – 277,000 60,000 0 337,000 Motorcycling – 308,000 60,000 0 368,000 Netball 561,796 726,000 170,000 194,138 1,651,934 Orienteering – 76,000 60,000 0 136,000 Parachuting – 38,000 – 0 38,000 Polocrosse – 61,000 60,000 0 121,000 Pony clubs – 30,000 25,000 0 55,000 Powerlifting – 32,000 5,000 0 37,000 Roller sports – 189,000 195,000 0 384,000 Rowing 1,310,664 3,138,120 80,000 0 4,528,784 Rugby league 200,000 111,000 150,000 200,000 661,000 Rugby union 200,000 111,000 170,000 251,000 732,000 Sailing 386,340 2,356,600 135,000 265,000 3,142,940 Shooting, association – 1,166,721 35,000 10,000 1,211,721 Skiing 370,000 570,000 15,000 0 955,000 Soccer 1,042,992 1,233,000 135,000 3,066,667 5,477,659 Softball** 370,393 1,315,000 150,000 185,000 2,020,393 Squash 355,189 370,000 110,000 16,000 851,189 Surf lifesaving – 270,000 150,000 120,000 540,000 Surf riders – 380,000 80,000 195,000 655,000 Swimming 1,082,168 3,355,000 110,000 187,000 4,734,168 Synchronised swimming – 60,000 – 0 60,000 Table tennis – 85,000 45,000 0 130,000 Taekwondo – 644,100 25,000 0 669,100 Tenpin bowling – 283,000 80,000 40,000 403,000 Tennis 430,625 305,000 150,000 212,000 1,097,625 Touch – 251,000 135,000 125,666 511,666 Triathlon 294,258 840,000 90,000 325,000 1,549,258 Universities – 210,000 – 0 210,000 Volleyball 990,988 1,162,000 60,000 80,000 2,292,988 Water polo 945,783 1,452,000 40,000 0 2,437,783 Water skiing – 331,000 20,000 6,000 357,000 Weight-lifting – 325,129 20,000 0 345,129 Wrestling – 33,500 – 8,000 41,500 Total 16,890,528 40,810,000 4,777,500 7,268,305 69,871,334 (excluding Aussie Able grants) High performance Non-Paralympic Other Total infrastructure international competition allocation and camps $ $ $ $ Australian Athletes with a Disability 180,000 0 0 180,000 Australian Blind Sports Federation 45,000 22,500 0 67,500 Riding for the Disabled 70,000 0 0 70,000 Disabled Winter Sports 45,000 0 0 45,000 AUSRAPID 50,000 32,000 0 82,000 Special Olympics Australia 45,000 0 0 45,000 Australian Deaf Sports Federation 60,000 45,000 25,000 130,000 Australian Transplant Sports Association 45,000 48,500 0 93,500 Australian Paralympic Committee 3,750,000 0 50,000 3,800,000 Total 4,290,000 148,000 75,000 4,513,000 * Incorporates the Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program, Indigenous Sport Program, soccer restructuring grant, etc. ** The ASC invested in a joint Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program proposed by Softball Australia and the Australian Baseball Federation. Approved funds for the project are paid through Softball Australia. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 5 Summary of compliance This index details the page numbers on which information is provided in response to legislation and Commonwealth practices: ASC contact officer Audit Committee report Auditor’s report Board membership, qualifications and attendance Board committees Certification Chairman’s Review Corporate overview Chief Executive Officer’s Report Commonwealth Disability Strategy Enabling legislation Financial statements Freedom of Information Officer · Privacy Indemnities Judicial decisions Occupational health and safety Organisational chart and senior executive staff Reports against objectives and functions Responsible minister Review of organisational structure Social justice and equity Staffing overview Statutory requirements © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 6 Australian Institute of Sport program locations Sydney Rugby Union Australian Rugby Union Ltd Rugby House Level 7 181 Miller Street NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060 Tel: (02) 9956 3480 Fax: (02) 9929 7966 Rugby League AIS/ARL Rugby League GPO Box 4415 SYDNEY NSW 2001 Tel: (02) 9232 7566 Fax: (02) 9232 7242 Sailing Yachting Australia Locked Bag 806 MILSONS POINT NSW 2061 Tel: (02) 9902 2155 Fax: (02) 9906 2366 Slalom Canoe Sydney International Regatta Centre PO Box 4246 PENRITH NSW 2750 Tel: (02) 4729 4256 Fax: (02) 4729 4257 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Water Polo (women) PO Box 476 SYDNEY MARKETS NSW 2129 Tel: (02) 9763 0207 Fax: (02) 9763 0250 Melbourne Australian Football AIS/AFL Academy Box 1449N GPO MELBOURNE VIC 3001 Tel: (03) 9643 1973 Fax: (03) 9643 1878 Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Level 1 1–3 Cobden Street SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC 3205 Tel: (03) 9686 2977 Fax: (03) 9686 2988 Cricket (women) Women’s Cricket Australia 60 Jolimont Street JOLIMONT VIC 3002 Tel: (03) 9653 9912 Fax: (03) 9653 9900 Golf Moonah Links Golf Course Peter Thomson Drive FINGAL VIC 3939 Tel: (03) 9588 5520 Fax: (03) 9588 5521 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Tennis c/- Melbourne Park Private Bag 6060 RICHMOND SOUTH VIC 3121 Tel: (03) 9286 1534 Fax: (03) 9654 6867 Brisbane Diving PO Box 91 CARINA QLD 4152 Tel: (07) 3823 1444 Fax: (07) 3823 1363 Softball PO Box 280 WILSTON QLD 4051 Tel: (07) 3357 1577 Fax: (07) 3357 2081 Cricket (men) 1 Bogan Street BREAKFAST CREEK QLD 4010 Tel: (07) 3624 8300 Fax: (07) 3624 8310 Squash Office 9, Sports House Cnr Castlemaine and Caxton Streets MILTON QLD 4064 Tel: (07) 3367 3200 Fax: (07) 3367 3320 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Gold Coast Sprint Canoe PO Box 190 ROBINA QLD 4226 Tel: (07) 5576 4386 Fax: (07) 5535 1325 Perth Hockey PO Box 478 COMO WA 6952 Tel: (08) 9458 5355 Fax: (08) 9458 9747 Adelaide Track Cycling PO Box 646 ENFIELD PLAZA SA 5085 Tel: (08) 8360 5888 Fax: (08) 8360 5800 Canberra Archery Athletics Boxing Basketball Gymnastics Netball Triathlon Soccer (men and women) Swimming Volleyball (men and women) © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Waterpolo (men) PO Box 176 BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Tel: (02) 6214 1111 Fax: (02) 6251 2680 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 7 Contact officers The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Australian Sports Commission Leverrier Crescent BRUCE ACT 2617 or PO Box 176 BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Tel: (02) 6214 1111 Fax: (02) 6251 2680 Distribution Officer Shirley Jones Corporate Communications Australian Sports Commission PO Box 176 BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Tel: (02) 6214 1795 Fax: (02) 6214 1995 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Annual Report Information Contact Officer Michaela Forster Corporate Communications Australian Sports Commission PO Box 176 © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Tel: (02) 6214 1910 Fax: (02) 6214 1995 Freedom of Information Officer Nicholas West Government and Board Services Australian Sports Commission PO Box 176 BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Tel: (02) 6214 1675 Fax: (02) 6214 1485 Members of the public may make requests in writing to the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, or to officers of the ASC regarding a range of policy and other matters. Enquiries for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act can be made to: Freedom of Information Officer Australian Sports Commission PO Box 176 BELCONNEN ACT 2616 Alternatively, the Freedom of Information Officer can be contacted at FOI_Officer@ausport.gov.au. Each request must be in writing, must specify an address for return mail to be sent and be accompanied by a $30 application fee. The ASC’s policy on charges and fees is that they should be imposed for processing requests. Fees and charges may be remitted in circumstances as defined by the Freedom of Information Act. Documents that are available free of charge can be found on the ASC web site at www.ausport.gov.au. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Appendix 8 Australian Sports Commission corporate partners Accommodation Corporate partner Rydges Hotels and Resorts Athlete Career and Education Corporate partners Australian College of Legal Education and Training Nestlé Australia Ltd Computer Power (formerly Spherion Group Ltd) Victoria University Basketball Corporate partner And 1 Australia Beverage Service Corporate partners Coca-Cola Amatil (Australia) Pty Ltd Capital Chilled Foods (since January 2004) Carlton & United Breweries Gatorade Australia Pty Ltd (since October 2003) Nestlé Australia Ltd Boxing Corporate Partner Signature Mouthguards Pty Ltd Business Operations Corporate Partners — Media Awards 2003 ACNielsen Australia Minter Ellison Lawyers Qantas Airways Limited Staging Connections Cricket Corporate partner Commonwealth Bank Cycling — road Corporate partners Trek/Clarence Street Cyclery GKA Sports Distribution (Vittoria Tyres) Shimano Australia Engineering Corporate partners SRI Sports Pty Ltd © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Culligan Australia Pty Ltd HG Turf Finance Corporate partners System Union Pty Ltd (SunSystems) Food Service Corporate partner Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd Nestlé Australia Ltd Golf Corporate partner Acushnet Company Human Resources Corporate partner Frontier Software (since April 2004) Nutrition Corporate partners Gatorade Australia Pty Ltd (since October 2003) Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd Nestlé Australia Ltd Wyeth Consumer Healthcare Sport Development (Street Active) Corporate partner 1800 Reverse Pty Ltd Sport Education Corporate partner Nestlé Australia Ltd Sports Science/Sports Medicine Corporate partners Ego Pharmaceuticals (Medicine) BOC Gases (Physiology) Bio-Mediq DPC Pty Ltd (Biochemistry) Nordstrom International Pty Ltd (Physiology) Ambulance Service Australia (Physiology) Carter Products (Australia) Pty Ltd (Physiotherapy) Beiersdorf Australia Ltd (Physiotherapy) United Pacific Industries (Physiotherapy) Float Tank Australia (Psychology) Swimming Corporate partner Speedo Australia Ltd (for Swim Meet 2004) Strength and Conditioning Corporate partner Fitball Therapy and Training Pty Ltd © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Transport Corporate partner Avis Australia Pty Ltd Video Production Corporate partner Alcam Film and Video Production Volleyball Corporate partner Gerflor Australasia © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications Errata Figure 1 (Disbursement of the budget across the Australian Sports Commission, 2002– 2003) on page 78 of the Australian Sports Commission Annual Report 2002–2003 should read: In Figure 2 (Medals won by sport, Commonwealth Games, 2002) on page 151 of the Australian Sports Commission Annual Report 2002–2003, the sport of netball won gold, not bronze as indicated. © Australian Sports Commission 2004, Annual Report 2003-2004, www.ausport.gov.au/publications
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