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Sport transparency, reporting and integrity

The ASC has a leadership role in ensuring the integrity of sport as a sector. The ASC also has a duty to effectively monitor the performance of NSOs to ensure taxpayer money is being spent effectively. To do so, the ASC requires that NSOs comply with a range of policies and practices as a condition of funding.

3.1 NSOs to publish annual reports consistent with Corporations Act requirements.

The board must provide members and key stakeholders with a comprehensive annual report. It must contain information consistent with that required under the Corporations Act and be provided in the same time frame as public companies.

3.2 NSOs to report consolidated national financial accounts annually to the ASC in
addition to national entity information.

As part of the Annual Sport Performance Review, all NSOs will be required to present consolidated national financial accounts. In addition they must also provide any other information if in the ASC’s reasonable opinion it is required to maintain an understanding of how effective the organisation is on achieving outcomes set under funding agreements, as well as any risks that may impact on an NSO delivering those outcomes.

3.3 NSOs to adopt rolling three-year strategic plans with clear and measurable targets, including a detailed operating budget for the next financial year.
The sport must have a single three-year strategic plan (covering both participation and high
performance) endorsed and implemented consistently and effectively by the member bodies.
This plan should include measurable objectives and a detailed three-year forward financial
model that is compared with historical financials.

Key performance indicators (KPIs) that are most relevant to the sport — and by which its performance can be measured — should be identified and trends shown.

A detailed operating budget for at least the next financial year should also be included.

3.4 Disclosure of administration expenses in the sport, including remuneration and associated expenses for key management personnel.

In an organisation owned by members and which receives substantial public funding, both members and taxpayers have a right to know how the organisation spends its money and therefore to provide input into the effectiveness of expenditure.

NSOs should therefore fully disclose administration expenses for the organisation on a gross basis before any allocation of such expenses across functional activities within the NSO. Reporting should also include reporting bands for remuneration and associated expenses of the key management personnel in the sport. Key management personnel are defined as those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the entity, directly or indirectly, including any director (whether executive or otherwise) of that entity.

This disclosure will enable stakeholders to understand the level of administration expenditure in the sport and the efficiency of the NSO in undertaking its operations.

3.5 NSOs to provide in a timely manner all information requested by the ASC.

The ASC requires NSOs to provide information to the ASC on a timely basis to facilitate a comparative Annual Sport Performance Review. This is so the ASC can effectively monitor the performance of NSOs against the outcomes set in funding agreements.

3.6 NSOs to sign up to ASC integrity measures on anti-doping, protocols for sports science, and match fixing.

The ASC has a leadership role in ensuring the integrity of sport in Australia. To this end — and in light of recent events — the ASC is introducing new requirements relating to NSO board processes to ensure appropriate integrity safeguards are in place. These include:

  • Boards should adopt and observe the AIS Sports Science Sports Medicine Best Practice Principles.
  • Boards should have in place proper investigation, supervision and reporting practices in relation to the sports science practices in use in their sport. These should be direct to the board or through no other person than the CEO.
  • ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ will not be a satisfactory position for boards to adopt. Board members will have a positive obligation to inform themselves about sports science practices and to supervise them in a manner consistent with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), ASC and Australian Government policies.
  • Boards are required to understand their obligations under the sport’s anti-doping policy, national anti-doping scheme and applicable international federation anti-doping requirements. They must also assist, cooperate, and liaise with ASADA — including in relation to the conduct of any investigations or hearings — on any alleged anti-doping rule violations.
  • Boards will have an obligation to ensure there is provision of appropriate education to athletes, their agents, support personnel, officials and staff on their responsibilities under the sport’s anti-match-fixing policy and code of conduct.

3.7 Financial and high performance reporting requirements.
The ASC has introduced cross-sport reporting templates for financial and high performance reporting. These templates will enable a greater degree of transparency around high performance spend and for the ASC to use data to provide comparative analysis. This will assist sports in investing and achieving efficiencies.

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