In recognising the importance of sport and the significant emerging challenges to Australia’s sustained success in elite sport, the Australian Government released the directions paper Australian Sport: Emerging Challenges, New Directions, on 6 May 2008. The paper outlines the need for widespread and continuing reform of Australia’s sporting system.
Independent Expert Panel ——
On 28 August 2008, the Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, announced the appointment of an independent expert panel that will investigate ways of ensuring that Australia’s sporting system remains prepared for the challenges of the future.
The expert panel will look at sport at both the elite level and at the grassroots community level, as part of a top-to-bottom examination of Australian sport and will look for better ways to run, promote and manage sport in Australia.
The panel is chaired by highly-regarded businessman David Crawford, who has previously modernised and driven change at the Australian Football League and Football Federation Australia. He is also chairman of Foster’s Group Ltd and Lend Lease Corporation and director of BHP Billiton Ltd, as well as holding other senior corporate positions.
Mr Crawford heads a team
The panel will consult widely with key stakeholders, in particular those that play a key role in the development, delivery and use of various aspects of the Australian sporting system, and will report to the Australian Government in 2009.
The panel called for written submissions from interested individuals and sporting organisations from 3 October to 7 November 2008. All submissions received are published on the submissions page.