Australian Sports Commission initiatives

The Australian Sports Commission is the major sponsor of Orienteering Australia. As part of the funding agreement, OA undertakes to assist the ASC in promoting initiatives to develop sport in Australia. These include the following.

Play by The Rules

The Play by The Rules website at http://www.playbytherules.net.au/ has information for clubs and sporting organisations on harassment, ethics, and discrimination policies and legislation, model member protection policies and free online training in a number of these areas. The OA Member Protection policies are based on the ASC’s model protection policies; there is additional useful detail on Play by The Rules on topics such as recommended arrangements for group trips away.

All Cultures program

 On 21 March it is Harmony Day. Sports Minister Kate Ellis said, ‘New migrants are two-thirds less likely to participate in sport than other Australians and that’s a real shame. They are missing out and sport as a whole is missing out. We want to make sure that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can reap the lifelong health and social benefits of sport’.

The ASC has set up an All Cultures website at www.ausport.gov.au/participating/all_cultures to provide resources to assist development officers and others visiting schools and community groups where they may be able to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to try orienteering.

Our Sporting Future Conference

The ASC will be holding Australia’s leading sports forum, Our Sporting Future, from 28–30 July 2010 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. OSF 2010 will provide an in-depth analysis of the business of sport, with real examples of successful sports business models. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the sustainability of sport and how it can meet any current and future challenges. The program will explore new thinking, risk taking and innovation in the development of sports policy to effect change.

There will also be topical panel discussions that address current issues in Australian sport, stimulate new ideas, challenge current ways of thinking, and provide practical information that can be applied to sporting organisations. More details are at http://www.ausport.gov.au/about/events/our_sporting_future_2010