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National Sporting Organisation (NSO) Investment 2019-20

Sport Business

The new Sport Investment Framework – Sport Business has been introduced to support the delivery of Sport Australia’s strategic priorities. There are two funding categories for National Sporting Organisations in the new Framework: Core funding and Impact funding.

Core funding is currently supporting National Sporting Organisations to deliver participation outcomes while Impact funding is supporting business capability initiatives. The Impact funding program is a competitive grants process, which supports key business areas that underpin our Corporate Plan and vision for Australian sport. In 2019-20 governance and business operations, workforce, finance and infrastructure were the business areas determined by Sport Australia.

Sport Australia expects to advise National Sporting Organisations of the new criteria to determine Core funding along with their Core funding allocation for the 2020-21 financial year later this year.

High Performance

In late 2018, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) High Performance Strategy updated its HP Investment Framework, with investment shifts developed in line with the National Institute Network (NIN) objectives as we collectively strive to focus resources on the areas that are most likely going to contribute to our HP system targets and strategic objectives.

The AIS deliberately expedited the process well ahead of 30 June 2019 to provide sports with funding advice as early as possible. This has also enabled funding increases from1 January 2019 to maximise impact in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics/Paralympics, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics/Paralympics, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and to give sports a head start on HP pathway programs.

In addition the AIS is providing longer term funding commitments to priority sports to give them more stability and certainty to plan ahead.

Final 2019-20 baseline allocations are provided in the investment allocation outlined below.

Investment allocation Financial Year 2019-20

National Sporting Organisation (NSO) Investment 2018-19

Participation

Sport Australia is reviewing its participation investment approach to ensure alignment with the new Sport Australia strategy and to include the additional funding packages announced during the recent Federal Budget. While change is anticipated, funding for 2018-19 will remain at current levels.

For the first six months Sport Australia will pay 50 per cent of the investment allocation, aligned to the participation investment categorisation framework. This will be considered ‘core funding’ and is provided to support national sporting organisations (NSOs) to meet Sport Australia compliance expectations in areas such as governance, finance, participation and safe sport.

Leading up to January 2019, Sport Australia will begin transitioning into the new investment framework. Future allocations will include ‘impact funding’ which will be invested to drive outcomes in focus areas such as increased levels of physical activity, enhanced workforce capability and business capability.

Confirmation of the core and impact investment approach will be provided later this year and NSOs will be supported as we transition into the new framework. The new participation investment framework will be introduced in full in July 2019.

Core investment is provided to support our long-term partners to meet Sport Australia expectations in the key business areas of governance and integrity, finance and reporting, participation products and services and safe sport policy and practice.

Impact investment is provided across the sport and physical activity sector to achieve outcomes which facilitate positive change. Change must be tangible, measurable and contribute towards one or more of Sport Australia’s impact investment focus areas.

High Performance

Following the release of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) High Performance Strategy and a new HP Investment Framework, the AIS have now provided an update to sports on their investment profile. The investment shifts have been developed in line with the National Institute Network (NIN) objectives as we collectively strive to focus resources on the areas that are most likely going to contribute to our HP system targets and strategic objectives.

The AIS has deliberately expedited the process well ahead of 30 June 2019 to provide sports with funding advice as early as possible. This has also allowed us to provide funding increases from 1 January 2019 to maximise impact in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics/Paralympics, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics/Paralympics, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and to give sports a head start on HP pathway programs.

In addition the AIS is providing longer term funding commitments to priority sports to give them more stability and certainty to plan ahead.

Final 2018-19 baseline allocations are provided in the investment allocation outlined below.

Investment Guidelines

Full year investment allocations including one-off grants are outlined below.

National Sporting Organisation (NSO) Investment 2017-18

Participation

In 2017-18 the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will continue to invest in participation using the national sporting organisation (NSO) investment categorisation framework.

Each year the ASC invests in NSOs to achieve participation outcomes aligned to Play.Sport.Australia. This investment is determined using the participation categorisation framework which provides for a fixed funding amount per category. This framework provides a simpler, more consistent and transparent approach for sports to participation funding.

The categories are based on participation data from both the Australian Sport Performance Review (ASPR) and the national population tracking survey, AusPlay.

High Performance

High Performance investment to NSOs is aligned to sports with the greatest potential of contributing to Australia’s Winning Edge targets. In 2017-18, the high performance investment approach took into consideration the following factors:

  • Proximity of key Australia’s Winning Edge benchmark events (2018 Winter Olympics / Paralympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games)
  • Performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Assessment of the future performance profile of sports

ASC Annual Report 2017-18 Appendix 3: Funding to Sports

Investment allocation FY17-18 (initial allocations as at June 2017)

National Sporting Organisation (NSO) Investment 2016-17

In 2016-17 the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will continue to invest in participation using the national sporting organisation (NSO) investment categorisation framework.

Each year the ASC invests in NSOs to achieve participation outcomes aligned to Play.Sport.Australia. This investment is determined by using the participation categorisation framework which provides for a fixed funding amount per category. This framework provides a simpler, more consistent and transparent approach for sports to participation funding.

A new category (A*) has been introduced for sports identified as having an annual revenue in excess of $250 million. Four sports – AFL, rugby league, cricket and tennis – are in this category.

The categories are based on participation data in the Australian Sport Performance Review (ASPR) and Australian Bureau of Statistics participation data.

Where participation data provided by NSOs during the 2015 ASPR period indicated a ‘move up’ in category, the ASC appointed an independent company to undertake an analysis of this data to confirm its reliability.

Based on this analysis, eight sports are moving up categories in 2016-17. They are baseball, gymnastics, judo, softball, tenpin bowling, sailing, ski and snowboard and water skiing.

Future categorisation will be informed by the new ASC sector-wide national AusPlay Survey.

High Performance

High Performance investment to NSOs is aligned to sports with the greatest potential to contribute to Winning Edge targets.

In 2016-17, the high performance investment approach took into consideration the proximity of the Olympic/Paralympic Games by providing NSOs funding at the same level as 2015/16 for the first six months to 31 December 2016 and guaranteeing a minimum of 80% of their 2015/16 investment level for the second six months to 30 June 2017.

Following the completion of the Rio Olympic/Paralympic Games, allocations for the second six months to 30 June 2017 were confirmed to NSOs and took into consideration the following factors:

  • Performance at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Proximity of key Winning Edge benchmark events in 2018 (Winter Olympics / Paralympics and Commonwealth Games)
  • Introduction of new sports being added to the Tokyo Olympic program
  • Assessment of the future performance profile of the sport

ASC Annual Report 2016-17 Appendix 1: Funding to Sports

Investment allocation FY16-17 (as at November 2016)

National Sporting Organisation (NSO) Investment 2015-16

Minister for Sport the Hon. Sussan Ley MP has announced the Australian Government will invest more than $134 million directly into Australian national sporting organisations (NSOs) and athletes in 2015-16.

Almost $100 million will be invested in NSOs for high performance with more than $22 million devoted to participation. $12 million will be provided to more than 750 eligible athletes under the direct athlete support program known as dAIS.

A total of 27 sports have had their overall investment allocation increased in 2015-16, primarily for participation outcomes.

A summary of changes in high performance and participation investment allocations is provided below.

Participation

As part of the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) participation game plan Play.Sport.Australia, the ASC has developed a new participation investment model based on a categorisation approach and framework.

This new framework provides a simpler, more consistent and transparent approach to participation funding. The categorisation is based on participation data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and data gathered through the ASC’s Annual Sports Performance Review (ASPR).

Future categorisation will be informed by ASPR participation data and a new ASC sector-wide national AusPlay Survey that will commence in 2016-17. This survey will capture more comprehensive sport and other recreational activity data at a population level than previously collected via the ABS or the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey.

The participation investment has been allocated based on the categorisation model, with a fixed funding amount per category. The 2015-16 funding allocation will be a transition year for NSO participation funding, with the full application of the investment model to take effect from 2016-17. With the exception of skate, baseball and softball, sports have not had a significant change in funding for 2015-16, as there is one year transition in NSO participation funding in 2015-16.

In 2015-16, the previous Whole of Sport funding category has been removed. The investment previously classified as Whole of Sport ( $3.8m in 2014-15) has been redistributed to either high performance or participation funding in 2015-16. The Whole of Sport investment allocations for baseball, softball and table tennis have been re-classified as high performance funding for 2015-16 based on their potential to contribute to Australia’s Winning Edge targets.

High performance

As the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games are just over 12 months away, there have been minimal changes to high performance investment allocations. The following sports will receive changed high performance funding for 2015-16.

  • Cycling - The high performance investment allocation for cycling (including BMX) will increase by $470,000 for 2015-16. Cycling is categorised as a Foundation Winning Edge sport with the potential to deliver multiple gold medals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.  Of this increase, $220,000 will be allocated to the BMX high performance program which has strong gold medal potential, with world champions in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Table Tennis - The Whole of Sport investment allocation of $103,800 for table tennis will be re-classified as high performance in 2015-16.  An additional $149,400 will be provided, to bring total high performance funding to $253,200.  There is good evidence to suggest that table tennis will perform strongly at future major events including the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Baseball - The whole of sport investment allocation for baseball will be re-classified as a high performance grant in 2015-16 due to the possibility of the inclusion of men’s baseball at the 2020 Olympic Games.  Given the uncertainty over its inclusion and an assessment by the ASC of the team’s performance potential, baseball will receive $415,000 of high performance funding in 2015-16 (a reduction of $430,000 from the 2014-15 whole of sport funding).
  • Softball - The whole of sport investment allocation for softball will be re-classified as a high performance grant in 2015-16 due to the possibility of the inclusion of women’s softball at the 2020 Olympic Games.  The Australian women’s softball team has strong potential to contribute to Winning Edge targets if the sport is included on the Olympic program. Softball will receive $1,000,000 of high performance funding in 2015-16 (a reduction of $215,000 from the 2014-15 whole of sport funding).
  • Badminton - The high performance allocation for badminton will reduce by $80,000 for 2015-16, with a further decrease of $100,000 in 2016-17. Badminton has been assessed as having limited ability to contribute to Winning Edge targets in the medium term.
  • Squash - The high performance allocation for squash will reduce by $70,000 for 2015-16. Squash has been assessed as having limited ability to contribute to Winning Edge targets in the medium term.

ASC Annual Report 2015-16 Appendix 1: Funding to Sports

Investment allocation FY15-16 (as at June 2015)

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