It is important for all organisations to continually set a higher standard of governance and work with stakeholders to adopt best practice across the sport. These standards provide a benchmark both for the priority sports and the broader sports industry.
Sport Australia supports NSOs to best enable compliance, and measures compliance through the Annual Sports Performance Review process. This process is a vital part of accountability for sports receiving public funding.
The sports are assessed for performance against each mandatory principle on a scale ranging from ‘not in place’ through to ‘optimised’. The assessments are evidence-based and sports have the opportunity to provide the evidence during the assessment liaison process.
Where a sport is operating according to a Mandatory Sports Governance Principle, the sport is assessed as having ‘implemented’ the standard. The ranking ‘optimised’ is applied when a sport demonstrates a pattern of continuous improvement against the principle.