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Sport Governance Principles

Sport Governance Benchmarking Report

Evaluation and assurance of sporting organisations

The 2022 Sport Governance Standards (SGS) Benchmarking Report provides insights into how national sporting organisations (NSOs) and national sporting organisations for people with disability (NSODs) assess their governance maturity.

The standards bring the 9 Sports Governance Principles to life and assist NSOs and NSODs to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of their governance systems and processes.

As well as informing individual Governance and Organisational Enhancement plans, the Benchmarking Report identifies the major development needs of NSOs and NSODs and helps the ASC prioritise support, education and resources for the sector.

Results are in

  • 45 sports improved their governance performance in 2022.

Download 2022 report

Background

Understand the rationale and data behind the SGS benchmarking report.

Key insights

Observations from the 2022 SGS benchmarking report.

2022 results

NSOs and NSODs evaluated their governance maturity against each standard using a 4-point scale. A score of 1 represents low maturity and 4 represents high maturity. The average score across all sports and principles in 2022 is 3.12, up from 2.95 in 2021.

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1. SPIRIT OF THE GAME
2. THE TEAM
3. THE GAMEPLAN
4. THE PLAYERS
5. THE RULEBOOK
6. THE PLAYBOOK
7. THE DEFENCE
8. THE BEST AND FAIREST
9. THE SCORECARD

Principle 1: The Spirit of the Game

Values-driven culture and behaviours

Principle 2: The Team

Aligned sport through collaborative governance

Principle 3: The Gameplan

A clear vision that informs strategy

Principle 4: The Players

A diverse board to enable considered decision-making

Principle 5: The Rulebook

Documents that outline duties, powers, roles and responsibilities

Principle 6: The Playbook

Board processes which ensure accountability and transparency

Principle 7: The Defence

A system which protects the organisation

Principle 8: The Best and Fairest

A system for ensuring integrity

Principle 9: The Scorecard

Embedded systems of internal review to foster improvement

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