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Joint statement from ASC Board and CEO

28 October 2019

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission (Sport Australia), Kate Palmer AM, will not seek to renew her contract when it expires on 31 January 2020.

Having joined Sport Australia from Netball Australia, Ms Palmer has been CEO since February 2017 and has led a successful program of reform.

On behalf of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Board, Chair John Wylie said Ms Palmer has achieved many significant milestones over the past three years.

“Kate has led a team which has supported the development of the National Sports Plan (Sport 2030), a National Physical Literacy Framework and the Find Your 30 Campaign which, among other initiatives, aim to get more Australians more physically active,” Mr Wylie said.

“Kate has led an ongoing process of building capability and of governance reform among national sports organisations and put in place important safeguards to protect children in sporting environments.

“She has also worked with the CEO of the Australian Institute of Sport, Peter Conde, to establish the AIS as a more focused organisation as it prepares Australian elite talent for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year.

“The ASC Board engaged Kate to deliver change and she has delivered on many fronts.

“The Board thanks her for all her work and wish her all the best for the next chapter of her career. We know she will continue to make her mark in Australian sport and as a role model for women in leadership.”

Ms Palmer said her work at the ASC had been immensely rewarding and gave her the opportunity to champion inclusion, diversity and women’s empowerment.

“The ASC Board gave me a gift when I was appointed to this very important role and have provided significant support and guidance over the years that has helped us make an impact and be successful,” Ms Palmer said.

“Sport Australia employs outstanding people and I have enjoyed every day working with them to lead and build capability in the sport industry.

“I believe in, and am pleased with, the progress we have made in helping Australians to become more active, in improving the physical literacy of children, and driving governance and management improvement across sport.

“Highlights have been initiating the AIS site project and leading it to a mature point and playing a role in setting the course for Sport Integrity Australia and the National Sports Tribunal. Both are critical to the future of Australia’s leading role in fair and clean sport. After two leadership roles in Australian sport that have focused on delivering significant change nationally I am now looking forward to the next challenge.”

Mr Wylie said the ASC Board and he were focused on a seamless transition for the organisation and minimal disruption of the exciting work underway in participation, physical activity and industry capability at Sport Australia, and preparation for Tokyo 2020.

An acting Chief Executive Officer will be appointed until the position is filled permanently.

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