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What’s Inside From the QSport Office Page 3 ASC and AIS allocate more than $120 million to sports Page 7 State invests $15m in female sporting facilities Page 11 Round 10 of Get Started Vouchers opens on Wednesday 12 July 2017 Page 11 Good governance crucial Page 12 Consultation process for National Sports Plan now open Page 13 Sport funding and community clubs Page 14

Licenced clubs like Clubs Queensland Club of the Year in Carina Leagues Club provide vital support for local sporting clubs. Story page 14.

State increases sport support; Feds review national sports plan The Queensland Government has increased its allocation for sport and recreation development in the 2017-18 State Budget handed down by Treasurer and former Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt. A total of $158.4m, up 4.9%, on the previous financial year’s budgeted figure, has been allocated, according to information provided from government sources following the Budget’s release on 13 June, the third and final budget before the next State election. The Palaszcuk Government will continue to provide QSport with $250,000pa over 2017-19 to assist the development of member sports and the broader sport sector. The allocation comes at a time when the Federal Government is looking to refine its involvement in sport and where and how its allocation of funds is spent, with more than passing interest on how to win more medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo than last year in Rio. Federal Minister for Sport Greg Hunt has invited submissions by 31 July, with QSport and other State Sports Federation members of Community Sport Australia organising to take up the invitation in coming weeks. More on the above inside. Sportswatch is a quarterly publication of QSport which is an independent collective of State sporting organisations established to enhance the development of sport in Queensland. Sportswatch aims to inform readers and views expressed in Sportswatch are not necessarily those of QSport. No responsibility is accepted by QSport for consequences emanating from actions or failures to act on material within this publication. For contributions, advertisements and enquiries, contact the QSport Office at Sports House, Cnr Castlemaine and Caxton Streets MILTON Q 4064 Telephone 07 3369 8955 Facsimile 07 3369 8977 Email

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As we move pass the half way mark of the year, it’s fair to say that we continue to live in increasingly disturbing times as we survey the world around us, here and abroad. Various media focus is largely on negativity, on turmoil, on violent interaction between people driven by differing values but all with self-interest and lack of respect dominant themes. Sport, a dominant theme in what media brings to us, is clearly not exempt from this somewhat disappointing scene. Acknowledging that the media’s role, indeed in some instances survival, is dependent on saying and showing it “as it is” or more accurately how they see it and in the case of certain commentators, how they think it should be, is no surprise. With the great bulk of traditional media at State, national and international level concentrating very largely on elite level sport, largely “monied” sport, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship – elite sport need media and media needs elite sport. Given recent goings on and resultant coverage, the old adage that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” is getting a bit of a workout in some sports and for some involved, is probably a long way from the truth of it. I won’t go there in terms of specifics but will say that Queenslanders in sport are used to getting done over here and there by self-interested parties in the two biggest States of our great southern land, regardless of which governance model is in vogue. What has struck me, though, in recent times as I consciously note a higher than usual, rampart selfinterest being played out by various parties at the top end of some of our national sports systems, is when you pick up a free, “thrown over the fence:, local metropolitan suburban paper or the local paper in a country town out of the big cities, is the difference in the coverage of sport. Sportswatch - Winter 2017

The local stuff is different in content in tone and treatment and is a reminder that sport in this country is but a sum of multiple sports and most of it is not elite, not “monied” but participation based, largely volunteer run, for good purpose(s). In this edition of Sportswatch, there are interesting articles provided by QSport sponsors and partners in Clubs Queensland on the contribution that registered and licensed clubs make to the level of support for local community based sporting clubs and Arthur J Gallaher on the increasing importance of good governance, specifically adequate risk management, in sporting associations and clubs. The topics they cover are timely and are reminders that not only governments support sport and that naivety in sport administration can be costly. In recent weeks, we have seen the influence of sport on Queenslanders to the fore via the “down and up” of Origin 1 & 2 and the talismanic role that one of the greats in Jonathan Thurston has played in the theatre that is Origin football – sadly, never again, it would seem. The year that has seen women’s sport surge ahead has produced another fairy-tale ending to a new competition in the Super Netball final, with the Sunshine Coast Lightning going one better than the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s team in defeating another new comer in the GWS Giants, giving the Sunny Coast a welcome national competition success in sport. And with a decider to this year’s Origin series to come here in mid-July, boxing’s “Battle of Brisbane” between local Jeff Horn and title holder Manny Pacquiao has provided a warm up with a difference, resulting in plenty of dollars and cents flowing into the local economy and keeping sport well and truly front of mind in this part of the world.



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ASC and AIS allocate more than $120 million to sports Para-sport, winter sport and national women’s teams have received significant boosts in high performance funding in the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and AIS announcement of the Australian Government’s investment of almost $122 million in national sporting organisations for 2017-18. High performance funding to sports has increased by $3.6 million to $101.6 million in 2017-18, while the ASC has allocated more than $20 million to sports for participation activities. The high performance funding boost will help Australian athletes prepare for an exciting 2018, which includes the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. AIS Director Matt Favier said: “We know these events will captivate Australians and we want Aussie athletes to know they have the support of the Australian Sports Commission, the AIS and our sporting partners. “Australia’s winter athletes have shown strong lead-up form to the Winter Olympics by claiming five medals at the World Championships earlier this year – equalling Australia’s best medal performance in 2011. We have strong medal chances in the Winter Paralympics too. “The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and watch our incredible athletes on home soil. The Australian team will comprise some 470 athletes – including para-athletes – across 18 sports.” “This funding is also pivotal as the ASC, AIS, sports and partners continue the journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.” The AIS has allocated high performance funding to 62 programs for 2017-18, with 30 receiving an increase on their 2016-17 funding. Sportswatch - Winter 2017

Additional funding from the Australian Government has enabled the AIS to invest more than $55 million in high performance programs that will feature at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The AIS is investing almost $4.2 million in Olympic winter sports and more than $1.0 million in Paralympic winter sports for next year’s Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, an increase of $792,000 (23 per cent) and $75,000 (8 per cent) respectively, for 2017-18. The Australian Paralympic team achieved a sixth consecutive top-five finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and their consistency has been marked by a net increase of $683,000 to Paralympic high performance programs in 2017-18. Ten Paralympic programs have received a boost in funding, led by Wheelchair Rugby, Canoeing and Triathlon. The Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team created history by winning the inaugural Olympic gold medal in Rio last year, and they will be strongly supported in the quest to claim Commonwealth Games gold next year. The Women’s Rugby Sevens program has received a $500,000 increase in funding, or 65 per cent, to $1.265 million for 2017-18. The AIS also continues to invest strongly in Australia’s netball team, the Diamonds ($2.065 million), and hockey team, the Hockeyroos ($2.508 million), both of which will aim to defend their titles at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Women’s softball ($1.208 million) has also received a boost in funding as it prepares to re-enter Olympic competition in Tokyo 2020. In addition to funding sports, the AIS continues 7

to invest $12 million per year in direct grants to athletes - known as dAIS – which assists with training and competition costs before major events. This has been supplemented by a partnership with Commonwealth Games Australia, which is investing a further $2 million into dAIS leading into the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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The ASC has also allocated $20.4 million to national sporting bodies for participation activities in 2017-18, including an increase to nine sports. The ASC distributes participation funding using an investment framework based on participation data from the ASC’s national survey, AusPlay, as well as data reported by sporting organisations. The participation funding to sports augments the ASC’s other participation programs, including the $40 million per year Sporting Schools program. Details of the 2017-18 funding can be accessed here. investment_announcement_2017-18

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State invests $15m in female sporting facilities The Palaszczuk Government will support sporting clubs to provide proper facilities for women with a new two-year, $15 million Female Facilities Fund spearheading this coming year’s budget for sport and recreation. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said while the growing success of elite women’s sport was encouraging more participation, outdated sports facilities remained a huge barrier for sporting equality. “Most sporting clubs across the state rely on facilities built in another era entirely,” Mr de Brenni said. “Some clubs don’t even have dedicated women’s toilets, let alone change rooms. “It’s 2017 and, frankly, fixing this problem is well overdue. The Female Facilities Fund is designed to kick start change in clubs across the state.” Mr de Brenni said this year’s sports Budget was another demonstration of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to local participation in sport, especially for kids. “Our sports participations programs are some of the most popular programs across the whole of government and we are continuing our investment in promoting active lifestyles. “This Budget will see us continue to work with clubs and local governments to expand the network of high-quality sporting facilities across the state.” Mr de Brenni said that while community sports were the focus, the Palaszczuk Government was continuing to invest in our elite sporting champions. “Our state has always punched above our weight when it comes to sport and this budget will see us Sportswatch - Winter 2017

continue to support our elite men and women. “And they will continue to have access to some of the world’s top sporting facilities with a $20.6 million funding increase over four years for Stadiums Queensland. “GC2018 will turn the spotlight on Queensland and we determined to provide our athletes the tools they need to shine on the big stage right here on home turf.” 2017/18 budget highlights for Sport include: • $15 million over two years for the Female Facilities Fund; • $64.3 million for grassroots sport and recreation; • $10.8 million for the State Development Program; • $20.6 million in new funding over four years for Stadiums Queensland; • $4.9 million for the Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Program and Torres Strait Community Sport and Recreation Program.

Round 10 of Get Started Vouchers opens on Wednesday 12 July 2017. The program provides eligible children and young people aged 5 to 17 (inclusive) who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club with a voucher valued at up to $150 for membership and/or registration fees. It should be noted that vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis. Over 4200 clubs have registered for the program. More information on GetStarted Vouchers, including promotional materials that can be used by clubs to advertise their involvement in the program, is available at au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/ getstarted/. 11

Good governance crucial Longstanding Qsport sponsor Arthur J Gallaghers Terry Berryman warns of increasing concerns for sport.

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The conduct of individual committee members has rarely been under so much scrutiny. We’re seeing clear evidence of a drift towards personal liability claims being made against directors and committee members – particularly around defamation and employment practices breaches, which are seeking large levels of compensation.

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Consultation process for National Sports Plan now open The consultation process to help develop a National Sports Plan is now open until 31 July 2017. Individuals, community groups, sporting organisations, businesses and governments are being invited to ‘have their say’ by completing an online questionnaire, submitting a response, emailing or submitting their responses in writing. The National Sports Plan is an Australian Government initiative, launched by the Minister for Sport the Hon. Greg Hunt MP to help understand our expectations of the sports sector, including setting shared goals for high performance sport; sporting participation; cultural and public health outcomes and our willingness to pay for these services, opportunity and success. The National Sports Plan is intended to guide future priorities and approaches, to position Australian sport for the long term. This will be

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delivered around four key, interrelated pillars of participation, performance, preventive health through physical activity, and integrity. The Plan is about enabling Australians to be their best selves, and for our best athletes (individuals and teams) we want to provide the right support. Through examining performance we seek to identify high performance Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games and non-Olympic sports objectives. The Australian Government makes a significant contribution to Australian sport, with more than $357 million being invested to support sport and recreation activities and facilities in 2016-17. It is important this level of investment not only achieves value, but accurately reflects the value our society places upon sport. For more information, please visit www.ausport.


Sport funding and community clubs QSport sponsor Clubs Queensland’s CEO Doug Flockhart looks at the contribution that registered and licensed community clubs make to sport development in Queensland. Ask yourself - How do you put a dollar value on the cry of Queenslander!! as the Maroons make their way down the tunnel to a State of Origin match, or the pride felt when a Queenslander receives an Olympic medal on the podium? The ON-DEMAND Decade has seen a shift in loyalties embraced by the mobile-wielding masses, yet one constant is the love affair we have with all things sport. This loyalty sees the masses looking for scalps when it comes to lacklustre results, and often the failure can be traced back to the lack of government financial

support for those who make the sacrifices and step up. You might say sport provides us all with ‘Experience Theatres’ – yes physical infrastructure which provides a retreat from digital disruption that brings people together. Queensland’s clubs are part of the local community, servicing members who range from five years old through to centenarians. Currently there are 4,216 clubs registered with the Queensland Government providing a social and physical outlet for millions of Queenslanders. These clubs present Queenslanders with a diverse range of over 125 types of activities - from Abseiling through to Yachting. (continued page 15)

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Similarly, these same clubs are the breeding ground for our State’s sporting elite – the venues and forums in which they find their passions and hone their skills. Without clubs in which to grow and develop we may never have heard of: Greg Norman, Wally Lewis, Kieren Perkins, Cathy Freeman, Susie O’Neill, Artie Beetson, Pat Rafter, Allan Border, Sally Pearson, Karrie Webb, Mick Doohan, or Anna Meares just to name a few. Underpinning the operation of these Clubs are some 1,111 registered and licensed ‘community clubs’ which given waning government support, ensure the ongoing financial viability of these clubs through the provision of social contributions of both direct and indirect. Community clubs (over 70% of them sporting) deliver hospitality and entertainment for their communities as part of their DNA, with surpluses derived from these operations often underpinning the sporting dream for Queenslanders, i.e. via the provision of facilities, equipment, sponsorship, subsidies, competition and more. The social contribution made by community clubs can be categorised as follows: • cash donations provided directly to the community or to community organisations, such as donations to local charities or community initiatives; • direct in-kind donations to the community or to community organisations, which may include provision of meeting spaces or goods and services for community activities;

a meeting room for a political party branch meeting, a free bus run for the local school sporting team, a donation in kind to a local charity, and a cash donation for sporting equipment for a local sports club for example. However, attempting to try and place a full dollar value on the contribution that ‘active clubs’ make to the Queensland economy is fraught with danger. In addition to the social contribution made by clubs are other factors to consider such as all the volunteer hours undertaken by parents with their kid’s sports activities on the weekend, hiring team bus to travel to a regional competition, buying team uniforms etc. If you say you are visiting a ‘club’ immediately some stereotypes come to mind. A $5 queue of folks bussed in from the local retirement village lined up for the $5 roast buffet, a couple of older blokes who appear to the rusted on to the bar stools in the corner sharing a beer and a couple of “regulars” staring vacantly at a bunch of onearmed bandits with their lights blaring away. That may be the stereotype, but in Queensland the reality is different……much different. What they also offer Queenslanders is something more, something you cannot put a dollar value on. They offer Queenslanders an outlet for their passions, an opportunity to socialise with their peers, and a chance to develop an espirit-de-corps. Again, I say How do you put a dollar value on the cry of Queenslander!! You can’t – but it is something clubs deliver to people each and every day.

• in-kind support associated with the provision of sporting and recreational facilities at costs below market rates – such as subsidised court hire or green fees; and

What’s more, you will find in the clubs of today the stars of tomorrow – those athletes who will represent us at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

• facilitation of volunteer labour, for instance volunteers associated with sporting sub-clubs.

Registered clubs in Queensland boast around 2.4 million members, and it is also important to note that in many communities the club is an integral part of the social fabric of the local community. Take for example the dawn service held at your local RSL, an activity which unifies and unites the local community as we celebrate our heritage and recognises the contributions made towards our society.

Across Queensland the value of this social contribution is estimated to be worth around $853 million per annum, or around $770,000 per club. These contributions are made not only to clubs but across a broad spectrum of activities in the community – the provision of Sportswatch - Winter 2017


In addition, clubs are also significant employers. Clubs across Queensland directly employ around 22,000 Queenslanders in a diverse range of functions such as gaming, food and beverage, facilities management and maintenance, finance and administration. The most recent survey of community club’s employment practices found that each Club in Queensland had an average wages and salaries bill of $619,200, with employment types broken down into the following categories: • full-time employees – 26% • part-time employees – 8% • casual employees – 64% • trainees/apprentices - 2%

what isn’t measured – the value of club activities on the rest of the economy. What is the true value to the tourism sector of all the volunteer hours of club members patrolling Queensland beaches for example? What’s the value of travel, motel accommodation and dining arising from a Queensland club hosting a national or interstate tournament or championship with hundreds of competitors? So, the next time you think of the word “club” I hope you look past the stereotype, and see just how important these institutions are to millions of Queenslanders and local communities across Queensland.


Community Clubs (just like sport) are a valuable part of the Queensland economy. Each year clubs in Queensland generate around $2.2 billion in revenue and pay $513 million in taxes, of which around 49% is associated with gaming operations, and a further 43% in GST – around $220 million.

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