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Wednesday, 11 February 2009
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Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Sport, in writing, on 3 December 2008:

In respect of the sport of Taekwondo—

(1)   Has she personally met with: (a) Taekwondo Australia; and (b) Sports Taekwondo Australia (STA); if so, on what date(s).

(2)   Has she had any contact with the World Taekwondo Federation; if so by what means, and on what date(s).

(3)   Has the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) grant for Taekwondo for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 financial years been acquitted by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC); if so, to which body was it paid.

(4)   Which body is the NSO for Taekwondo.

(5)   What steps does the ASC require before accrediting a NSO for Taekwondo.

(6)   What steps does the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) require before accrediting a body to represent Taekwondo.

(7)   What remaining outstanding governance issues must Taekwondo Australia address before it is compliant with the ASC guidelines.

(8)   What action has she taken to mediate the dispute between Taekwondo Australia, STA, the ASC and the AOC.


Ms Kate Ellis (Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a)   I met with representatives on Taekwondo Australia on 1 December 2008. (b) I have not had a Sports Taekwondo Australia meeting.

(2)   I have not had any contact with the World Taekwondo Federation.

(3)   There were no grants provided to National Sporting Organisations for the sport of Taekwondo in the 2007-08 or 2008-09 financial years and consequently there is no acquittal necessary. All high performance costs associated with the preparation of the Olympic squad for Taekwondo were provided through the AIS program budget.

(4)   There is currently no recognised National Sports Organisation for Taekwondo in Australia.

(5)   Before any organisation can be recognised as a National Sporting Organisation by the Australian Sports Commission, a necessary first step would be to satisfy the Australian Sports Commission recognition criterion requiring membership of the sports international body. Pending membership of the sports international body any organisation seeking Australian Sports Commission recognition would need to make an application for recognition against all the Commission’s recognition criteria, which are publicly available on the Commission’s website www.ausport.gov.au

(6)   The Australian Olympic Committee is an independent body not funded by the Australian Government. Membership of the Australian Olympic Committee is a matter for the Australian Olympic Committee.

(7)   There are a number of governance issues that have been identified as a result of the Taekwondo whole of sport review completed by the Australian Sports Commission in 2007. A full copy of this review was provided to representatives of Taekwondo Australia. The Australian Sports Commission met with the representatives of Taekwondo Australia on 1 December 2008 to discuss the key governance issues to be addressed by the sport. The Australian Sports Commission has since written to Taekwondo Australia confirming these requirements. While there are a significant number of recommendations in the Australian Sports Commission review, the major governance issues relate to: - democratic membership and voting structures; - independence of Board members; - the ability and authority for the elected Board to appropriately lead the sport; and - an ongoing commitment to cultural reform.

(8)   I have requested that the Australian Sports Commission continue to provide advice and support to Taekwondo Australia to resolve their governance issues.