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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3434

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, upon notice:

(1)   What action has been taken to implement the recommendations of the Australian Sports Institute study group which reported to the Parliament in November 1 975.

(2)   In particular, what action has been taken to implement those recommendations relating to the establishment of ( a ) a national system of coaching accreditation- recommendation 5 (b) a system of multi-level coaching courses- recommendation 6 and (c) professional training in sports coaching in association with tertiary education institutions- recommendation 7.

Mr Newman (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development) - The answer to the honourable member's question is:

(1)   The report is a comprehensive and well presented document on the problems of sport in Australia. It reflects a great amount of study and research by the study group and also raises many implications, not only for governments at all levels, but for sporting bodies, tertiary institutions and schools.

Implementation of the report's recommendations can not proceed until these views have been collated and considered.

Copies of the report have been sent to national and State sporting associations, individuals prominent in sport, tertiary institutions and professional bodies such as the Australian Sports Medicine Federation. Each has been asked to comment on the report for sport as a whole, and for their particular area of interest.

In addition the report has been discussed at the Recreation Ministers' Council with the result that State Government authorities with a responsibility for sport are presently evaluating it.

(2)   (a), (b), (c) Recommendations S, 6, 7 will be considered along with all other recommendations. However, I recognise in these three recommendations elements that suggest they could be implemented without necessarily requiring the foundation of a Sports Institute.

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