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Monday, 14 October 1996
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(Question No. 201)


Senator Woodley asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government, upon notice, on 18 September 1996:

(1) Is the Equestrian Federation of Australia still funded by the Commonwealth Government; if not, when did this funding cease.

(2) If the funding is still in existence, what is the amount of funding provided and what are the terms and conditions of the funding agreement.

(3) Does the Equestrian Federation of Australia deal with matters such as the use of whips during sporting contests or race meetings.

(4) Is the Government aware of any changes to the guidelines governing the use of the whip since the release of a report in 1991 by the Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare.

(5) Is it the case that rules governing the use of the whip in the United Kingdom are more stringent than the equivalent Australian rules.

(6) What body or bodies regulate the use of the whip and does the Federal Government play a role in co-ordinating such regulation.


Senator Hill —The Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA) is a recognised national sporting organisation currently receiving funding under the Federal Government's sports assistance programs, which are administered by the Australian Sports Commission.

(2) In 1995/96 the EFA received grants from the Sports Assistance Scheme ($431,720) and the Olympic Athlete Program ($729,600) totalling $1,161,320. A copy of the terms and conditions pertaining to grant expenditure and acquittal has been provided to the honourable senator, as printed below.

(3) The EFA is not responsible for rules governing use of the whip at race meetings. It only deals with matters regarding the use of whips during sporting contests conducted by its three disciplines (eventing, show jumping and dressage) where the general ethos is that the welfare of the horse is paramount.

(4) Since the release of a report in 1991 by the Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare, the Australian Conference of Principal Clubs (ACPC) has added specific requirements to the Australian Rules of Racing.

In October 1994 the Australian Rules of Racing (137A) were extended to include the following :

(i) Stewards may punish any rider who, in a race, or trial, or trackwork, uses his whip in an excessive, unnecessary or improper manner;

(ii) Stewards may punish any rider who in a race or trial uses his whip—

(a) forward of the horse's shoulder or in the vicinity of his head;

(b) when the horse is out of contention; or

(c) when the horse is showing no response; or

(d) when the horse is clearly winning; or

(e) when the horse has passed the winning post.

(5) Rules governing the use of the whip in the United Kingdom are slightly more stringent than those governing the use of the whip in Australia. In the UK a jockey is restricted in the number of times he or she can use the whip on a horse when it is in the straight. In Australia there is no limit to the number of a times a jockey can use the whip on a horse when it is in the straight.

(6) The use of the whip at race meetings is governed by the Australian Conference of Principal Clubs which includes the AJC, VRC and all principal racing clubs throughout Australia. This Conference sets the Australian Rules of Racing which govern the use of whips at race meetings throughout Australia. The Federal Government has no role in coordinating the regulations set by the ACPC.

Australian sports commission (ASC) sports assistance scheme funding terms and conditions

(Note: Sports Assistance Scheme (SAS) Funding Terms and Conditions apply to all funded National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) and National Sporting Organisations for the Disabled (NSODs). NSOs and NSODs in receipt of funding under the Olympic Athlete Program will also be required to comply with additional funding guidelines applying to that program)

The organisation acknowledges that:

the two objectives of the Commission are:

   increased participation in sport and sports activities by Australians

   excellence in sports performances by Australians

and that the organisation is to apply its funds from the ASC in a way that complements the objectives of the Commission.

no payment, other than the first payment of each financial year, will be made until:

   funding for the previous year has been properly acquitted; and

   the Commission together with the organisation has completed the annual review documentation.

at the end of each financial year, the unspent portion of the funds allocated by the Commission will be deducted from the allocations for the organisation for the following financial year, unless approval to carry forward the unspent funds has been given by the Commission.

if the grant for the following year is less than the amount of funds unspent, the organisation agrees to return to the Commission the difference between the unspent funds and the grant for the following year.

it will identify in its Development Plan measures being taken to combat any racist attitudes that may be exhibited from time to time within the sport.

In relation to grants made pursuant to the SAS, a funded NSO or NSOD will be required to agree to:

with respect to management functions:

   have in place a satisfactory Development Plan covering a three to four year period, incorporating performance indicators against which the effectiveness of ASC funding will be objectively measured;

   complete and submit an annual review of progress towards achieving the objectives specified in the Development Plan;

   provide the ASC with annual updates to the Development Plan including amendments arising from the annual review and the addition of another year to the planning horizon;

   have a process to accurately record the number of member participants in the sport by type and gender;

   invite the ASC to he represented at meetings of the sport;

   provide copies of duty statements and selection criteria for all NSO administration and coaching positions;

   invite the ASC to be involved in the selection of any officials supported by funds from the ASC; and

   respond promptly to ASC requests for information and advice.

with respect to financial obligations:

   enter a Cooperative Arrangement with the ASC for the period of the grant;

   provide Statements of Final Costs or other requested financial documentation authorised by a qualified auditor who does not hold a position in the NSO or NSOD certifying that the grant moneys received were spent in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant and that the grant was expended within the specified period of the grant;

   obtain the agreement of the ASC prior to using any part of the grant moneys for purposes other than that specified in the advice letter and Cooperative Arrangement; and

   provide formal advice to the ASC of any unexpended funds, and seek formal approval to carry forward unexpended funds in accordance with the ASC's carry forward guidelines.

with respect to international competition:

   promulgate selection procedures for athletes for Australian national teams well in advance of team selection, and submit a copy of these to the ASC;

   submit a proposed international competition program for the forthcoming financial year to the ASC no later than 31 March each year, unless otherwise notified;

   not participate in international competition involving any country against which sanctions endorsed by the Australian Government are in force; and

   provide appropriate performance and other requested reports of Australian teams and individuals in international competition (see "with respect to reporting" below).

with respect to training camps:

   submit to the ASC an annual plan outlining the proposed program for camps for the forthcoming financial year no later than 31 March each year, unless otherwise notified;

   conduct camps in accordance with approved National Sports Program guidelines; and

   provide appropriate reports on National Sports Program funded training camps (see "with respect to reporting" below).

with respect to the development of sport for special population (equity target) groups e.g. women, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, athletes with a disability:

   include satisfactory objectives and performance indicators for some or all of these groups in the NSO's or NSOD's Development Plan;

for identified NSODs and NSOs to display a commitment to the major objectives of the ASC Aussie Able Program for sport for people with a disability, ie to:

   increase and strengthen grass roots access and participation;

   strengthen sports and coaching development for elite athletes with a disability;

   support the development of a strong body to co-ordinate Paralympic preparation;

   continue to work towards integration and the inclusion of disabled athletes into mainstream sport (where appropriate); and

   increase and strengthen the co-ordination mechanism of disabled sport.

apply principles of equal opportunity in all operations and develop action plans, incorporating special measures to advance access and equity for women and other disadvantaged groups;

in particular, develop and implement a gender equity action plan to improve women's access to opportunities and status in the NSO or NSOD.

with respect to doping policy:

   abide by the provisions of the ASC's Doping Policy or a doping policy approved by the ASC;

   obtain approval from the ASC to vary its doping policy;

   provide the ASC with a copy of the current doping policy of the relevant international sporting federation and notify the ASC immediately of any amendments to that international policy;

   notify the ASC's Executive Director of the name of any athlete who has recorded a positive result or who has failed to provide a sample for testing and the action the NSO or NSOD has taken or intends to take;

   observe sanctions imposed by any other NSO or NSOD under the terms of the ASC's Doping Policy.

with respect to reporting:

   provide the ASC with a copy of the NSOs or NSODs annual report and audited annual financial statements within one month of completion;

   regularly submit full financial and performance reports of each international competition attended to include:

   the name, venue and dates of the event;

   the names of the Australian team members (athletes, officials, coaches, support staff and sports science and medical practitioners);

   a list of participating nations and the total number of competitors;

   full results or the results of all Australian competitors;

   the total expenditure of the competition broken down into six categories:

   international airfares;

   domestic airfares (when not part of international airfares);

   accommodation and meals;

   ground transportation;

   freight and excess baggage charges for equipment and horses; and

   other expenses.

regularly submit full financial and performance reports of each National Sports Program funded training campus not held at the Australian Institute of Sport campus in Canberra to include:

   the name, venue and dates of the camp;

   the outline of the camp program;

   the names of the camp participants (athletes, officials, coaches, support staff and sports science and medical practitioners);

   the total expenditure of the competition or camp broken down into eight categories:

   international airfares;

   domestic airfares;

   facility hire;

   accommodation and meals;

   ground transportation;

   fees for professional services;

   freight and excess baggage charges for equipment and horses; and

   other expenses.

with respect to ASC recognition:

   treat the ASC as a major corporate sponsor and provide exposure for the ASC at every appropriate opportunity;

   acknowledge the ASC in press releases and media interviews whenever possible;

   use the ASC logo or the words "supported by the Australian Sports Commission" on videos and manuals, promotional material (posters, print and electronic media advertisements etc) and official programs and newsletters for major events, as appropriate;

   use the ASC logo and/or inclusion of the words `. . . is supported by the Australian Sports Commission" in advertisements for positions;

   acknowledge the ASC in annual reports and other reports and programs;

   when hosting a major international event in Australia with the support of the ASC, contact the ASC to discuss other acknowledgment of the ASC (eg naming rights when no major sponsor is secured, corporate box, VIP tickets, ASC corporate advertisements in the official program, other);

Furthermore,

   where the Board of the ASC has so determined, to abide by any additional terms and conditions applying to the ASC's funding programs as notified to NSOs and NSODs;

   where an NSO or NSOD has not agreed and signed a Cooperative Arrangement with the ASC, payments made pursuant to the SAS are made conditional upon an authorised of officer of the NSO or NSOD signing, on behalf of the NSO or NSOD, a Form of Acceptance for grants provided by the ASC. The Form of Acceptance must be returned to the ASC within fourteen (14) days of the receipt by the NSO of grants made under the SAS. In the event that a duly signed Form of Acceptance is no.t received by the ASC within the stated fourteen day period, the ASC reserves its right to seek the repayment of the full value of the grant payment and will cease to make any further payments pending the signing of the said Form of Acceptance; and

   payments made to the NSOs or NSODs in respect of the OAP will be made on the basis of the NSO or NSOD agreeing to abide by all Terms and Conditions applying to that program as determined by the ASC from time to time, which include these SAS Terms and Conditions.