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Sports 2000 task force members announced

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Media Release Jackie Kelly Minister for Sport and Tourism Tuesday, 1 June 1999 99 156


Australian Football League guru, Ross Oakley, is to head the most comprehensive review of Commonwealth Government involvement in Australian sport in more than 20 years.

Announcing details today, Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism, Jackie Kelly, said the review, which would look at issues ranging from participation levels to future funding, would feed into the Government’s sport and recreation policy for the new millennium.

Mr Oakley will be joined on the review committee by highly respected President of the Australian Women’s Hockey Federation, Pamela Tye, Australian basketball administrator, Adrian Hurley and former Australian Rugby Union international, Richard Marks.

“This is a formidable team which will bring to this important task experience, credibility and a proven track record in both sports and business administration,” Minister Kelly said.

“All of these people have successfully overseen major changes to the sports in which they are involved, and I am pleased that they have agreed to be part of what will be the greatest change in the administration of Australia sport and recreation in recent history.

“While our current system has served Australia extremely well over the past 25 years, the review and subsequent new sports policy are all about ‘staying in front’ and ensuring that Australia remains a great sporting nation well into the next millennium.”

Minister Kelly said that some of her key priorities included ensuring that Commonwealth funds were spent in the best possible way, increasing participation rates in sport, ensuring that the benefits of sport extended right across the community, and making sport more professional.

“I want the sport and recreation sector to become a true industry, with greater opportunities and rewarding career paths for those who involved,” she said.

The Minister said that the Federal Budget had assured funding for the next three years and the review process would assure strong policy direction for the next 10 to 15 years.

The terms of reference for the review committee and further details on its members is attached. The committee is expected to report back to the Minister by mid-October.

Media inquiries: Peter Cassuben CMR273 Minister Kelly’s Office

(02) 6277 7080/0417 980 009

Parliam ent H ouse, C anberra A CT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7080 Fax: (02) 6273 4 5 7 1

Review 2000

Terms of Reference

Recognising the importance of elite sport, participation in sport and recreation activities and the economic and social significance of the sport and recreation industry, the Federal Minister for Sport, the Hon Jackie Kelly, MP, has established a review of the Commonwealth’s involvement in Australian sport and recreation as a precursor to the development of a sport and recreation policy which will take Australia beyond the Year 2000

In this context, undertake an examination of the following matters and report on them to the Minister for Sport and Tourism by 1 September 1999. *

1. The adequacy of the Commonwealth’s existing sports delivery system as it relates to the Federal Government’s commitments and objectives as set out in the 1999/2000 Budget and supporting statements in this area;

2. The relevance and effectiveness of the existing system to the post-2000 period;

3. The opportunities to increase off-budget funding of sport and recreation at the Commonwealth level;

4. Appropriate structures, arrangements and delivery systems derived from the above which might be best suited to sport beyond 2000;

5. The impacts any changed arrangements would have on related areas of government activity.