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Investment announcement 2015-16

Minister for Sport the Hon. Sussan Ley MP has announced the Australian Government will invest more than $134 million directly into Australian national sporting organisations (NSOs) and athletes in 2015-16.

Almost $100 million will be invested in NSOs for high performance with more than $22 million devoted to participation. $12 million will be provided to more than 750 eligible athletes under the direct athlete support program known as dAIS.

A total of 27 sports have had their overall investment allocation increased in 2015-16, primarily for participation outcomes.

A summary of changes in high performance and participation investment allocations is provided below.

Participation 

As part of the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) participation game plan Play.Sport.Australia, the ASC has developed a new participation investment model based on a categorisation approach and framework.

This new framework provides a simpler, more consistent and transparent approach to participation funding. The categorisation is based on participation data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and data gathered through the ASC’s Annual Sports Performance Review (ASPR).

Future categorisation will be informed by ASPR participation data and a new ASC sector-wide national AusPlay Survey that will commence in 2016-17. This survey will capture more comprehensive sport and other recreational activity data at a population level than previously collected via the ABS or the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey.

The participation investment has been allocated based on the categorisation model, with a fixed funding amount per category. The 2015-16 funding allocation will be a transition year for NSO participation funding, with the full application of the investment model to take effect from 2016-17. With the exception of skate, baseball and softball, sports have not had a significant change in funding for 2015-16, as there is one year transition in NSO participation funding in 2015-16.

In 2015-16, the previous Whole of Sport funding category has been removed. The investment previously classified as Whole of Sport ( $3.8m in 2014-15) has been redistributed to either high performance or participation funding in 2015-16. The Whole of Sport investment allocations for baseball, softball and table tennis have been re-classified as high performance funding for 2015-16 based on their potential to contribute to Australia’s Winning Edge targets.

High performance

As the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games are just over 12 months away, there have been minimal changes to high performance investment allocations.

The following sports will receive changed high performance funding for 2015-16.

Cycling
The high performance investment allocation for cycling (including BMX) will increase by $470,000 for 2015-16. Cycling is categorised as a Foundation Winning Edge sport with the potential to deliver multiple gold medals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.  Of this increase, $220,000 will be allocated to the BMX high performance program which has strong gold medal potential, with world champions in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Table Tennis
The Whole of Sport investment allocation of $103,800 for table tennis will be re-classified as high performance in 2015-16.  An additional $149,400 will be provided, to bring total high performance funding to $253,200.  There is good evidence to suggest that table tennis will perform strongly at future major events including the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Baseball
The whole of sport investment allocation for baseball will be re-classified as a high performance grant in 2015-16 due to the possibility of the inclusion of men’s baseball at the 2020 Olympic Games.  Given the uncertainty over its inclusion and an assessment by the ASC of the team’s performance potential, baseball will receive $415,000 of high performance funding in 2015-16 (a reduction of $430,000 from the 2014-15 whole of sport funding).

Softball
The whole of sport investment allocation for softball will be re-classified as a high performance grant in 2015-16 due to the possibility of the inclusion of women’s softball at the 2020 Olympic Games.  The Australian women’s softball team has strong potential to contribute to Winning Edge targets if the sport is included on the Olympic program. Softball will receive $1,000,000 of high performance funding in 2015-16 (a reduction of $215,000 from the 2014-15 whole of sport funding).

Badminton
The high performance allocation for badminton will reduce by $80,000 for 2015-16, with a further decrease of $100,000 in 2016-17. Badminton has been assessed as having limited ability to contribute to Winning Edge targets in the medium term.

Squash
The high performance allocation for squash will reduce by $70,000 for 2015-16. Squash has been assessed as having limited ability to contribute to Winning Edge targets in the medium term.

A range of information and resources regarding the investment announcement can be found below.

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