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Total investment 2015-16: $2,810,000 (high performance: $2,460,000; participation $350,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 36% 

Volleyball Australia’s high performance program is rated as on track for the beach program and progressing for the men’s indoor program. Beach volleyball delivered some good benchmark event performances in 2015, meeting targets at the 2015 world championships in Holland and the FIVB World Tour. The main women’s pair won the Asian Championships and is fourth in the Olympic Ranking lists, with 15 qualifying positions available until the mid-2016 cut-off. A second women’s pair and one men’s pair is also likely to qualify through the Continental Cup event in Australia in June.

The men’s indoor team is gradually improving its international standard, but missed its benchmark target when finishing fifth at the Asian Championships. They also finished ninth at the world cup and retained their World League Group 1 place for 2016.

Volleyball Australia is taking aggressive steps to improve its standing before the Rio Olympic Games.

In 2015 Volleyball Australia recruited a new high performance director, new CEO, replaced the men’s indoor head coach and installed a new assistant coach, a former national team captain. Talent pathways into the beach and indoor programs should be enhanced by the expansion of local competition in key states and locations.

Volleyball Australia has increased the quality and number of international contracts for the senior indoor squad players. It is aware of challenges posed by these athletes playing overseas in different clubs immediately before the Rio qualifying competition. While this leaves little time for team preparations the organisation is forming plans to overcome this issue, including the national coach visiting different clubs and players, and high performance staff working on significant communication channels.

The organisation would be looking for more consistency from the national team for the best chance of qualifying for Rio. The team has proven it can compete with many of the teams it must face for qualification.


Volleyball Australia is progressing with its governance reform and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the MSGP. The organisation implemented a skills gap analysis in 2015 to assist the nominations committee, and reviewed its risk management framework. It has recently completed a board evaluation and should look to implement the key recommendations highlighted during this process.

2015 benchmark event // beach – FIVB World Tour/world championships

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 1 total 1

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // indoor – Asian Championships (men

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // beach – Olympic Games

Medal target: 0–1

Non-medal target: qualify for semi-final

2016 Paralympic  benchmark event // indoor – Olympic Games (men)

Medal target: 0–1

Non-medal target: place 4th–8th

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