Authority and direction

Legislation requirements

The ASC’s enabling legislation is the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 (ASC Act), which defines the Commission’s role, corporate governance and financial management framework. As a corporate Commonwealth entity of the Australian Government, the ASC is accountable to the Minister for Sport.

The ASC’s delivery of its outcomes is guided by its governance framework. This framework includes the ASC’s enabling legislation and other legislative instruments, managerial and organisational structures, corporate policies and strategies, and resource management practices.

The objects of the ASC are set out in section 6 of the Australian Sports Commission Act. They are:

  1. to provide leadership in the development of sport in Australia
  2. to encourage increased participation and improved performance by Australians in sport
  3. to provide resources, services and facilities to enable Australians to pursue and achieve excellence in sport while also furthering their educational and vocational skills and other aspects of their personal development
  4. to improve the sporting abilities of Australians generally through the improvement of the standards of sports coaches
  5. to foster cooperation in sport between Australia and other countries through the provision of access to resources, services and facilities related to sport
  6. to encourage the private sector to contribute to the funding of sport to supplement assistance by the Commonwealth.

The functions of the ASC are set out in section 7 of the ASC Act. They are:

  1. to advise the Minister in relation to the development of sport
  2. to coordinate activities in Australia for the development of sport
  3. to develop and implement programs that promote the equality of access to, and participation in, sport by all Australians 
  4. to develop and implement programs for the recognition and development of:
    1. persons who excel, or who have the potential to excel, in sport
    2. persons who have achieved, or have the potential to achieve, standards of excellence as sports coaches, umpires, referees or officials essential to the conduct of sport
  5. to initiate, encourage and facilitate research and development in relation to sport
  6. to undertake research and development related to sport science and sports medicine
  7. to provide sports medicine services and sports sciences services to persons participating in programs of the Commission
  8. to establish, manage and maintain facilities for the purpose of the Commission
  9. to collect and distribute information, and provide advice, on matters related to the activities of the Commission
  10. for the purpose of fostering cooperation in sport between Australia and other countries, to provide access to persons from other countries to the resources, services and facilities of the Commission
  11. to raise money through the Australian Sports Foundation, or by other means, for the purpose of the Commission
  12. to administer and expend money appropriated by the Parliament, or raised in accordance with paragraph (m), for the purpose of the Commission
  13. to consult and cooperate with appropriate authorities of the Commonwealth, of the states and of the territories, and with other persons, associations and organisations in matters related to the activities of the Commission
  14. to provide advice on matters related to sport to the Australian Olympic Federation or other persons, bodies or associations
  15. to cooperate with national and international sporting organisations in aiming to foster a sporting environment that is free from the unsanctioned use of performance enhancing drugs and doping methods.

Planning and accountability

On 1 July 2014 the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013 came into effect, replacing the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 as the ASC’s key resource management framework. The ASC’s planning and accountability approach supports the organisation in meeting its legislative responsibilities as set out in the PGPA Act and the ASC Act, and effectively delivering its outcomes.

For 2014–15 the ASC’s strategic plan for 2011–12 to 2014–15, Working Together for Australian Sport, set the direction, strategies and broad approach that allowed the Commission to meet its statutory objectives and achieve the outcomes outlined within the 2014–15 PBS.

With Working Together for Australian Sport set to conclude on 30 June 2015, and the PGPA Act introducing a uniform requirement on all Commonwealth entities to prepare a corporate plan effective from 1 July 2015; the ASC has developed its 2015–19 Corporate Plan and the associated Annual Operational Plan required under its enabling legislation to set out the organisations strategies and direction for the next four years as well as its specific targets for 2015–16.

Ministerial direction

For the 2014–15 reporting period, two ministers have been responsible for sport. The Honourable Peter Dutton MP was Minister for Sport from 1 July 2013 to 23 December 2014 and the Honourable Sussan Ley MP commenced her responsibility for sport on 23 December 2014.

Neither Mr Dutton nor Ms Ley made any directions to the ASC under subsection 11(1) of the ASC Act during the reporting period.