Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3805 ..

(2) A National Junior Sport Framework is being completed to replace the 1994 National Junior Sport Policy. The University of Queensland is developing the framework for the Australian Sports Commission as a blueprint for national sporting organisations and their affiliates for the development of their junior sport policies. Consultations for the final draft of the framework will take place in Sydney and Melbourne in October 2003 for national sporting organisations and State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation.

Copies of this document when completed will be available from Sport and Recreation ACT.

DEYFS and Active Australia Schools Network provide regular opportunities for professional development for teachers to increase skills in teaching, coaching and officiating. These cover a wide range of sports and are conducted during and outside of school hours and are well supported. As community sporting organisations demand qualified officials to conduct sporting competitions, opportunities are also available to improve skills in sport-specific areas.

Sports Management groups have been established to act as advisory groups to School Sport ACT and at present there are nine management groups operating to improve communication channels between school and community sporting organisations. These are basketball, track and field, swimming, softball, cricket, touch, hockey, rugby league and rugby union. These groups play an important role in the skilling of teachers to administer and conduct competitions for students in those sports. Other sports will be considered in the future, in cooperation with School Sport ACT and local and community sporting organisations.

(3) In 2001, the department initiated a Service Purchasing Contract with the ACT Schools Sports Council Incorporated operating as School Sport ACT. This contract is reviewed annually. School Sport ACT reports six-monthly on output indicators, and quality and quantity performance indicators that relate to providing sporting opportunities for students in all ACT schools.

In 2003 School Sport ACT provided opportunities for students to participate in a range of sporting activities. These included:

State team representation at School Sport Australia events (48 teams across 14 primary sports and 20 secondary sports)

District or Zone representation at School Sport ACT Finals competitions (in 19 primary and 39 secondary sports)

School representation in District or Zone competitions (in 19 primary and 39 secondary sports)

Administration or officiating experience at School Sport Australia events (in two primary exchanges and two secondary championships held in ACT)

Copies of the Service Purchasing Contract are available from School Sport ACT and the PE and Sport unit in the department.

In addition, the department has a contract with the Lakeside Leisure Centre for the provision of qualified Austswim instructors to teach primary school students to swim as part of the 'Swim Smart' Swim and Water Safety Program. In 2003, 29 primary schools, totalling 3140 students, were involved in the Swim Start program. The present contract with the Lakeside Leisure Centre is reviewed on an annual basis.

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .