I had anticipated a response to the Crawford Review of Australian Sport this week. Although I am in the UK at the moment I have been scanning Australian media for news of a response by the Federal Government following a meeting of the Sport and Recreation Ministers’ Council meeting on 19 April 2010.
The Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, notes on her website that:
At the elite level we have openly committed to being a strong financial partner with Australian sport – but we have also been clear that when it comes to the elite sporting arena it’s critical that we do things smarter and better.
This is why, last year I commissioned the Independent Expert Panel to look at the structures and the systems of the Australian sports system from the Federal Government’s own structures and programs, to the relationships with other tiers of Government and National Sporting Organisations.
The Panel’s report was released in November 2009 (www.sportpanel.org.au) and the Government is now considering the reports findings and recommendations. We’ll be responding early in 2010 and will to continue to work with sport to ensure Australia’s strong sporting reputation continues.
The Australian Sports Commission has noted the role it will play in the delivery of sport in Australia.
I did post an update in December 2009 that links to other posts about the Review.