The Australian Sports Commission has warned a sports body that is in the midst of a “corrupt” culture is likely to continue to be run on the basis of a system that is unfair and has the potential to harm Australian sport.
AAP/ABC News 7 A report into how the Australian Sports Commissioner (ASCC) runs its business was published on Thursday.
The ASCC is Australia’s top sporting body and oversees the sport’s governing body and most sports clubs, including football, rugby union and cricket.
It has the power to impose new and sometimes radical reforms to Australian sports.
Under its current structure, the ASCC has had to rely on sports associations, sports councils and other bodies for its decisions, which can be appealed by the ASRC or upheld by the court.
The ASRC was criticised last year when the Federal Court found the body was a “bureaucratic and bureaucratic monolith” that has a “monopoly” on decision-making in Australian sport, with a “policymaking structure and a body of advisors who are not accountable to anyone”.
The decision-makers are not elected and do not have any independent oversight, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia found.
Since then, the Australian Open has been a key event for the ASC, which has been criticised by the Australian Rugby Union for allowing its teams to play at the event without playing the final match in a closed and competitive environment.
The review of the ASFC’s governance and culture was commissioned by the government’s sports minister, Andrew Constance, to be released this month.
“It’s the first time the ASBC has looked at governance and the culture and we’re going to have to look at how that’s managed,” Mr Constance told Sky News on Thursday morning.
Mr Constance said there was a need to have an independent and independent review of governance in the ASDC, with the results of the review being published by March next year.
“We want to be very transparent and transparent about the process, so that the public can be assured that the processes are robust and fair,” he said.
“That will include looking at the ASWC, which is a powerful organisation.
We also want to look into the culture of the board and the governance process, because there’s a culture problem.”
Mr Constancy said it was important for the public to understand the board of directors and board of governors was “a group of trusted advisers” who are “responsible to the board”.
“They have the right to make decisions, but they’re also accountable to the boards, so if we see things that aren’t working well, we’re able to point that out and fix it,” he told Sky.
But he said it would be wrong for the media to make comparisons between the ASOC and the AFL, the NRL and the NRLW, because “it’s the people who run these clubs that have made these decisions, and that’s the issue here”.
“If they’re making these decisions in a way that’s unfair to their clubs, then we need to look and see what’s going on.”
Mr Constrance said the ASAC was “very, very clear” in its position on the integrity of the governance of the organisation.
“This is not a situation where we’re looking at a situation that’s different from the AFL or the NRL, because the Australian Rules Football is the same,” he explained.
“It is a different model, which I think is the reason it’s such a difficult model for other Australian sports.”
“We have a unique position within the Australian sport and we have the same integrity and the same governance and we also have the very same resources.”
Mr Fraser said the report would be published at the end of the month.