Sport Sector Organisational Health
Just like athletes constantly monitor and improve their performance, the sport sector should do the same. With the changing nature of how sport is played, accessed and consumed, the Office of Sport is committed to support the sport sector in improving its organisational health to better meet these opportunities and challenges.
The NSW Government supports State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) and State Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (SSODs) to remain healthy and viable to reflect the Government’s vision to enhance the lives of the people of NSW through a valued and vibrant sport and active recreation sector.
Each year in NSW, State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for people with Disability deliver sporting opportunities for 3.5 million participants throughout the state from grass roots to elite level sport.
Most SSOs and SSODs in NSW are membership-based and dependent on the invaluable contributions of volunteers. Apart from a small number of SSOs, most NSW sporting organisations are operated and governed by volunteers who also act as coaches, officials, administrators, media liaison and fund-raising champions.
The Office of Sport supports these organisations and the peak body, Sport NSW, to remain healthy and viable to reflect the Office of Sport’s vision to enhance the lives of the people of NSW through a valued and vibrant sport and active recreation sector.
State Sporting Organisation Health Survey
The Office of Sport has developed the annual State Sporting Organisation Health Survey for recognised NSW SSOs and SSODs to help identify the areas of organisational health most in need of support across the sport sector. The Office of Sport aims to support the sport sector by ensuring assistant is provided in a way that is most beneficial to the sector and maximises impact. The survey is based on a 2017 review of organisational health and benchmarking approaches in the sport and broader not-for-profit sector in Australia and New Zealand and in consultation with the NSW sport sector.
The Survey is a key measure within the Office of Sport’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.