The Office of Sport is working with the sport and active recreation sector to design a new service delivery model for sport and active recreation services across NSW.
This comes following the Minister for Sport announcing in December 2016 that the 11 Sport and Recreation Centres will remain owned and operated by the Office of Sport following a review into service delivery options in 2016. The announcement indicated that the Centres will be modernised and optimised.
This decision provides the opportunity to revise its approach and review its provision of services, in particular its regional service delivery model. The scope of this project includes Office of Sport entities and programs including Sport and Recreation Centres, Regional Offices and grant funding.
What does ‘modernised and optimised’ mean?
In the context of this project, ‘modernise’ and ‘optimise’ means doing new and contemporary activities across the Office of Sport’s regional service delivery network, while making best use of available staff and funding. For example, leading the development of new programs, creating new partnerships or building new or renovating facilities.
What is the objective of the project?
The objective of this project is to implement a more cohesive and holistic regional service delivery model that connects entities in each region and leverages the strengths of the Office of Sport to lead the sport and active recreation sector.
It is proposed, that once finalised, the model will:
- align the Office of Sport to the 10 NSW Government regional boundaries
- ensure services provided by the Office of Sport remain relevant to the sector
- tailor service offering to the unique needs and characteristics of each region
- improve connectivity internally between Office of Sport and the sector
- develop and implement Regional Sport and Active Recreation Plans for each NSW Government region that provides an operational framework for how agreed outcomes will be achieved in each region
- enhance synergies between the Sport and Recreation Centres, Regional Offices, Regional Academies of Sport, the sport and active recreation sector, other sector partners and the three levels of Government (Commonwealth, State and Local)
- align services to contribute to achievement of Government and Premier’s priorities, including Tackling Childhood Obesity and Improving Government Services
- work with key stakeholders in the planning of facilities and infrastructure across the regions
- build the resources and capabilities of the sector.
The outcomes expected from this project include:
- increase the percentage of the NSW population regularly participating in physical activity
- a more strengthened and integrated high performance pathway
- an enhanced Office of Sport and sport and active recreation sector capability.
Approach – key steps and timeframe
The Modernising and Optimising Our Services project will have three phases:
Phase 1A – Project planning, mapping and stakeholder consultation
Feb – May 2017
Phase 1B – Stakeholder consultation
Phase 2 – Analysis and recommendation
June – Dec 2017
Phase 3 – Implementation
Jan 2018 – Dec 2019
Phase 1B - Stakeholder Consultations – Local Council and Sports
Throughout June, the Office of Sport will be travelling around NSW to hear the views of local regional sporting stakeholders including regional sporting organisations and local councils. The views of these stakeholders will provide valuable input and guidance to the Regional Sport Operating Model.
Below is a list of locations for stakeholder consultations. If you would like more information on these sessions, please contact Chris Elasi.
|Far West||Cobar||1 June 2017|
|Central West and Orana||Orange||1 June 2017|
|North Coast||Coffs Harbour||5 June 2017|
|New England/North West||Tamworth||6 June 2017
7 June 2017
|Central Coast||Terrigal||13 June 2017|
|Illawarra||Wollongong||15 June 2017|
|South East & Tablelands||Goulburn||21 June 2017|
|Riverina Murray||Wagga Wagga||22 June 2017
23 June 2017
|Central West & Orana||Dubbo||26 June 2017|
|Hunter||Newcastle||29 June 2017|
- After Phase 1 stakeholder consultations have finished, feedback provided from the consultations will be analysed in conjunction with additional data sources to develop a draft Regional Sport Operating Model for the Office of Sport. In addition, this data will begin to populate the Regional Sport and Active Recreation Plans.
- ‘Town Hall’ style consultations will be held in regions in October 2017 to outline the proposed Regional Sport Operating Model for feedback.