From the Chief Executive
Welcome to the Agency’s annual report 2018-19. It’s been a year full of activity and change for us – whilst we’ve continued to deliver a wide range of programs and progress the government’s reform agenda.
The Agency was established as an ‘Attached Office’ and transferred its back-end support for service delivery to the Department of Premier and Cabinet following Machinery of Government Changes. We have also developed process and capability to deliver on the new responsibilities of an Attached Office.
$29M in funding was delivered to grow our world class facilities in football and high performance training environments for cycling. Work has also commenced on a critical piece of the sport and active recreation puzzle - to understand future demand and guide future investment in infrastructure across the State.
Three racing codes were the recipients of $8M funding this year, as part of a $24M racing industry stimulus package. The package will support strategic initiatives and infrastructure projects to improve the industry’s sustainability.
Fifty-nine South Australian athletes from the SA Sports Institute were selected to represent Australia for international benchmark events across eleven sports. SASI was also a major contributor into the development of a National High Performance Sport Strategy.
The Agency provided a suite of grant programs that have made a positive impact on participation, inclusion and happier and healthier communities; including the provision of 72,536 Sports Vouchers at the increased value of $100 and delivery of the new Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program.
We work closely with State Sporting Associations and Industry Representative Organisations on everything from governance to program delivery and general support. We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with local governments and not-for-profit groups who are at the coalface delivering programs and services.
We recognise and applaud all the volunteers who give their valuable time to make sport and recreation run, alongside the clubs and associations who not only teach our kids sporting skills but life values including fairness and leadership.
Investment in the capabilities of our Agency remains critical as we place great value on the skills and abilities of our staff. Our focus on building a professional and engaged workforce has been reflected in the “Your Voice” Survey results from the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment. These show strong (>75%) employee engagement, employee-organisation alignment and values all 8-15% above the public sector average. There’s still more work to do and our Implementation Committee will lead and guide our response.
The scope of our expertise and breadth of our services are reflected in the pages of this report. By playing to our strengths and building collaborative and creative relationships with agencies and communities, we are well placed to deliver on our exciting future program of work.
I would like to thank my leadership team for their support and commitment, as well as the motivated, talented, and dedicated staff of the Agency who make a difference to South Australians through their work, every day.
I encourage readers to explore the detail of this Annual Report and discover the significant outcomes achieved by the Agency over the past 12 months.
Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing