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Overview: about the agency

Our strategic focus

Our Vision

An Active State

Our Belief

Sport and active recreation develops stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.

Our Approach

Lead: we will relentlessly pursue opportunities to grow the sport and recreation industry and economy in South Australia.

Collaborate: we will actively engage with partners to achieve mutual goals that deliver value to the public.

Invest: we will invest in people, projects and organisations that grow and develop sport and recreation in South Australia, and optimise public value.

Our Functions

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing:

  • Provides advice and investment   where it supports grassroots engagement, provides inclusive spaces, supports   high performance training environments and attracts major events and tourism.
  • Provides advice, support and   resources to sport, recreation and racing stakeholders to build on their   existing capacity to attract, retain and develop participants at all levels.
  • Invests in targeted programs,   partnerships and resources that increase access and opportunities for all   people to get involved in sport and recreation.
  • Identifies, develops and supports   targeted athletes, coaches, sport programs and pathways that maximise the   performance of world class athletes.
  • Delivers a suite of grant programs   that support the achievement of the industry and the government’s sport and   recreation priorities, transparently, efficiently and effectively.
  • Supports our service delivery with   professional, timely support services that improves our business performance.

Our Objectives

  • South Australians have access to   sport and recreation places and spaces that support participation at all   levels.
  • People and   organisations delivering sport and active recreation have the capability and   capacity to deliver quality opportunities for participation and performance.
  • It is easy and   enjoyable for all South Australians to participate at all levels and in all   facets of recreation and sport.
  • More South   Australian athletes achieve success on the international stage.
  • Investment in   sport and recreation delivers value for the South Australian economy and   community.
  • The Office for Recreation,  Sport and Racing is progressive, responsive,   and accountable.

Our Deliverables

Our Places and Spaces strategy seeks to:

  • Lead the development of policy and   strategy for land use relating   to recreation and sport infrastructure.
  • Develop and embed an evidence based investment approach   for recreation and sport infrastructure and facilities.
  • Develop and promote best practice for the planning,   design, development, management and operation of sport and recreation   facilities.
  • Plan and develop local, state, national and international standard sport and recreation   infrastructure to meet government and community outcomes.
  • Collaborate   across government to   develop and co-invest in local and regional facilities that meet the needs of   sport, recreation and the community.

Our Capacity and Capability strategy seeks to:

  • Lead the development of resources to encourage   governance structures, systems and behaviours that support good leadership and decision making
  • Promote and develop sport and recreation   environments that are fair, safe and   ethical
  • Invest in people, projects and initiatives that increase the capability and capacity of recreation and sport in South Australia.

Our Access and Opportunity strategy seeks to:

  • Lead the Women   in Sport agenda in South Australia
  • Develop plans and strategic partnerships to realise   participation opportunities for low   participation cohorts
  • Invest in people, projects and initiatives that increase access and opportunities to   participate in sport and recreation.

Our Investment strategy seeks to:

  • Consult with industry in product development
  • Reduce red tape requirements for funded organisations
  • Evaluate the purpose and efficacy of programs.

Our Business Performance strategy seeks to:

  • Provide effective management of resources, governance, risk and services
  • Provide seamless, timely and effective business support via a multi-skilled team that is   supported by responsive corporate systems and service providers
  • Continuously improve systems and processes to ensure they are   contemporary and meet the requirements of the business.

Our organisational structure

Changes to the agency

During 2018-19  the following changes to the agency’s structure and objectives occurred as a result of internal reviews or machinery of government changes.

  • Establishment of the Agency as an Attached Office in the meaning given by the Public Sector Act 2009.
  • Transfer of support for the Agency from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Our Minister

The Hon Corey Wingard MP is the Minister responsible for:

  • Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services
  • Recreation, Sport and Racing

Our Executive Team

Ms Kylie Taylor - Chief Executive

Ms Taylor is the Chief Executive of the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.


Mr Tim Nicholas – Senior Manager, Strategy and Investment

Mr Nicholas is the Senior Manager responsible for leading:

  • Corporate Services
  • Industry Insights – Research and Analytics
  • Funding Services

Mr Ilia Houridis - Director, Sector Capability and Infrastructure

Mr Houridis is the Director responsible for leading:

  • Sector Capability
  • Infrastructure
  • Recreation and Sport Planning
  • Racing Industry Support

Wes Battams - Director, South Australian Sports Institute (SASI)

Mr Battams is the Director responsible for leading:

  • High Performance Sport Programs
  • Sports Sciences and Performance Analytics
  • Talent Search

Legislation administered by the agency

Acts committed to the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing:

Boxing and Martial Arts Act 2000

Recreational Greenways Act 2000

Recreation Grounds (Joint Schemes) Act 1947

Recreation Grounds Rates and Taxes Exemption Act 1981

Sports Drug Testing Act 2000

Racing (Proprietary Business Licensing) Act 2000

Port Pirie Racecourse Site Act 1946