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The agency's performance

Agency contribution to whole of Government objectives

Key objective

Agency’s contribution

Lower costs

Financial support for bushfire recovery

The agency provided $190,000 to 19 not-for-profit sporting organisations directly affected by bushfires in Kangaroo Island ($60,000), Cudlee Creek ($90,000), Port Lincoln ($30,000) and Yorke Peninsula ($10,000).

The agency, in partnership with the SANFL, SA Cricket Association, Netball SA and Tennis SA, also secured a $1 million temporary building for Western Districts Memorial and Community Sports Centre use as change rooms and a clubhouse.

Rental relief for tenants during COVID-19

The agency provided approximately $93,000 to 14 tenants affected by reductions in revenues caused by the social restrictions put in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Reduce cost barriers to life-long participation in physical activity

The agency has provided a subsidy to support primary school aged children to participate in club-based sports to facilitate the early establishment of life-long participation in physical activity. 58,911 children were provided with sports vouchers throughout the year.

Key objective

Agency’s contribution

Better Services

Major strategy documents

Game On
The agency released ‘Game On’, which seeks to improve collaboration between agencies of government and the sector in order to reverse the levels of poor physical activity and increase movement opportunities across the state. The agency is partnering with other agencies, including Wellbeing SA’s Open Your World Strategy and the state-wide Wellbeing Taskforce to deliver these initiatives on the ground.

State Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan (SSRIP)
The agency developed the SSRIP and submitted the document to Infrastructure SA for discussions about the future needs of the South Australian community. The SSRIP sets out clear priority projects for the state and includes a Strategic Investment Assessment Framework to enhance decision making. The agency also undertook pilot projects with 14 organisations to collect and analyse supply and demand data.

Building an Active State: A sport and recreation investment strategy for South Australia
The agency’s grants programs underwent a substantial review during the period. The review has been put on hold whilst consideration is given to the changing needs of the sector in the recovery period post COVID-19 and how the review may contribute to this.

Improving water safety

Water Safety for Children
11,577 children (aged 5–14 years) increased their water safety knowledge through the VACSWIM Program across 32 metro and 87 regional locations.

Reviewing agency functions

The agency has undertaken (or has commenced) reviews of boxing and martial arts functions, SASI’s diving program and athlete uniforms.

Planning and design of major sporting facilities and upgrades

The agency has undertaken planning and design for the feasibility, development, management and/or upgrade of several major sporting facilities, including:

  • the State Sports Park Master Plan will provide a plan to activate underutilised public land for high-quality sport and recreation activities
  • planning work to re-open the bushfire damaged Cudlee Creek Forest Trails for mountain biking and identifying other potential recreation and/or tourism opportunities for the trail network - in partnership with Forestry SA, Bike SA, the Department for Environment and Water and the Adelaide Hills Council
  • supporting a pilot project to assist in implementing greater community access to schools through the development of a sporting facility at Unley High School
  • working with the Department of Education to plan and deliver facilities that can be shared by a school and the community.

Planning support for community sporting facilities and upgrades

The agency has provided advisory and funding support to the following facility planning projects in South Australia:

  • Southern Adelaide Tennis
  • Netball, Football and Cricket Strategy
  • Essex Park and Gawler Showgrounds Master Plan
  • Mylor Oval Master Plan
  • West Beach Criterium Track Business Case
  • Encounter Bay Indoor Facility Business Case.

High-performance tools

The agency has led or participated in the development of tools to improve high-performance outcomes, including a Data Ecosystem Mapping and Development project to streamline efficiency, effectiveness and security of athlete data.

Elite pathways and high-performance programs

The agency has:

  • tested 2,351 young people (aged 12–20 years) to identify those with highly suitable physical attributes for specific Olympic sports. 80 participants (3 per cent) were invited to trial for sports selection, with 24 (1 per cent) being subsequently selected to join the State Talent Program
  • provided Sport Pathway Programs for 125 talented athletes across seven sports
  • provided support for 50 high-performance athletes in six sporting National Centres of Excellence based in Adelaide in partnership with their respective National Sporting Organisations
  • provided support for 25 Paralympic athletes across sport and individual athlete programs
  • provided support for 48 athletes from 24 non-program sports through individual scholarships
  • conducted more than 250 laboratory tests including Lactate Profile tests, Maximum Oxygen Uptake (V02 max), Resting Metabolic Rate and Haemoglobin Blood Mass Tests
  • conducted 96 supervised heat loading athlete training sessions across 10 sport programs, totalling some 567 athlete training encounters
  • conducted 259 Passive Heat Adaption sessions with athlete encounters totalling 822.
Research

The agency has invested in research to improve our understanding and capacity to respond in the following areas:

  • heat acclimation research – two-year leading edge research and applied practice in heat stress adaptation\
  • commissioned coach development research to assess the impact and effectiveness of a coach developer program in grassroots sports, talent pathways programs and high-performance settings
  • supported research into dynamic measurement of aerodynamic drag in cyclists.

Collaborative research was jointly undertaken with National Institute Network partners on the following projects:

  • determining the reliability of resting metabolic rate and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry in athletes
  • the influence of training on the progression of physiology and performance during a three-month period in junior rowing athlete
  • the effect of different high-intensity training programs on rowing performance
  • the social and economic values described in the ‘Value of Government Funded Facilities Report’ has been applied to three facilities in the Minister’s portfolio
  • Active Lives – Economic Impact – to measure the economic impacts of an insufficiently active population on the health care system and quantify potential
  • savings in partnership with Wellbeing SA.
Inclusion and diversity

The Minister’s 40:40:20 initiative set targets to encourage gender-diverse boards in funded State Sporting Organisations to ensure they are reflective of the community in which they operate. A further 20 per cent of organisations reached the target in the period.

The agency launched a Women’s Sport Season social media campaign throughout the summer (December 2019 to March 2020) to engage the South Australian community to attend, participate or support women’s sporting events. The campaign reached 113,119 people and interacted with users’ Google feeds more than 650,000 times.

Three Inclusion Network (i-Net) meetings were held for the sector to support the removal or management of barriers to participation, which created a welcoming environment for all.

Universal design principles are applied to sport and recreation projects and facilities maintenance to support family friendly and accessible facilities.
Agency major projects utilising universal design include the:

  • Women’s Memorial Playing Fields change rooms/clubrooms upgrade
  • Adelaide Super-Drome wind tunnel tender documentation accessibility criteria, which includes design for para-athlete use with disability access required to the working section and the control room
  • State Centre for Football change rooms/ clubrooms upgrade/site design.

Key objective

Agency’s contribution

More jobs

Agency Investment in Government sporting facilities & upgrades

The agency is projected to have stimulated 15.4 FTE jobs in the economy* through an investment of more than $3.75m in various sporting facilities’ development or upgrades, including infrastructure projects with Women’s Memorial Playing Fields, Adelaide Super-Drome, Home of Football at State Sports Park and the SA Athletics stadium lighting upgrade.

Agency funding of community or business sporting facilities & upgrades

The agency is projected to have stimulated 82.5 FTE jobs in the economy* through funding the community and/or business more than $20.1m in various sporting facilities’ development or upgrades, including infrastructure projects with Southern Soccer Facility (Marion), Murray Bridge Swimming Centre, Clare Sporting Precinct, Goolwa Oval Sporting Precinct, Angaston Recreation Park and Sports Facilities, Kingswood Oval (Mitcham) and West Beach Playing Fields.

Agency funding supporting employment in the sport and recreation industry

The agency is projected to have stimulated 39.9 FTE jobs through funding projects to grow the sport or activity, improve services or address barriers to inclusion (SRDIP funding). In addition, the agency has supported the leadership, policies and services of State Sporting Organisations and Industry Representative Bodies that employ 869 employees in the sector.

* Projections based on the employment impact projects of capital projects set out in the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Public Sector Initiatives which forms part of Treasurer’s Instruction 17.

Agency specific objectives and performance

Objective 1

Indicators

Performance

Ensure South Australians have access to sport and recreation placesandspaces that support participation at all levels.

The number of state active recreation and sports venues, properties and trails developed or maintained per annum.

[Target: 29]

29

100

100%

Objective 2

Indicators

Performance

Ensure people and organisations delivering sport and active recreation have the capability and capacity to deliver quality opportunities for participation and performance.

The number of training and development services provided to the active recreation and sports industry per annum.

*Including those provided under outsourcing arrangements.

[Target: 91]

21*

*The lower numbers relate to delays in training to prepare the sector for new child safety requirements, which were delayed by later-than-anticipated legislative assent.

23%

Objective 3

Indicators

Performance

Ensure it is easy and enjoyable for all South Australians to participate at all levels and in all facets of recreation and sport.

2019 calendar year’s data released by AusPlay on 30 April 2020.

The percentage of South Australian children# and adults^ exceeding the national participation level in sport and active recreation at least once per week*.

[Target: Positive difference between percentages SA:AUS]

# 0-14 years of age     ^ 15+ years of age

*As measured by AusPlay for Jan – Dec 2019

Children:   2.30%

100%

Adults:    -0.9%

99%

The percentage of male and females participating in sport and active recreation is approximately equal*.

[Target: Close to 45-55% Males: 45-55% Females

*As measured by AusPlay for Jan – Dec 2019

48.6% M : 51.4% F

100%

The number of sport vouchers redeemed.

Children participating in sport or active recreation.

[Target: 71,500]

58,911

82%

The percentage of State Sporting Organisations achieving 40:40:20 gender targets on their boards.

[Target: 100% by 30 June 2021]

35% FY18/19,

75% FY19/20,

100% FY20/21

55% meet the target;

45% do not meet the target (35% skewed towards males and 10% skewed towards females.)

  

73%

Objective 4

Indicators

Performance

Grow the number of South Australian athletes winning on the international stage.

* These targets may vary between years depending on the number of anticipated benchmark events and the stage of the Olympic / Paralympic cycle.

The number of SASI and SA-based athletes selected in Australian teams for benchmark events per annum.

[Target: 50 athletes across 8 sports]

53 athletes

100%

13 sports

100%

The number of SASI staff selected to provide support to Australian teams competing at international benchmark events (senior or junior) per annum.

[Target: 5 staff]

6 staff

100%

The percentage of athletes remaining within their Individual Athlete Performance Plan parameters per annum.

[Target: 75%]

77%

100%

The number of Partnership Programs sustained (including Centres of Excellence and Development Programs) per annum.

[Target: 11 Partnerships]

12 partnerships

100%

Objective 5

Indicators

Performance

Ensure investment in sport and recreation delivers value for the South Australian economy and community.

The ratio of co-investment by government and industry in sport and recreation infrastructure.

[Target: Every $1 of the agency’s Grants Program funding for infrastructure is matched by a $2 investment by the industry.]

$1 : $2.60

100%

Objective 6

Indicators

Performance

Ensure the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing is progressive, responsive, and accountable.

The ‘I work for ORSR’ mini-survey 2020 received submissions from 63 members of staff.

The percentage of staff who would recommend the agency as a good place to work.

[Target: 100% of staff]

89%

90% of respondents feel ‘about the same’ or ‘more positive’ in comparison to last year.

I work for ORSR mini-survey 2020

89%

The percentage of employees who state that personal background is not a barrier to success in the agency. (e.g. cultural background, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, etc.)

[Target: 100% of staff]

77%

93% of respondents feel ‘about the same’ or ‘more positive’ in comparison to last year.

I work for ORSR mini-survey 2020

77%

The percentage of staff who report having witnessed harassment or bullying in the workplace*.

[Target: 0% of staff]

20%

73% of respondents feel ‘about the same’ or ‘more positive’ in comparison to last year.

I work for ORSR mini-survey 2020

20%

The percentage of staff who understand how their work contributes to the agency’s objectives.

[Target: 100% of staff]

83%

93% of respondents feel ‘about the same’ or ‘more positive’ in comparison to last year.

I work for ORSR mini-survey 2020

83%

The percentage of corrective actions completed within the target timeframe.

[Target: 100% of actions]

91%

+ 7 actions due for completion in FY 2020-21.

91%

Employment opportunity programs

Program name

Performance

Postgraduate Internship Program

SASI has an ongoing partnership with the University of South Australia to provide placement opportunities for PhD and Masters students. Through these programs, eight students completed a placement with the agency during the reporting period.

Graduate ProgramSASI provided the opportunity for one graduate sports science internship.

Undergraduate Internship Program

SASI has ongoing relationships with the University of South Australia, Adelaide University and Flinders University to provide placement opportunities for undergraduate students. Through these programs, eight students completed a placement with the agency during the reporting period.

Work Experience Program

The agency has a strong level of interest from high school students to undertake work experience. During the reporting period, three high school students completed a work experience placement with the agency.

Agency performance management and development systems

Performance management and development system

Performance

CHRIS 21

Staff Performance Management Program

94.0% of FTE (including staff and managers) completed a formal performance development process in accordance with the Public Sector Employment Guideline on Performance Management and Development as at 30 June 2020.

SAES PROGRAM

Executive Performance Management Program

100% of FTE (for executives only) completed a formal performance development process incorporating assessment against the core competencies outlined in the South Australian Executive Service Competency Framework and individual performance indicators.

Work health, safety and return to work programs

Program name

Performance

EMPLOYEE WELLBEING PROGRAM

The agency’s employees are able to participate in the following employee wellbeing activities:

  • Corporate Cup
  • online health assessments
  • Access to onsite gym facilities.

INFLUENZA VACCINATION PROGRAM

The agency provides an annual, voluntary influenza vaccination program to employees. The program is run at our main Kidman Park site. 59% of the workforce opted to be vaccinated during the reporting period. This program was offered during the period where all staff were directed to work from home to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

SKIN SCREENING PROGRAMThe agency introduced a voluntary skin screening program during the period for employees who predominantly work outdoors. The uptake by these employees for this first reporting period was 85%.
The program resulted in one staff member being referred to their personal medical practitioner for further management.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The agency offers employees and their immediate family members a short-term, anonymous counselling service for both work-related and personal issues.
The agency’s Employee Assistance Program was accessed by staff on eight occasions during the reporting period.
In addition, the program provides critical incident response. The critical incident response service was made available to staff on zero occasions during the reporting period.

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY STRATEGY

The agency has drafted a WHS Action Plan to proactively manage and mitigate identified WHS risk areas.
The Plan is scheduled to be implemented during the 2020/2021 financial year.

WHS INTERNAL AUDIT PROGRAM

The agency conducted one internal audit for an area of risk.

INJURY AND WORKERS COMPENSATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The agency provides confidential, systematic and proactive monitoring of ‘potential’ work and non-work related injuries and illnesses affecting employees and their work/workplace. This includes face-to-face and online mandatory work health safety and injury management training being delivered to all staff to ensure they remain aware of their WHS responsibilities.

REHABILITATION PROGRAM

The agency provides tailored, individual rehabilitation programs in relation to their injury and their work function for those returning to work from a workplace injury/illness.
The agency did not incur any lost time injuries during the reporting period; therefore, our rehabilitation programs were not required to be put into action.

Workplace injury claims

2019 - 20

2018 - 19

% Change
(+ / -)

Total new workplace injury claims

0

1

-100%

Fatalities

0

0

0%

Seriously injured workers*

0

0

0%

Significant injuries (where lost time exceeds a working week, expressed as frequency rate per 1000 FTE)

0

0

0%

*number of claimants assessed during the reporting period as having a whole person impairment of 30% or more under the Return to Work Act 2014 (Part 2 Division 5)

Work health and safety regulations

2019 - 20

2018 - 19

% Change
(+ / -)

Number of notifiable incidents (Work Health and Safety Act 2012, Part 3)

0

0

0%

Number of provisional improvement, improvement and prohibition notices (Work Health and Safety Act 2012 Sections 90, 191 and 195)

0

0

0%

Return to work costs**

2019 - 20

2018 - 19

% Change
(+ / -)

Total gross workers compensation expenditure ($)

$18,593

$18,789

-1.0%

Income support payments – gross ($)

$16,855

$18,789

-10.3%

**before third party recovery

Data for previous years is available at: https://data.sa.gov.au/data/organization/office-for-recreation-sport-and-racing

Executive employment in the agency

Executive classification

Number of executives

SAES Level 1

2

Data for previous years is available at: https://data.sa.gov.au/data/organization/office-for-recreation-sport-and-racing

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has a workforce information page that provides further information on the breakdown of executive gender, salary and tenure by agency.