The NSW Government, and more specifically the Department of the Office of Sport, independently surveyed the ‘Organisational Health’ of all Sporting Organisations within the State of NSW recently.
For this review, State Sporting Organisations (SSO) were ranked in ‘Tiers’ according to the amount of funding received from the NSW Office of Sport, with Tier 1 on lowest funding to Tier 3 on the highest funding. Karting NSW was in Tier 3 along with 37 other SSOs including organisations such as the NSW AFL and NSW Rugby League.
The results of that review were outstanding for the sport of karting:
- • 95 x State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) took part in the survey – and Karting NSW was ranked 11th overall.
- • Karting NSW ranked 9th in Tier 3.
- • Karting NSW achieved an aggregate score of 90% - exceeding the Tier 3 average of 81%
- • Karting NSW was ranked #1 in Tier 3 for (a) Strategy and Planning and (b) Risk Management and Accountability.
The survey indicated that the primary area that Karting NSW should be focusing on to further improve its operations as a sporting organisation, is how it delivers its services.
The Department also offered input into other opportunities to move Karting NSW towards best practice. These included that Karting NSW should consider:
- • increasing female representation on the Karting NSW Board of Directors (although they have one, more would be advisable);
- • upgrading the IT platforms or services used by the organisation to a platform or service that is adequately effective, modern and operative;
- • provide programs and training to staff to boost inclusion of people with a disability.
The Department in summary categorised Karting NSW as having outstanding organisational health.
The Department Representative went on to give this feedback - "for such a small organisation, Karting NSW deserves to give itself a huge pat on the back".
“The Board of Karting NSW is pleased with this independent feedback provided by our Government regulator,” stated Chairperson Dave Filipetto. “We would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort of our Administration Staff and General Manager who keep the front of office functions running superbly. We also acknowledge that this result was not just achieved in the recent past. The current Board has looked to build upon the foundations laid by those who have gone before us and who have helped forge the rich history and reputation Karting NSW enjoys within the sporting world. We acknowledge our volunteers and officials who are also part of the fabric of Karting NSW.”
“However, there is always room to improve. The current skills based Board has focussed on improving organisational governance, both internally and externally, as well as critically looking at our finances and risk profiles. We have opened up two-way communication by giving our Members a real voice and collaborating on how we work together to take ourselves forward. At our SKC meetings, the Board has shared with you and sought feedback on our desired corporate values, the strategies needed to reinvigorate the Sport of Karting and more recently, our tactical priorities in regards Officials, Training, State Competition calendars and increasing Member participation.” Filipetto stated.
The Board will also look to work on the areas of improvement identified by the Department, He also stated.
The next big event on the calendar is this weekend 14th -15th July at Dubbo Kart Track where they will be hosting Round two of the NSW State Championships with 170 competitors in attendance.
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