Yachting Australia, with the unanimous support of State and Territory Associations, are a step closer to securing a stronger national governance, management and organisational structure creating closer relationships with Clubs and Classes and delivering increased participation in sailing.
Yachting Australia President Matt Allen and CEO Matt Carroll led a national consultation process during July 2015, presenting The Case for Change for ‘One Sailing’ to representatives of Clubs and the Boards of State and Territory Associations. Through this consultation, all Boards have endorsed the move to the next Phase which was formally approved at the Federal Assembly on Saturday, 1st August 2015, in Sydney.
The next Phase involves detailed planning and scoping of functional transition plans and timings for each State and Territory Association to be integrated into a single management structure. The new organisation and service delivery model will be documented in an Implementation Agreement completed by Yachting Australia and each State and Territory Association on the services to be delivered, responsibilities and financial arrangements, as well as the finalisation of staff secondment and transition agreements. This will also include the operational aspects of quality assurance reporting from Yachting Australia with each State and Territory Association Board.
During the consultation process with the State and Territory Associations, specific safeguards on select local services, resources and assets were agreed to by Yachting Australia and will be incorporated into Phase 3.
The proposed structure for One Sailing will provide organisational efficiencies with the removal of duplicated services and the centralisation of common activities to free up State Association personnel from administrative tasks allowing them to focus on core sailing development and services. One Sailing will provide a Club centric culture and structure to improve existing services and deliver new services and bring Clubs and Classes into the boundaries of the organisation, creating a network to develop strategy and ideas and deliver services to significantly grow the sport.
Yachting Australia CEO Matt Carroll will lead the Executive Officers of the State Associations in commencing Phase 3 immediately, in particularly establishing communications with the clubs, classes and the sailing community to keep them fully informed on progress.