26 September 2023

Tender open for independent WAIS reviewer

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The Minister for Sport and Recreation has announced that the open tender process to appoint an independent consultant to review the culture and governance of the WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) is now on the track.

The Minister, David Templeman said the need for the review followed an earlier review of the Western Australian Institute of Sport’s Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program last June which covered the period 1984 to 2016.

“This was in response to allegations that gymnasts, including children, experienced harmful behaviour and practices while participating in the program,” Mr Templeman said.

He said that following that report’s findings, the Sport and Recreation Minister directed the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) to undertake a range of actions, including initiating a comprehensive culture and governance review of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS).

Mr Templeman said DLGSC had now called a tender, seeking proposals to conduct the review from credible and experienced proponents.

He said the achievements of Western Australia’s athletes were a source of pride for their community and an inspiration for future generations.

“WAIS was created to nurture and support our elite athletes to achieve at the highest level on the world stage,” the Minister said.

“Critical to that success is the quality of WAIS coaching and its high-performance development programs.”

He said the coming review of WAIS culture and governance is to ensure the right conditions are in place to properly support the State’s elite athletes to achieve the success they strive for.

“The WA Government is committed to ensuring WAIS is a leader on and off the field, dedicated to enhancing high performance while also ensuring athlete wellbeing is prioritised, especially when children and young people are involved,” Mr Templeman said.

He said the open tender process was being used to help ensure transparency and accountability and information.

“The review will involve the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, including the WAIS Board, staff and current and former athletes,” he said.

The Minister said the review will involve the participation of a wide range of stakeholders including the WAIS Board, staff and current and former athletes.

Details of the open tender can be accessed at the Tenders WA website at this PS News link.

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