Good Governance | Integrity | Athlete Development & Wellbeing | Health & Safety
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The AAA stands for all athletes working in environments that promote long term personal growth and wellbeing in addition to sporting excellence. Every athlete should have the opportunity to develop skills to manage both the demands of his or her sport and the transition into meaningful vocations once his or her sporting career has concluded.
1. Health and Wellbeing
To enhance the athletes’ personal wellbeing during and after their career through initiatives in education, mental health, support services and the skill development of those working with them.
To create and promote respect, courtesy and consideration of athlete diversity including through awareness programs addressing cultural, racial and religious differences and sexual preference.
To create and promote respect, courtesy and consideration of athlete diversity through awareness programs addressing cultural, racial and religious differences and sexual preference.
To ensure that all athletes work in a safe working environment which supports and encourages their development and wellbeing, including sufficient access to qualified Player Development Managers (PDMs) who can support an athlete’s personal growth and wellbeing.
To actively pursue funding for research activities which seek to assess the impact elite sport has on an athlete’s personal wellbeing, work-life balance, social networks, resilience and transition out of sport.
1. Health and Wellbeing
- Provide athletes with skills, support and services to optimise personal wellbeing during and after their sporting careers.
- Provide athletes with access to confidential counselling services away from their club/employer so that individual privacy and confidentiality can be respected.
- Provide knowledge and skill development for all stakeholders working with athletes.
- Provide knowledge and skill development for the partners of athletes where appropriate.
2. Education and Career Transition
- Ensure development of athlete baseline skills, including literacy and numeracy.
- Ensure all athletes undergo training at an induction camp upon commencement of employment in their respective sports.
- Ensure all athletes are educated on the importance of work-life balance and preparing for the transition out of sport.
- Ensure all athletes understand the codes, policies and associated responsibilities set by their sport’s governing bodies.
- Ensure all athletes understand the duties and responsibilities of their employers.
- Develop and implement financial awareness programs to ensure athletes leave their sports at the elite level with the capacity to make decisions underpinned by financial security.
- Ensure all athletes undergo a skills audit in order to facilitate the creation of individual Player Development Action Plans, to be monitored and evaluated annually by the athlete and the PDM.
- Provide all athletes with access to professional development training, including time management, communication skills and business etiquette, to increase their employment prospects at the end of their sporting careers.
- Ensure that all athletes have access to an industry funded retirement and transition fund that assists athletes at the end of their sporting careers and when transitioning to their post-sporting career. Such a fund should be taxed consistent with the treatment of the retirement earnings of working Australians.
- Provide education for athletes and key stakeholders regarding diversity, including cultural awareness, sexual preference, racial vilification and mental health.
- Ensure that governing bodies provide an environment where all athletes have an opportunity to succeed regardless of their race, colour, religion, gender, sexual preference, orientation or identity.
- Ensure all sports have clear policies and guidelines regarding inclusion.
- Enforce secure workplace conditions for athletes which ensure equality between productivity and work-life balance.
- Provide designated time off for all athletes to pursue their Player Development Action Plans.
- Implement minimum medical standards for all athletes in high performance environments, including access to doctors, physiotherapists, trainers, accredited sport scientists and other relevant personnel/facilities.
- Provide every athlete with access to a suitably qualified PDM dedicated to the support of his or her personal development and wellbeing.
- Develop and implement minimum standards for PDMs across all sports.
- Ensure that each individual sport hosts an annual conference supporting the development of its PDMs.
- Stage a national conference to be hosted by the AAA biennially to support the development of PDMs across all sports.
- Ensure that all implemented programs and policies are underpinned by research and/or a strong evidence base.
- Undertake evidence based research across all sports on the impact competing in elite sport has on personal wellbeing, work-life balance, social networks and resilience.
- Conduct case studies across all sports, researching how athletes have adjusted to their transition, obstacles they faced and what impact voluntary versus involuntary transition has had on the athletes’ experiences.
- Source appropriate funding from private and government agencies to support research initiatives.
This policy will deliver the following measures and outcomes:
- Every athlete will have a Player Development Action Plan.
- Player engagement in wellbeing services and education programs will increase.
- A national wellbeing referral network for players will be developed.
- Research funding will be obtained.
- A biennial conference will be facilitated by the AAA to educate sports on best practice player development and wellbeing initiatives.
- Athletes will have access to qualified PDMs.
- The targeted taxation of approved athletes’ retirement and transition funds consistent with the taxation treatment of the retirement earnings of working Australians.