Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…read more
Federal sports minister makes gender equality in travel a priority for Australian sport
Major sporting organisations backed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will be expected to provide gender equality in overseas travel standards if they want to continue to receive millions of dollars in Federal Government funding.
Federal Sports Minister Sussan Ley is demanding the policy as a condition of future Federal Ggovernment funding and, along with ASC Chairman John Wylie, has written to the 30 top funded organisations setting out an expectations for change.
The letter reads “in 2016, we can think of no defensible reason why male and female athletes should travel in different classes or stay in different standard accommodation when attending major international sporting events.
"The ASC is now proposing to make gender-neutral travel policies for senior major championships a condition of investment by the ASC in a sport."
The letter said the ASC was aware of some sports with very large revenue bases that were the worst offenders, with future funds from the government’s $134 million pool to be conditional on gender equality in travel and accommodation.
The Minister said she was not intending to "name and shame" poor-performing organisations, but she was confident public pressure would bring about change.
Minister Ley stated “quite frankly I was shocked and surprised to find that in every sport it isn't always the case that the guys and the girls fly and are accommodated at the same level of travel.
"I am prepared to tie the funding to compliance with this but I don't expect it to come to an argument - I know it won't, in fact."
The most high profile example of gender inequality in travel came during the 2012 Olympics when it was revealed that Basketball Australia’s more successful female team, the Opals, travelled in economy class to London, while the men's team, the Boomers, and Basketball Australia executives, including then Chief Executive Kristina Keneally, flew business class.
The Opals now travel in business class to international events like the Olympics and the World Championship, but also overseas friendly matches.
Commenting on this, current Basketball Australia Chief Executive Anthony Moore told the ABC “(this) was pretty easy one to rectify.
"We get a significant amount of taxpayers' money, via the Australian Sports Commission, for our high-performance program.
"So I think the average man and woman in the street would believe that we would apply those funds equally when it comes to matters such as travel."
The Minister said sporting organisations had responded positively to her request to increase the representation of women on their boards.
Professional Footballers Australia’s player relations executive Kathryn Gill, a current Matildas player who was at the centre of last year’s industrial action against Football Federation Australia over equal pay, said it was “simply unacceptable” that Australia’s elite female athletes had been denied the same conditions as male athletes for so long.
Gill stated “these measures are long overdue and are an important step forward in addressing the issue of gender equality, which to date has not been tackled in a meaningful way by most sports.
“The universal values of sport, which are so celebrated, have not been afforded to Australia’s most talented sports women. Rather they have consistently been treated as second-class citizens rather than the world class athletes they are.
“The Matildas, through the PFA, have long campaigned for improved workplace conditions. The introduction of these measures will ensure that players are provided with a high performance workplace that is fundamental for even greater success on the world stage.
“Our female members through the recent collective bargaining negotiations showed their willingness to play a major role in promoting gender equality in Australian society and remain determined to the light the way forward.”
Surfing Australia Chair Layne Beachley also welcomed the move, adding “it’s great to see the government coming down heavier on the sporting organisations saying you need to start supporting your female athletes.”
Beachley said she had often witnessed the gender gap in other forms in her time as a professional surfer before she retired in 2010.
She explained “there was huge disparity between the level of prize money, level of endorsements, level of marketing opportunity.
“Now we are seeing that gap narrow.
“It will take time but it starts with education, awareness and someone taking a stance and saying this is unacceptable, we need to change it.”
Images (from top): Federal Sport Minister Sussan Ley, the Opals win Bronze at the London Olympics and Surfing Australia Chair Layne Beachley.
6th January 2016 - BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING FOR WOMEN IN SPORT
1st January 2016 - VICTORIAN SPORT REPORT CALLS FOR BOARDS TO APPOINT WOMEN OR LOSE FUNDING
15th September 2015 - LAYNE BEACHLEY MAKES HISTORY WITH APPOINTMENT AS NEW CHAIRPERSON OF SURFING AUSTRALIA
26th June 2015 - SPORT AT THE HEART OF AUSTRALIAN ‘SOFT DIPLOMACY’
12th April 2015 - ABC HIGHLIGHTS DECLINE IN MEDIA COVERAGE OF WOMEN’S SPORT
20th January 2014 - NEW DIRECTION FOR BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA’S ELITE WOMEN’S PROGRAM
5th April 2013 - GENDER BALANCE SHIFTS ON AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…read more
Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…read more
Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…read more
Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…read more
Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…read more
JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…read more
PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!