- WA Government calls for proponents to lead the culture and governance review of the WA Institute of Sport
- Open tender process will help ensure transparency and accountability
- Tender now open for submissions from interested parties
- Review is part of WA Government response to findings of a Sport Integrity Australia review of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program
Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman today announced the open tender process to appoint a consultant to undertake an independent review into the culture and governance of the WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) is now live.
In June 2022, Sport Integrity Australia conducted a review of the WAIS Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program, which ran from 1984 to 2016. This was in response to allegations that gymnasts, including children, experienced harmful behaviour and practices while participating in the program.
Following the 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 instigating a comprehensive culture and governance review of WAIS.
Today, DLGSC issued a tender that is seeking proposals to conduct the review from credible and experienced proponents. An open tender process is being used to help ensure transparency and accountability. Information about this opportunity can be found at the Tenders WA website at: https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders/login.do?CSRFNONCE=E7652D44F94725E8642EE50B4B612B82
The review will involve the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, including the WAIS Board, staff and current and former athletes.
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:
“The achievements of our athletes are a source of pride for Western Australians 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. Critical to that success is the quality of WAIS coaching and its high-performance development programs.
“This review of WAIS culture and governance will ensure we have the right conditions in place to properly support our 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.”