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June News from Sportspeople 

Monday, 5 June 2017


Welcome to the latest e-news from Sportspeople. In this issue we outline:

Recent Sportspeople Appointments

We are pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

  • Race Director - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - Nick Elliott - click here for press release
  • Commercial Services Executive - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - Katie Green

Don't forget you can announce your appointments as well and see recent Sportspeople and other industry appointments at the "Who got that job?" page at the Sportspeople website.

Sportspeople Current Vacancies

The following roles are currently available through Sportspeople:

Swimming Australia

General Manager - Participation & Sport Development - Swimming Australia

- National Sport Organisation; Olympic Sport!
- Lead and influence participation growth
- Enhance Swimming Australia’s position at the forefront of development in Australian sport
- Melbourne (VIC) location; Salary structured to attract high quality candidates

Apply NOW!


Accounts Receivable Officer (Entry Level) - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

- Iconic Sport Business
- Responsible for all things accounts receivable
- Processes medical expense claims and maintain the Junior League's accounts
- This diverse role would suit a part time business/accounting student
- Belmore (NSW) location; Salary dependent upon experience and qualifications

Apply NOW!

Netball Northern

Chief Executive Officer - Netball Northern Zone

- Hallmark sport organisation; New Zealand's No. 1 women's sport!
- Leadership, strategic and commercial focus
- Operations spanning from grass-roots development to the elite professional league
- Auckland (NZ) location; Salary to attract high quality candidates

Apply by 12 June

The following positions have now closed and are progressing through the recruitment cycle:

  • General Manager - Netball ACT
  • Communications and Marketing Manager - Vicsport
  • Chief Executive Officer - Canterbury Cricket
  • Executive Director - Triathlon NSW
  • Event Specialist - Club Events - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - filled! announcement pending
  • Corporate Partnership Executive - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  • Membership & Ticketing Manager - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - filled! announcement pending

You can view all of these roles at the Sportspeople Jobs Market. In addition to roles being recruited by Sportspeople, you'll also find other vacancies in the sport, fitness, aquatics, coaching, venues, events, leisure and lifestyle sector at the Sportspeople Jobs Market.

Where is the sport management voice?

The strength of the Australian sport management talent pool has been widely recognised for many years, with the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games a notable catalyst establishing the profession as world leaders.

Over the past 20 years there has also been an exodus of this talent overseas, pursuing coaching, high performance and management roles with national sport organisations, global sport brands and franchises. Remuneration was a key factor for many of these professionals as they had the capacity to easily earn double or more for a comparable Australian role based in the UK, Europe, Middle East or North America.

Some of you might remember the coverage during the London 2012 Olympic Games suggesting foreign athletes trained by Australians had won so many gold medals if they could form a nation in their own right they would have been fourth on the medal table.

Australian sport has valiantly attempted to counter this exodus with its own strategy, bumping up the packages they offer to help attract and retain world’s best staff. Where success is measured by world class performance it is vital Australian sport has the freedom to recruit world class staff.

That’s why the Federal Government’s announcement of abolition of the 457 visa program 18 April ought to be a major concern to Australian sport.

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program that replaces the 457 visa program consists of 2 streams, one with a two-year limit and the other a four year limit. The devil is in the detail particularly the stricter labour market testing and under the two-year visa there is no pathway for permanent residency.

Additionally 200 occupations were removed from the list of eligible skilled occupations including Exercise Physiologist, Golfer, Horse Trainer, Other Sports Official, Sports Administrator and Sports Umpire. The new list of eligible skilled occupations includes Gymnastics Coach or Instructor, Horse Riding Coach or Instructor, Snowsport Instructor, Sports Development Officer, Sports Centre Manager, Swimming Coach or Instructor and Tennis Coach. If you’re a Baker or a Pig Farmer, don’t worry, you’re on the list.

Skills sectors such as retail, mining and more notably science and technology, have been very active and public in their complaints. In response to the swell of opinion the Government has announced it will review the occupation list 1 July, 2017.

Absent in all of this debate is a true voice for the Australian Sport sector.

It is misguided to assume the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will represent the sector to lobby and argue for a broadening of the occupation list. As a funding instrument of the Federal Government the ASC has limited power and influence. On the other hand, the collective, national sport community is as powerful and influential as any other industry sector. Possibly more so.

I acknowledge the State/Territory Peak Sport Bodies such as Vicsport, SportNSW, QSport, WASF and SportSA come together as a collective; while the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) also tackle broader issues. Apparently the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) still exists although I had to work hard to find them online.

The question lingers... Why don’t we have a peak organisation that represents the sport sector?

Robert McMurtrie
Director, Sportspeople

Upcoming Industry Conferences Supported by Sportspeople

Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference - 18 July, Sydney


Sportspeople is a proud partner of the Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference. 
The Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference focusses on what’s working, what’s not and ‘what’s next’ in the international sports marketing space. Equip yourself with the latest information, network with the best of the best, and learn key execution strategies to leverage fan engagement and grow revenue.  

Learn the latest market smashing strategies so you can apply them in your business! Meet, connect and partner with CEOs, CMOs, VPs, VIPs and experts that you won’t meet anywhere else. For more information and to register click here.


The National Sports Convention - 19-21 July, Melbourne

Sportspeople is a proud partner of The National Sports Convention.
Developed by the industry for the industry, the National Sports Convention features: Global, national and local speakers; community sport and recreation peak body collaborators; many conferences, symposiums, masterclasses, and industry tours; amazing networking opportunities; sport and recreation expo; industry awards altogether in a single venue over three days.

For more information and to register click here.

Fast Facts from May 2017

Here are some fast facts from Sportspeople's Jobs Market activity in May 2017:

Top Sportspeople Jobs Market Advertisers

  • Aligned Leisure
  • Belgravia Leisure
  • Fit n Fast
  • PCYC - NSW
  • Virgin Active
  • YMCA

Most viewed Sportspeople Jobs Market advertisements

  • Performance Scientist - Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Development Officer - Program Assistants - Australian Football League
  • Event Logistics Coordinator - Rugby League World Cup 2017
  • Development Officer - South Australian Rugby Union
  • Operations Manager - Participation and Game Development - National Rugby League
  • Football Operations Coordinator - Rugby League World Cup 2017
  • Receptionist - SwimWorld
  • Intervarsity and Engagement Coordinator - ActivateUTS
  • Head of Cricket Operations - Cricket Australia
  • RISL Student Experience Coordinator - Richmond Football Club
  • Team Manager - Brisbane Bullets Basketball Club

Volunteer, Internship and Community Sport Club positions listed - 87

New courses, programs and activities listed at Sportspeople Learning - 32

Latest Learning Advertisements

Remember: Listing at Sportspeople Learning is now FREE! There are currently over 500 courses, programs and professional development activities listed at Sportspeople Learning. A selection of the latest advertisers include:

Synchro NSW

FREE - Introduction to Judging Synchronised Swimming

To view all listed courses, programs and activities please visit Sportspeople Learning.

More ways to connect with Sportspeople

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Here you can join in on discussions and polls on a range of topics, and be updated on the latest industry trends as well as jobs and services updates from Sportspeople, all in your LinkedIn newsfeed!

Sportspeople also manages a number of "Groups" on LinkedIn, open exclusively to industry professionals who meet the joining criteria:

 LinkedIn - Sport, Fitness and Aquatics Community

 LinkedIn - Sport Industry CEOs

 LinkedIn - Sport Industry HR Managers

 LinkedIn - High Performance Sport Professionals

 LinkedIn - Marketing, Communications, Digital Media & Sponsorship Professionals

 Sportspeople - Register as a Job Seeker
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More Information?

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Best Regards,

Customer Service Team
Sportspeople Pty Ltd


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