What this means for the AJF
To qualify for recognition by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), we are required to satisfy several criteria reviewed each 4-years by the ASC. Those criteria include: annual reporting to the ASC; best practice in appropriate governance; compliance with specific policy published by the ASC; and development of coaches and officials, aligning the general principles of coaching and officiating with those of the sport specific.
The coaching obligations however and the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) were not always governed within the ASC. This was in fact a program of the Australian Coaching Council (ACC) and involved a different recognition to that of the ASC. When the role of ACC was absorbed into the ASC those sporting organisations who did not hold recognition from the ASC had to either attain recognition or cease to provide accreditation under the NCAS.
Since inauguration of the NCAS in 1980 it has always been a requirement that organisations submit each 4-years, their coaching program for review. When responsibility for the NCAS transferred from the ACC to the ASC this obligation to submit coaching programs continued.
The change in direction allows NSOs greater control and independence over their coaching and officiating programs and removes the requirement to make a separate submission each 4-years. Any reporting requirement will we assume be incorporated within the submission for continued recognition.
What this means for current and prospective coaches
Some members may recall back in the 1980’s that while the ASJJ administered the coaching course and delivered the program, the accreditation was issued by the ACC. Older members may still have a copy of their original yellow NCAS ID Card and the green badge embroidered with a gold kangaroo. This all changed as responsibility for awarding of accreditation transferred to the ASJJ and in the year 2000 the AJF.
This shift in direction will not impact on the currency of existing accreditation nor will it affect accreditation awarded during the remainder of this year.
As we go forward the AJF will be taking the opportunity to review its coaching and officiating programs in line with the new Frameworks concepts. Plus, the method of delivery of the program. Members are assured the AJF intention is to continue offering a high standard of accreditation. When members of the AJF Board met recently with the ASC Director – Coaching and Community, he reaffirmed the quality standard of the AJF program and stamp of approval in meeting the ASCs expectations under the new Frameworks approach.
What this means for students and parents of students
Coaches and officials accredited by the AJF are, and will remain, dedicated to providing the same high-quality, safe and ethical coaching standard, through their commitment to the AJF Coach’s Code Of Behaviour.
In addition, our coaches and officials continue to comply with requirements for working with children, first aid certification and insurance.
What this means for organisations interacting with AJF coaches
The AJF has been training and accrediting coaches for over 35 years. The fact that the ASC is now taking on an advisory rather than a compliance role makes essentially no difference as we will continue to follow the advice of the ASC.
We will continue to train and support our coaches in providing high-quality, safe, best practice coaching and continue to ensure they comply with the AJF Coach’s Code Of Behaviour as well as requirements for working with children, first aid certification and insurance.