Cycling has the most significant growth potential of any sport in Australia.
If all our sporting disciplines unite to form one powerful, efficient and inclusive organisation – AusCycling – we can realise the vision of making cycling the largest participation and Olympic sport in Australia, whilst delivering a huge range of benefits for all riders across the nation.Watch video
Coordinate has been charged with bringing the vision and value proposition of one unified structure to life, whilst preserving the unique identity and culture of each of the three cycling disciplines. Part of this process will involve stakeholder engagement and creative testing with key audiences to deliver an aligned vision and direction for the new integrated entity. This will occur in August/September.
AusCycling is a project aimed at improving the efficiency of management of all disciplines of cycling in Australia to provide a better service for clubs and members.
The operating environment for sporting bodies in Australia is becoming more and more competitive, which presents challenges for all sports in Australia. The different disciplines of cycling are not immune to this.
Some of the challenges that we face include:
- The ability to grow and retain members
- Degree of commercial support from sponsors
- Lack of investment in infrastructure whether that be BMX tracks, criterium circuits, MTB trails etc
- Lack of capacity to invest in critical areas such as rider safety and advocacy
By bringing together the 19 entities that currently deliver cycling, we can collectively address some of these challenges, expand and improve the services we deliver to members, and grow the sport for all Australians.
The boards and senior management of the NSOs have realised for some time that maintaining 19 separate organisations results in inefficiency and wasted money and effort that could be better invested into the development of the sport. This has led to a number of discussions over the years about potential combinations. The three disciplines asked for assistance from Sport Australia to help deliver a better overall outcome for the sport of cycling in Australia.
As part of undertaking AusCycling, we want to preserve the positive aspects of our current operations whilst providing additional services that none of the 19 individual entities currently involved in managing competitive cycling are well positioned to provide. This includes:
- A single licence for all forms of cycling
- A dedicated member services team focused on delivering greater attention to clubs and riders
- Increased commercial revenues
- Greater lobbying for cyclist safety, across all disciplines
- A dedicated infrastructure team to lobby for tracks, trails, venues and paths for all cyclists
- Government lobbying, providing access to funding from non-sport government funding pools
- Improved services for the cycling community, including a national bike education program such as AusKick
- Integrated pathways for elite and emerging riders
- A powerful, effective and efficient shared collective of cycling knowledge, resources and skills from all existing NSO and SSO organisations working as “ONE”
Yes. It is important that AusCycling has local staff that will engage with local communities, volunteers, State/Territory governments, and local Councils, and who can deliver tailored services to the local participants.
An expanded and dedicated Club and Member Services team will help club officials to run clubs more easily including more “how to” guides, standard templates and sharing of best practice. A dedicated advocacy team, focused on lobbying federal, state and local government for increased funding for cycling facilities, will support club facility development.
As one of the greatest participation sports in Australia, cycling in all its forms has massive potential. By combining the resources of all three cycling disciplines under one structure, we can fully realise that potential through National competition series, performance pathways, bike education programs, member and club support services, unified advocacy and increased sponsorship partnerships.
As a unified entity, we can also replace unnecessary bureaucracy and administration with efficient new systems and processes that will improve the way we operate. Clubs and members will also see one streamlined website and digital platform with access to their individual profiles along with a host of other benefits, one licence that covers different disciplines and memberships that provide increased value and opportunities.
The unified entity will have a network of local offices, with dedicated staff and volunteers who are passionately committed to our sport. Their jobs will be made a whole lot easier however with access to additional National support and resources and streamlined processes and systems. In turn, they’ll be able to offer our clubs and members more of their time and support.
Regardless of what type of membership you currently have, under this new structure you will get better value and increased opportunities – from more support at events to dedicated career pathways for ambitious riders and a growing range of member benefits. We will move to a single licence system across all disciplines.
As part of the new unified entity, membership options and pricing models are currently being explored. Finding ways to deliver greater membership value is always our main priority.
Under one powerful structure we have better negotiating power. Our intention is to use this to provide better insurance cover for all our clubs and members.
There will be a board of independent professionals with high-level commercial expertise, along with representatives from each cycling discipline. There will also be a team of dedicated staff built upon the experience, knowledge and skills from all the existing organisations who will be there to offer daily support and resources to clubs and members across Australia.
Through a revised business model and cohesive governance framework the one National cycling body will be responsible for:
- Identifying opportunities to enhance member experience, the support of clubs and customer service
- Growing the membership base across all disciplines
- Government lobbying and advocacy, resulting in greater funding and resources
- Unlocking commercial sponsorship and partnership potential
- Introducing new streamlined and more efficient administrative processes and systems
- Creating and improving pathways for high potential athletes
- Greater focus on infrastructure funding and development Greater advocacy for rider safety
All three cycling bodies have sought to join forces to create one powerful new organisation that will raise the profile of cycling in Australia and on the world stage. We are working collaboratively to ensure that this new opportunity for cycling is built on mutual respect, an understanding of the very different cultures and communities within each cycling discipline, and a combined passion for the sport of cycling, regardless of which discipline we represent.
We will have a dedicated club and membership services team who will be able to offer support to all states and regional areas. You will also be able to voice any concerns or issues you have. Regardless of where you live, the size of your club, or your membership type, you will be able to access this support.
Ultimately, any changes we make are for the benefit of our clubs and members. That’s why over the next few months we’ll be gathering invaluable feedback from state associations, clubs and members, before any action is taken.
Benefits and Transition
With 19 bodies involved in the management of competitive cycling in Australia, the three NSOs (BMX Australia, Cycling Australia and MTBA) began discussions about a new model and have now commenced a roadshow to provide more information to the state associations, clubs and members about where the current discussions and eventual proposal has reached. We have now reached a stage where we are keen to include the community in discussions around AusCycling.
There are a broad range of benefits that AusCycling will offer to all members. Firstly, AusCycling will have offices in every State and Territory of Australia with dedicated staff delivering services to members locally. It will provide a range of services that the current disciplines either currently do not provide or provide through volunteer staff, such as a national bike education program to encourage more kids to ride, an advocacy program to lobby for increased and improved facilities, professional staff to deal with member protection issues, community engagement staff to help drive participation initiatives, sport education staff to improve the education of coaches and officials as well as a business development team that can drive far improved commercial outcomes for the new body that are unattainable for any one discipline on its own.
The intention is that all assets of the pre-existing entities will be transferred to AusCycling upon its formation. AusCycling will then provide services on behalf of all of its members. The intellectual property that has been developed by disciplines (such as commissaire and coach programs) will be available to a much broader audience, growing the number of people participating in a particular discipline.
We believe the lack of sharing of refined and quality teachings is one of the failings of the current system.
A range of other models were explored, including One Management. A report into the optimal business model for cycling in Australia was commissioned from the professional services firm, EY. This report has been circulated to the State Associations, and will be disclosed in full to the cycling community as part of the One Cycling materials. The conclusion of the EY report was that a unified entity owned by the clubs was the optimal model.
The NSOs have been discussing One Cycling for many years, and commenced more formal discussions early in 2018, driven initially by the CEOs of MTBA and BMXA. Sport Australia has provided support for these discussions. These discussions have been focused on developing the model for all forms of cycling in Australia, in order to present and seek feedback on the recommended model from States, clubs and members.
In short, there will be votes of State Sporting Organisations (in BMX and Road & Track), and the individual members in MTB. For BMXA and CA, six of the eight State and Territory bodies must approve the move to AusCycling for it to proceed, and this will be followed by votes of the National Sporting Organisations.
We have conducted a series of workshops with the state associations in August to receive and incorporate their feedback into the model. We are now conducting a roadshow around the country to provide information sessions in each state for clubs and members. Once that is completed each state will be in a position to hold a vote to gauge their support for AusCycling which would then be followed by a vote at national level. If the membership votes to adopt AusCycling, the next steps to establish the entity will include offers of employment to staff, transfer of contracts and assets, and the commencement of AusCycling operations in quarter 2 of 2020.
If one NSO’s State/Territory bodies do not approve the transition then that NSO or SSO will not be part of AusCycling. AusCycling may still proceed with the other two NSOs.
It is important to understand the context in which SportAUS is supporting the One Cycling/AusCycling project. The respective NSO’s have realised that there are inefficiencies in maintaining 19 separate cycling organisations across Australia and there are greater opportunities as a single entity servicing the broad and expanding cycling community. This has led to a number of discussions over the years about potential combinations. SportAUS has provided assistance following the request of the three disciplines because we also believe that it will result in a better overall outcome for the sport of cycling in Australia.
Given the significant work that has been undertaken to validate the benefits that would accrue for all riders under AusCycling, SportAUS believes that the proposed model is the best structure for the sport.
Currently SportAUS recognises three disciplines within Cycling. SportAUS has communicated its position that it only intends to recognise and fund one cycling entity, AusCycling, from 1st January 2020, rather than continuing to fund multiple bodies.
We hope that all State/Territory bodies will join AusCycling, as we believe that it is in the best interests of riders and the broader cycling community. However, if a State/Territory body decides that it does not wish to be part of AusCycling, that body would not be a member of AusCycling, and would therefore not have access to the administrative services that AusCycling would provide, such as a membership system, national insurance program, national member welfare and integrity policies, and funding for national programs. Current SSO funding and support levels (at the discretion of the respective State / Territory governments) may be impacted by having competing bodies and a loss of SSO recognition.
We believe that the AusCycling proposal is in the best interests of the bike community, and most importantly is in the interests of the riders. We hope that the State/Territory bodies will share this view, and promote the AusCycling proposal to its constitutional members as the preferred model for the sport.
Neither CA nor BMXA have any power to compel State/Territory bodies to be part of AusCycling, but neither would they want to. We believe that the AusCycling proposition is compelling and in the best interests of the sports and believe that it will receive broad support. It is ultimately the members of the community (the clubs and riders) that will vote on the AusCycling proposal.
We believe that the greatest consequence of not forming AusCycling will be the lost opportunities for the sport.
SportAUS has communicated its position that it only intends to recognise and fund one cycling entity, AusCycling, from 1st January 2020. This position is based on the belief that a unified entity is the optimal model for cycling in Australia (constituting all disciplines), and will deliver significant benefits to the sport and its members and is the most effective use of taxpayer funds. This position is supported by evidence that has been gathered and validated through independent reviews (eg Ernst & Young), the detailed benefits that have been developed by the CEOs and Steering Committee, and SportAUS’ understanding of the broader sporting environment.
Sports that are not recognised as an NSO are not eligible to receive any funding from SportAUS, and receive reduced access to SportAUS resources, programs and support. In addition, unrecognised sports may have greater difficulty in receiving funds from other government entities (Federal, State and local), and in receiving recognition from entities such as the UCI.
SportAUS intends to provide all of its funding (high performance, sport business and other funding pools) to the AusCycling entity. It will then be the responsibility of the AusCycling Board and management to determine how that funding will be utilised, within the specific parameters of those grants.
Equality is a core principle that underpins the governance arrangements of AusCycling. The initial board of AusCycling will comprise three representatives of each of the disciplines and three independent representatives. All AusCycling Board members will be reviewed and recommended by a Nominations Committee that will be comprised of a representative of each discipline and an independent member.
A draft AusCycling constitution has been drafted, and has previously been circulated to State/Territory associations for feedback. The AusCycling Constitution is based on the existing Constitutions of the NSOs, which are themselves based on the Sport Australia model Constitution. The AusCycling Constitution is therefore very similar to the existing NSO Constitutions.
Based on election by the clubs, the voting members of AusCycling. The elected members of the Board will be reviewed and endorsed by the Nominations & People Committee who will also be responsible for creating and maintaining a skills matrix to ensure the Board has a range of skills, age, gender, experience, culture, discipline knowledge and to ensure that One Cycling continues to meet good governance standards.
All disciplines will initially have equal representation on the AusCycling board. In the future, AusCycling will have a skills-based board whose objective is to oversee the operation of the business for the best interests of all members.
In addition, AusCycling will have a supporting committee structure that will provide advice to the Board and management. Each committee will feature a representative of each of the disciplines to ensure ongoing input across the bike spectrum.
We have made a commitment that all current employees, whether at NSO level or SSO level, will be offered roles in AusCycling should they want them. In addition, AusCycling will have a new CEO. The existing NSO CEOs have committed to supporting the AusCycling transition, but will not to be a part of the ongoing AusCycling management team.
AusCycling will run its business in the best interests of all members. All clubs will have a voice as they will all be owners, but AusCycling is conscious of the need to provide services to clubs and members in its smaller states. For current members of BMXA and MTBA, they will have full time staff in each state where they did not have them in the past. Given that there will no longer be state based delineations of responsibility for management, smaller states are expected to receive better services than they received in the past. In part this will be because AusCycling is a more efficient business than its 19 predecessors.
We envisage that staffing levels in AusCycling offices across the country will be slightly larger than the current staffing complement in the States (incorporating both CA and BMXA States) to ensure fulfilment of essential delivery level outcomes such as education, participation, development, engagement and selection. The majority of these additional staff will be based in local offices, rather than head office. There will also be greater capacity in those offices because some functions, such as accounting, membership, media, commercial, HR, integrity will be centralised over time.
We want to transition all NSO and SSO staff to AusCycling, and have made a commitment that all current employees will be offered roles in AusCycling should they want them. A team will be appointed to work with staff and management from all 19 organisations to ensure staff transition is a priority and managed with staff wellness and outcomes in mind.
We believe that it is critical for the success of AusCycling that the entity is a merger of partners, and not a ‘take-over’ by any one party. In that respect, the Steering Committee has agreed that equality is a core principle that underpins the governance arrangements of AusCycling. The initial board of AusCycling will comprise three representatives of each of the disciplines and three independent representatives. All AusCycling Board members will be reviewed and recommended by a Nominations Committee that will be comprised of a representative of each discipline and an independent member.
The disciplines have each approached the discussions positively, and are working collaboratively to ensure that this new opportunity for cycling is built on mutual respect, an understanding of the different cultures and communities within each cycling discipline, and a combined passion for the sport of cycling, regardless of which discipline we represent.
In addition, AusCycling will have a new CEO. The existing NSO CEOs have committed to supporting the AusCycling transition, but will not to be a part of the ongoing AusCycling management team.
It is important that AusCycling is provided with the necessary capital to properly service the combined cycling community. To allow this, all assets of the predecessor entities will transfer to AusCycling prior to windup. These assets will then be redirected to deliver the improved suite of member services to clubs and participants, and to grow the sport. It is important to recognise that the divestment of assets will only occur if that is what the members of each entity approve via vote.
The memberships for most riders will decrease, and there will also be the opportunity to participate in all disciplines. We have developed One Licence with a range of membership options that the riders can select based on their own preferences.
Cycling Australia has negative equity of approximately $2m as a result of events that occurred prior to 2014. Since that event, the financial performance of CA has been stable. As part of the AusCycling proposal we anticipate that there will be additional investment that will enable us to address this deficit and allow AusCycling to be properly established.
As part of the process undertaken so far there has been a rigorous analysis of the financial starting point and longer term sustainability of AusCycling. This analysis conducted has been reviewed by the CEO’s, SteerCo and financial analysts from Sport Australia to ensure that it provides an accurate picture of the financial capabilities of AusCycling.
State/Territory events will continue to be funded, conducted and supported in the samein same way they are today, based on a mixture of membership revenue, sponsorship and support from state and local government. In addition, we expect that these events will be better serviced through better resources, and with more staff on the ground.
The general attitude of State governments that we have spoken to is that they are happy to support efforts to improve efficiency that are supported by the sports themselves. All State governments will have specific criteria that will need to be met, including ensuring all State funds are spent within that State, and we’re confident that AusCycling will be able to meet these criteria. MTB is an example of a sport that is currently funded at a national level without a formal State entity.
With regard to WA, the WA State Department has advised that it would need to review several factors in making a decision on State government funding. AusCycling looks forward to working with the WA Government on these factors as we believe that AusCycling is in the best interests of all riders in all parts of the country.
Fundamentally, we believe it is critical for State/Territory governments to have confidence that any grant monies provided by a particular State/Territory are spent on the intended programs and in the relevant State/Territory. AusCycling will have the financial systems in place to ensure that the acquittal of those funds is appropriately managed. Furthermore, each AusCycling local office in a State/Territory capital will have a General Manager. A significant part of that person’s role will be to ensure local programs are delivered as intended.
AusCycling will coordinate courses and programs for coaches and officials and provide certification and accreditation. We anticipate that these will be delivered by the same people, and in the same way as is currently the case.
The AusCycling Board and management will ultimately decide this, however we expect that the current arrangements will be retained (and wherever possible improved).
The current negative equity of CA is due to an issue that arose in 2014. Since that time CA’s financial operations have been stable. The financial modeling indicates that AusCycling will be a strong and sustainable organisation, featuring an annual turnover in excess of $28mil directed to members, and the potential to realise a further $1mil + in commercial benefits as part of a unified entity.
The ongoing financial management of AusCycling will be the responsibility of the AusCycling management team with oversight of governance and strategy the responsibility of the Board. One Cycling has the potential to become one of Australia’s largest sporting organisations with an annual turnover in excess of $28M and as such will be managed and governed in accordance with high standards and scrutiny by State and Federal agencies to ensure appropriate use of funds to support members and athletes.
They will be addressed by AusCycling’s Club and Member Services team that will address all member/club enquiries. It is important to note that this team will not necessarily be based in a particular office.
A key focus of AusCycling will be ensuring that the grass roots of the sport is being encouraged to grow. This includes providing a greater level of support to clubs and members. AusCycling will establish a nationally coordinated framework for the education, development and appointment of coaches, skills instructors and officials throughout the country, including the placement of workforce members to support localised State/Territory needs. Further, it is anticipated that a network of delivery partners will be engaged within the framework to extend outcomes beyond metropolitan centres and throughout the country to meet all member and club needs.
We envisage that staffing levels in AusCycling offices across the country will be larger than the current staffing complement in the States (incorporating both CA and BMXA States) to ensure fulfilment of essential delivery level outcomes such as education, participation, development, engagement and selection. There will be greater capacity in those offices because some functions, such as accounting, membership, media, commercial, HR, integrity will be centralised over time.
An expanded and dedicated club services team will help club officials to run clubs more easily including more “how to” guides, standard templates and sharing of best practice. A dedicated advocacy team which is focused on lobbying federal, state and local government for increased funding for cycling facilities will support club facility development.
In addition, clubs will have a direct say in the governance of AusCycling including electing the Directors of the Board.
The benefits for individual licence holders includes one licence no matter how many disciplines you want to ride (which is cheaper for the vast majority of the community), one number to call for queries, local offices in each State/Territory with full time staff available to assist, and a more prominent voice advocating for cycling with government.
The management team in each local office would have a primary responsibility for coordination of officials in local events. In addition, we expect that current members of the local State/Territory Boards will be retained in meaningful roles that support AusCycling’s operations, including in supporting official recruitment, development and management.
AusCycling will establish a Sport Integrity Unit that will be responsible for the management, coordination and handling of all sport integrity matters on behalf of the new entity. Under this unit, a framework and structure will be developed that will guide and administer with various AusCycling offices (as required) the handling of both National and State / territory disciplinary matters.
AusCycling will have a full time Integrity Officer who will coordinate all member protection matters. This will ensure consistent and expedient handling of all complaints, and will alleviate the associated burden from current State offices.
AusCycling management in each state or territory will coordinate appeal tribunals based on standing panels of potential tribunal members. This will ensure consistent and expedient handling of appeal matters.
The operation of the CRM system is a core activity for the management of AusCycling. It is a source of significant potential upside given that the three NSOs are currently operating three separate platforms, three websites, three entry systems, etc. The management of a unified CRM system will support club administrators, deliver quality and consistent experiences to riders, and will provide the necessary information to AusCycling management to enable the growth of the sport.
The transition to single systems across a number of technology applications including CRM, accounting, etc will be the ultimate goal but it will likely take some time after operations commences before this will happen. Preliminary work is underway to determine which systems are being used by the respective cycling entities, including the features, benefits, limitations and the ability to scale up to meet the needs of the significantly increased membership numbers and service offerings of AusCycling.
There is no intention to change the current status quo in relation to State/Territory squads and teams.
We expect that the CRM system will enable riders to elect what content they receive, so (for example) BMX riders can elect to receive only BMX content, or to receive information on all AusCycling services.
It is intended that AusCycling will offer and actively pursue recreational / lifestyle members and offer appropriate membership categories and benefits to those individuals. This is a significant growth opportunity for AusCycling given there are approximately 2.4million Australian that ride each year without any formal engagement with our existing organisations.
The need to retain the unique culture of each individual discipline is a vital part of AusCycling and has been built into the model at a governance and operational level to ensure that the individual spirit, culture and things that are important to each discipline are preserved within AusCycling.
Fundamentally, a BMX race will remain a BMX race, as will a mountain bike event or a track race. The new entity’s digital presence will also retain important discipline specific characteristics in those areas of the website and elsewhere.
A key principle of AusCycling is that the individual cultures of the disciplines will be maintained, preserved and respected. This has been enshrined within the Constitution and other governing documents of AusCycling.
In addition, the structure and operating principles of AusCycling will empower the new Board, CEO, leadership team, staff, commissions, clubs and members to work together to ensure the “voice” of all disciplines is heard and respected by the new company.
Under AusCycling, we will seek to realise these benefits while retaining the unique culture and community of each cycling discipline:
Better resources and support services for our members and volunteers.
A coherent commercial strategy to unlock greater sponsorship and partnership opportunities.
A fully developed career pathway program for aspiring athletes.
One voice for advocacy and lobbying.
One licence for all disciplines with a range of pricing to suit every rider.
Improved and expanded services and infrastructure.
More coaching and education programs.
Greater opportunities for staff.
An integrated cycling community.
Save the date AusCycling Road Show
Come and hear about AusCycling and what it means for you, directly from our Chairs and CEOs. Sessions will be held in every state and territory. Simply register your interest using the links below.
Can’t make it to the roadshow? Watch the livestream.
Interested in what information will be presented – download a copy of the slides. There will also be plenty of time for questions from those in the roadshows and online.
AusCycling was initiated by, and is being led by, the respective cycling NSOs.
The respective NSOs have realised that there are inefficiencies in maintaining 19 separate cycling organisations across Australia and there are greater opportunities as a single entity servicing the broad and expanding cycling community. This has led to a number of discussions over the years about potential combinations. SportAUS has provided assistance at the request of the three disciplines because it believes that the project will result in a better overall outcome for the sport of cycling in Australia.
AusCycling is not a takeover, it is a merger of partners.
Equality is a core principle that underpins the governance arrangements of AusCycling. For example, the initial board will comprise three representatives of each discipline, and each Committee will feature representatives of each discipline.
The disciplines are working collaboratively to ensure that this new opportunity for cycling is built on mutual respect, an understanding of the different cultures and communities within each cycling discipline, and a combined passion for the sport of cycling, regardless of which discipline we represent.
CA has achieved a profit in each of the past five years, and the financial performance of CA in this time has been stable.
Whilst CA does currently have a negative equity position, as part of the AusCycling proposal there will be an assistance package from Sport Australia that will address this deficit and allow AusCycling to be properly established.
The need to retain the unique culture of each individual discipline is a vital principle that has underpinned all of the work on AusCycling.
Through all planning, efforts have been made to ensure that the individual spirit, culture and things that are important to each discipline are preserved within AusCycling.
Fundamentally, a BMX race will remain a BMX race, as will a mountain bike event or a track race.
AusCycling will exist to service all riders across all parts of the country, regardless of what type of bike they ride. This important principle has been enshrined in the Constitution of AusCycling.
AusCycling will have offices in every State and Territory of Australia with dedicated staff delivering services to members locally.
The local office will provide a range of services that the current disciplines either currently do not provide or provide through volunteer staff, such as a national bike education program to encourage more kids to ride, an advocacy program to lobby for increased and improved facilities, professional staff to deal with member protection issues, community engagement staff to help drive participation initiatives, sport education staff to improve education of coaches and officials as well as a business development team that can drive far improved commercial outcomes for AusCycling.
We expect that staffing levels in AusCycling offices across the country will be broadly the same and/or slightly larger than the current staffing complement in the States and Territories.
Any State or Territory assets that are transferred to AusCycling will be spent to deliver improved services and to grow the sport.
It is important that AusCycling is provided with the necessary capital to properly service the combined cycling community.
To allow this, we are proposing that all assets of the NSOs and SSOs will transfer to AusCycling prior to windup. These assets will then be redirected to deliver the improved suite of member services to clubs and participants, and to grow the sport.
No clubs will be asked to contribute their assets to AusCycling. Club money and assets will remain at that club.
AusCycling will exist to service the members and the clubs. We expect that there will be minimal impact on clubs in the immediate rollout of AusCycling, and the only difference clubs will experience over time is better services and support.
We expect that all events that are run today will continue to be run tomorrow under AusCycling. Fundamentally, a BMX race will remain a BMX race, as will a mountain bike event or a track race.
AusCycling will exist to service members and the clubs. We expect that AusCycling will provide improved support and systems to assist with events.
We have engaged with State and Territory Associations in designing the AusCycling concept.
Whilst there are a small number of State Associations that are not currently supportive, we have received very positive support from the vast majority of State and Territory Associations of BMX and CA as they believe the proposal is in the best interests of their members and the sport. Whilst MTB does not have States, the MTB members we have engaged with are also supportive of the AusCycling concept.
The concept of bringing the various cycling disciplines together has been discussed for some time.
When these discussions started to become serious, we engaged Ernst & Young to conduct a thorough analysis of the cycling system and to recommend the optimal business model for cycling in Australia.
The Ernst & Young report found that the sport of cycling in Australia is fragmented in its structure, strategy and delivery across the disciplines of road, track, BMX and MTB, and recommended the formation of a new single entity to represent the three cycling disciplines and strengthen benefits for all members and the broader cycling community.
As detailed in that report, AusCycling represents an opportunity to transform our sport by uniting the disciplines to reduce duplication, streamlining operations and creating efficiencies, and enabling savings in resources to be reinvested in improved services for members, clubs and the broader cycling community.
A copy of the full Ernst & Young report is available here.
The Ernst & Young report has informed the thinking of the AusCycling Steering Committee. The Steering Committee has also conducted further analysis in developing the proposed AusCycling model, including adopting more conservative financial assumptions than those contained within the EY report. The approach adopted by the Steering Committee ensures that the AusCycling proposal will be able to deliver quality and sustainable services to all riders from day one, whilst also maintaining a significant upside which can further grow the sport once AusCycling is established.
The report demonstrates the extensive process undertaken to form the recommendations, while page 8 of the report provides a helpful summary for those looking for a quick synopsis.
We have previously shared the report with the State and Territory Associations. One comment they raised was that the sport of shooting is referenced in the legal advice section of the report, and they wondered whether this was because of a ‘copy and paste’ from another report. We have confirmed that these mentions of shooting are intentional, and that this section of the advice is intended to recommend that the CEO of AusCycling speaks to the sport of shooting about the division of responsibilities within its respective disciplines.
National and International Support
The Australian Government’s objective is to ensure that we are the world’s most active and healthy nation, known for our integrity and sporting success. As a result, Sport Australia is overseeing the process of exploring the potential of making cycling, across all disciplines, one of the largest participation sports in Australia. With endorsement from the President and CEO of Union Cycliste Internationale, the worldwide governing body for cycling activity in all its forms, Australian cycling is set to become a major world player.
A project Steering Committee, made up of the Chair and a non-executive Director of each cycling body, plus a non-executive Director and two senior executives of Sport Australia, has been appointed to ensure a fair and equitable consultation and implementation process. The Steering Committee will collaborate with our Member States and Clubs in developing the structure and operational framework for the new organisation. In addition, the CEOs of each cycling body are working collaboratively to define the new operational services, structure, processes and transition in consultation with the subject matter experts, current members, States and Clubs. The Steering Committee has been appointed to govern this large and complex project, make key decisions, manage risks and resolve issues.
Early August 2019—A meeting of the Steering Committee and State CEOs and Presidents (meetings with each of CA and BMX) to discuss the key issues, including strategy, proposed structure, board composition, management make-up and club engagement strategy.
August/September 2019—Workshops between Steering Committee, Sport Australia, State boards, clubs and members to present on the scope and operation of AusCycling, including a presentation on brand development.
October/November 2019—Voting processes
December 2019—NewCo created
Q2 2020—The new unified company will be open for business, accepting memberships and delivering services to the community across the country. In the background, we will continue to streamline the business systems and processes to improve the way we operate and the services offered to all members who include commuters, A grade crit racers, weekend warriors, MTB, CX, BMX, families, road, track riders and all who ride a bike.
December 2020—OneCycling fully operational—The new integrated company will be fully operational, with all business and administrative systems in place to enable us to deliver world class services to our clubs and members across the country.
Ultimately, the clubs and members will have the final say on the establishment of AusCycling. A proposal will be developed that outlines the plan, benefits and opportunities presented by AusCycling, including the impact on clubs and members. Members will then have the opportunity to consider the proposal, and to help us shape the future for all bike riders. We expect that this voting process, which will take place according to the rules of the existing cycling organisations, will happen in October and November 2019.
States & Territories
- In all States/Territories except Cycling ACT and BMX Queensland, the clubs vote at State/Territory level
- For Cycling ACT, individual members vote
- For BMX Queensland, clubs vote at zone level and zones vote at State level
- For Road/Track and BMX, State/Territory entities vote
- For MTBA, individual members vote
A first draft of the AusCycling Constitution has been prepared by the Steering Committee to codify the governance arrangements of the proposed AusCycling entity.
The draft Constitution incorporates feedback provided by attendees at the AusCycling workshops that were conducted with State/Territory representatives, and key mountain bike stakeholders.
The draft Constitution, like the Constitutions of CA, BMXA and MTBA, has been developed based upon the template SportAUS NSO Constitution. As such, the draft AusCycling Constitution is substantially similar to the existing Constitutions of CA, BMXA and MTBA.
A high level comparison table has been prepared which highlights this similarity across the key areas of each Constitution.