BUSINESS PRINCIPLES ON THE AGENDA
Mid way through last year the ATA went through a Management Audit of it’s structure and Touch around Australia. The Shilbury Report was the outcome of this audit and has lead to some major changes taking place in the coming months. THE SHILBURY REPORT As part of the Management Audit and Restructure several committees have been formed to help all areas of the Touch organisations come together smoothly. One group, the Business Principles Group, has been in Canberra with representatives from all around Australia, including speakers from outside organisations such as Michael McLaughlin from McLaughlin Sports Consultancy, have been meeting together at the ATA office. The meeting has encompassed a wide variety of topics and issues, with ATA CEO Kevin Thompson kicking off the four-day meeting with discussion on where the ATA is heading. Day two saw the introduction of a Human Resources consultant to help implement the Unitary Model of Management and to asses the needs of the organisation. Another crucial part of day two was the presentations given by each member of the group analysing areas of other organisations, how they operate and cope with various management issues. Examples of the organizations the group members looked at include the Sydney Swans, Tennis Australia and Surf Life Saving WA amongst others. Day three saw Michael McLaughlin fly into Canberra to facilitate the Internal Analysis sessions. He encouraged discussion on the various organisations regarding several aspects of each including: * Communication * IT Infrastructure, Management and Policy * Operating Rules and Procedures * Customer Service Principles The goal of examining the organisations and their structures is to establish a framework or current practice that can easily be adopted by the ATA. The final day (tomorrow) will enable the Chair and key stakeholders in each of the Management Audit Committees to look at the impact of one committee on another. All delegates have commented that the discussion has not only raised issues that the ATA are facing with the management restructure but also how there have been many positive discussions on solutions and ideas to help deal with the issues that the ATA may face over the coming months.