Inquiry into Country Football

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

REFERAL OF INQUIRY TO THE RURAL AND REGIONAL SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF PARLIAMENT

INQUIRY INTO COUNTRY FOOTBALL


Received from the Legislative Assembly
3 June 2003

That pursuant to the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, the Rural and Regional Services and Development Committee is required to inquire into, consider and report on the following:

The impact on life in rural and regional Victoria of Australian Rules Football and, in conducting the Inquiry, the Committee is to:

(a) assess the current strength and long-term viability of Australian Football competitions and clubs in regional and rural Victoria;

(b) assess the role Australian Football plays in building community identity, social interaction and pride in rural towns. (This should be considered in conjunction with complementary long-term existing relationships with netball and cricket competitions.);

(c) investigate how demographic shifts, changes in sport and entertainment preferences and other social changes are impacting on participation in country based football;

(d) identify the effects that the decline in the number of rural Australian Football clubs is having on country towns including whether other sport and recreation clubs/activities are meeting community social needs in towns where the Australian Football clubs have ceased to function;

(e) identify the impact that specific costs are having on rural Australian Football associations and clubs. The costs to be investigated (but not necessarily restricted to) include insurance, local government charges and pricing policies, player payments and water availability and cost;

(f) recommend actions that peak football organisations (administrators, leagues and clubs) might consider undertaking to support the future success of country football and participation in sport in regional and rural Victoria

The Committee is required to report to Parliament by 31 September 2004.