The ASCTA team have been working diligently behind the scenes to formulate and implement our advocacy plan on behalf of members.

The following is a list of activity so far and some future actions for your information.

We have/are:

  • Engaged with a range of members to seek clarity on what we should be advocating for;
  • Developed an advocacy matrix consisting of the issues/problems, solutions, outcomes and assistance/support required from Government;
  • Sent a letter to NSW Premier and Health Minister outlining the key issues and requesting action in 3 areas
  • Written a sample letter to be customised for each State and Territory Premiers and Ministers advocating for pools and swim schools to re-open (a copy of the sample letter can be accessed here for your information);
  • Developing a template letter for members to send to government representatives who may be influential or provide assistance;
  • Meeting with Mr Andrew Wallace, Federal Member for Fisher;
  • ASCTA Board member, Joanne Love, has written to the Victoria State Premier regarding LTS and requesting action. Joanne is meeting with the State Premier this week. Joanne and ASCTA CEO Brendon Ward have been interviewed by ABC on this and we have referred ABC onto other Swim School owners;
  • ASCTA Board member, Bill Kirby, has written to the WA Sport and Recreation Minister regarding competitive swimming being re-opened in WA with a positive response;
  • Discussions with Swimming Australia, State Swimming Associations and other industry bodies (i.e. ARV, Royal Life Saving Society, AUSTSWIM and ASSA) to ensure we have consistent messaging and requests from Government;
  • Continuing to keep members and the wider industry engaged through information, resources and a range of free and discounted professional development opportunities (webinars, courses etc.)

We will keep you informed of progress and welcome any input or suggestions you have.