Following a comprehensive review of Netball WA’s Governance and Membership model, conducted in 2015 McLaughlin Sports Consultancy, the governing body has commenced the delivery process of implementing a number of the 18 key recommendations handed down by the review. Having already adjusted the Suncorp NetSetGO renewal rate and removed the non-playing membership fee, Netball WA will continue to engage relevant stakeholders in the rollout of further recommendations across the next 12 months. Clear and transparent communication will be a central component of this process and, as a result, this dedicated portal has been established to ensure all stakeholders remain informed and up to date on all progress and developments related to the project. Below you will find relevant documentation, as well as a list of delivered, ongoing and upcoming communications and engagement opportunities in relation to the Governance and Membership Review.  

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate Netball WA Staff listed below.

Communications and Engagement
Liz Booth
General Manager – Community Netball
(08) 9380 3709 or [email protected]

All other enquiries
Liz Booth
General Manager – Community Netball
(08) 9380 3709 or [email protected]

Netball WA Governance and Membership Review Timeframe

Constitutional Reform

Draft Netball WA Constitution
Netball WA Constitutional Changes
Netball WA Membership Policy
Netball WA Membership Policy Schedule
Constitutional Reform Additional Information
Netball WA Life Membership Policy
Board Skills Matrix
Conflict of Interest Register Netball WA

Proposed Constitutional Reform

During the Netball WA Board and Executive meeting on 14-15 July, the model and timeframe for proposed reform to the Netball WA Constitution was an important topic of discussion. The Netball WA Constitution, as it stands, requires reform in order to comply with changes to the Incorporations Act however, with proposed governance reform also in the works, there is an opportunity to ensure that these two major projects complement each other in their implementation.

Below is some further information on the background of the Constitutional reform project, as well as an outline of the proposed option and timeline for implementation.

Netball WA is about to commence the process of reviewing its Constitution.  The review has two purposes:
1. to implement the outcomes of the Membership and Governance Review; and
2. to implement the necessary compliance requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA).

When considering how to implement Netball WA’s Constitutional reform, the Board had three options to consider:
1. amend the current constitution; or
2. repeal and replaces the current constitution – using the Department of Commerce model rules as the starting point; or
3. repeal and replaces the current constitution – using a bespoke template as the starting point and developing a specialised constitution to meet all of the above needs.

The Board agreed, following consultation with the Governance and Risk Committee, that the third option would best meet the needs of the membership, and the organisation, going forward:

Proposed Option – Replace current NWA Constitution with a new specialised Constitution
• The document will be completely fit for purpose.
• It will not have to include rules just because they form part of a model or template.
• It can ensure the drafting is as simple and direct as possible.
• It can choose the most intuitive structure and flow of the document.
• The whole document will reflect and align with our membership and board structures.
• Netball WA will engage the resources and knowledge of a legal firm in the development of the document to ensure it is both compliant, and aligned with best practice.

The new Netball WA Constitution will be developed with the aid of best practice governance guidelines and principles as outlined in the following two documents.

Sports Governance Principles – Australian Sports Commission
Mandatory Sports Governance Principles – Australian Sports Commission
Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not for Profit Organisation – Australian Institute of Company Directors

The timeframe outlining the engagement and consultation process and document review process can be found below. As we embark on this important process in conjunction with our membership and key stakeholders, we encourage everybody to take the opportunities available to provide their invaluable feedback, so that we may design a document that ensures the future strength of our game.


Proposed Governance Model

Netball WA Draft Governance Model – Member & Participant Categories, Netball WA Regional Offices and Associations
Proposed Netball WA Regional Map
Netball WA Draft Governance Model – Competition Definition & Types, Clubs and Associate Members
Netball WA Draft Governance Model – WANL

Membership and Governance Review Summary
The Recommendations Report published on the Governance and Membership Review portal was incorporated in the broader report tabled to the Netball WA Board for noting by McLaughlin Sports Consultancy. While they were not obligated to do so, the Board agreed to release the recommendations publicly. Given the sensitive nature of the information included in the Preliminary Findings and Opportunities and Focus Session Findings Summary papers, neither of these are available for public consumption. If you have further questions or queries related specifically to these two papers, these can be directed to Netball WA General Manager – Community Netball, Liz Booth, via the contact details below.

2016 Strategic Forum Presentation
2017 Strategic Forum Agenda
Netball WA Strategic Forum – Governance & Membership Review Presentation
2017 Strategic Forum Feedback – Workshop 1
2017 Strategic Forum Feedback – Workshop 2
2017 Strategic Forum Feedback – Workshop 3

Communications & Engagement Schedule

Online Content

CEO Insights Extracts

August 2017
Our Governance and Membership Review working group continues to meet across three key areas; namely financial modelling, competition framework and pathways and the Strategic Plan project. These key items are set to be presented to the Netball WA Board for discussion at the scheduled September 4 meeting, with potential amendments to be made pending any feedback from the Directors. Following the Board meeting, we will conduct an official debrief of the West Australian Netball League (WANL) season at the State Netball Centre on Sunday September 18. The debrief will incorporate a review of the 2017 season, insights into the 2018 campaign and, most importantly, an in-depth look at the proposed competition framework, inclusive of WANL, from 2019 onwards. Similarly, Regional representatives will again be engaged across these areas of focus, as well as any other updates to both the Constitutional reform project and Governance and Membership review, across the next two months. I would encourage everyone to continue to visit our Governance and Membership Review portal for the most up to date information on this project, and take the time to consider the documentation prior to your next engagement opportunity.

July 2017
While certainly not a new project, the ongoing rollout of our Governance and Membership review remained a key topic for consideration from our Board and Executive. Having disseminated our prosed governance model to all stakeholders, and conducted a series of Regional Roadshows to explain the model in greater detail, we are now in the process of developing detailed financial modelling, as well as specifically defining the structure and role of the Regional Offices. The robust feedback received from all 15 Regional Roadshows was discussed in depth during the meeting, especially your thoughts on how these Regional Offices should operate, given the unique geographical circumstances of each location. As a collective group, we are making excellent progress in this space, but will require further engagement with Regions and Associations in the coming months, particularly in relation to the financial modelling, Regional Offices operations and the timing of when these proposed changes will come into effect. By July 31 you will have all received the feedback from your specific Regional Roadshow session, with further information to follow about upcoming engagement opportunities. In the meantime, I would encourage you all to continue to visit our dedicated Governance and Membership Review portal, where a series of information and documentation can be accessed for review, including the proposed Governance Model, Constitutional Reform, and Competition Framework and Pathways.

June 2017
We have now reached a critical stage of the rollout of the recommendations from the Governance and Membership Review conducted by McLaughlin Sports Consultancy. It is important to first acknowledge the volume of work that has been already been completed this year, particularly in the past two months, during which time our General Manager of Community Netball, Liz Booth, has conducted 15 Regional Roadshow sessions, visiting all 11 of our Regions and reaching 57 of our affiliated Associations. This has been a most important and valuable phase of the process, allowing us to explain in further detail our proposed Governance model, all while continuing to receive your feedback from the coal face. During this time, we have also commenced work on the financial modelling that will ultimately sustain the Regional offices, while staff from both Netball WA and West Coast Fever have also held a series of initial meetings to begin drafting the relevant pathway and competition framework. This working group is set to engage with all current West Australian Netball League Clubs and identified community representatives in the near future to gain further insight from these relevant parties.

I am pleased to report that there has also been a significant body of work completed on the development of our next Strategic Plan, with input received during the aforementioned Regional roadshow sessions, the Netball WA workforce having conducted two strategic sessions with leading consultant Garie Dooley from STAND OUT ADVantage, and the Executive gathering for an extra four sessions to further refine the direction of these discussions.

Information from these two key projects will now be presented at the forthcoming Board and Executive meeting, to be held in mid-July, with that group to finalise a proposed model for both. Following the Board and Executive gathering, a draft implementation schedule will be made available, outlining in detail the proposed rollout and next steps associated with the new Governance model. I would like to remind each of you of the extensive list of resources, documentation and information already available on our dedicated Governance and Membership Review portal, and also bring to your attention that we have extended the deadline for feedback through until Friday July 7th. I would ask that you take the necessary time to review this information and submit your comments, so that we may include these in our considerations before settling on a finalised proposed model.

May 2017
Having consolidated the invaluable feedback from last month’s Strategic Forum, as well as the input from our initial Regional Roadshows delivered in recent weeks, we are now in a position to put forward the proposed governance model for netball in Western Australia. Built with the primary purpose of shaping the future structure of our game and ensuring its sustainability for the next 10-15 years, the proposed model was presented to the Netball WA Board earlier this month and subsequently received in principle support. I must stress that this proposed model is just that, and one that has been formed following a volume of rigorous research, incorporating the ongoing assessment from each of our Regions with their unique perspectives. There is still a body of work to be done, particularly relating to financial modelling and staff and resources structuring, but it is important that you now take the time to consider this proposed model and how it seeks to empower us all to continue to drive the growth and development of our game across the next decade.  Shaping of the governance model will be an ongoing process, ahead of finalising it towards the end of this year.

There are a series of engagement opportunities in the near future, including the upcoming Smarter than Smoking Association Championships; further Regional Roadshows and Metro Association Presidents meeting, and I would certainly appreciate you all taking the time to look through the documentation so that you are in a position to again provide valuable feedback when these opportunities arise. All of the relevant documents pertaining to the proposed governance model are now available via our dedicated Governance and Membership Review web portal.

April 2017
Preceding the AGM, we gathered as a group of Regional Presidents and Delegates, Association Representatives, Netball WA Board Members and Executive staff for our second Strategic Forum. The Governance and Membership Review working group began the day with a presentation to update those assembled on the project’s progress to date, as well as the key milestones ahead of us. The room was then divided into four separate workshop groups, mixing our Country and Metro Regions and Associations, to discuss and provide invaluable feedback on three main topics; namely defining the criteria for an Association and a Club, defining the composition and the role of a Regional Advisory Committee and an open discussion on the future of the West Australian Netball League. It was certainly encouraging to witness the robust discussion across each topic, as well as the willingness to elaborate on the similarities and differences, challenges and advantages from each respective Region, particularly the unique insight from both Country and Metro representatives. Given the ongoing nature of this project, and the fact that nothing is set in stone, I can assure you all that the feedback provided will be invaluable as we continue to shape the future structure of our game here in WA for the next 10-15 years. In the coming weeks we will commence our Regional Roadshows, providing further opportunity to both present current thinking and receive input that will enable us to begin to lay the foundations of a governance model that bests suits the entire sport. I would urge you all to approach each of these sessions with the same level of enthusiasm and engagement you brought to the Strategic Forum, but also keep an eye on what will be best for the future, not just the here and now. For those interested in refreshing ahead of the roadshows and those that were unable to attend the Strategic Forum, the full presentation can be viewed on our dedicated Governance and Membership Review web portal.

March 2017
Work continues in earnest as we prepare to deliver upon further recommendations from the Governance and Membership review conducted by McLaughlin Sports Consultancy in 2015. After presenting updates of the project plan and engagement strategy to the Netball WA Board at the beginning of the month, the working group have been steadfast in finalising their preparations ahead of the upcoming Strategic Forum, where a series of detailed ‘next steps’ will be outlined and opened for discussion and feedback from our assembled group of Regional and Association Presidents and Delegates. In addition, a new online portal, dedicated solely to providing a platform for relevant updates and information on this project, has been created on the Netball WA website and currently houses a series of important documents including the McLaughlin Sports Consultancy report, a copy of last year’s presentation on the 18 key recommendations and the agenda for this year’s meeting.

February 2017
No matter the entity, Governance and the pursuit of best practice is an ongoing focus and priority of our Board, as we continue to rollout the recommendations of the Governance and Membership Review conducted by McLaughlin Sports Consultancy in 2015. Last year we addressed the significant and constructive feedback received regarding fee structure, by adjusting the NetSetGO renewal rate and removing the non-playing membership fee, and our work to sustain the model of our grassroots continues in earnest in 2017, with 18 recommendations to be addressed. The Governance and Membership Review working committee has met recently to discuss a series of important issues, including a review of the recommendations, confirmation of key milestones and timeframes and ongoing opportunities for engagement in this process across all levels of our game. Updates to the project plan and engagement strategy will be presented to the Netball WA Board early next week, with the working committee continuing to progress the project plan through this initial phase, before a detailed presentation is delivered on the first weekend of April to Region and Association delegates as part of the AGM and Strategic Forum.

In the near future we will also establish a dedicated portal on the Netball WA website to house all the relevant documents and information pertaining to the Governance and Membership Review. Clear and transparent communication is a central component of this process and this portal will be the best way for you all to remain informed of the ongoing developments and project work. I will be sure to update you when this page is live and will circulate a link to ensure you all have access to this important platform. 

December 2016
Following an unprecedented review of our Governance and Membership structure conducted by McLaughlin Consultancy across the course of late 2015 and early 2016, this year our energy switched to implementing the first of its 18 key recommendations grouped into four categories; namely Role Identification, Governance and Planning, One Netball Community Model and Additional Activities. The initial phase of the process involved a full scale, detailed presentation of each recommendation at our AGM Strategic Forum in April, providing an excellent platform through which to apply further rigour and constructive feedback to the review, in turn revealing a need for further clarification of roles and responsibilities across each level of our sport. Consistent and transparent communication has formed a key component of this Review from the outset and we welcomed this assessment from our Members as it enabled both our Board and Executive to focus on a solution, establishing a formal feedback process for our member Associations and Regions on this important issue. We were overwhelmed by both the level of engagement, as well as the endorsement of our proposed model and certainly appreciated the willingness of our Members to continue to participate in this ongoing discussion.

Another key piece of feedback from the Review focused on our current fee structure and in recent months we have undertaken work to administer change that reflected the responses, including the removal of the Non-Playing Membership Fee and the reduction of the NetSetGO repeat by $15, marking a positive outcome for our sport that encourages greater participation, and no doubt will contribute to a long term growth in membership at our Clubs and Associations. I am proud of the work completed to date and, with my team continuing to develop feasibility cases across each of the key recommendations, the actioning of these significant changes will roll into next year as we strive to reshape and improve the delivery of the sport at all levels. Our Board and Executive are committed to continual improvement and growth, and these changes will help lay the foundations for the path ahead as we embark on the development of our next five-year strategic plan. Significantly, this plan will guide not only Netball WA but also our new charitable foundation Glass Jar Australia, as well as the new entity of West Coast Fever from 2017.

October 2016
At a grassroots level, I’m pleased to inform you that one of the key outcomes from our recent Governance and Membership Review was officially rolled out last week. The proposed 2017 Affiliation and Membership Fee structure was distributed to our Regions, Associations and Clubs last Friday, detailing a significant change for the year ahead with regards to the Non-Playing Membership Fee. To provide some context, Netball WA has, for a number of years, charged an Officials or Non-Playing Membership Fee. During the Review, we received significant feedback from a broad cross section of the netball community calling for changes to the Fee structure, namely the removal of the Non-Playing Fee. Having recently been signed off by our Netball WA Board, this change will come into effect in 2017, paving the way for even greater engagement in our game across the State, as well as streamlining our Fee structure. The Governance and Membership Review was a significant project for our Organisation and we are both proud to have delivered one of its key outcomes, and committed to working with our community to implement ongoing change for the betterment of our game.  

August 2016
Following a call for feedback from our membership base regarding proposed roles and responsibilities across each layer of our sport, it was encouraging to receive what was overwhelmingly positive feedback from representatives at Region, Association and Club level. The feedback also provided a number of constructive suggestions which will help clarify these roles, particularly those of the Associations and Netball WA. Almost all of the respondents offered to remain engaged in further consultation throughout the rollout of next steps, and will form the core of a referral group to pilot the new models across each level. As part of those next steps, a proposed 2017 fee structure will be presented to the Board for their endorsement at the September Board meeting. This new fee structure will be in line with the recommendations of the review and give consideration to areas including proposed changes to the non-member playing fee.

July 2016
Running alongside the development of our sport at the elite end, is the progression of our Membership and Governance Review which is now moving into its next phase. After seeking confirmation (as well as constructive feedback) from our membership across the proposed roles and responsibilities model of each level of our sport’s governance, we are now exploring the implementation of both this model and other recommendations from the review. Over the coming weeks, our team will be developing feasibility cases across each recommendation that will see us ultimately make significant changes to our sport at every level.

June 2016
Finally, I wanted to remind our member Regions, Associations and Clubs that, as part of the ongoing rollout of the recommendations from the Membership and Governance Review, we are currently seeking feedback on the proposed structure around roles and responsibilities across the sport. The original memo calling for feedback, as well as the feedback form, can be found online here. Please note that all feedback is due by Wednesday 15th June.

May 2016
The changes to ANZ NetSetGO were just one of a number of areas identified and supported by the findings of our recent Membership and Governance Review, which will be a key focus for the organisation in the coming months. This will be led by the outcomes of the Strategic Forum held at our AGM in April, which provided a clear direction for progressing the Review’s recommendations. Central to the presentation of these recommendations was a proposed structure to the roles and responsibilities that lie across Club, Association, Region and State levels. Following strong support of the proposed structure during the forum, we have developed a formal feedback process that will engage our member Associations and Regions over the coming weeks to solidify these role definitions, ultimately shaping the direction and rollout of further recommendations moving forward. I would like to acknowledge the support and input from everyone involved in the process to date, and look forward to your continued support as we further progress these exciting changes to our sport. 

April 2016
Prior to the AGM, I presented to our Regional Presidents the 18 recommendations presented to us by McLaughlin Consultancy following the Membership and Governance Review conducted in the back half of 2015. The presentation provided a great opportunity to talk through, in detail, each of the recommendations in the areas of Role Identification, Governance and Planning, One Netball Community Model and Additional Activities. Through some robust discussion and feedback, it was clear that the clarification of roles and responsibilities across each level of our sport will be critical before progressing a number of the other recommendations. Over the coming months, this will be an area of focus for our Board and Executive as we look to test the proposed model presented in the report, through engagement with the many stakeholders in our sport. You can view the full presentation from the Strategic Forum via the Governance page on our website here. Amongst a number of exciting outcomes from both the forum and the review as a whole, was the emergence of a need for a “Netball in WA Strategic Plan”, reflecting the significant growth and diversity of our business, particularly over the last 4-5 years. With the addition of new areas of responsibility including the State Netball Centre, Glass Jar and Shooting Stars, along with our continued development of community engagement initiatives the delivery of West Coast Fever, it is clear that the future of our organisation will require a significantly more comprehensive strategic vision, and I look forward to engaging with all of you as we look to begin this process in the back half of 2016.

February 2016
Following the completion of the Governance and Membership Review consultation across the second half of 2015, sports consultant Mike McLaughlin presented 18 recommendations that address a range of challenges and opportunities across the sport. The 18 key recommendations have been grouped into four key areas:

  • Role Identification
  • Governance and Planning
  • One Netball Community Model
  • Additional Activities

Having been presented to Netball WA’s Board in January this year and noted, these recommendations will be presented in full at this year’s AGM Strategic Forum on the 2nd April, where Netball WA will also present the organisation’s proposed implementation strategy across each recommendation. Each recommendation will require further consideration including, in some instances, the development of a feasibility study and full business case to determine their viability, and the resources required for further actions. I would like to thank all those involved to date for your commitment and contribution throughout the review process. Your input has provided a clear understanding of the direction we need to take as an organisation, and has given us confidence in the strength of the recommendations as we continue forward.

December 2015
Following the recent completion of the Governance and Membership Review, Netball WA has been presented with 18 recommendations by sports consultant Mike McLaughlin. The recommendations will be presented at the January Board meeting before being outlined to Netball WA’s Members at the AGM Conference on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April next year.

November 2015
Following strong input from representatives across our Clubs, Regions and Associations, the final recommendations of the Governance and Membership Review have been presented by Mike McLaughlin. The working group has considered the 18 key recommendations, with the final report being presented to the Board by the end of November, ahead of their next meeting in January. Following this process, results of the report, including clear next steps, will be circulated in the New Year.