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Minimum Standards & High Performance Expectations

Last updated on 19 Jun 2024

Australian Performance Support Practitioner Minimum Standards

Background

The Australian Performance Support Practitioner Minimum Standards represent the mandatory minimum standards for Performance Support staff and contractors engaged to deliver services in these disciplines of practice by National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) that are subject to the AIS Sport Science Sport Medicine Best Practice Principles via the National Integrity Framework. These standards will also guide the minimum Performance Support personnel requirements of the National Institute Network (NIN).

Purpose

The Australian Performance Support Practitioner Minimum Standards;

  • Have been developed in line with Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Strategy.
  • Provide a foundation for NSOs and the NIN to ensure the highest quality Performance Support delivery for the High Performance (HP) sport system. These were originally developed in response to the Australian Government’s Senate Inquiry into “The Practice of Sports Science in Australia” and the subsequent adoption of national accreditation schemes for sport scientists and strength and conditioning coaches (announced in December 2017 and required by 1 January 2019), though continue to be reflective of the Australian HP sport system’s collective drive to optimise Performance Support and Performance Teams.
  • Represent the minimum standards for Performance Support practitioner qualifications and accreditations. NSOs and the NIN are encouraged to establish personnel standards over and above these (guidance can be found in the Australian Performance Support Practitioner High Performance Expectations). Additional personnel considerations such as Performance Support practitioner experience and professional development are not within the current scope of the standards.
  • Form part of the AIS SSSM Best Practice Principles, which are part of ASC Sports Governance Principles. Further principles and requirements relating to staff integrity and capability are outlined in the AIS SSSM Best Practice Principles which should be read with the Australian Performance Support Practitioner Minimum Standards for full context. The AIS SSSM Best Practice Principles are available on the Australian Sport Commission website.

Please note, NSOs should ensure due process is followed when engaging international Performance Support practitioners to provide services outside of Australia, to ensure Performance Support practitioners of an equivalent standard are engaged.

Minimum Standards

Biomechanics

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science, Movement Science or Sports Science, Sports Engineering or a related field

Professional accreditations:

  • ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist (ASpS) Level 1

Massage Therapy

Professional qualifications:

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage

Professional accreditations:

Practitioner-level membership of:

  • Massage & Myotherapy Australia (MMA); or
  • Association of Massage Therapists (AMT); or
  • Myotherapy Association of Australia (MA); or
  • Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA); or
  • Massage Association of Australia (MAA); or
  • Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS)

Medicine

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent

Professional accreditations:

  • AHPRA Registration as a Medical Practitioner

Performance Analysis

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science, Movement Science or Sports Science, Data Science/Analytics or a related field

Professional accreditations:

  • ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist (ASpS) Level 1

Performance Nutrition

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from a Dietitians Australia (DA) accredited course; or
  • Bachelor degree of Science or a related field, followed by a postgraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from a DA accredited course; or
  • Dietetic Skill Recognition (DSR) examination for overseas trained Dietitians, administered by DA

Professional accreditations:

  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with DA
  • Accredited Sports Dietitian (ASD) with SDA

Physiology

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science, Movement Science or Sports Science

Professional accreditations:

  • ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist (ASpS) Level 1
  • Current ISAK accreditation if conducting skinfold testing

Physiotherapy

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy or equivalent

Professional accreditations:

  • AHPRA Registration as a Physiotherapist

Psychology

Professional qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualifications and supervised training as specified by the Psychology Board of Australia to meet their General Registration Standard

Professional accreditations:

  • AHPRA Registration as a Psychologist

Note:

  • This is the minimum standard for a Psychologist working in any role in the HP system

Strength & Conditioning

Professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science, Movement Science or Sports Science or a related field

Professional accreditations:

  • ASCA Professional Coach Level 2
  • Current ISAK accreditation if conducting skinfold testing

In addition to the role specific minimum standards, all Performance Support staff and contractors must meet the following requirements before practicing:

First Aid/CPR Current First Aid and CPR accreditation from a recognised Australian authority (with the exemption of Psychology and Nutrition practitioners that do not travel with athletes). 
Note: First Aid/CPR are a requirement for professional accreditation in certain disciplines.

Sport Integrity Australia (SIA)

Complete Sport Integrity Australia’s Level 1 and Level 2 Anti-Doping courses.
Note: Level 2 course to be completed annually. 

Complete Sport Integrity Australia’s Introduction to Match Fixing course Catalogue Entries (sportintegrity.gov.au).

Working with Children and Vulnerable People

Check Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check – is required, consistent with the state and territory jurisdiction and organisation’s policies.

Criminal History Check Criminal history record checks — as required, consistent with the state and territory jurisdiction and organisation’s policies.
Insurance Covered by an appropriate level of current Public & Products Liability Insurance as well as Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Reference check Qualifications and experience validated. Previous and/or current employer contacted about the suitability of contractor of working with young and vulnerable athletes and any integrity issues that would impact the organisation.
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