FAQ

  • What is Skateboarding Australia?

    Skateboarding Australia (SbA) promotes the growth and development of skateboarding in Australia. Our role is to develop skateboarding at all levels and to increase opportunities for skateboarders.

    SbA is the fundamental platform and linkage between the Federal Government and the Australian skateboarding community.

    SbA, along with valued support from the Australian skateboard industry, is increasing overall awareness and participation opportunities for skateboarders in Australia through the delivery of regular, high quality and professionally managed events.

    Unfortunately there are no volunteer coordinators within SbA. SbA does not generate revenue and relies entirely on ASC funding to operate as all staff, coaches and operations are fully paid by ASC funding and from Skate Australia funds. Subsequently, in June 2015, when ASC withdrew its funding all SbA activities had to be put on hold until further notice.

    There are several alternative skateboarding organisations in Australia – Skateboarding Australia is the only skateboarding organisation in Australia recognised by the Australian Government.

    SbA offers ASC-reconised coaching accreditation which ensures its coaches are covered for professional indemnity. ((Important note. Professional indemnity clauses in insurance only covers coaches and officials who are qualified by Govt accredited programs)

  • What is SbA’s vision?

    Skateboarding Australia seeks to be the agent of change, the vehicle, which assists to propel and promote skateboarding’s positive, creative and unique lifestyle.

  • How does Skateboarding Australia receive its funding?

    In 2005 the nonprofit National Sporting Organisation, Skate Australia (SA), established Skateboarding Australia to ensure the recognition of the unique skateboarding culture was nurtured with distinct branding and management that reflects the needs of Australia’s skateboarding community.

    The Federal Government via the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) currently funds skate activities through Skate Australia, as well from membership fees.

    Skateboarding Australia has received over two-thirds of all ASC funding. Since June 2015, ASC stopped its funding.

  • Skate Australia is?

    Skate Australia is the governing body for all skating-based sports disciplines within Australia, working in partnership with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and State Skating Associations.

    Skate Australia is recognised as a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) which brings together the diverse and active skating disciplines of Inline Hockey, Artistic Skating, Speed Skating, Roller Hockey, Roller Derby and Skateboarding and Rolling (Aggressive Inline).

    ASC only provides funding to Nationally recorgnised Sporting Organisations

  • What is the ASC?

    The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is a statutory authority of the Australian Government.

    The ASC Mission is to – ‘To enrich the lives of all Australians through sport’

    ASC only provides funding to Nationally recorgnised Sporting Organisations

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  • What is the composition of the Skate Australia board?

    The Skate Australia Board is an independent board of volunteer directors who ensure that the organisation operates responsibly to promote all skate-based sports for the benefit of its members.

    The Board has the responsibility of ensuring that all policies and governance principles are applied, as part of being a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised by the Australian Sports Commission

  • Can skateboarders nominate to become a member of the Skate Australia board?

    Yes.

  • Have skateboarders nominated to become a member of the Skate Australia board?

    Yes (Simon Oxenham – 2012).

  • How is funding allocated within Skate Australia?

    The allocation for funding between the skate sports of Skate Australia is determined by Australian Sports Commission (ASC) funding agreement. Until June 2015, skateboarding has received over two-thirds of ASC annual funding to operate skateboarding activities. 

  • Is SbA a non-profit organization?

    The development branch of Skateboarding Australia is non-profit. SbA Pty Ltd. is a private company limited by a guarantee.

  • How much funding will Skate Australia receive from the ASC for this financial year?

    2014/15: $686,000, of which over $425,000 was allocated to SbA

    2015/16: $0

     

  • How much of this ASC funding will be allocated to SbA for this financial year?

    2014/15: $425,000

    2015/16: $0

  • Does Skate Australia receive Winning Edge (High Performance Funding) from the ASC?

    No. Currently Skate Australia only receives participation funding.

  • What factors have given skateboarding this level of recognition and support from the ASC?

    The capacity and history of working results from Skateboarding Australia and the significant impact that the organization’s can have in assisting the ASC in achieving its goals.

    No other government in the world has recognised the cultural significance of skateboarding as much as in Australia.

  • Is SbA a part of the current push to get skateboarding at the Olympics?

    No.

  • What initiatives and programs do SbA deliver?

    Skateboard Hubs
    Am Titles
    sba.org.au
    Stand-alone Pro/Am Events
    Youth Week

  • What is the criteria for judging SbA competitions?

    All SbA competitions are judged first and foremost on the degree of difficulty of tricks, and the quantity of difficult tricks landed. Difficulty is determined at the individual discretion of our selected expert judges.
Other factors such as style, diversity, originality and speed are also contributing factors to a judge’s final score.

  • What is StreetWise?

    ‘Streetwise’ is a targeted national grassroots development program designed to offer youth from all walks of life the opportunity to become actively involved in skateboarding in Australia.

    StreetWise provides youth in all areas with the opportunity to be involved in skateboarding clinics conducted by some of Australia’s best skaters who have completed the Australian Sports Commissions (ASC) National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) skateboarding course. This ensures Professional indemnity coverage insurance which only covers coaches and officials who are qualified by Govt accredited programs.

    Streetwise is implemented via SbA Hubs.

  • How do you become an SbA coach?

    All interested parties can contact Skateboarding Australia to register their interest skateboardingaus@gmail.com

    Courses run by SbA are accredited by the Australian Sports Commission. (Important note. Professional indemnity clauses in insurance only covers coaches and officials who are qualified by Govt accredited programs)

  • How do I get StreetWise or Hub in my local area?

    Contact Skateboarding Australia at skateboardingaus@gmail.com and let us know where you are from.

  • Does SbA support female skateboarding?

    Yes. Through our open gender and female specific events and clinics (The SbA Am Titles is open gender). Paid employment as coaches or event staff within our Hub network. Media coverage via sba.org.au.

  • How does SbA help the wider skateboarding community?

    By encouraging participation opportunities and promoting up and coming talent with the SbA Am Titles and SbA Hub Events.

    We are also showcasing and offering significant prize money to the current top talent SbA Pro/Am Events.

    Skate photographers, writers and videographers can also earn money by contributing to our website sba.org.au.

    Click here to download a pdf outlining the code of practice for sba.org.au

    Employment opportunities also exist to skateboarders as coaches, judges & emcee’s.

    Plus the provision of insurance and event sanctions to enable skateboarding events to happen. (Important note. Professional indemnity clauses in insurance only covers coaches and officials who are qualified by Govt accredited programs)

    Letters of support for skateparks and park upgrades.