Queensland Parachute Association Strategic plan 2017-2019
Safe skydiving for all
Sustainable and Safe Skydiving Community
including sport, recreation, competition & adventure tourism
Safety | Fun | Service | Professionalism | Sportsmanship / Integrity
To enable and facilitate
Skydiving within Queensland
To represent and serve
QLD Clubs and Members
To grow and sustain the
sport of Skydiving
|Strategic Priorities 2017-2019|
|Membership Growth and Retention||Safety & Risk Management
|Participation Incentives||Membership Growth & Retention|
|Competition Growth and Success||Sound Administration and Financial Management||Organisation & Governance|
QPA Strategic Plan 2017-2019
The State body for sport parachuting in Queensland, which administers and represents the interests of sport parachuting and
it’s members at state level.
It is committed to providing the highest standard of Safety, Instruction, Coaching, Officiating and Efficient administration;
Encouraging fairness and Excellence in competition; encouraging equality and sustained growth in Participation
The Strategic business plan has been developed, agreed to and signed off by the following stakeholders of Queensland Parachute Association
1.0 Organisation history 5
2.0 Major Goals, Objectives and Strategies 9
2.1 Corporate Governance 11
2.2 Grass Roots Support and member services 12
2.3 Competition and talent recognition 13
2.4 Safety and Training Risk Management 14
3.3 Implementation plan 15
4.0 Management structure 17
5.0 Organisational flowchart 18
6.0 Environmental and marketing analysis 19
7.0 Financial assessment 20
1.0 Organisation history
1.2 _ Background
The Sport of Skydiving and Parachuting was introduced to Australia in the late 1950s. From basic, somewhat experimental and hazardous beginnings, the sport has developed over the past 50 years into a most highly developed and structured, stringently regulated, modern age sport. Because of the massive technical developments in the equipment, high requirement levels of accreditation in coaching, instructional and safety standards, all men and women from the age of 12 can participate in recreational skydive with ages 16 and above being able to enter competition skydiving.
Queensland Parachuting Association (QPA)
Was formed in 1994 and is recognised by the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) as being the body which administers sport/funding at state level, with South Queensland Parachute Council and North Queensland Parachute Council (defined by the Tropic of Capricorn) being the official Regional Council organisations. The APF is the internationally recognised national body, which administers the sport in Australia through the State Area Councils. Queensland is unique in that there are two area councils due to the size and area of the State.
QPA Management Committee
Is comprised of up to 6 persons, (2-3 elected members from both NQPC and SQPC), to ensure equity in representation by the two council areas. This Management Committee provides a satisfactory and equitable way of conducting of QPA activities.
QPA currently employs
1 part time Administrator, a part time Development Officer. Area Safety officers roles have now been taken over by a 3 Full time National Safety and Training managers employed by the Australian parachute Federation.
Men and women of all ages participate. 12 years (recently reduced from 14 years) is the minimum age limit to make a tandem jump and 16 years minimum to make a solo jump. There is no maximum age limit. Health requirements apply. Juniors (under 24), Open and senior (40 plus) are catered for.
Queensland has the largest membership per State in Australia with a current membership of 41948 (APF figures June 2016) and 27 clubs.
Membership Licences are issued from the first jump. The APF licensing system is very effective and ensures quality learning and safety..
The popularity of the sport has continued to escalate with the introduction of Tandem and Accelerated Freefall (AFF) for novice members. These courses enable participation in the sport at a more relaxed, safe and attainable level, resulting in much higher skill levels and achievements. With the increased memberships, it is expected that the competitive areas should be accordingly enhanced.
QPA is actively involved in promoting safety and excellence in sport.
Safety and Technical Development:
Safety is the major concern within this sport, and stringent APF Operational Regulations are maintained. Clubs’ chief instructors, coaches, instructors, riggers, examiners and safety officers constantly monitor operations and guidelines. Since Jan 2010 CASA has had a large influence in Safety management and all organisations and in 2016, Safety Management systems were introduced for all organisations.
Rigging, Packing, Judging Ratings and Courses
Conducted or packers, riggers, judges, and freefall camerapersons ensure that Technical Development is provided to upgrade knowledge of every type of equipment and techniques used for these areas.
Advanced APF Instructional and ACC National Coaching Accreditation structures (Level 1 and 2) have been in place since the early 70’s and are constantly monitored and upgraded to encompass the newest methods and development within this ever advancing sport, and maintain a high standard. The National Body in 2012 integrated our Senior Instructor training program into the VET system. Which encourages our senior Instructors into to obtain a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and will have National recognition.
National Technical Conference
QPA councils provide assistance for all coach’s instructors, technical and official personnel to attend the APF National Coaching and Technical Conference, which are held annually at venues around Australia. These conferences ensure that regulations, sporting codes, knowledge, techniques and additional skills are regularly updated to ensure development and safety. Queensland continues to be a very popular venue for National Conferences – Mt Isa (1988), 1990 (Maroochydore), 1992 (Magnetic Island), 1994 (Kooralbyn), Cairns (1996), Coolum Beach (1997), Coolangatta (1999), Port Douglas (2000), Coolangatta (2004), Cairns (2005), Brisbane (2008), Sydney (2009), Cairns (2011), Gold Coast (2012,13), Sydney 2014 and 15. Twin Cities NSW 2016.
Competition and Athlete Development:
Seminars for Competition
Seminars to facilitate improvement and development are carried out Statewide at various Drop Zones to enable full participation by all members in improving their knowledge and competitive skills.
State Championships and National League
Are conducted annually to provide and promote higher levels of competition. APF accredited judges; technical equipment and personnel provide competitors with the opportunity to test their performance skills against very high judging standards. The State Championships location is moved each year to ensure both regional areas North and South have the opportunity to host the event. Both Regional councils fund this event and fund their members to attend the event. The national office is setting up a National league which will allow teams to compete Nationally via video judging and QPA are committed to assist this program to give members competition experience.
State and Regional Coaches conduct training camps for athletes selected from the Qld State and regional championships in preparation for the State Team to the Nationals. Camps for 2014 will be organized in conjunction with an anticipated national league planned for the later months in the year.
Queensland State/National Team
Athletes are selected each year from individual and team performances in the State championships to compete at the National Championships. Australian National Teams are selected from the National Championships to represent at the World Championships.
National / International Championships
Queensland hosted World Freefall Formation Skydiving Championships at Gatton in 1977; World Canopy Formation Championships at Kooralbyn in 1994; and National Freefall Formation Skydiving, Canopy Formations, Freestyle/Skysurf and Freefly Championships at Toogoolawah in 1985, 1986, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005; National Accuracy and Style Championships at Caloundra 2001 and the Gold Coast from 2003 to 2016. Planning to host World Cup in Parachuting in SE Queensland in 2018 if Bid is accepted.
1982 World Championships in Style and Accuracy Queenslanders representing Australia placed third.
1991 World Championships in Canopy Formations Queenslanders representing Australia won gold.
1993 World Championships in Canopy Formations Queenslanders representing Australia won Bronze
1995 World Championships in Formation Skydiving Queenslanders representing Australia placed fourth.
1996 World Championships in Canopy Formations Queenslanders representing Australia placed 4th
1998 World Air Games Formation Skydiving. 4 Queensland representatives.
1998 World Skydiving Championships in Turkey. 4 Queensland representatives.
1998 World Championships of Style and accuracy at Slovakia. 4 Queensland Representatives.
1999 World Championships Corowa, Australia. 10 Queensland representatives.
2000 25th World Championships in Style and Accuracy in Japan. 7 Queensland Representatives.
2000 Asiania Championships conducted in Australia. 10 Queensland Representatives with 1st placings in all events.
2001 World Cup USA, 16 way first place. 5 Queensland members
2001 World Air Games Spain. 2 Queensland representatives.
2001 Asiania Parachuting Championships China. 2 Queensland Officials represented.
2002 Asiania Parachuting Championships Korea. 2 Queensland Officials represented.
2002 26th World Championships of Style and Accuracy. 5 Queenslanders represented.
2002 Woman’s World record attempt USA. 1 Queensland represented.
2002 World Cup Portugal’s. 2 Queensland representatives. Gold Medal
2006 Large Formation Successful World Record 400 skydivers, Thailand. 1 Queensland representative.
2005 World Cup, 5 representatives.
2006 World Parachuting Championships Russia and Germany, 5 representatives from Queensland.
2007 World Parachuting Canopy Piloting Championships First place individual
2008 World Parachuting Championships Czhec Repl. Placing in the top 15 individual men’s event.
2009 Women’s World Record 181 Skydivers Largest Formation: Jump for the Cause 1 Queensland representative
2009 World Parachuting Championships, Canopy Piloting, Sydney, 3 members placing in the top 10.
2009 World Parachuting Championships, Style and Accuracy, 1 members placing in the top 15.
2010 Precision Accuracy World Meet Monte Negro. 3 QLD representatives.
2010 Canopy Piloting Championships, Location: Russia. 3 Participants. Andy Woolf from NQ obtaining 10th Place.
2010 World Championships Freestyle. 2 Competitors
2010 Australian Record Participant, California USA. 18 QLD participants.
2011 Pops World Record attempt. 1 Participant
2011 World Cup Canopy Piloting Representative Czech. 2 Representatives’
2011 Women’s World Freefly Record. One representative.
2012 Asiana Games Indonesia Accuracy
2012 World Air Games Aust Columbia Canopy Piloting. 2 representative’s.
2013 Australian Team Representative World Meet Dubai. 10 representatives with one NQ representative,
Andy Woolf placing 5th overall and forming New Australian Record.
2015 26 Qld Skydivers participate in Australian Big formation record completed in California USA May 2015.
2015 6 Qld Skydivers complete in New Australian CRW record.
2016 3 Qld Skydivers complete in New VSF Record.
2015 Team Bellatrix, Female 4 way FS team takes out Silver at World Cup Netherland’s,
2015 World Cup Netherlands Team Impulse 4 Way All Queensland Team
2016 World Canopy Piloting Championships Montreal Canada, 2 Queensland representatives
2016 Mondial World Championships Chicago Australian Team 9 Elite Queensland Member.
2.0 MAJOR GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND STRATEGIES
2.1 Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Administration and Management
- Revise and complete strategic planning every 3 years.
- Ensure we have implemented “Best Practice” Corporate Governance.
– Revise budget structure each year in line with goals and objectives of both NQPC and SQPC
– Maintain part time Administrator and Development personal.
– Assistance to National Safety and Training Manager when required
– Conduct AGM, MC meetings, Governance Consultations.
– Develop new Website, Administration Emails and Facebook page.
- Support all APF Codes of Conduct
2.2 To Sustain Growth in Participation
– Increase memberships by 3% annually. 2015 QLD issued 80,000 new memberships compared to the rest of Australian clubs who issued 82,658 in total of all other States.
– Maintain retention at all levels per annum.
– Ensure our Instructor base meets market needs for quantity and quality.
– Promote and encourage female participation.
– Promote and encourage youth Participation.
– Offer incentives for first jump courses
– Provide mentoring programs for Novice participants.
– Provide pathways for individuals to enter Competitive Skydiving.
– Support our Elite Athletes.
2.3 To Improve Safety
- Reduce canopy landing related accidents
- Increase Packer A’s and Rigger B’s ratings.
- Encourage participation in First Aid courses by DZSO s and instructor/coaches.
- Subsidise Members in attending National Technical Conference.
- Assist organisations to maintain Safety Management practices.
2.4 Improve Standards of Instruction, Coaching, Officiating
- Ensure all instructors revalidate accreditation levels as required
- Conduct Instructor Courses and Examinations
– Promote attendance to National Technical Conference annually
– Maintain the number of examiners in each regional area.
– Implement APF changes to Operational Regulations and Instructor Training requirements
– Entice retired instructors back into the sport.
- Provide assistance for members to attend National Technical Conference
- Ensure Judge training and progression
2.5 To Achieve Excellence in Competition; Athlete Performance and Development
- Develop specialized Committee to run State Championships
- Develop Funding and administration strategy for successful State Championships.
- Provide support to send teams to the National Championships annually.
- Provide funding support for National and International Competitors who meet a National standard.
Key performance areas (KPAs)
|KPA||Focus area||Goal or objective|
|Member Protection||Risk Management|
|Office administration||Produce agendas for and minutes of meetings.
|Corporate governance||Governance Improvement|
|Communications||Develop new Website, Administration emails addresses, Facebook, QLD specific Data base|
|Grass Roots Support||Member Services||First Aid Certification and Technical Conference|
|Education and Training||Accredited Coaches and Instructors|
|Participation Programs||Get Active. New Member participation
Student and Novice Mentoring
|Events||State Championships Formula for success|
|Specialised Coaching Courses||Train the Trainer|
|Participation||Novice Mentoring||One on one Mentoring programs|
|Participation Programs||Student and Novice Safety and Training|
|Talent Identification||Discipline Seminars.|
|Instructor and Coaching||Increase Instructors, Coaches and Endorsements|
Queensland Parachute Association
STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN 2017-19
2.1 Corporate Governance
KEY PERFORMANCE AREA: Administration / Management / Accountability
Focus area: Corporate governance structure and management practices
Goal: To introduce best governance and management practices
Objectives: To optimise the performance of the organisation
|Strategies||Actions||Responsibility||Time Line||Forecast||Performance Outcome||Priority|
Review report on governance
|Executive and management to meet with Board||Executive
|Nil||To improve organisational effectiveness||High|
|New Website development
|QPA Chairperson||To deliver new website, facebook page, twitter account and management of social media accounts by Dec 2017||High|
|2.1.3MYOB||Set up new Journal entries to enable Sport and Rec funding to be itemised separately||Secretary||Accounts acceptable by Dept. Sport, Rec and racing and records easily accessible if audit required.||High|
|Audit||Annual audit of accounts||Secretary|
KEY PERFORMANCE AREA: Grass Roots Support
Focus area: Member services
2.2 Grass Roots Support and member services
Goal: Education and continued training of Present members as well as New member numbers.
Objectives: On going Participation and increased Membership
|Strategies||Actions||Responsibility||Time line||Forecast||Performance outcome||Priority|
First jump Accelerated Freefall Training
|Deliver the Accelerated Freefall training program across the state targeting 100 participants||Full Training clubs||100||120||140||Increased Participation||Increased memberships||high|
Full Jump Training Program
|Deliver the Full 15 jump training program across the state Targeting 8 participants.||Full Training clubs||10||12||14||Increased participation
Increased Full Memberships of the Australian Parachute Federation.
|Increased memberships and longevity in the sport||high|
Education and Training
|Deliver 4 Instructor Courses across the State.
Subsidise 4 Retired Instructors to re-enter the sport
|National Coach||Increase number of Instructors by 8 each year||Increase Instructor numbers and Instructor and Coaches ratings and Endorsements
Number coached from 212 to 216
|Conduct 40 Mentoring sessions for Novice Skydivers on a one on one basis targeting 20 participants.||Clubs||Deliver 40 one on one Mentoring Sessions targeting 20 participants||Shorter time for Novices to obtain their next certification.
Higher number of B licenced Jumpers.
|Deliver a specialised training program over a 2 day period to 8-10 volunteers in all aspects of holding a successful event.||QPA||Specialised Training Team of 8-10 people to event plan specifically for||Group of qualified people who can travel and assist organisation to hold events or set up events in new regions or locations||Priority|
KEY PERFORMANCE AREA: Competition
Focus area: State Championships
2.3 Competition and talent recognition
Goal: Deliver a successful State Championships
Objectives: Develop strategic and planning document and specialised task force training
|Strategies||Actions||Responsibility||Time line||Forecast||Performance outcome||Priority|
Train The Trainer
|Specialised Training for volunteers based on Skills||State Coach||Expert Team built to assist operators to hold events|
|Deliver 1 Judging course and subsidise QLD judges in attending National events and ongoing accreditation||State Head Judge||Increased number of total judges
Existing Judges increased Knowledge and disciplines they can judge
KEY PERFORMANCE AREA: Safety and Training
Focus area: Risk Management
2.4 Safety and Training Risk Management
Goal: Improved Safety of the sport
Objectives: Reduced incidents and accidents
|Strategies||Actions||Responsibility||Time line||Forecast||Performance outcome||Priority|
|Deliver subsides for all Qld Members to attend National Technical Conference||Secretary||40||45||55||QLD attendees at National Technical conference.
First Aid Certification
|Deliver First aid training to all Instructors and Ground Assistants that assist in the Student Training Programs||Administrator||50%||60%||80%||50% of Instructors, tutors and Ground staff training in First aid in first year with 100% holding the rating by 2019 year end||Priority|
Specialised Discipline Courses for Novices
|Deliver 8 coaching courses directly to Novices specifically targeting Individual disciplines of Canopy control, 3-4 way relative work and larger formation flying||Secretary||Fewer landing injuries, Safer and participation leading recognising elite athletics earlier .
Group participation and expect 50-60 participations’
3.3 Implementation plan
|First Aid||All NQ instructors to hold First aid certification by end 2019||Provide funding to do courses||By Dec 2019||Chief Instructors|
|Communications||To establish communication pathways which embrace all members||To upgrade:
Administration Email addresses
|Pay an IT developer||31 Dec
|Instructor||Run 2 Full Instructor Courses and 2 Endorsement Programs||Succession Planning||Train 5 New Instructors and 4 renewed training or Endorsements||31 July, 2018|
|First Jump Courses||Conduct Student training through Accelerated Freefall to New Members||Participation incentives||Deliver Grants to 30 first jump Students
Rebates to 200 Students completing Stage 9 of program
|On going||All clubs|
|Competition||Run state Championships at New Venues||Specialised Event Planning Team||Train a working team of 8 experts||July 2016||QLD MC|
|Specialised Coaching||Train the Trainer|
|APF Technical Conference||Assistance to members to attend National Conference||Higher participation||Provide travel subsidies for 45 members to attend||June|
|Novice Training||Keep New members active, safe and involved.||Keep newer members in the sport. Participation incentives||Subsidise 80 jump costs for Tutors, Coaches and Instructors to do on one one training with Novices.||Dec||Club Instructors|
4.0 Management structure
Role of Queensland Parachute association
Council and Board
|The board of Queensland Parachute Association|
|Primary role||Govern Parachuting throughout Queensland|
|Composition||Members of both North and South regions|
|Meet||4 times per year|
|President||Elected at AGM|
|Primary role||Stakeholders forum, oversight Strategic business plan, legislative control.|
|Composition||South Queensland Parachute Council
North Queensland Parachute Council
|Meet||4-8 times per year depending on individual Council requirements|
|Chairperson||Elected at each AGM for the specific region|
Role of standing and ad hoc committees
The rules by which the standing committees operate are outlined in the Constitution of name of the organisation.
|Primary role||Provide accountability to Govt Departments and stakeholders|
|Composition||Elected at AGM|
|Primary role||Organise State Championships including Venue, Volunteers, Staffing, events, administration and funding|
|Composition||Trained Specialised Team of Volunteers|
|Convenor||Appointed by Board|
Convened specifically for the benefit of the State Championships and so as to enhance and encourage participation of Competition for all members.
|Primary role||Develop and implement sponsorship strategies in consultation with the Marketing and Promotions Committee and under the direction of the Board of QLD Parachuting Association|
|Composition||Skills based call for volunteers|
|Meet||Yearly at APF office for Training|
|Convenor||Determined by Board|
5.0 Organisational flowchart
6.0 Environmental and Marketing Analysis
The SWOT analysis has two purposes:
- to help identify where the sport is now
- to prepare the sport to develop a strategy that will use the organisation’s strengths, manage its weaknesses, take advantage of opportunities and minimise the impact of those threats that become real.
The goals, objectives and strategies in this strategic business plan aim to bridge the gap between where the Queensland Parachute Association is now, and the vision of where the organisation wants to be in the future.
|Our STRENGTHS in the internal environment:
||Our WEAKNESSES in the internal environment:
|Our OPPORTUNITIES in the external environment:
||THREATS in the external environment:
7.0 Financial assessment
The annual program budget summary
All budgets provide an instant recognition of the forecast costs associated with the conduct of the sporting organisation. The financial assessment is an important reflection of the funds needed in order to achieve a given level of results.
Monitor and review of the plan
The strategic business plan should be monitored and reviewed on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis by the Board.
Directors of the Board will be responsible for their designated portfolio and must prepare a short written report on the activities of their standing committees or ad hoc committees at meetings of the Board.
The Chair in accordance with the Constitution should have overall responsibility to members for the implementation and review of the Strategic business plan and other functions of the Association.
The yearly review will take place prior to the end of each financial year 30 June or calendar year as determined by the Board in accordance with the Constitution and the Act.
The table below sets out an example of a review timetable for State sporting and recreation organisations:
|Strategic business planning||
|Values, vision, mission||Six-monthly, but only if required||Annually||Board/management|
|Strategy formulation||Six-monthly, but only if required||Annually||Board/management
|Quarterly and Annually||Board/management
By laws, rules & Constitution
|Resource requirements and action planning||
|Entire business plan||