In keeping with our statutory requirements, the Mission of the Combat Sports Commission is to improve all aspects of safety for participants and the integrity and organisation of combat sports contests in Western Australia. This current strategic plan explains how we’re going to do that over the next five years and where our focus will be.
Good governance and strong stakeholder engagement are of prime importance, as well as ensuring that our Act and regulations are fit for purpose. We also need those regulations and policies to be clear and enforceable. This is the bedrock on which
the Commission will continue to build.
We’re maintaining a strong focus on contestant health and safety. This is vital to protect all involved in the industry and maintain its’ integrity. We’ll continue our evidence-based research into issues which affect the industry
and will share our findings. Some of this will inform the industry via targeted education and training and these programs will be reviewed annually, to ensure they are hitting the mark and delivering what the industry needs.
Developing stronger relations with partners and those in other government agencies and in the areas of sport and health is important. There are learnings to be had from other industries to help strengthen ours.
All this only works if the combat sports community stands together. We want to meaningfully engage and provide the training and education which helps strengthen everyone’s experience and knowledge-base. Being better aware of regulations and
the need for continuous improvement to health and safety measures are in everyone’s best interests. Collectively, this can and will, elevate the quality of programs; and enhance the industry’s reputation across the broader community.
The Board and Commission staff complement each other. Collectively they provide a wide range of knowledge, experience, teamwork and strong leadership, which serves to strengthen the commission’s work. Their commitments to integrity and sensible,
appropriate education models are based on the key principle of best practice, and as the plan evolves it may well change over the ensuing years so as to reflect industry demands and government policy.
We operate in unprecedented times, with both local and indeed global challenges. The Commission fully recognises these, and the need to be an active, informed and important element of the combat sports community. This current Strategic Plan 2021-2025
represents a clear road map to achieve those vital goals.
As we prepare well, we’ll perform better — a win for everyone!
Hon. Bob Kucera APM JPChair
To improve all aspects of safety, integrity and organisation of combat sports contests in Western Australia.
We act with care and diligence and make decisions that are honest, impartial, transparent and timely considering all relevant information.
We work to ensure that all aspects of the legislation and regulations are adhered to by all.
We are committed to providing guidance to ensure the safety, integrity and organisation of contests and the broader aspects of the industry.
We will treat everyone with respect and dignity.
A healthier and safer Combat Sports community.
Our key focus areas are the foundation of our strategic plan. They expand on our vision and help us to achieve our mission:
Focusing on good governance, stakeholder engagement, identifying our research needs and industry training and education needs.
Reviewing the Combat Sports Act 1987 and subsidiary regulations and progressing key research annually.
Engaging with the medical profession on contestant heath, wellbeing and safety.
Progressing legislative change, reviewing policies, processes and procedures.
Ensuring that industry is aware of changes in legislation, regulation, policies and procedures.
Finalising the strategic plan and commencing work on the new strategic plan 2026-2031.
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