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Triathlon’s Future Operating Model

United to ensure triathlon and multisport thrive

Triathlon's Strategic Plan 2021-2025 unites our sport through a shared purpose, vision and behaviours, with a particular focus on unity, collaboration and inclusivity to ensure triathlon and multisport thrive nationally over the next four years and beyond.

Together, we can achieve greater results for the sport of triathlon with improved capability through an operating model that optimises success for triathlon in Australia.

Triathlon’s Future Operating Model

For more than a decade, triathlon has continually evolved its operational model to adapt to the changing sports landscape, to better service clubs and members.

Triathlon’s future operating model (FOM) is encompassing of three key components; a whole of sport strategy, underpinned by an aligned workforce and financial management (one set of accounts) which will improve service consistency, efficiency and effectiveness.

FOM presents a significant opportunity to address the barriers impacting triathlon’s ability to support the achievement of triathlon’s strategic goals, work more efficiently and effectively and has been designed to strengthen and enhance our ability to deliver our strategy.

Through bringing the Triathlon Australia and STTA workforces together, triathlon resources are connected to ensure services, programs and initiatives are aligned nationally and delivered locally for members, clubs and community.

Triathlon Australia and five STTAs (Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory) will transition to the Future Operating Model, and begin operating under an aligned triathlon workforce from 1 July 2022, to deliver triathlon in Australia.

Journey to the Future Operating Model

Since 2015 triathlon has considered various alignment models and progressively worked towards a whole of sport approach, from sanctioning and membership models and systems, to shared national projects, services and behaviours.

In 2019 Triathlon Australia and STTAs agreed to work towards a more efficient and effective operating model across the three pillars of strategy, finance and workforce.

Over the course of 2021, STTA Presidents endorsed the proposal to progress towards an aligned workforce model – to date five STTAs have provided letters of intent to proceed to implementation of triathlon’s future operating model, a significant milestone.

An Implementation Steering Committee was put in place with representatives from Triathlon Australia, Triathlon Queensland, Triathlon Victoria, Triathlon South Australia, Triathlon Tasmania and Triathlon Northern Territory to oversee implementation of FOM, with the support of Sport Australia. 

Triathlon Western Australia, Triathlon New South Wales, and Triathlon ACT remain actively engaged with Triathlon Australia and STTAs, in conversations to ensure an optimal operating model for triathlon in Australia.



What will the aligned triathlon workforce look like?
Triathlon Australia (TA) will transition to a new organisation structure, with the future operating model (FOM) bringing five STTAs and the TA workforce together as one (QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, NT). Triathlon Australia and the five STTAs will operate under one organisation structure.

When will the aligned triathlon workforce come into effect?
Triathlon Australia and five STTAs have commenced the transition to the new organisational structure, with the new operating model to be in full effect from July 1, 2022.

Will STTAs still exist in the future operating model?
Yes, while triathlon’s workforce will transition to form one organisational structure, STTA Boards remain in place and will continue to play a key role in contributing to the development of the national strategic plan, representing the interest of local members and ensuring a thriving triathlon community in their state.

STTA constitutional arrangements will still be in place – meaning clubs will continue to elect their STTA Board as the members of the STTA, and the STTAs will elect the Triathlon Australia Board, as the members of Triathlon Australia.

What will change from July 1?
Local offices remain in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and the Northern Territory with local staff – as employees of Triathlon Australia - engaged in local service delivery and activities whilst collaborating as national teams to achieve the best possible outcomes.

As we embed our operating model and transition to an aligned workforce, the way in which we operate will evolve and be streamlined, however triathlon will still offer the same national and local services for race directors, clubs, coaches, officials, members and participants across the country. We will ensure to keep our community updated as we progress towards implementation of the future operating model.

What does this mean for STTAs who are yet to join FOM?
Triathlon Australia and all member organisations, including Triathlon New South Wales, Triathlon ACT, and Triathlon Western Australia will continue to work together as a connected system, to deliver sport services across the country.

Triathlon WA, NSW and ACT remain engaged with Triathlon Australia and are committed to the review and consideration of the future operating model, and ensuring an optimal operating model for triathlon in Australia.


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