Call for Nominations Independent Chair

A unique and exciting opportunity exists for a relevantly qualified and experienced individual to become the inaugural Independent Board Chair of the Australian Sporting Alliance for People with a Disability (ASAPD).


The Australian Sporting Alliance for People with a Disability (ASAPD) is a representative alliance between National Sporting Organisations for People with a Disability (NSODs), designed to collaborate, advocate, and facilitate inclusive sport and physical activity for people with a disability, impairment, or limitation.

Primary Purpose of the Board

  • To govern the ASAPD in Australia
  • To develop the strategic direction of ASAPD in
  • Australia and to guide the implementation of the strategic plan
  • To review and report on the financial and operational performance of the ASAPD

The role of the Chair

The Independent Chair Position Description – Board Chair – ASAPD.docx is responsible for leadership of the ASAPD Board, including:

  • Guiding the development and delivery of the Strategic Plan
  • Facilitating and ensuring sound decision-making processes for the board
  • Setting goals and objectives for the board and ensuring that they are met
  • Oversee and manage director conduct, ensuring alignment with organisational codes of conduct
  • Leading strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders including member organisations, government, and sporting organisations
  • Overseeing and facilitating board, committee and board member evaluation reviews and succession planning
  • Guiding the development of appropriate policies to define the parameters within which the organisation should operate
  • Facilitating board meetings, ensuring agendas are adhered to, and creating a culture of respect, trust, and openness
  • Fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity

To be considered independent, the Chair must not have any interest, position, association, or relationship that might influence their judgement on issues before the ASAPD Board.

How to Apply

Persons interested in the role are invited to click the apply now button, providing:
Nominee Application Form Independent Chair Nomination Form – ASAPD.docx
Nominee Cover Letter (max one page) and CV. Applications to be forwarded to

Applications close – 5pm EDST January 15, 2022

Further information – email with the subject line ‘ASAPD Independent Chair enquiry’

Two Years Celebration International Day of People with Disability

Our vision is ‘all Australians have an opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity in a welcoming and inclusive environment’.

Our focus is ‘we collaborate, advocate and facilitate inclusive sport and physical activity for Australians with a disability’

Two years strong! 

December has been a month of celebrations here at ASAPD.  Not only have we celebrated International Day of People with Disability (#IDPwD), we’ve also celebrated our very own two year anniversary. 

Two years ago, we officially announced the formation of the Alliance – a key peak agency for sport, with the collective vision to better serve the disability sport sector here in Australia. 

This year we have continued contributing to several National Plans and Frameworks, Surveys, Events and Skills Training Resources to represent the needs of individuals living with disability, impairment, or limitation. We have been thrilled with the acceptance, support, and acknowledgement that our one voice strategy has resonated with the sport and physical activity sector.

We also launched our website back in July as a leading resource for accessible and inclusive sports around the country, which has had close to 900 visitations.  

Robyn Smith, Chair of ASAPD has said, “It has been an absolute honour to chair the ASAPD and watch the nine organisations collaborate so closely. With a single message about the power of sport and physical activity to change the lives of people with a disability, impairment, or limitation.”

Two years strong with many more to come. We would like to thank Sport Australia, the nine National Sporting Organisations for people with a Disability (NSOD’s) and everyone who has helped advocate, educate, inform and support to date and look forward to a brighter and more inclusive future for all. 

We hope you enjoy this snippet of just some of the activities and events we’ve been proud to support across 2022. Here’s to another rewarding year ahead!

For further information please contact ASAPD – Garry West-Bail –

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