GippSport Executive Officer Position

Executive Officer

GippSport has a position for a highly motivated and innovative Executive Officer to lead successful implementation of the GippSport Strategic Plan. This will include leading and managing up to 10 staff members.

GippSport (Regional Sports Assembly) is a leading agency in the Gippsland Region aiming to encourage and foster participation in sport and physical activity for people of all abilities.

The successful applicant will be required to have a wide range of management and interpersonal skills. An understanding of the principles of community development and inclusive practices is essential. A detailed knowledge of the sport and recreation industry and of the structure and operations of grass roots sporting clubs would be an advantage.  Some travel and some evening and weekend work will definitely be required.

GippSport’s Head Office is located at Newborough with other offices in Bairnsdale, Sale and Inverloch.

Applicants should have an appropriate tertiary qualification in Health Promotion/Community Development/Sports Management or substantial relevant experience.

Applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the position description which is available for download – Click Here to download Key Selection Criteria.

Further details contact: Julie Foat Mobile: 0402 300 976


Thank You Barry

After nearly 14 years as Executive Officer with GippSport, Barry Switzer has decided to ‘hang up the boots’, with Barry’s last day being the 29th December 2017. 

Words cannot convey the appreciation the GippSport Board and staff have of Barry’s remarkable commitment, enthusiasm and passion he has brought to the Executive Officer role. The success GippSport experiences today is a reflection of the amazing outcomes Barry has achieved in the leadership role, and the valuable relationships Barry has created for the betterment of community sport in Gippsland. 

There will be opportunities to say thank you and farewell to Barry, including an event to be organised for February 2018. 

The GippSport Board plans to advertise the Executive Officer position from December 2017 with the intention to appoint early in the New Year.  

GippSport would like to thank and congratulate Barry on a wonderful career with GippSport. 

Defibrillators for sporting clubs and facilities program – closes 22 December 2017

The Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program provides Victorian sporting clubs with the opportunity to acquire an automated external defibrillator (also known as an ‘AED’) for their club or sports facility.

Whites Rural Community Grants – closes 30 November 2017

Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas.

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to at least 10 applicants – designed to help kids in rural communities through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being.

Click here for more information.

Applications opened on the 1st of October and finish on 30th November 2017.

Nicole Faltum Girls Cricket Competition

The Central Gippsland Cricket Association was awarded $5,000 in funding from Cricket Australia to support the development of a junior girl’s cricket competition within the CGCA catchment, this includes parts of the Latrobe Valley, Baw Baw and South Gippsland Local Government Areas.

The competition, Nicole Faltum Cricket Competition, will target girls aged from 13 to 18 years, with a focus on skill development, participation and enjoyment. Rules will be adapted to ensure that all competitors have an opportunity to be involved in batting, bowling and fielding.

Nicole is a local cricketing identity with the Trafalgar Cricket Club and has just secured a contract with Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) side, Melbourne Stars. Central Gippsland Cricket Association are very excited to have Nicole on board as an ambassador and this will demonstrate the cricketing pathways available to girls interested in joining the competition.



Age Group: Girls aged 13 to 18 years
Season Duration: 10 matches spread across Term 4 2017 and Term 1 2018
Match Time: 8:45am until 11:30am on Saturdays
Registration Fee: $25pp (includes playing shirt and cap)

Date Time Venue Register
Skill Day Saturday 4 Nov 2017 8:45 AM Vale St Ground, Moe Sarah m) 0429 190 816
Competition Starts Saturday 11 Nov 2017 8:45 AM Various Grounds in Central Gippsland Registrations accepted at or call Sarah m) 0429 190 816

More Information
Sarah – CGCA Secretary: OR 0429 190 816

Julie Foat elected as the new Chair of GippSport

GippSport recently conducted its Twenty- Sixth Annual General meeting.

According to outgoing Chair Ricky Ross the achievements of GippSport for the 2016-17 financial year were highlighted and the organization achieved some excellent outcomes thanks mainly to the fine work of GippSport staff based in Bairnsdale, Sale, Moe Newborough and Inverloch.

Julie Foat was unanimously elected as the new Chair of GippSport and thanked Ricky Ross for his outstanding leadership over the last decade. Julie becomes the first woman to be elected Chair and is very pleased that GippSport has retained appropriate Board Gender Balance for a number of years. “I am really honoured to be taking the role of Chair of GippSport and look forward to achieving our vision to be the regional leader of sport and active recreation in Gippsland,” said Ms Foat who is currently the Manager of Gippsland Breastscreen. “Julie is very active in community sport in her home town of Maffra and is a genuine role model for women and girls in the community, “said GippSport Executive Officer Barry Switzer.

This was the second year of the VicHealth Health Regional Sport Program aimed at engaging inactive and somewhat active people in sport. GippSport also delivered the Supporting Victorian Regional Sport and Recreation Program funded by the Victorian State Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, GippSport facilitated the innovative social marketing program called Deadly Sport Gippsland to support Aboriginal sport and health in the Gippsland Region. GippSport is a community partner with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to deliver the Good Sports Program. Currently there are almost 200 Gippsland sporting clubs involved with this alcohol management program. GippSport also facilitated 17 Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses across Gippsland which enabled 333 community sporting club members to gain their RSA certificate.

The Twenty- Sixth GippSport Board of Management was elected for 2017-18 and all positions were filled. The membership is as follows:

Chair: Julie Foat   Deputy Chair: Ricky Ross Executive Member: Carolyne Boothman

Board Members: John Brookes, Ian Murphy, Jane Oakley, Tegan Rosin, Marcus Stone and Karen Tsebelis.

In 2017-18 GippSport will continue to deliver the following programs:

  • VicHealth Regional Sport
  • Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation
  • Deadly Sport Gippsland
  • Good Sports

A copy of GippSport’s Annual Report 2016-17 is on the website: