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AGCSA and State Associations sign Affiliated Chapter Agreement

Friday 10, May 2019


The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) and all State Golf Course Superintendents Associations have announced the completion of an historic Affiliated Chapter Agreement, deepening the collaboration and cooperation between associations.  

The sanctioning of a Chapter agreement between national and state bodies is particularly significant, as it is the first time that all associations have established a co-operative agreement to play a unified role in the Australian sporting industry, particularly in the areas of advocacy, education and research.

This agreement will see each of the State Superintendent Associations formally align under the AGCSA as national body and enables joint policy development, advocacy efforts, training and representation at State and National levels. 

A passionate commitment to ensuring continual professional development, advocacy and leadership to sports turf managers in all areas of the industry, is one of the key elements in State and the AGCSA’s strategic plans to improve the capabilities and knowledge of sports turf managers, and increase awareness of their contribution.

A strong alliance between leading turf industry bodies means they can continually improve and enhance the essential sports and recreation facilities that Australia relies upon.

Both the AGCSA and each of the state associations have a long and proud tradition of developing expertise and effectiveness of the industry. Bolstering the operations between associations will lead to even greater opportunities for Australian sports turf managers.

“I would like to thank each of the state association presidents and committees for their support in this strategy, and more so acknowledge their joint aspiration in developing a more unified and professional industry made possible as a result of this affiliation agreement,” said AGCSA Chief Executive Officer Mark Unwin.

This stronger relationship will further reinforce the AGCSA’s strength to advocate for industry-wide transformation, as well as enable state associations to significantly broaden their programs, research and education initiatives.

“It is an initial, yet enormously significant, step in developing a unified governance structure for the whole of sports turf management in Australia,” says Unwin.

Among the benefits that may be realised over the short term include enabling additional education opportunities to be delivered throughout 2019 and into 2020 by each state association to their members.  In addition, vocational training providers that are currently undertaking a review of the education Sports Turf Management education curriculum will now be supported by a unified voice across all States, and be able to partner with State Associations to determine the quality of skills, training and standards that the industry is calling for. 

The affiliation agreement will also expand the relationship and provide greater certainty to valued state and national trade partners, which will help to drive sustainable value to the investment and support they contribute to the turf industry. 

The principle of this historic Affiliated Chapter agreement is to:

  • Implement and support local and national education programs that build environmental and sustainable practices to members, enabling improved outcomes for sports & recreation facilities 
  • Increase advocacy activities between national and state bodies to ensure golf course superintendents and sports turf management professions are well represented in the Australian sports and recreation industry;
  • Enable State Associations to determine critical research requirements in regions and develop a process for the AGCSA to assist in the development and delivery of this research
  • Recognise the alignment between national and state associations as peak bodies within the industry
  • Provide unified support in relation to developing best-practice approaches to Sports Turf Management 
  • Enable the AGCSA and state associations to advocate on behalf of members, improve the awareness of the sports turf management profession and develop sports turf management in Australia.


The sanctioning of this historic Affiliated Chapter Agreement between national and state bodies was endorsed by:

  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland – President, Paul McLean
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of Western Australia – President, Simon Bourne
  • New South Wales Golf Course Superintendents Association – President, Nathan Bradbury
  • Tasmanian Golf Course Superintendents Association – President, Phil Hill
  • South Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association – President, Nathan Bennett
  • Victorian Golf Course Superintendents Association – President, Barry Proctor
  • Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association – CEO, Mark Unwin