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Strategic and operational plans help your organisation to clearly define goals and how they can be achieved.

Plans help guide employees and volunteers to use their time and resources more effectively. Providing clear objectives and assigning tasks to be undertaken in line with these objectives leads to better outcomes and a more coordinated, productive organisation.

The Planning Process

Planning is the process of thinking about where you are now, where you want to be in the future and how you are going to get there.

A strategic plan should outline who you are, what you do and where you want to be as an organisation including:

Vision/Mission  ►  Values  ►  Strategic Priorities  ►  Objectives

The operational plan (or business plan) covers how your organisation will achieve your strategic priorities.

Before you begin planning, take a look at your provincial and/or national sporting organisation’s plan. Their plan can be used as a guide for developing your own plan and help build stronger relationships with your affiliate body.

For more information on the benefits of planning and what is involved see the information sheet Strategic and Operational Planning for Sporting Organisations (PDF).


Engaging with the people involved in your organisation during the planning process helps to ensure that your strategic and operational plans accurately reflect everyone’s views. Conducting a pre-planning survey and/or SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis can be an efficient way of consulting people to assist in developing your plan. Click here for more information.

Running a Planning Meeting

Planning meetings are an opportunity to involve a variety of people from your organisation in the strategic and operational planning process. The process itself can be just as important as the final document and the plan is more likely to be acted on if people in the organisation contribute to its development.

Consider what you might need to prepare for your meeting including:

  • Venue booking (including accessibility)
  • Laptop, computer, projector etc
  • Stationary
  • Refreshments
  • Necessary documentation
  • Confident facilitator to guide the discussion

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The information in this section was taken from the Tasmania Department of Communities website.