The Australian Institute of Sport is under threat due to staffing cuts and neglect

Without specialised staff and a clear, consistent and transparent strategy that gives the Australian Institute of Sport its driving direction, it cannot fulfil its role of fostering world class athletes.

The Australian Institute of Sport must be taken seriously and properly resourced if our budding athletes are expected to succeed.

Will you join me and sign my petition? Please sign in the form below.

Since its founding in 1981, the Australian Institute of Sport has been a vital part of our sporting prowess and is a proud symbol of our Capital. It been responsible for training some of our sporting legends, including Michael Klim, Cadel Evans and Sam Stosur.

But the Australian Institute of Sport is under threat due to staffing cuts and neglect. Since the Coalition got into government in 2013, the number of Canberra-based staff fell from 173 to 140. It has lost 70 sports specialists, and executives have indicated that there are more losses to come. Several sporting bodies have chosen to move their operations to other parts of Australia and many have avoided using the Institute altogether. Visitors lament that the campus is more like a ‘ghost town’ than a place where you can witness the next legend being made.

Despite the Turnbull government beginning development of a National Sports Plan last year, the Australian Institute of Sport seems to have been an insignificant part of the discussion. This has been confirmed by recent announcements that a business case for the future of the AIS is only now being developed, despite the Plan having already been released. This also comes after the Government has cut a swath of jobs from the Institute, including specialists that contribute years of experience in their craft. Rob de Castella, a former Director of the Institute and Australia’s greatest ever marathon runner, tweeted on 31 July:

‘The AIS was the biggest innovation and revolution in Australian sport, the greatest opportunity & service to the most talented & dedicated athletes, coaches, scientists & medicos. It is over #RIPAIS’.

I am calling on the government to stop the job cuts and get to work on a strategic plan for positioning the Australian Institute of Sport at the heart of Australia’s national sporting strategy.

Who's signing

Sally Bromley
Robin Poke
jennifer williams
Brendan Flynn
Harold Wardle
Chloe Jamieson
Timothy Phillips
Paula Peralta
Mitchell Skippen
Kim Manolas
Ginette Tavares
Emily Boulton Smith
Leanne Rath
Guillaume Le saux
Sam Harding
Carissa Meyer
Michelle Patterson
Amber and Stephen Fox
Ron McKeon
Jean Roberts
peter clarke
John Purnell
russell trotter
sally hunter
Jeffrey Bond
Helen Gourlay
Joan Faull
Robyn Wood
Helen-Alicia Hussain
maria hodge
187 signatures

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Showing 161 reactions

  • Sally Bromley
    signed 2018-09-06 13:03:25 +1000
  • Robin Poke
    signed 2018-09-04 10:58:57 +1000
    It is imperative the Institute remains. The role of developing international athletes cannot possibly be devolved to the states. This is nothing short of a national emergency that has to be resolved as a matter of urgency. Australia’s continuing success depends on it.
  • jennifer williams
    signed 2018-09-03 13:55:46 +1000
    Such a shame and a waste of money !

    The AIS should be re vamped for providing excellence in sport !
  • Brendan Flynn
    signed 2018-09-03 13:41:10 +1000
  • Harold Wardle
    signed 2018-09-03 11:47:24 +1000
    We have seen a steady decline in Australian sportsmen and women representing our country overseas. We used to be competitive when the AIS was fully functional, we need a return to increased funding to encourage future world class athletes.
  • Chloe Jamieson
    signed 2018-09-01 13:46:26 +1000
  • Timothy Phillips
    signed 2018-09-01 12:02:28 +1000
  • Paula Peralta
    signed via 2018-09-01 06:36:26 +1000
  • Mitchell Skippen
    signed 2018-08-31 22:07:03 +1000
  • Kim Manolas
    signed via 2018-08-31 21:11:34 +1000
    Funding required but also needs to be overhauled similar to the EIS – bring state institutes under the AIS banner.
  • Ginette Tavares
    signed 2018-08-31 20:32:54 +1000
  • Emily Boulton Smith
    signed via 2018-08-31 20:21:45 +1000
  • Leanne Rath
    signed 2018-08-31 20:03:13 +1000
  • Guillaume Le saux
    signed 2018-08-31 19:50:09 +1000
  • Sam Harding
    signed 2018-08-31 19:46:18 +1000
  • Carissa Meyer
    signed 2018-08-31 17:17:20 +1000
    Carissa Meyer
  • Michelle Patterson
    signed 2018-08-30 18:38:55 +1000
  • Amber and Stephen Fox
    signed 2018-08-30 17:49:36 +1000
    Reduced funding can only lead to declining performance and reputation
  • Ron McKeon
    signed 2018-08-30 09:48:58 +1000
  • Jean Roberts
    signed 2018-08-30 07:21:23 +1000
  • peter clarke
    signed 2018-08-29 17:59:50 +1000
  • John Purnell
    signed 2018-08-29 15:42:48 +1000
    Wholeheartedly support the return of the AIS
  • russell trotter
    signed via 2018-08-29 13:47:43 +1000
    A fully integrated approach to sport with the AIS at the heart of that policy is a must to keep Aussie fit and well and in the upper echelons of of world performances at the emilte end.
  • sally hunter
    signed 2018-08-29 12:58:55 +1000
  • Jeffrey Bond
    signed 2018-08-29 11:53:47 +1000
    As the founding Head of AIS Sport Psychology, I am appalled that the AIS/ASC has seen fit to remove the applied sport psychology program and its staff. Replacing the sport psychology department with a skeleton athlete wellbeing group is not a viable replacement.The ASC/AIS have disintegrated what was the best centralised/decentralised elite sport development network in the world. The removal of residential programs, followed by the demise of programs and sacking of staff does not constitute ‘reshaping’ of the AIS to meet the needs of the current sporting environment. It is all wrong! Those responsible should be called to account and banished from the elite sport system entirely.
  • Helen Gourlay
    signed 2018-08-29 11:34:35 +1000
  • Joan Faull
    signed 2018-08-29 10:33:52 +1000
    Joan Faull
  • Robyn Wood
    signed 2018-08-29 07:54:59 +1000
    The AIS is a place where our budding gymnastics want to achieve the hight of their training. Please do not take this away from them
  • Helen-Alicia Hussain
    signed 2018-08-29 06:02:38 +1000
    Such a backward step to not be investing in our sport talent ‘s AIS
  • maria hodge
    signed 2018-08-29 05:40:06 +1000

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