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

Larina Swartz
Fiona Hannan
Maria Worner
Ken Meredith
Anne Moutou
Casey Mcdonnell
Sharon Larsson
Jacinda Howell
Tina Sorensen
Chris Troode
Kate Palmer
Belinda Archer
Jeanett Clout
Phil Owens
Pam Ryan
Jim Fowlie
Riad Tayeh
John Croll
Robert Cowley
Amanda Pollard
Andy Farrow
Adam Castle
Andrew Randell
Simon Baker OAM
Ian McTaggart
Ralph Mouchbahani
Guy Cantrel
Alicia Coutts
Monique Blount
Mick Wiley
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Showing 161 reactions

  • Larina Swartz
    signed 2018-08-29 02:41:36 +1000
  • Fiona Hannan
    signed 2018-08-29 00:58:23 +1000
  • Maria Worner
    signed 2018-08-29 00:25:49 +1000
  • Ken Meredith
    signed 2018-08-28 22:31:04 +1000
  • Anne Moutou
    signed 2018-08-28 22:22:15 +1000
  • Casey Mcdonnell
    signed 2018-08-28 21:39:29 +1000
  • Sharon Larsson
    signed 2018-08-28 21:32:54 +1000
  • Jacinda Howell
    signed 2018-08-28 21:05:17 +1000
  • Tina Sorensen
    signed 2018-08-28 20:59:54 +1000
  • Chris Troode
    signed 2018-08-28 20:53:17 +1000
  • Kate Palmer
    signed 2018-08-28 19:57:49 +1000
  • Belinda Archer
    signed 2018-08-28 19:38:42 +1000
  • Jeanett Clout
    signed 2018-08-28 17:06:21 +1000
  • Phil Owens
    signed 2018-08-27 21:06:27 +1000
  • Pam Ryan
    signed 2018-08-27 15:56:54 +1000
  • Jim Fowlie
    signed 2018-08-27 12:25:22 +1000
    Six years too late! Don’t know where the political interest was in the AIS for the past six years, but this started after the London Olympic Games. Too little to late… Now the ACT Government is expected to take on the white elephant, Bruce Stadium and Auditorium… Maybe you won’t miss this debate….
  • Riad Tayeh
    signed 2018-08-27 11:59:35 +1000
  • John Croll
    signed 2018-08-27 10:41:53 +1000
  • Robert Cowley
    signed 2018-08-27 09:57:41 +1000
  • Amanda Pollard
    signed via 2018-08-27 09:55:58 +1000
  • Andy Farrow
    signed 2018-08-27 09:38:11 +1000
  • Adam Castle
    signed 2018-08-27 08:56:44 +1000
  • Andrew Randell
    signed 2018-08-26 20:33:04 +1000
  • Simon Baker OAM
    signed 2018-08-26 18:15:26 +1000
    Let down by bureaucrats
  • Ian McTaggart
    signed 2018-08-26 16:41:08 +1000
  • Ralph Mouchbahani
    signed 2018-08-26 15:01:52 +1000
    Expertise comes from Experience and applied knowledge. There is no better place then when experts come together and join forces.
  • Guy Cantrel
    signed 2018-08-26 13:18:17 +1000
    GUY CANTREL
  • Alicia Coutts
    signed 2018-08-26 12:55:55 +1000
    So sad to see such an amazing facility I spend much of my swimming career a part of now in the situation it is in.
  • Monique Blount
    signed 2018-08-26 12:02:55 +1000
    I was an AIS gymnast from 1998 until 2006. The interdisciplinary professionals at the AIS helped to shape me as an athlete and an individual. Some of the greatest opportunities I’ve been given in my life came as a direct result of being an athlete with access to world-class resources and facilities. Australian athletes need and deserve the AIS to be competitive athletes on the world stage and to provide them with life-changing opportunities, too.
  • Mick Wiley
    signed 2018-08-26 10:46:32 +1000

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