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

Jacqui Dunn
Mary-Anne Monckton
Helena Bryant
Matt Green
James Dampney
Rob Apps
Naomi Wagstaff
Helen McAvoy
Wayde Clews
Bruce Wallace
Regan Harrison
Joanne Nelson
Debra Carlin
Joel Freeme
Cathy Groves
Daniel Payne
Wayne Middleton
Brendan Lynch
Patrick Fisher
gary toner
Bill Nelson
John Fleming
Andrew Dee
Daniel Green
Raymond Landers
Tony Moody
Kieran Fallon
Greg Blood
Linda Topalovic
Alex Hoitink
187 signatures

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Showing 161 reactions

  • Jacqui Dunn
    signed 2018-08-26 10:20:11 +1000
  • Mary-Anne Monckton
    signed 2018-08-26 10:09:54 +1000
  • Helena Bryant
    signed 2018-08-26 10:05:20 +1000
  • Matt Green
    signed 2018-08-26 09:54:59 +1000
  • James Dampney
    signed 2018-08-25 20:27:20 +1000
  • Rob Apps
    signed 2018-08-25 19:19:09 +1000
  • Naomi Wagstaff
    signed 2018-08-25 16:00:58 +1000
  • Helen McAvoy
    signed 2018-08-25 12:36:16 +1000
    The Institute has bee wonderful for a lot of people
  • Wayde Clews
    signed 2018-08-25 12:14:28 +1000
    The key is in leadership and the effective positioning of the AIS as a centrepiece of Australia’s national sports strategy
  • Bruce Wallace
    signed 2018-08-25 11:05:12 +1000
    The AIS needs to be sufficiently funded to engage with and support elite sports and athletes if Australia wants to be competitive on the international stage.
  • Regan Harrison
    signed 2018-08-25 11:02:44 +1000
  • Joanne Nelson
    signed 2018-08-25 10:06:56 +1000
  • Debra Carlin
    signed 2018-08-25 10:04:33 +1000
  • Joel Freeme
    signed 2018-08-25 10:03:09 +1000
  • Cathy Groves
    signed 2018-08-25 09:53:57 +1000
  • Daniel Payne
    signed 2018-08-25 08:22:13 +1000
  • Wayne Middleton
    signed 2018-08-25 08:07:37 +1000
  • Brendan Lynch
    signed 2018-08-25 07:46:14 +1000
  • Patrick Fisher
    signed via 2018-08-25 07:40:58 +1000
  • gary toner
    signed via 2018-08-25 06:39:53 +1000
  • Bill Nelson
    signed 2018-08-25 06:15:33 +1000
  • John Fleming
    signed 2018-08-25 05:51:53 +1000
  • Andrew Dee
    signed 2018-08-25 05:02:03 +1000
  • Daniel Green
    signed 2018-08-24 15:46:09 +1000
  • Raymond Landers
    signed 2018-08-24 13:39:09 +1000
  • Tony Moody
    signed 2018-08-24 13:32:51 +1000
    When wealth becomes more important than health our whole society suffers.

    Sport is a truely renewable resource.

    Governments glean far more from the profits of elite sports and sporting occasions than they will ever invest.
  • Kieran Fallon
    signed 2018-08-24 12:58:49 +1000
  • Greg Blood
    signed 2018-08-24 11:47:03 +1000
    Australia needs a strong national sport training centre in Canberra with leading coaches and sports science/medicine working with athletes. Culture of excellence and philosophy of athlete centered and coach driven’ needs to return.
  • Linda Topalovic
    signed 2018-08-24 11:41:33 +1000
  • Alex Hoitink
    signed 2018-08-24 11:38:13 +1000

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