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

Natasha Shires
Dennis Hatcher
John Curzon
Sian McDonald
Sue Gilbertson
Jim Ferguson
Noel Donaldson
Jill Flanagan
Susanne Howell
Dale Barnes
Larisa Zoska
Roger Byrne
Deborah Latouf
Simon Fairweather
Megan Smith
Robert Bradley
Robert de Castella AO MBE
Graeme Carroll
Colin Marshall
Stuart Mee
Dimity Douglas
Sarah Carmody
Lexie
Layne Brown
Kim Taylor
Brant Best
Kim Mallett
Susan Rowell
Jason Maxwell
Elspeth Rollason
187 signatures

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Showing 161 reactions

  • Natasha Shires
    signed 2018-08-24 11:38:01 +1000
  • Dennis Hatcher
    signed 2018-08-24 11:21:47 +1000
  • John Curzon
    signed 2018-08-24 11:08:53 +1000
    Invest in a strategic plan for the AIS. Focus on innovation, global leadreship, technology & analytics.
  • Sian McDonald
    signed 2018-08-24 11:02:12 +1000
  • Sue Gilbertson
    signed 2018-08-24 10:31:59 +1000
  • Jim Ferguson
    signed 2018-08-24 10:19:58 +1000
    I support this initiative. The AIS is an iconic Australian institution and must be saved.
  • Noel Donaldson
    signed 2018-08-24 10:04:52 +1000
  • Jill Flanagan
    signed 2018-08-24 10:03:18 +1000
  • Susanne Howell
    signed 2018-08-24 09:58:22 +1000
    Hopefully this will help save the AIS however I fear it’s too late. Australian sport and young people’s dreams will disappear with the demise of the AIS
  • Dale Barnes
    signed 2018-08-24 09:37:12 +1000
  • Larisa Zoska
    signed 2018-08-24 09:22:46 +1000
  • Roger Byrne
    signed 2018-08-24 09:18:33 +1000
    Good work Andrew.
  • Deborah Latouf
    signed via 2018-08-24 09:10:12 +1000
  • Simon Fairweather
    signed 2018-08-24 08:43:05 +1000
  • Megan Smith
    signed 2018-08-24 08:37:15 +1000
  • Robert Bradley
    signed 2018-08-24 08:22:29 +1000
  • Robert de Castella AO MBE
    signed 2018-08-24 08:18:11 +1000
  • Graeme Carroll
    signed 2018-08-24 08:00:17 +1000
  • Colin Marshall
    signed 2018-08-24 07:57:50 +1000
  • Stuart Mee
    signed 2018-08-24 07:49:49 +1000
  • Dimity Douglas
    signed 2018-08-24 07:42:53 +1000
    Having a National training centre is key to developing elite sportspeople, it has worked really well in the past, why throw it away?

    To be on an AIS team used to be the goal of many young athletes, especially for those who didn’t live near descent training facilities. Throwing away the AIS is throwing away hopes, dreams and aspirations.

    Please resurrect the AIS.
  • Sarah Carmody
    signed 2018-08-24 07:27:31 +1000
  • Lexie
    signed 2018-08-24 07:04:12 +1000
  • Layne Brown
    signed 2018-08-24 07:01:37 +1000
    One thing that shouldn’t be decentralised, the AIS provides a commumity for the best coaches to meet and better athletes around the country. This can’t be achieved in their individual disciplines/ silos.
  • Kim Taylor
    signed 2018-08-24 06:47:36 +1000
    Dismantle our institute when the rest of the world are building them what stupidly
  • Brant Best
    signed 2018-08-24 06:47:02 +1000
  • Kim Mallett
    signed 2018-08-24 06:45:02 +1000
  • Susan Rowell
    signed 2018-08-24 06:42:03 +1000
  • Jason Maxwell
    signed 2018-08-24 06:37:41 +1000
    We need the AIS
  • Elspeth Rollason
    signed 2018-08-24 06:36:30 +1000

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