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

Jill You g
Russell Wenholz
Neville Madden
Peter Blanch
Ken Dowrick
Michael Fogarty
Dave Kistle
Georgia Romyn
Sara Brice
Kevin Ball
Rhydian Cowley
Alex Roberts
James Forsyth
John Boultbee
Matt Clarke
Chris McCosker
Marc Portus
Bon Gray
Geoff Strang
David Lalor
Roslyn Hay
Ken Norris
Daniel Lowe
Glenda Rogers
Phil Spivey
Tim Erickson
189 signatures

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  • Jill You g
    signed 2022-11-05 17:25:35 +1100
  • Russell Wenholz
    signed 2019-07-21 21:31:55 +1000
    I’ve swum in the AIS Pool since 1983. I have a swim then go up and watch the footy.
  • Su Le
    @SuLe59886320 tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-09 10:28:40 +1100
  • Neville Madden
    signed 2018-12-28 01:05:55 +1100
    Not only for Current Athletes, but for Upcoming and Inspiring Athletes, and for Future Generations: This Is a MUST DO !!!
  • Peter Blanch
    signed 2018-12-02 11:16:47 +1100
  • Alison
    signed 2018-10-11 12:37:15 +1100
  • Ken Dowrick
    signed via 2018-09-30 09:12:24 +1000
    Keep the AIS as a centre of excellence for sport in Australia to help produce sporting results the Nation can be proud of.
  • Michael Fogarty
    signed 2018-09-23 17:27:29 +1000
    Michael Fogarty
  • Dave Kistle
    signed 2018-09-22 22:11:56 +1000
  • Georgia Romyn
    signed via 2018-09-21 23:12:26 +1000
  • Sara Brice
    signed via 2018-09-21 19:18:40 +1000
  • Kevin Ball
    signed via 2018-09-21 16:58:14 +1000
  • Rhydian Cowley
    signed 2018-09-21 12:39:43 +1000
  • Alex Roberts
    signed via 2018-09-21 09:19:26 +1000
  • James Forsyth
    signed via 2018-09-20 21:50:14 +1000
  • Ryan
    signed via 2018-09-20 18:33:54 +1000
  • John Boultbee
    signed 2018-09-20 16:15:15 +1000
  • Matt Clarke
    signed via 2018-09-20 13:39:19 +1000
  • Chris McCosker
    signed via 2018-09-20 12:34:35 +1000
  • Palm Tree Geeks
    @PalmTreeGeeks tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-20 12:04:58 +1000
    Sign the petition: In support of a strong and successful Australian Institute of Sport
  • Marc Portus
    signed 2018-09-20 12:04:17 +1000
    Marc Portus
  • Bon Gray
    signed 2018-09-18 19:17:47 +1000
  • Geoff Strang
    signed 2018-09-18 12:28:46 +1000
    Having worked in the AIS at the peak of its powers, it is extremely disappointing to see its current demise.

    It reflects poorly on the current management’s understanding of the structure and potential of the Australian sport system . Its mission to dissipate funding support, leading edge sports science and management expertise that facilitated great results for Australian sport in the 1990s and early 2000s has been disastrous.

    It all started to go wrong with the introduction of the Gold Medal Plan and the rebranding of the AIS by those who had little idea of the consequences of their actions.
  • David Lalor
    signed 2018-09-18 10:59:01 +1000
    David LALOR
  • Roslyn Hay
    signed 2018-09-17 19:55:17 +1000
  • Ken Norris
    signed 2018-09-17 14:22:13 +1000
  • Daniel Lowe
    signed 2018-09-15 10:37:21 +1000
  • Glenda Rogers
    signed 2018-09-13 18:17:57 +1000
    Australia’s sporting success has declined since the AIS/ASC has been slashed piece by piece. All that expertise wasted.
  • Phil Spivey
    signed 2018-09-11 04:20:19 +1000
  • Tim Erickson
    signed 2018-09-08 19:24:54 +1000
    Having seen the AIS develop from its start in 1981, I have been so disappointed in its ongoing demise post the 2012 Olympics. It is now a shell which caters for school children and school teams rather than elite athletes.

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