High performance

Page last updated: 17 April 2015

The achievements of Australian athletes over recent years have been outstanding and a source of great national pride, helping to unite Australian communities.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has responsibility for delivering high performance programmes to meet the Government's objectives of supporting Australian athletes, their coaches and support staff as they compete in a large number of high performance sports. These events include sports represented at the Olympics, the Paralympics, the Commonwealth Games and various World Championships.

In November 2012, the Australian Government announced Australia’s Winning Edge, a national strategy outlining the approach for Australian high performance sport. Australia’s Winning Edge outlines ambitious but achievable targets over the next decade to 2022.

The Government’s investment in high performance sport will be measured against these targets: top five in the Olympics and Paralympics, top 15 in winter Olympics and Paralympics, number one in the Commonwealth Games, and at least 20 world champions annually.

Under the Australia’s Winning Edge objectives the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is pursuing the following priority actions:

    • introducing sharper, more robust national funding and accountability model;
    • help sports reduce costs / complexity and grow their capacity;
    • invest dividends from efficiencies into three key areas:
      • better direct support for athletes;
      • greater investment in coaches and high performance personnel; and
      • renewed focus on unearthing and nurturing Australia’s talent.
    • refocus the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to grow its role as Australia’s national high performance agency.
Winning Edge has required fundamental changes to the approach for the AIS, including:

    • the AIS being formally recognised as Australia’s National High Performance Agency.
    • the AIS has transitioned out of direct program/scholarship delivery and now focuses on three key areas:
      • high performance funding and investment;
      • core sports servicing and delivery (eg. biomechanics, medical, physiology, nutrition etc);
      • innovation and research.
Further information can be found on the strategy at: http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/australias_winning_edge

National Institute System Intergovernmental Agreement

On 10 June 2011, the Australian Government and the states and territories, except New South Wales, signed the National Institute System Intergovernmental Agreement. The Agreement has been established to implement the new national institute partnership between state and territory institutes and academies of sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. Through the Agreement, the institutes and academies will work together with identified national sporting organisations to improve support for their athletes through national agreed high performance plans.

National Institute System Intergovernmental Agreement (June 2011)