The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is the Australian Government agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport.
The ASC was established in 1985 under the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 and operates in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The ASC is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Minister of Sport. The Board determines the ASC’s overall direction, decides on allocation of resources and policy for delegated decisions and is accountable to the Minister for Sport.
The ASC comprises; Sport Australia — responsible for driving the broader sport sector including participation, supporting activities linked to sport and sport industry growth, and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) — leading our high-performance sport system.
Increase participation in organised sport and continued international sporting success including through leadership and development of a cohesive and effective sports sector, provision of targeted financial support, and the operation of the Australian Institute of Sport.
MAKING AUSTRALIA STRONGER THROUGH SPORT
BUILD SUSTAINABLE WINNING SYSTEMS FOR AUSTRALIAN ATHLETES
More Australians involved in organised sport
A thriving organised sports sector
Leading and enabling a united and collaborative high performance system that supports Australian athletes to consistently win medals at major international events
Our high performance system being recognised as world leading, prioritising athlete wellbeing, and athletes positively influencing the Australian community.
OUR OPERATING MODEL
How we operate
At Sport Australia we champion the value of sport, and encourage and help Australians of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to get involved in sport and realise the many benefits. We play a central leadership role across the broader sport sector building collaboration, alignment and effectiveness.
Our focus is to drive greater involvement, engagement and capability in Australian sport. To do this, we invest in NSOs and national sporting organisations for people with a disability (NSODs) and work with them to achieve greater sport participation outcomes and industry growth.
Our work includes:
- determining and recognising the peak national bodies for sports in Australia
- supporting NSOs and NSODs with expertise and guidance in areas such as governance, financial advisory, workforce development and digital technology
- undertaking sector insights and market research to ensure evidence-based decision making informs policies and programs
- managing the AIS site to ensure continued access to high quality sporting facilities by the Australian high performance system and Canberra community, and managing relationships with NSOs and NSODs for the use of Sport Australia facilities in Australia
- developing a national sports innovation strategy to drive sport and economic opportunities for Australia
- understanding innovation needs and ambitions of different stakeholder groups
- coordinating the Clearinghouse for Sport — Australian sport’s dedicated information and knowledge sharing platform
- developing resources and programs that drive greater involvement and participation in organised sport across Australia (such as Sporting Schools)
- supporting sports to improve their business operations through best practice governance principles and organisational enhancement projects
- delivering innovative digital solutions to build capability and connectivity across the sector
- collaborating with strategic partners across industry, government, not-for-profit, technology and academia to support shared priorities
- delivering resources that provide guidance to support inclusive, safe and ethical sport.
How we operate
The AIS works with National Institute Network (NIN), NSOs and other key partners: the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia, Sport Integrity Australia and the National Sports Tribunal.
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the AIS’s organisational agility and responsiveness to high performance sector needs. Beyond the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in 2020, the AIS continues to play a central role to assist NSOs plan for high performance outcomes as sport rebuilds from the impact of the pandemic.
The AIS allocates investment for high performance and national programs, performance pathways, people development and wellbeing and research and innovation. We manage high performance operations at the AIS Campus in Canberra, supporting seven NSO Centres of Excellence, athletes and NSO short stay camps, along with the European Training Centre in Italy.
We work closely with all our partners to develop collaborative and transparent relationships to achieve the best possible outcomes for high performance sport. Our approach is underpinned by the National High Performance Sport Strategy 2024 (NHPSS) — which was developed by all State and Territory Institutes and Academies of Sport — to guide the approach for Australia’s high performance sport system. The NHPSS was endorsed by all State and Territory Ministers for Sport in 2019.
Our role is to lead the national high performance sport system, and as such, our strategy is naturally aligned with the NHPSS, which has a vision to deliver national pride and inspiration through international sporting success. Our focus is on generating a competitive advantage for Australian athlete success at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games; while also supporting other sports (e.g. professionals sports) where our primary focus is enhanced by faster learning and/or where we generate incremental revenue that would justify the effort.
The National High Performance Sport Strategy (NHPSS) 2024
The NHPSS reflects several national system reviews which identified the need for greater alignment and collaboration between partners operating across the high performance sport system, as integral to future success. The NHPSS is an aligned high performance strategy that revolves around athletes, coaches and sports with the collective mission of ‘sporting success at the highest level’.