Australian Institute of Sport modernisation

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Sport and research social infrastructure
Priority Initiative
Location
Canberra, ACT
Geography
Smaller cities and regional centres
Category
Social Infrastructure
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
Australian Sports Commission – Australian Institute of Sport
Date added to the IPL
18 June 2020
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Problem

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is a centralised research and training hub centred in Canberra for Australia’s elite and Olympic athletes.

The age and condition of the majority of facilities at the AIS do not meet modern-day requirements and are expensive to maintain. More than 15 of the facilities are over 30 years old and not fit for purpose.

The Australian Government’s Sport 2030 strategy states that Australia is no longer at the cutting edge of sporting excellence and that this could be addressed by leveraging the AIS site.

In addition to supporting elite athletes, the AIS campus also benefits the local community, is a significant tourist attraction, and enables a range of partnerships and research programs involving the AIS, other government bodies, universities and industry.

These partnerships and programs could support advances in preventative health, medical research and disabilities, which can benefit other sporting bodies, as well as the broader Australian community.

Proposed initiative

The initiative is for redeveloping and modernising the AIS facilities. This could include improved or new facilities for athletes, coaches, researchers, visitors and tourists.

A broad range of infrastructure, technology and policy solutions should be explored to address the identified problems.

An AIS redevelopment should be supported by tailored programs for athletes, collaborative programs with universities and industry for innovation and research, as well as broader community programs to encourage sports participation.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework)