Bigger and better facilities for Australian Institute of Sport

Bigger and better facilities for Australian Institute of Sport
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In the 2024-25 Budget, the Federal Government is set to allocate $249.7 million towards enhancing the facilities of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) located in Bruce, ACT.

This investment comes as Australia prepares for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, ensuring the facility is modern and fit-for-purpose for Australia’s elite and aspiring athletes. It will support the development of an accessible multi-story accommodation facility; a multi-sports dome to provide an all-weather, multi-sport indoor training facility with integrated facilities for testing and analysis; and a new High-Performance Training and Testing Centre.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese emphasised the government’s commitment to providing local athletes with the best chance of success in the Brisbane Games and beyond.

“The upcoming budget will ensure the Australian Institute of Sport remains in the capital, where it belongs, and ensure it once again becomes the world-leading, high-performance centre it was designed to be,” said Albanese.

Furthermore, an additional $10 million will be allocated to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts to work with the ACT Government to develop a Bruce Precinct Masterplan. This funding aims to ensure the Bruce site is welcoming and fit-for-purpose for visitors, athletes and their families alike.

Funding will be provisioned in the budget while a detailed business plan for the AIS site redevelopment is finalised.

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Australian Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, highlighted the AIS’ potential as a destination for elite athletes to excel.

“We are investing in the institute so it can be that place,” said King.

Australian Minister for Sport, Anika Wells, underscored the importance of investing in sports now for the success of the 2032 Games, noting that it can take up to eight years to adequately prepare an athlete for the highest level of competition.

“When it was first built, the AIS was so successful in preparing our medal winning athletes that it was replicated by sporting nations around the world and became the benchmark for achieving athletic success,” said Wells.

“Today, our government is investing in the AIS so we reach those benchmarks again as we commit to delivering world standard training facilities ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

These commitments reflect the recommendations made in the recent independent review of AIS Infrastructure and aim to help ensure the nation’s high-performance athletes have access to world-class facilities that best support Australia’s sporting success.

A Fit for Purpose Australian Institute of Sport: An independent review is now available online. The Federal Government’s full response to the review will be released shortly.

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