The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is the Australian Government agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport and physical activity at all levels.
The ASC was established in 1985 and operates under the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 and is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Minister for 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 of Sport.
The ASC unites two entities: Sport Australia — responsible for driving the broader sport sector including participation, physical activity and industry growth and the Australian Institute of Sport — leading our high performance sport system.
Our vision is for Australia to be the world’s most active sporting nation, known for its integrity, sporting success and world leading sports industry.
From grassroots right up to the pinnacle of elite international competition, we work together with the sport industry and the wider community to champion the role sport can play in engaging every Australian, regardless of age, race, gender, cultural background and physical ability.
The ASC is delivering three key outcomes:
Sport Australia contributes to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians and making communities stronger through sport and physical activity.
How we operate
Sport Australia plays a central leadership role across the broader sport and physical activity sector, building collaboration, alignment and effectiveness. Sport Australia promotes and supports the development of a cohesive and effective national sport sector that creates opportunities for all Australians to participate and excel in sport.
The role of Sport Australia continues to evolve through taking a whole of sector view, understanding the systems in which we operate — both here and overseas, and by identifying the challenges and trends impacting the operation of the sport sector. We deliver our work in conjunction with our partners across the sport industry — sporting organisations, peak bodies, the Office for Sport and other Australian Government agencies, physical activity providers, as well as business and other sectors. We champion the value of sport, across Governments and the broader community.
Sport Australia invests in a wide range of national sporting organisations (NSOs) and national sporting organisations for people with a disability (NSODs) to empower the organisations to get Australians moving more often. The investments are targeted, through the use of data and assessments, to those organisations who are best placed to assist Sport Australia deliver on its purpose. In addition to providing funding, Sport Australia is focused on improving the capacity and capability of NSOs to create a sustainable and cohesive national sport sector.
Australian Institute of Sport
The purpose of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is to build sustainable winning systems for Australian athletes.
How we operate
In 2018–19, the AIS launched a new strategy, investment framework and operating model to ensure that it has a singular focus on high performance and can fulfil its role as a high performance system leader. The AIS works in partnership with the NIN, and NSOs as well as other key partners such as the Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Australia. Decision making is collaborative, informed and transparent, and aimed at achieving strategic outcomes.
The AIS is responsible for high performance funding allocations, national programs, research and innovation, and along with the ACT Academy of Sport, for Canberra-based high performance services. The AIS drives and enables success in part through the strategic and transparent allocation of total integrated resources through collaborative, evidence and principles based investment in sports and athletes. This investment approach is designed to optimise sustainable performance outcomes.
The AIS leads the Australian high performance sport system, which has an agreed vision and success factors reflected in the national sport plan, Sport 2030 and in the National High Performance Sport Strategy 2024.