Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Report suggests Australian Institute of Sport to shed 40 jobs at Canberra base

Report suggests Australian Institute of Sport to shed 40 jobs at Canberra base
May 8, 2018

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is beginning what is being described as a "painful but long overdue" process to re-invent itself after years of criticism about athlete performances on the international stage.

As reported today by the ABC more than 40 jobs will be affected as the AIS introduces new performance criteria to measure success, including a desire for Australia to "consistently win medals at major international events".

The job losses, which follow a near complete change in senior management roles at the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) over the past year, were revealed to AIS staff last week.

Impacting a range of positions across the Federal Government-backed elite sporting body, the changes are understood to particularly affect areas like biomechanics and physiology.

Concerns have been raised by some staff that the changes will see "years of experience" lost to the organisation, with some transferring to individual sporting bodies.

The ABC referencec an email from AIS Director Peter Conde sent to all staff last Friday, making the case for change.

The email advised “this process is absolutely necessary for the AIS to play its leadership role within an effective high performance sport system, and to regain its position as a world leader.

"The change is painful but unfortunately long overdue."

The AIS's new strategy aims to see the institution become less "science and services dominant" and "Canberra-centric", transitioning to an increased focus on athlete welfare and development, and partnering more with universities.

It sets out new performance criteria to measure success, including Australia being a top five to 10 nation at the Olympic Games, and top one to two at the Commonwealth Games.

Staff are currently being consulted on the proposed changes and the AIS has invited feedback from staff over the coming weeks.

It is not known what the changes might mean for the AIS's physical assets in Canberra.

In a statement to the ABC, an ASC spokesperson advised that the changes were part of broader measures being implemented at a federal government level, stating “the ASC and AIS is progressing with work to ensure we provide world-class leadership and support that best serves the future needs of Australian sport.

"This is being done in alignment with the development of a National Sport Plan.

"Once this process is complete, the ASC will make further comment."

Australia's lacklustre performance at the Rio 2016 Olympics sparked questions over the funding and development of elite athletes.

Last year, Conde was appointed AIS Director, having overseen remarkable Olympic and Paralympic success while in charge of Sailing Australia.

In an interview with the ABC shortly after taking up the role, Conde flagged change was on the way for the organisation, advising "I've got no doubt that the AIS needs to evolve - and that's part of the reason why I've taken on this great challenge," he said in August last year.

Conde also suggested building stronger relationships with existing individual sporting bodies and academies could be a way forward for the organisation, adding “the most important thing will be to make sure that we have incredibly collaborative relationships with the institutes and other institutions around the country.” 

Images: The AIS base in Canberra (top) and Peter Conde (below).

19th April 2018 - IAN BURNS SETS GOAL FOR AIS TO BE WORLD LEADER IN SPORT TECHNOLOGY

25th March 2018 - AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION CALLS FOR STEVE SMITH TO BE STOOD DOWN 

22nd January 2018 - NEW SPORTS COMMISSION EXECUTIVE TO FOCUS ON PARTNERSHIPS AND PARTICIPATION

16th January 2018 - SPORTS COMMISSION’S OUR SPORTING FUTURE CONFERENCE TO COMBINE WITH NATIONAL SPORTS CONVENTION 

21st December 2017 - AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION COMMITS TO NATIONAL STANDARD FOR SPORT SCIENCE

23rd October 2017 - SENIOR APPOINTMENTS TO ENHANCE AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION LEADERSHIP

29th August 2017 - PETER CONDE APPOINTED NEW AIS DIRECTOR

24th August 2017 - AOC PROMISES TO OVERHAUL INTERNAL CULTURE AFTER DAMNING REVIEW 

24th August 2017 - MT BULLER NAMED AS OFFICIAL WINTER OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTRE

18th August 2017 - AIS PERFORMANCE MANAGER TO LEAD SURFING’S CHARGE TO TOKYO OLYMPICS 

18th August 2017 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPORT PLANS OPPOSED BY STATES 

5th August 2017 - FEDERAL SPORTS MINISTER LAUNCHES REVIEW INTO INTEGRITY OF AUSTRALIAN SPORT 

5th July 2017 - AOC’S MIKE TANCRED GIVEN $125,000 BONUS DESPITE BULLYING ALLEGATIONS

9th June 2017 - AIS DIRECTOR MATT FAVIER MOVES TO HEAD HOCKEY AUSTRALIA 

8th June 2017 - AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION ALLOCATES MORE THAN $120 MILLION TO SPORT

6th May 2017 - JOHN COATES WINS VOTE TO RETAIN AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENCY

28th March 2017 - FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE IN REPORTED DISPUTE WITH AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 

16th March 2017 - MATT CARROLL NAMED NEW AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

14th February 2017 - AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE BLOCKS AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT FROM TOKYO 2020 PLANNING

12th February 2017 - TOP SPORT ADMINISTRATORS IN PUBLIC DISPUTE AT MELBOURNE ATHLETICS EVENT 

13th December 2016 - KATE PALMER UNVEILED AS NEW AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION CHIEF EXECUTIVE

1st September 2016 - AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION COMMITS TO WINNING EDGE PRINCIPLES AND FURTHER REFORMS 


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport

 
 

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business