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Total investment 2015–16: $8,678,900 (high performance: $6,520,000; high performance - para: $1,630,000; participation: $446,400; other: $82,500)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 73%

The Athletics Australia high performance program is rated as progressing, while the para-athletics program is rated on track. The ongoing implementation of the Athletics Australia reviews (both independent and board-led) has seen consolidation of overall governance reforms and the appointment of a number of key leadership positions that have started to have an impact in the high performance area of the sport.

Results in able-body competitions were at the lower end of targets with several athletes affected by injury and illness. In the past 12 months, the para program specifi cally targeted the conversion of minor medals at the 2013 IPC Athletics Championships in Lyon to gold medals at the corresponding 2015 event in Doha. These efforts paid dividends with strong performances from a higher number of athletes.

A new head coach and performance services manager and the creation of athlete performance advisor roles have provided a focal point for service delivery, daily training environment access and coaching contact. Through these appointments, a review of the performance support mix, coach development and athlete transition from junior to senior ranks is underway. These initiatives will allow Athletics Australia to develop and implement strategies to improve the accountability, monitoring and coordination of support to athletes.

With a focused target of minimising the effect of injury and illness on performance, athletics is regarded as on track to achieve its Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic targets.


Athletics Australia is progressing with its governance reform and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the MSGP. The sport has achieved significant progress against recommendations of the Independent Review of Athletics in Australia with the major outcome of an in-depth independent board and committee review. Athletics Australia has also implemented a risk management framework across the board and senior management. The organisation will re-draft elements of its constitution, with a focus on addressing gaps such as conflict of interests for directors.

2015 benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 2-4

Actual: gold 0 silver 2 bronze 0 total 2

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 23-28

Actual: gold 7 silver 3 bronze 10 total 20

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 2-4

2016 Paralympic benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target: 20-25

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