Outcome 2

Excellence in sports performance and continued international sporting success, by talented athletes and coaches, including through leadership in high performance athlete development, and targeted science and research.

Total expenses: $207,405,000

Total appropriation: $177,731,000

The focus of Outcome 2 is delivering sustained international success. To achieve this, the ASC:

  • provides targeted investment to NSOs and athletes to enable them to deliver high performance programmes that achieve international success
  • rovides high performance advice and guidance that assist sports with strategy, high performance planning and programme delivery
  • develops and delivers customised athlete, coach and leader talent initiatives to optimise high performance outcomes
  • plans, coordinates and delivers sports science and sports medicine expertise to ensure Australian athletes get the right support at the right time
  • supports innovative solutions for prioritised sports and promotes the growth of new knowledge and expertise for high performance sport
  • facilitates a more aligned and streamlined performance network that supports Australia’s Winning Edge identified athletes and teams across jurisdictions.

Our approach

As the ASC’s high performance agency, the AIS has continued to lead on meeting the targets of the ASC’s high performance agenda. We are building a more agile system under Australia’s Winning Edge to get the right support to the right sports and the right athletes.

In 2014–15 the AIS continued to roll out Australia’s Winning Edge initiatives and continued to work in partnership with NSOs, state institutes and academies of sport and peak bodies (Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Paralympic Committee and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association) to deliver ongoing international success.

Australia's Winning Edge provides the high performance sports sector with clear performance targets and a framework for collaboration. The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games provided an indication of how tight the competition will be at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, but the AIS and the Australian high performance sector are confident of delivering an improved result from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Highlights

2015 Sports Tally

International Sports Cooperation

In April 2015 the AIS released the 2015 Sports Tally publication — the ASC’s annual report card for Australian sport.

Sports Tally is a central plank of the Australia’s Winning Edge initiatives introduced to improve the evidence base for decision making in high performance sport. It provides an appraisal of the performance of each Australia’s Winning Edge sport and an appraisal of the sector as a whole.

The 2015 Sports Tally provides a rating for each sport compared to their performance last year; highlights the 2014 world champions and notable performances; outlines the benchmark event targets at Olympic, Paralympic, World Championships and Commonwealth Games; and provides an assessment on how sports are tracking in governance.

Progress is being made on many levels across Australian high performance sport and the AIS is encouraged by the effort and commitment of sports to improve their high performance programmes and deliver strong governance for their constituents.

The ASC has continued to build its international partnerships for the pursuit of excellence. It worked closely with the Japan Sports Council during 2014–15 to develop and promote an exchange of programmes, experiences, skills and techniques, information and knowledge for mutual benefit. Knowledge was shared in relation to training and competition for individual athletes and teams, sports science, coach education, facility development and sports management.

In September 2014 the AIS and Japan Sport Council conducted a joint training camp that involved senior athletes from the Japan Judo Federation and senior Australian athletes. The camp facilitated training opportunities and shared learning experiences in coaching, training and a range of sport science and sports medicine initiatives.


Campaign Rio

myAISplaybook

The Campaign Rio initiative is a collaborative partnership between the AIS, Australian Olympic Committee and Australian Paralympic Committee. The initiative was established to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experience across Olympic and Paralympic sports to assist with the planning and preparation of Australian athletes and teams in the lead up to Rio 2016.

In March 2015 the AIS hosted the latest Campaign Rio forum with more than 100 attendees from across Olympic and Paralympic sports. The forum focussed on ‘readiness’ and ‘resilience’ and included presentations, thematic workshops and case studies.

The forum also enabled the sharing of practical information such as logistics associated with the Rio Games venues and ticketing, support services for athletes and teams, safety and security, medical updates and future planned site visits of the Olympic precinct and competition venues.

In October 2014 the myAISplaybook resource that forms a key part of Australia’s Winning Edge strategy was launched. The first of its kind, myAISplaybook is an online platform that provides athletes with an exclusive virtual community and secure online environment designed specifically for them to communicate with, and learn from each other, and a space where they can learn through adaptive e-learning experiences. Some of the other features include access to all dAIS[6] and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA)-related content, and access to view paid and volunteer opportunities.

There are now 1,800 Australia’s Winning Edge categorised athletes registered and using this online resource. This continues to grow with subject matter experts and NSOs providing new content.

Deliverables

The following tables provide a summary of the ASC’s performance against the deliverables and key performance indicators as set out for Outcome 2 in the PBS.


Table 10: ASC performance against Outcome 2 deliverables

Deliverable

Result

Comment

Provide targeted investment in NSOs to assist with the delivery of programmes aligned to their Australia’s Winning Edge targets

Achieved 

38 NSOs were funded to implement high performance plans in 2014–15.

Provide high performance consultation that assists NSOs with strategy, high performance planning, and programme delivery to increase the likelihood of Australia achieving sustainable high performance success

Achieved 

Throughout 2014–15 the ASC provided ongoing high performance advice to Australia’s Winning Edge funded sports using evidence-based assessment and biannual sport performance reviews:

  • Biannual reviews were conducted in October 2014 and April 2015 that included the Annual Sport Performance Review with each Australia’s Winning Edge funded sport.
  • Rio mid Olympic cycle reviews were also conducted with all Australia’s Winning Edge Olympic foundation sports to provide feedback on strategy and planning for the Rio Games.

Implement innovative and customised high performance system solutions to optimise athlete, coach and leader talent

Achieved 

112 high performance coaches and leaders were supported through the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership across the:

  • Performance Coach programme
  • Podium Coach programme
  • Performance Leader programme.

Ensure that the right athletes get the right support at the right time by planning, coordinating and delivering expertise for Australia’s Winning Edge funded NSOs and athletes

Achieved

AIS sports science and sport medicine support was provided to targeted athletes as identified by NSOs.

Support provided includes:

  • biomechanics
  • medical
  • nutrition
  • physiotherapy
  • physiological
  • performance recovery
  • psychological.

Support innovative solutions for prioritised NSOs and promoting growth of new knowledge and expertise for high performance sport

Achieved

The ASC delivered three major national high performance research programmes during 2014-15, being:

  • Competitive Innovation Fund
  • High Performance Sport Research
  • Research into Action.

Key performance indicators

The following tables provide a summary of the ASC’s performance against the key performance indicators as set out for Outcome 2 in the PBS. 


Table 11: ASC performance against Outcome 2 key performance indicators

Key performance indicator

Result

Comment

80 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge funded sports rated by the AIS as achieving their performance targets

Not achieved

70 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge funded sports achieved their performance targets.

For those sports that did not achieve their targets, the ASC has identified specific strategies and actions aimed to assist them to achieve improved performance outcomes into the future.

80 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge funded sports agree the services they received from the AIS have made a high-quality contribution to their high performance programme

Achieved

87 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge funded sports agree the services they received from the AIS have made a high-quality contribution to their high performance programme.

80 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge partners agree the AIS has demonstrated strong leadership of Australian high performance sport

Achieved

95 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge partners agree the AIS has demonstrated strong leadership of Australian high performance sport.

80 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge partners agree there is strong strategic alignment across the high performance institute network

77 per cent

77 per cent of Australia’s Winning Edge partners agree there is strong strategic alignment across the high performance institute network, representing a 12 percent increase on the same measure in 2013-14.

The ASC will, as a priority, continue to work to further strengthen the strategic alignment across the network in 2015-16.

Footnotes

[6]The dAIS scheme supersedes the Direct Athlete Support scheme, providing opportunities for athletes in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports to receive grants from the Australian Government.