Australian Olympic Committee

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Australian Olympic Committee
Australian Olympic Committee logo
Australian Olympic Committee logo
Country/Region  Australia
Code AUS
Recognized 1895
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
President John Coates AC LLB
Secretary General Fiona de Jong LLB

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is the National Olympic Committee responsible for developing, promoting and protecting the Olympic Movement in Australia. The AOC has the exclusive responsibility for the representation of Australia at the Olympic Games (Summer and Winter, the Youth Olympic Games and at Regional Games patronised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). All National Olympic Committees (currently 205 worldwide) are constituents of the International Olympic Committee.


The Australian Olympic Committee is composed of 35 member National Sport Federations representing each sport on the Olympic program for the Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games. The AOC is represented in each State and Territory in Australia through State Olympic Councils who are responsible for promoting the Olympic ideals and values and raising funds for the Australian Olympic Teams.

The AOC is responsible for selecting the Team that represents Australia at the Olympic Games, after considering nominations by each National Sport Federation.

The AOC Executive comprises the President since 1990 John Coates, Vice Presidents Helen Brownlee and Peter Montgomery, Secretary General (non voting member) Fiona de Jong and members Ian Chesterman, Kitty Chiller, Kimberley Crow, Nicholas Green, Nicole Livingstone, Andrew Plympton, Russell Withers and Danielle Woodward.

John Coates and James Tomkins are current IOC members. John Coates has been a member since 2001, served on the Executive Board from 2009 - 2013 and was elected Vice president in 2013. James Tomkins has been a member since 2013.

Patron in Chief is the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Patron is Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott.

The AOC has an Athletes' Commission, responsible for advising the AOC Executive on all matters pertaining to the Olympic Movement from an athletes perspective. The Commission is made up of 11 members, all Olympians who have been elected by their Olympic team-mates during a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The Chairperson is Kimberley Crow (Rowing) who also has a seat on the AOC Executive. Deputy Chairperson is Ramone Cooper (Freestyle Skiing, Moguls) and remaining members are Alana Boyd (Athletics), Cate Campbell (Swimming), Steven Hooker (Athletics), Lydia Lassila (Freestyle Skiing, Aerials), Anna Meares (Cycling), Lauren Mitchell (Gymnastics), James Tomkins (Rowing), Ken Wallace (Canoe/Kayak) and Loudy Wiggins (Diving).


The AOC is a non profit organisation responsible for the preparation and participation of Australian Teams at the Olympic Games (Summer and Winter), the Youth Olympic Games and Regional Games.

The AOC is not government funded. The AOC sources its revenues primarily through Sponsorship, Licensing, Fundraising activities and grants from the International Olympic Committee known as Olympic Solidarity. Through the organisation of the State Olympic Councils, Team Appeal Committees across Australia plan corporate events to achieve a national fundraising target. The AOC also receives income distributions from the Australian Olympic Foundation.

The AOC neither seeks or derives any funding from the Australian Government. The Commonwealth Government, through the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport, is the major funding source for high performance sport in Australia. The ASC/AIS, and State Institutes and Academies of Sport provide critical assistance to the AOCs member National Sport Federations and to athletes directly for their preparation for the Olympic Games.

In the period 2013-2016, the total AOC quadrennial funding of its Olympic programs is budgeted for in excess of $42 million. This funding includes sports on the program of the 2016 Olympic Games, sports on the programs for the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Olympic Education.[1]

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  1. ^ Australian Olympic Committee Programs and Funding Guidelines

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