Athletics Australia is the national governing body for the sport of athletics in Australia, and is recognised as such by the IAAF, Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Paralympic Committee, Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the Australian Sports Commission.
Together with our State and Territory-based Member Associations, we are charged with ensuring the encouragement and promotion of athletics in Australia and acting in the best interests of the sport of athletics.
Athletics Australia is also charged with ensuring adequate representation of Australia in athletics at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Paralympic Games and other international meetings.
Based at Athletics House in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park, Athletics Australia is a not-for-profit organisation.
Athletics Australia Vision
"To create a vibrant and successful sport of Athletics in Australia."
Purpose of Athletics Australia
To lead a coordinated effort across all athletic stakeholders to achieve the vision in a sustainable manner.
Specific Roles of Athletics Australia
- Represent Australian athletics in international forums
- Adopt a 'whole of sport' perspective
- Develop mechanisms to foster cooperation between stakeholders
- Lead the debate on key issues and coordinate the sport's response
- Guide and structure an effective high performance system and assist in providing necessary resources
- Harness the community's passion for athletics and direct it to optimum effect
Measures of Success
- The participation rate in athletics (athletes, coaches and officials)
- Medals and top-8 finishes on the world stage
- Financial capability
Download Athletics Australian Strategic Plan 2013 - 2016
History of Athletics Australia
1897 - The Australasian Athletic Union was established to coordinate the activities of the states. It was one of Australia's earliest national sporting organisations. It encompassed New Zealand and catered only for male athletes.
1928 - New Zealand was separated and the name changed to the Amateur Athletic Union of Australia.
1932 - The Australian Women's Amateur Union was formed.
1977 - The men's and women's unions amalgamated to form a united body. The first full-time officers were employed, which until then, had been run by honorary officers.
1989 - The organisation changed its name to Athletics Australia, a name it continues to hold today.
Read more on the history of Australian athletics