Australian Olympic Committee Objectives

Australian Olympic Committee Objectives – “what we do”

The Objectives of the AOC are set out in the constitution and have been approved by the IOC under the Olympic Charter which regulates IOC recognition of all National Olympic Committees. Chapter 4 of the Charter explicitly sets out the mission and role of National Olympic Committees as well as their composition and structure.

The Objectives are in effect the strategic aims of the AOC, providing clarity of role and mission. The challenge and focus for the AOC is to ensure we successfully achieve and improve on this mission year on year.

  1. Develop, promote and protect the principles of Olympism and the Olympic Movement in Australia in accordance with the Olympic Charter and all regulations and directives issued by the IOC;
  2. Promote, raise awareness of and encourage participation in sport for benefits of health, longevity, fitness, skill, achievement, social interaction, wellbeing and other benefits of exercise for all individuals in Australia;
  3. Encourage the development of sport for all for the health, wellbeing and other benefits to all individuals in Australia, and in support and encouragement of those objects, the development of high performance sport as the pinnacle of the benefits of sporting participation;
  4. Promote the fundamental principles and values of Olympism in Australia, in particular, in the fields of sport and education, by promoting Olympic sporting and health, educational programmes in all levels of schools, sports and physical education institutions and universities, as well as by encouraging the creation of institutions dedicated to Olympic education, such as National Olympic Academies, Olympic Museums and other programmes, including cultural, related to the Olympic Movement;
  5. Ensure the observance of the Olympic Charter;
  6. To recognise the heritage, culture and contribution of our nation’s first people, and to give practical support to the issue of indigenous reconciliation through sport;
  7. Take action against any form of discrimination and violence in sport;
  8. Protect clean athletes and the integrity of sport by being a leading advocate in the fight against doping and all forms of manipulation of competition and related corruption.
  9. Adopt and implement the World Anti-Doping Code;
  10. Encourage and support measures relating to the medical care and health of athletes;
  11. In support of the above objects, to effect its exclusive authority for the representation and participation by Australia at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games, Youth Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Winter Games and at Regional Games and do all matters incidental thereto, including the selection and discipline of all members of the teams to represent Australia at those Games. The Committee is obliged to participate in the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games by sending athletes;
  12. In order to fulfil these objects, the Committee may cooperate with governmental bodies. The Committee shall not associate itself with any activity which would be in contradiction with the Olympic Charter. The Committee may also cooperate with non-governmental bodies;
  13. To exercise its exclusive authority to select and designate the city or cities which may apply to organise Olympic Games in Australia;
  14. Preserve the autonomy of the AOC and resist all pressures of any kind, including but not limited to political, legal, religious or economic pressures which may prevent the AOC from complying with the Olympic Charter.
Men's 4x100m relay gold - Sydney 2000 (Photo: Getty Images)
Cathy Freeman celebrates winning gold in the 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. (Photo: Nick Wilson/ALLSPORT )