Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited the AIS campus to make the announcement. AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's announcement of a significant investment in facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

AOC President Ian Chesterman says the $165 million (€152.9m) boost for a multi-storey accommodation complex, multi-sport indoor training facility and high-performance training and testing centre is good news for Olympic sports and our elite athletes.

The funding follows the recently completed Independent Review of AIS Infrastructure, which recommended that the AIS campus remain in Canberra.

The funding will focus on three facilities: a 192-bed, multi-storey, fully accessible accommodation building; a large indoor sports dome that will provide 24/7, all-weather training facilities for athletics; and a new testing and training centre that will provide state-of-the-art equipment and support for the development of athletes.

“The AOC certainly welcomes this positive news. The AOC supports the government’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the Canberra-based facility for now through to Brisbane 2032 and beyond," Chesterman said.

“We know that access to modern, fit-for-purpose facilities is a key part of the bigger picture – Australia producing world class athletes, inspiring Australians to participate in sport and creating a healthier and happier community. 

"This decision has an eye to the future and the great opportunity that Brisbane 2032 presents to Australian sport and the Australian community more broadly. As the Minister for Sport, Anika Wells, noted today, the AIS has played a pivotal role in the past and for 2032 Games success, the need for sport investment is now.

“We are just 77 days away from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games – and while our focus is firmly on providing the best environment for the Australian Team in Paris, we are also committed to achieving a great legacy for Australian sport in the time beyond Paris – with Los Angeles in 2028, a wonderful home Games in 2032 and for decades to come,” the 65-year-old concluded.