Athletics Australia

Athletics Australia is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised by the Australian Sports Commission for the sport of athletics in Australia.[2]

Athletics Australia
(as Australia Amateur Athletic Association)
(as Athletics Australia)
Regional affiliationOAA
HeadquartersAlbert Park, Victoria
PresidentMark Arbib
CEODarren Gocher
Official website

First founded in 1897, the organisation is responsible for administering a sport with over 16,000 registered athletes, coaches and officials.[3]


Athletics Australia (AA) was originally the Athletic Union of Australasia, an amateur group founded in 1897. In 1928, New Zealand broke away to form its own national body and the Amateur Athletics Union of Australia (AAU) was the result.

In 1932, an Australian Women's Amateur Athletics Union (AWAAU) was instituted and it remained responsible for women's athletics until 1978. In that year, the separate national unions amalgamated into one governing body which, in 1989, was rebranded as Athletics Australia.[4]


Affiliated with the IAAF, the organisation governs the sport of athletics throughout Australia, conducting a range of important competitions each year.

Athletics Australia conducts the Athletics Grand Prix Series and the Australian Championships in Athletics,[5] where athletes compete to gain selection for the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.[6] The Australian Athletics Team since 2009 has been known as the Australian Flame.[7]

The association also provides co-ordination, guidance, and support to affiliated member organisations, which govern athletics in their respective states, territories or jurisdictions (e.g. Paralympic athletics).[8]

A number of committees and commissions hold responsibilities in specialist areas such as race walking, coaching and anti-doping.[9]

Hall of Fame

In 2000 Athletics Australia established its Hall of Fame to recognise outstanding achievement amongst Australia's greatest athletes. Induction is at the discretion of Athletics Australia's Special Awards Committee.[10]

See also


  1. Athletics Australia - Australia at the 2000 Games Archived July 18, 2012, at
  2. Cool Running Australia
  3. - Athletics Australia - Annual Report 2006/07 Archived December 30, 2012, at
  4. Athletics Australia - History Archived October 5, 2009, at the Portuguese Web Archive
  5. Athletics Australia - Season Guide 2007/08 Archived February 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Athletics Australia - General Selection Criteria Archived April 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Athletics Australia (2010). Annual report 2009-2010 (PDF). Melbourne: Athletics Australia. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. Athletics Australia - Affiliated Organisations Archived February 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. Athletics Australia - Commissions and Committees Archived October 5, 2009, at the Portuguese Web Archive
  10. "Athletics Australia Hall of Fame". Athletics Australia. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  11. "This year's Hall of Fame inductee is @BenitaWillis". Athletiucs Australia Twitter. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
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