AOC Funding - Winter Sports

The AOC has exclusive responsibility for the representation of Australia at the Olympic Winter Games, Youth Olympic Winter Games and at the regional, continental and world multi‐sports competitions patronised by the IOC. Funding is derived from income distributions from the Australian Olympic Foundation, grants from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), known as Olympic Solidarity, grants from the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), sponsorship and licensing and fundraising for Olympic Teams by the AOC, State/Territory Olympic Councils and the Olympic Team Appeal Committees.

2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games Programs & Funding Guidelines

The AOC’s objectives for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea are to: 

  • place within the top 15 nations on total medal standings (for which it is anticipated 4 or more medals will be required); and
  • win medals in more than 2 sports disciplines in which the Australian Olympic Winter Team won medals in 2014.

To help achieve these objectives the AOC will provide funding known as “AOC Funding” or, in the case of Direct Funding to Medallists “adidas Medal Incentive Funding”.

To read about AOC funding for sports on the program of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in greater detail click below for the complete Program and Funding Guidelines.  

adidas Medal Incentive Funding

Athletes who won medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games or win medals in 2014/15 or 2015/16 at World Championships or other major international events of a comparable standard in events on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games program (agreed in advance by the AOC as appropriate “benchmark competitions”) will be considered for AOC Direct Funding to be known as adidas Medal Incentive Funding for athletes in the following years in the following amounts: 

Season in which result was achieved   Year in which MIF will be paid  Gold Silver Bronze
2014 Olympic
Winter Games
2014  $15,000   $10,000   $7,500
2014/15 2015  $15,000   $10,000   $7,500 
2015/16 2016  $20,000   $13,400   $10,000 


The purpose of this funding is to help these athletes gain selection to represent Australia at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and win medals.

The AOC will determine if this funding will continue in 2016/17 and 2017/18 in the context of its financial forecasts for the 2017‐2020 Olympic quadrennium and other priorities and, if continuing, in what amounts. 

Prior to 1 April 2017 the AOC will determine whether this program can continue to be funded and, if so, in what amounts for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2022. If continuing the AOC will announce at least the adidas Medal Incentive Funding payments for 2018 Olympic Winter Games results. 

Australian Olympic Winter Team Preparation Funding

The AOC will consider applications for Olympic Winter Team Preparation Funding from NFs of sports likely to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games which receive less than a total of $100,000 per annum in high performance funding from the ASC, AIS and OWIA. Olympic Winter Team Preparation Funding will be provided for initiatives to assist in preparing their athletes forthe 2018 Olympic Winter Games including for international competition, direct support of their most talented athletes, coaching, technical support and equipment. 

Based on the ASC/AIS Investment Allocation for 2015-16 for funding to NFs and other sporting bodies, the AOC has determined that the following NFs are currently eligible to receive this funding: Biathlon, Ice Skating and Sliding Sports (Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton).

The AOC does not currently consider that Ice Hockey and Curling are likely to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and has determined not to fund these NFs for this reason. 

Olympic Winter Institute of Australia 

The OWIA was established by the AOC in June 1998 to improve the performances of its Australian Olympic Winter Teams.

The objective of the OWIA is:

  • to develop and prepare elite Australian athletes for selection in Olympic Winter Games; and
  • to assist with the development and funding of high performance coaches.

The OWIA operates specialist high performance sport programs in disciplines where medal potential outcomes have been identified in line with the ASC’s high performance game plan for moving Australian sport from world class to world best; “Australia's Winning Edge 2012‐2022”. Disciplines considered for sport program activity include Skiing, Snowboarding, and Ice Skating.

AOC Funding to the OWIA will be $1,000,000 p.a. in 2014/15 and 2015/16. The AOC will determine if this funding will continue in 2016/17 and 2017/18 in the context of its financial forecasts for the 2017‐2020 Olympic quadrennium and other priorities and, if continuing, in what amounts. 

For further information on the OWIA click here>>>  

Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) established a Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) which is held every four years. The first was held in January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. Lillehammer, Norway will host the second WYOG in 2016, and AOC Funding of $447,575 is budgeted for this Australian WYOG Team. The AOC intends to field a team of approximately 21 athletes (based on quotas and qualifications as determined by the IOC).  

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony. Photo: Getty Images
Lassila wins gold in Vancouver. Photo: Getty Images
Snowboarders Johnston, Pullin and Crawford win gold at the 2011 World Championships in La Mollina, Spain. Photo: Getty Images