The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) was recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1895, one year before the first modern-day Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Its President is Mr John Coates and its Secretary General is Mr Matthew Carroll.
The National Context
Australia is one of the very few countries that can claim to have attended every Summer Games since they were re-created by the Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896.
The AOC is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development of youth and sport and it is mandated to select, send and fund Australian National Teams to the Olympic Games. It has spread Olympism and reaches into the local communities of Australia through a strong decentralisation approach establishing offices in seven of eight states in the country.
It has played a huge role in strengthening the Olympic Movement among Pacific Small Island Developing States (Pacific SIDS), most recently through hosting of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney which put both Australia and the Pacific islands region in the international spotlight. This event opened doors to opportunity, increased IOC appreciation for the nature and complexity of the countries, and played a significant role in sport development.
Australia also plays a huge role as a partner in the region with its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) being the region’s largest development partner.
AOC achieves recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Australia attends the first modern-day Olympic Games in Athens, Greece (and attends every Summer Games since).
Australia hosts the Summer Games in Sydney.
Best Olympic Moments
Australia’s first participation was at the inaugural modern day Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1896. Over the years, it has fielded 3,579 participants in a total of 37 sports. Australia has an impressive record of 504 medal wins: 146 gold, 167 silver and 191 bronze.
The country has also participated in the Winter Games since 1924, fielding a total of 240 participants in 14 sports. It has a record of 12 medal wins: 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze at the Winter Games.