WAIS Overview


To enable Western Australian athletes to achieve international sporting success.


Sporting Champions: Western Australian athletes achieve international success and are admired for their character.

Guiding Principles

WAIS will pursue its Purpose and develop strategy guided by the following principles:

  • Principle 1. International Focus: WAIS will prioritise resource allocation to support athlete performance at the international level.
  • Principle 2. Partner to Value Add: WAIS will invest in and partner National Sports Organisations (NSOs) that provide high calibre national leadership; it will allocate its resources to enhance the support provided by them to WA athletes.
  • Principle 3. Western Australian Significance: WAIS will give priority to sports important to the Western Australian community.
  • Principle 4. Community Values: High performance athletes are role models for the community and their behaviour should reflect an understanding of this responsibility.
  • Principle 5.Athlete wellbeing and safety: WAIS will make decisions and take actions that are at all times considerate of athlete mental and physical wellbeing and safety.
  • Principle 6.Government Policy Alignment: WAIS will align with Western Australian Government policy and be responsive to Federal Government sports policy.

Our Values

Our culture of Striving for Excellence is lived through the behaviours of athletes and staff that demonstrate:


WAIS Purpose and Vision - Athlete Performance Goals

WAIS Purpose Goals measure the achievement of organisational purpose and vision.


Purpose Goals


The Western Australian contribution to Australia’s international success is equal to or greater than its proportion of the national population

Percentage of Australian athlete podium performances from WA athletes and supported by WAIS

The Western Australian contribution to significant Australian teams is equal to or greater than its proportion of the national population

Percentage of national team representatives from WA and supported by WAIS

WAIS scholarship national team representatives are admired for their character and values

Percentage of WAIS scholarship national team representatives reflecting the personal valuesof a champion.


The target for both our contribution to the Australian international success and significant national teams is 11%. Our target for WAIS athletes to be admired for their character is 100%.

To align WAIS efforts to supporting Australian International Success all athlete performance goals in this plan will be assessed at the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games and Sport World Championships held during the term of the plan (World Championship performance is limited to events on the Summer Olympic and Paralympic and Commonwealth Games programs).

Our Strategy

WAIS Operations for this plan will be structured to deliver the following key strategies:

Athlete Focused: Provide specialist high performance knowledge and resources to enhance the performance capability of identified athletes.

Sport Partnerships: Support and add value to sport pathways which have the capability of producing sustainable results.

The implementation of these strategies means that WAIS achieves these goals either directly through internal operations and/or by contributing athletes to National Sport Programs preparing athletes for Australian Teams. The success of each strategy will be monitored by the following operational and WAIS Graduate goals.

WAIS Operations Athlete Performance Goals

WAIS Operational goals are achieved by the Performance Enhancement Teams with each Team contributing to one or more of the goals.

Operational Goals


WAIS scholarship athletes contribute to Australia's International Success

Number of WAIS scholarship athletes contributing to Australian Podium Performances


WAIS scholarship athletes gain selection on significant Australian Teams

Number of WAIS scholarship athletes selected to National Teams


WAIS scholarship athletes are selected to Sport National Programs

Number of WAIS scholarship athletes selected to Sport National Programs



The target for each of our operational goals will be determined in collaboration with our sport partners on an annual basis, taking into consideration the athlete cohort in training.

The Critical Success Factors to deliver are operational strategies are:

  • Athletes: athletes with the attributes and attitude for high performance sport.
  • Training environment: providing for each identified athlete a daily training environment appropriate to achieve their performance goals inclusive of integrated, Coaching, Facilities, Equipment and Specialist Services.
  • Competition: access to the competition required to develop an athlete’s competitive skills.
  • Sport and life balance: athletes have the opportunity to succeed in sport and life.

Each of these factors will be monitored and reported on a quarterly basis to ensure we remain focussed on delivering our operational goals.

WAIS Graduate Athlete Performance Goals

These goals will monitor the effectiveness of the decision to partner sports where other parties have responsibility for higher levels of the athlete pathway which a WAIS scholarship holder will graduate to if selected to a Sport National Program.


Graduate Goals


WAIS Graduate athletes contribute to Australia's International Success

Number of WAIS graduate athletes contributing to Australian Podium Performances

WAIS Graduate athletes gain selection on significant Australian Teams

Number of WAIS graduate athletes selected to National Teams

The targets for these goals will be set on the basis of the data used to support the 2017-20 Sport Program Investment decisions approved by the Board in June 2016.

Sustainable Success

To ensure WAIS acquires and maintains the requirements for sustainable success the following Key Result Areas (KRAs) have been identified. Each KRA has one or two goals which we will work to achieve on a continuous basis unless considered no longer relevant due to a change in our operational strategy or a change in our operating environment.

These KRAs will be monitored and reported on every four months to ensure they maintain relevance and to hold us accountable to delivering our strategies successfully.

Key Result Area


Measures of Success



Athlete Performance Systems

The athlete identification, development and management systems required to produce sporting champions

Athlete identification, development and management systems that are equal to or exceed industry standards

Effectiveness of athlete performance systems


The individual employees and Human Resource systems used to manage and support them

Staffing with the capability, values and desire to deliver the services required to achieve our vision

Staff competency, values and engagement

Cost effective Human Resource systems that meet operational and statutory requirements

Cost Effectiveness of Human Resource management systems


The relationships with the sporting community, government and other stakeholders that support the opportunities for our athletes to become sporting champions

Strategic Partnerships to achieve specific outcomes

Partnership objective achievement

Stakeholders are positively engaged with WAIS

Stakeholder engagement


The systems required to manage the financial resources

Cost effective financial systems that meet operational and statutory requirements

Cost Effectiveness of financial management systems

Facilities and Equipment

The infrastructure required todeliver services to our athletes

WAIS facilities and equipment meet operational requirements

Access to fit for purpose facilities and equipment



A comprehensive account of the Western Australian Institute of Sport's history is available via the Going For Gold | Champions from the West book which you can view here.

Current Operations


With dedicated sports programs and individual athletes on IASP scholarships, WAIS athlete numbers range between 200-250 athletes on scholarship at any one time. Athletes on WAIS scholarships are offered coaching, services and support to enable the athlete to undertake a program of training, preparation and competition.


The Western Australian Institute of Sport operates under a structure consisting of three Performance Teams which collectively create a Performance Enhancement Division (PED).

Each Performance Team will be headed by a Performance Team Director, with medical, biomechanics, nutrition, Personal Excellence (formerly ACE), strength and conditioning, physiology, psychology and coaching all structured to service a pre-determined cluster of athletes.

The rationale being that the grouped service providers will align and improve team and individual staff line of sight to KPIs related to their prime role and responsibility. This objective aims to see staff increase accountability in the provisions of planning, service delivery and supporting the development of athletes.


WAIS has over 40 full-time staff servicing the needs of WA's elite athletes. In addition, WAIS employs numerous part-time coach and service staff across all sport programs.


The WAIS High Performance Service Centre was officially opened on April 22, 2015 by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett.

Key features of the new WAIS High Performance Service Centre include:

  • A 715 m2 strength and conditioning gym suitable for two sporting squads to train simultaneously
  • An 80m, five lane indoor athletics track including a complete pole vault setup, ability for indoor javelin and a long jump pit
  • A 625 m2 multi purpose indoor sport science testing area
  • A 260 m2 hydrotherapy based recovery centre
  • A 280 m2 laboratory for the WA High Performance Sport Research centre, including a 70 m2 heat/humidity/altitude laboratory
  • Athlete amenities including study zone, kitchen and recreation area
  • Complete universal access for Paralympic athletes to all areas of the facility

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