The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) was established in 1990 by the State Government to assist Victoria’s best athletes achieve national and international success. The VIS is a private trustee company with a Board of Directors appointed directly by the Victorian Minister for Sport.
The VIS receives most of its funding from the State Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria, and additional funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Institute of Sport and National Sporting Organisations, together with Paralympics Australia.
The VIS is based in its own facility at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park which provides a state of the art training environment for athletes, including a training gym, sprung floor, pool and recovery facilities, sport science laboratories, treatment rooms and offices.
The VIS offers three scholarship programs to athletes to enable them to achieve their sporting potential: Tier 1 scholarships, Individual scholarships and Future Talent scholarships.
Motto, Vision, Mission & Values
Motto: Success in Sport and Life
Vision: Victorians are proud and inspired by our national and international sporting success.
Mission: To provide leadership that enables talented Victorian athletes to excel in sport and life.
Definition of Success:
The aspirations of the VIS are consistent with the National High Performance Sports Strategy (NHPSS).
- All our athletes and staff strive to be world’s best in sport and are supported in their journey
- Victorian athletes representation and performance progressively increases at each major Games
- Victorian athletes are well positioned to contribute to Australia’s 2032 Olympic and Paralympic ambitions
World Leading Systems
- We lead, influence and collaborate to drive high performance sport
- We are the experts in talent development
- Sport daily training environments optimise athlete talent
Pride and Inspiration
- Our community engagement contributes to “Active Victoria”
- Our athletes are a positive influence on the Victorian community
The VIS awards scholarships to talented Victorian athletes on an annual basis.
Tier 1 Scholarship Program
Athletes with scholarships compete in sports which have a Tier 1 sports program with the VIS. AIS sport categorisation guides the VIS Tier 1 sports selection, based on the identified role of the VIS within the NSO plan. Our Tier 1 sports are: aerial skiing, archery, athletics, combat, cycling, diving, hockey, netball, sailing, shooting, swimming, triathlon and wheelchair basketball. Tier 1 sports programs have tri-partisan agreements with the National and State sporting organisations and are coordinated by a Head Coach or Program Manager.
Individual Scholarship Program
Individual scholarships are offered annually to athletes from sports which do not have a Tier 1 sports program. AIS athlete categorisation identifies athletes who are eligible for Individual VIS Scholarships covering Emerging through to Podium.
Future Talent Scholarship Program
Future Talent scholarships are for talented athletes who show outstanding potential for future success but are not yet eligible for a full VIS scholarship due to their age or selection criteria restrictions; once identified they are provided with VIS support services to “fast track” their development. There are athletes from Tier 1 and non-Tier 1 sports, as well as Para athletes. The program is supported by the Carbine Club.
The VIS acknowledges the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees for their endorsement of the VIS as an Olympic and Paralympic Training Centre.