The Australian Centre for Olympic Studies (ACOS) was launched on the 6 October 2005 by Helen Brownlee, member of the Australian Olympic Committee. The aim of ACOS is to provide a national focus for Olympic studies in Australia.
The centre's main current activities are research and publishing, teaching and documentation.
Australia is the first country to develop an international caravan – a product of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games – to cater for the requirements of large-scale sporting and cultural events. The story of the caravan needs to be told because it has enhanced the country’s reputation abroad. It has also contributed to the knowledge economy. Since the caravan has largely operated offshore, the achievements of many Australians have not been properly recognised.
The centre has a range of publications for sale.
The application form for the 2014 edition of the IOC OSC PhD Students Research Grant programme is now available on the IOC website - Academic activities and network section
Richard Cashman and Daryl Adair (with assistance from Christoph Hechelmann) completed a research project on the History and Legacy of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games which was published in 2010. A copy of the History and Legacy of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games can be purchased (see our order form 57KB PDF) or a low resolution electronic copy can be downloaded (3.3MB PDF) at no cost. The website also contains Final Report of the SWMGOC (11.5MB PDF) (the Sydney World Masters Games Organising Committee).
The Olympic Studies Room hosts an archive of material for Olympic Games and Paraolympic Games research. It is located in the UTS Library, Kuring-gai campus.
ACOS maintains the Online Olympic Games Bibliography which currently lists some 1800 entries. The Paralympic Games Online Bibliography is also now available.