About us

The Territory Government established the Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) on 4 July 1996 to assist the Territory’s most talented young athletes with greater opportunities for improvement and success on the national and international stage.

The NTIS is endorsed by the Australian Olympic Committee as an Olympic Training Centre and endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission as a National Training Centre. The NTIS also houses the Australian Institute of Sport endorsed National Heat Training and Acclimatisation Centre.

The NTIS is a collection of professional expertise, services and resources focused on the delivery of programs designed to enhance athlete and coach performance. These programs are reflective of the ‘formula’ that has brought about Australia’s international success.

This 'formula' is the Australian State Institutes of Sport and State Academies of Sport (SIS/SAS) network, developed to foster elite athlete development. In conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport, the SIS/SAS network has gained international recognition through Australia’s outstanding performances in major sporting events over the past decade.

Australia’s medal tally at the past five Olympics, where the vast majority of medallists were on scholarship with these institutes and academies, further highlights the impact of such state and territory based programs.

The NTIS operates as a Centre of Excellence and it is unique in that over 90% of the athletes are under 19 years of age. This focus on younger athletes is based on the view that they have the greatest potential to advance toward national level representation.

The NTIS has a role in enhancing the overall system supporting high performance sport in the Territory. This is achieved by working with affiliated Territory Sport Organisations to build capacity and develop high performance programs outside the NTIS’ core athlete development programs.


NTIS Purpose

The Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) is the Northern Territory Government’s Centre of Sporting Excellence for the identification, development and support of the Territory’s talented athletes and coaches. 

The aim of the NTIS is to develop Territory athletes into champions. 

This is achieved through:

  • Strong leadership;
  • High quality, integrated coaching and support services; and
  • An environment that optimises opportunities to achieve at the highest levels in sport and life.

    The NTIS has three key performance indicators (KPIs):

    1. Improved NTIS athlete performance and achievements.
    2. NTIS athletes representing Australia.
    3. NTIS athletes competing in National leagues or professional competitions.

      In line with the NTIS’ aim and KPIs, the NTIS provides priority support to athletes, and their coaches, with demonstrated capacity to perform and achieve at the highest level within their chosen sport.

      The Territory Government considers NTIS scholarships an investment in Territory sport, with the purpose of achieving NTIS KPIs. Therefore, the NT Government, through the NTIS, assumes primary program development and management authority for all supported programs. This includes an emphasis on an in-house, multi-disciplined specialist team approach to servicing athletes.

      The NTIS aim and KPIs are underpinned by three principles for success:

      1. Exemplary standards - We set the bar higher than one might think is realistic. We do not tolerate excuses, delays or non-compliance. Our athletes consistently achieve success/perform at the highest level; they have a can do, winning attitude.

      2. Quality personnel and practices - We work in a united fashion across disciplines (sharing ideas, thoughts and knowledge while challenging views and decisions in a constructive, concilliatory way, which respects expert opinion), think strategically and innovatively, and use sound planning and evaluation processes across all work areas.

      3. Athlete focused, expert guided, coach managed systems - We apply a multi-disciplinary team approach that puts the athlete at the centre of work with integrated programs being specifically designed to meet each athlete's requirements.