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Brisbane 2032: At the starting line with a Brisbane Olympics Organising Committee

10 November 2021

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Brisbane 2032: At the starting line with a Brisbane Olympics Organising Committee

What a time to be a Queenslander!

Last week saw the introduction of the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games Arrangements Bill 2021 (Bill) into Parliament. The purpose of this Bill is to:

  • establish the Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Brisbane Organising Committee)
  • establish a board of directors of the Brisbane Organising Committee (at least 50 per cent of whom must be women in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Women on Boards Policy).

The main function of the Brisbane Organising Committee will be to “undertake and facilitate the organisation, conduct, promotion and commercial and financial management of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

The Brisbane Organising Committee’s responsibilities will include everything necessary to deliver the Brisbane2032 Games – from organising the much loved and anticipated parts of the Games such as the torch relays, opening and closing ceremonies, operating the Olympic venues and facilities, to the managerial side of organising such events like arranging accommodation and transport for all those involved (athletes, officials, media etc.).

The Board is to consist of the following individuals:

  • either the President of the IOC or an honorary life president of the IOC
  • the President of Paralympics Australia (currently Jock O'Callaghan)
  • the CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee
  • a member of the International Olympic Committee from Australia
  • a member of the governing board of the International Paralympic Committee who lives in Australia
  • an Olympian who competed for Australia at either (or both) of the two Olympic Games preceding their appointment and is elected by fellow athletes
  • a Paralympian who competed for Australia at either (or both) of the two Paralympic Games preceding their appointment and is elected by fellow athletes
  • five independent directors nominated by the Minister
  • up to four individuals nominated by the Prime Minister
  • four individuals nominated by the Premier
  • one person nominated by the Lord Mayor
  • the Lord Mayor.

The Board may establish committees (such as an audit, risk financial management committees) to assist the Board in performing its functions. The Board may also establish commissions to advise the Board.

The athlete representatives have been elected by the respective athlete’s commission as Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley and swimmer Bronte Barratt.

The Olympic Host Contract requires the Organising Committee to be formed by 21 December 2021.

Watch this space as we continue to share updates on all the exciting developments to do with Brisbane2032.

If you have any questions about this article or would like us to explore a particular topic on the Olympics, please speak to us or contact us here.

Author: Sarah Bryden

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