Jan 16, 2018

Why is Tennis Australia receiving millions in government grants?

The Australian Open makes hundreds of millions in revenue, so why has it received tens of millions in government grants?

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


The Australian Open is in full swing, and the main focus so far has been on how unbearably miserable Bernard Tomic's life seems to be. But Crikey has spotted another noteworthy point, away from the court: despite making hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year (and millions in profit), Tennis Australia is receiving millions in government grants.

In their annual report of their 2016-2017 financial report, Tennis Australia proudly mentions its revenue for the year was over $320 million, up from $284 million the previous year and $186 million in 2013. The breakdown of revenue sources is split between ticket sales (28%), sponsorship (27%), media rights (34%) and other (11%).

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7 thoughts on “Why is Tennis Australia receiving millions in government grants?

  1. old greybearded one

    Step one.make Tomic pay his funding back.

  2. 124C4U

    Beer and circuses.
    Coupla megabucks to prevent us peasants getting any more revolting than we are.
    Also it’s probably cheaper than the cost of bullets, teargas, fuel for the armoured cars and tanks, overtime for the military and cops and Pete Dubbo to oversee the suppression of any revolt.

  3. michael dwyer

    Do other peak sporting bodies receive government grants. Think of the AFGL, NRL, Soccer, Rugby Australia, various Olympic sports. How much taxpayer money was lost with the unsuccessful soccer world cup bid? It has been suggested that the Australian GP absorbs upwards of $50 million each year. The new stadium in Perth has been costed at $1.5 billion, and Sydney is looking at spending $1.2 gigabucks on replacing two existing stadiums.

    1. cp

      Make that 2.1 Gigabux. For the Sydney replacement of 2 perfectly good, not that old stadiums. The new ones will have same or less seating capacity.

  4. Peter Logan

    The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has received more than a billion taxpayer dollars, all based on misleading and deceptive claims.
    That is easy to getaway with if you’re a government agency: no scrutiny by ACCC, no history of annual reports on the website and all covered by bi-partisan political support.
    Tennis Australia’s government support is tiny in comparison and they are honest and accountable.
    Peter Logan
    Save Albert Park fact checker

  5. AR

    To update the old axiom, “$port is the opium of the people”.
    As Lenin didn’t sing, “keep you drugged with sport, sex & TV”.

  6. Albert

    I also want to know, who owns TA and what happens to its profits?

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