Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Pictured is a young Australian fan with their national flag. SUPPLIED/ 22041104
Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games with towns across the State set to deliver the sixth Home-Games in Australia.
Sixteen sports and locations have already been named in the initial phase of the 2026 Games programme.
Islands Commonwealth Games Association president and Commonwealth Games
Federation Oceania regional vice president Hugh Graham welcomed the
announcement, saying that it was “A1 Meitaki” that the 2026 Commonwealth Games
would be right on our doorstep.
will not only be Victoria State, Australia’s Games, it will be Oceania’s
Games. The Australian CGA, under the leadership of president Ben Houston
and secretary general Craig Phillips need to be thanked alongside the team from
the Commonwealth Games Federation, under the presidency of Dame Louise Martin,”
are set for some great games right here in Oceania, the Pacific Games in
Solomon Islands and Tahiti, 2026 Commonwealth Games and the 2032 Olympic Games
in Australia right here in our own backyard.”
Victoria 2026 Games will be a Games-changer for the Commonwealth Sport Movement
with a vision to deliver an innovative and flexible model for the Games that is
unprecedented in the event’s history.
announcement follows a successful exclusive dialogue period between the CGF,
Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) and Victoria, where an exciting proposal to
stage the major multi-sport competition across the State was agreed.
CGF, CGA and Victoria entered an exclusive dialogue period in February 2022.
The CGF and CGA visited Victoria later that month. This was followed by a
Victoria 2026 delegation presenting their 2026 Games proposal to the CGF
Executive Board in Birmingham, England in March 2022. After careful
consideration, CGF Executive Board has approved the proposal, with the Host
Contract to be signed in Ballarat today.
proposal capitalises on the CGF’s 2026/30 Strategic Roadmap, which provides
unprecedented flexibility to be innovative and creative in delivering the
submission, developed in conjunction with CGA, centred on a regionally focused
Commonwealth Games that will expand the capacity of regional cities in Victoria
to deliver major events linking tourism, arts, culture and sport.
what will be a first-ever predominantly regional Commonwealth Games, Victoria
2026 will be staged in March 2026 across multiple cities and regional hubs
including Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland.
will host the opening ceremony.
is estimated that the 2026 Commonwealth Games will contribute more than A$3
billion to the State’s economy, creating 7500 jobs:
600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games;
during the Games; and
further 3,000 beyond the closing ceremony.
president Dame Louise Martin said: “The Commonwealth Games Federation is
absolutely delighted to award the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Victoria.
Commonwealth Games Australia and the Victorian Government have set out a bold
and innovative vision for hosting our major multi-sport event. In Victoria, we
believe we have found the perfect partner for the next stage of our journey.”
has staged the Commonwealth Games on five occasions, with Victoria playing host
to the Melbourne 2006 Games; widely considered one of the most successful
editions of the event in history. Australia also staged the Games in Sydney in
1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982 and most recently Gold Coast in 2018.
Victoria has also hosted the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo in 2004.”
2026 Games will be the 23rd edition of the major multi-sport competition, which
first began in Hamilton, Canada in 1930.
2022 Commonwealth Games will be staged in Birmingham, England from 28 July – 8