Athlete assistance


​​​​​​​​​​There are a number of funding assistance programs available to assist athletes to attend championship events. For specific information, please visit the websites listed below.

Emerging Athle​​te Pathways

The Emerging Athlete Pathways program supports eligible young athletes, coaches and officials aged 10-18 years to progress on a development pathway by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending state, national and international events. 


Eligible athletes, coaches and officials may apply for funding assistance for up to two (2) events each financial year across any event tiers (applicants can apply for two events of the same tier). Funding can be applied for as soon as they, or their team, have officially been selected to attend the event, up until six (6) months after the event start date. 

Funding is available in the following 3 tiers:

  • state or state school event
  • national or national school event
  • international event.

Applicants must be at least 10 years of age and under the age of 19 at the start of the event and must travel at least 125km road distance (one way) from their residence to attend the championship. 

Please see the Emerging Athlete Pathways website for the full Eligibility Criteria.


Lodging an application or meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding. 


Emerging Athlete Pathways event considerations: 


The Department of Tourism and Sport (DTS) and the Emerging Athlete Pathways team are solely responsible for assessing event and applicant eligibility and therefore QRSS is unable to comment on those details. Please contact for information regarding event availability.​​​

Please note that the 10-11 years rugby league (Vic Jensen) carnival and the 10-11 years netball carnival are deemed ineligible by The Department of Tourism and Sport.

​​2024 QRSS event submissions
1 January - 31 March​
Eligible ​QRSS events were submitted and underwent the assessment and approval processes.

Please login to your application and check the list for approved events - ​ 
1 April - 30 June
​Request received from DTS for eligible QRSS events be submitted (20 February 2024)

Eligible ​QRSS events were submitted and underwent the assessment and approval processes.
1 July - 30 September
Request received from DTS for eligible QRSS events be submitted (18 June 2024)
These events will undergo DTS's assessment and approval processes. Approved events will be added to the list within the application.
​1 October onwards
Nominations for events post 30 September 2024 will not be accepted by DTS.

The Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund

The Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund proudly invests in Australia’s sporting stars of today and tomorrow by providing financial scholarships to support and empower talented young athletes who are facing barriers to achieving their dreams.

For more information, please visit the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund website​.​

Australian Sports Commission – Local Spo​rting Champions

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12–18 participating in state, national or international championships. Successful applicants will receive up to $750 towards the cost of attending their nominated championships.

For more information, please visit the Sport Australia website​.

South West Indigenous Network (SWIN) Pathways Program

The Pathways Program​ was created to further the sporting journeys of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people through assistance with the costs of competing, which can often exempt families from being able to send their young people to competition. This program provides pathways for young people to travel the state to represent their communities at regional and state level sporting competitions.

For more information about the SWIN Pathways Program, please visit the SWIN website.

FairPlay vouchers

FairPlay assists children and young people who can least afford or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club. Eligible children can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 which can be redeemed at a sport or recreation club that is registered for Get Started vouchers.

For more information, please visit the FairPlay website​.

Council grants

Many local councils offer the opportunity to apply for grants for athletes who fit the eligibility criteria. Some examples include:

​For more information on assistance programs in your area, please visit the regional school sport page​.

Last updated 19 June 2024