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Athlete assistance

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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

Emerging Athlete​ Pathways aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events. The subsidy provides financial assistance through 3 event tiers and supports attendance at specific state, national and international events.

Funding is available in the following 3 tiers:

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

Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) who are officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants must be under the age of 18 at the start of the event and must travel at least 250km (one way) to attend the championship. Eligible athletes may apply for 1 event per tier, once every 2 calendar years.

Lodging an application does not guarantee funding.​

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​.

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Last updated 18 October 2021