Elite athlete, coach and performer university program

Federation University Australia offers elite athletes, coaches and performers the opportunity to manage the demands of higher education with their elite athlete, coach and performer friendly university program.

Via customised support and the implementation of flexible study arrangements elite athletes, coaches and performers can strive for success in both the sporting/performance and academic arenas.


An elite athlete or coach is a person who participates in, or coaches sport at a level of national or international competition.

To qualify for the elite athlete, coach and performer program, you must meet the criteria of the agreement. This means you’re probably already registered with one or more of the following groups:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players Association
  • Australian Cricketers Association
  • Rugby Union Players Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers Association
  • National senior squad members from Coach and Athlete Career and Education
  • (CACE)-supported sport
  • Coach Career Management Program
  • SCOPE Program
  • Tennis players who are members of the ATP or WTA or who are eligible to compete in the ITF Pro Circuit, Australian Pro Tour or have a valid international player identification number

An elite performer is a person who participates in significant state, national or international performances, productions installations, competitions or events.

For performers to access the program, they must demonstrate their endorsement by a state, national or international level performance organisation in one or more of the following fields;

  • Art
  • Culture
  • Orchestra
  • Opera
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Film, or
  • Television

If a performer cannot demonstrate their endorsement by state, national or international level performance organisations, they may submit a request to be considered an elite performer on the basis of having;

  • Achieved significant success in a major artistic performing arts competition (outside of the applicants VCE/high school curriculum);
  • Undertaken a major role in commercial arts production as a performer and/or producer outside of their University course requirements;
  • Contracted with a major commercial music label or producer or equivalent commercial partner in any of the above fields; or
  • Achieved significant success as an independent artist/producer with a documented track record in any of the fields listed above.

Benefits of program

In the context of the elite athlete, coach and performer Friendly University Program, flexible study options include:

Assessment-related needs

  • Ability to negotiate assessment deadlines based on sporting related travel commitments
  • Ability to sit exams externally under exam conditions, within the athlete’s environment (e.g. whilst travelling, in their hotel etc)
  • The minimum attendance at lectures, tutorials or practicals waived where student-athlete/ performer unavailable due to sporting commitments

Enrolment-related needs

  • Ability to tailor academic study load to integrate with sporting/ performing commitments, available for first year students as well
  • Ability to negotiate lecture, tutorial and practical timetables to accommodate sporting/performing commitments
  • Ability to extend minimum time to complete course due to periods of decreased study load
  • Ability to take several leaves of absence where required due to increased sporting/performance commitments (e.g. Olympic Games year)
  • Ability to complete cross institutional study options with interstate universities, and flexibility within this policy provided for student athletes/performers (e.g. first year student’s eligible, increase number of subjects able to be completed by cross-institutional study
  • Provision of summer study alternatives and/or ability to swap between distance education mode and on-campus mode, depending on sporting/performing commitments
  • Recognition of credit achieved at interstate universities.

Course-related needs

Access to distance education materials, and/or class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals.


Elite athlete, coach and performer learning access plan (LAP)

The Learning Access Plan (LAP) assists you to communicate your negotiated adjustments and/or supports with other faculties/schools and services within FedUni.

The LAP will outline:

  • How your sporting/performing requirements will be managed in relation to your study needs.
  • Your strategies with managing your training/study needs
  • The adjustments you require within your academic program
  • Examination adjustments
  • Fieldwork/placement
  • Training/performance schedules
  • Competition dates and timelines

How to register

  1. Make an appointment with a Disability Learning access Officer (DLAO). The athlete/performer must attend this appointment in person.
  2. Athlete/coach/performer must provide evidence of elite status and outline the impact of their competition/performance and compulsory training/rehearsal demands on their education to the DLAO.
  3. Based on the information provided, the DLAO will outline examples of appropriate flexible study options that may be implemented if the athlete/coach/performer registers with the Disability learning access unit (DLAU).
  4. A decision by the athlete/coach/performer is then required to become a registered client of the DLAU.

Support services


For further information on the elite athlete, coach and performer program or to make an appointment to see a Disability and Learning Access Officer;

Ph: 5327 9470

Email: disability@federation.edu.au