Elite Athlete 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.


To be eligible as an elite athlete or coach you must be currently competing or coaching at a minimum level;

  • Listed in the top grade or under age level of a State League competition such as: Victorian Football League (Australian Rules), State League 1 (Football Federation Victoria), Premier Grade Cricket, Victorian Netball League or the South East Australian Basketball League.

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.

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

Student athletes, coaches and performers may be eligible to receive the following support at the University:

  • Academic case management including assistance with enrolment, timetabling, flexible assessment and alternative exam arrangements
  • Grants towards sporting endeavours
  • Gym membership and access to sporting facilities
  • Zone 4 parking permit
  • Elite Athlete Program apparel
  • Assistance with university entry pathways and credit transfer arrangements

The program also provides help and training to support your future career including:

  • Professional development workshops
  • Advice from Student Development and Employability Advisor's


Elite Athlete Scholarship

    There is one $7,000 Elite Athlete Scholarship available to a commencing student each year. To be eligible you must meet the Elite Athlete, Coach and Performer Program eligibility criteria. 
    Applications for the scholarship are open between 1st November, 2018 and 22nd February, 2019.

Support services

Elite athlete, coach and performer university program application form

Complete the Elite athlete, coach and performer university program application form.

Please note, as part of this application you will be asked to submit  the below:

  • a statement of support from your state or national sport governing body to verify your status as an elite athlete
  • a brief summary of your sporting curriculum vitae (optional),
  • evidence of team selection and state national rankings (optional),
  • a recent image of yourself (optional).

It is advised that you have all of these attachments ready to upload to your application when you complete it.

Contact us

For further information on the elite athlete, coach and performer program contact Jason Slater:

Ph: 5327 6642

Email: sport@federation.edu.au