Access support to help you succeed in your studies and enable you to commit to your sporting obligations.

You will receive an Elite Athlete Program Plan which details your eligibility to receive services such as allocation of class preferences, assignment extensions, and deferred examinations. You will also be assigned a liaison officer who will support you during your studies, through to your graduation.

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) logo

Elite Athlete Friendly University program

Murdoch University is proud to be an established Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU), an initiative of Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). We follow the guiding principles set out by the EAFU program.

To find out more about the program and the guiding principles visit the AIS website.

Find out if you are eligible

To register under the Elite Athlete Program you need to be recognised as an elite athlete as described under the guiding principles of the EAFU program. The majority of elite athletes within Australia are on a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport or the network of institutes and academies of sport. There are also alternative ways an athlete may be included in the program.

Eligibility can be determined in one of the following ways:

  • Athletes recognised by sporting organisations

    If you are registered with one of the organisations listed below, you are eligible for the program.

    Contact us directly so we can let you know more about our program and confirm your registration.

    • 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
    • Australian Basketballers Alliance
    • National squad members from Sports Australia funded sports
  • Athletes participating in recognised sports
    Sport Sporting Organisation
    Archery Archery Australia
    Athletics Athletics Australia
    AFL - football Australian Football League
    Badminton Badminton Australia
    Baseball Baseball Australia
    Basketball Basketball Australia
    BMX BMX Australia
    Bowls Bowls Australia
    Boxing Boxing Australia
    Canoeing Australian Canoeing
    Cricket Cricket Australia
    Cycling Cycling Australia
    Diving Diving Australia
    Dragon Boat Australian Dragon Boat Federation
    Equestrian Equestrian Federation of Australia
    Fencing Australian Federation Fencing
    Football Football Federation Australia
    Gaelic Football Gaelic Football & Hurling Association of Australasia
    Golf Golf Australia
    Gymnastics Gymnastics Australia
    Hockey Hockey Australia
    Ice Hockey Ice Hockey Australia
    Ice Skating Ice Skating Australia
    Judo Judo Federation of Australia
    Jujitsu Australian Jujitsu Federation
    Karate Australian Karate Federation
    Kendo Australian Kendo Renmei
    Kung Fu Wushu Kung Fu Wushu Australia
    Sport Sporting Organisation
    Lacrosse Australian Lacrosse Association
    Muaythai Muaythai Australia
    Netball Netball Australia
    Polo Australian Polo Council
    Polocrosse Polocrosse Association of Australia
    Rowing Rowing Australia
    Rugby League Australian Rugby League
    Rugby Union Australian Rugby Union
    Sailing Yachting Australia
    Skate/Roller Sports Skate Australia
    Ski and Snowboarding Ski & Snowboard Australia
    Softball Softball Australia
    Squash Squash Australia
    Surf Life Saving Surf Life Saving Australia
    Surfing Surfing Australia
    Swimming Swimming Australia
    Synchronised Swimming Synchro Swimming Australia
    Table Tennis Table Tennis Australia
    Tennis Tennis Australia
    Touch Football Touch Football Australia
    Triathlon Triathlon Australia
    Volleyball Volleyball Australia
    Water polo Water Polo Australia
    Weightlifting Australian Weightlifting Federation
    Winter sports Olympic Winter Institute of Australia
    Wrestling Australian Wrestling Union
    APC Sports Australian Paralympic Committee
  • Professional dancers

    If you perform or compete as a professional dancer you are eligible for the program.

  • Athletes competing at a national or international level

    If you compete at a national or international level, you can submit an application for consideration along with supporting documentation from your sporting body.

  • Coaches of elite athletes

    Senior/head coaches from state and territory institutes/academies of sport, national teams from Sport Australia funded sports or participating professional sports may apply to register under the program.

How to apply

To apply for the program:


How you can benefit

As an elite athlete we understand you need extra support to help you balance training, competition and study commitments. Support is provided to help you meet your individual needs and goals.

Your liaison officer is always there to make sure you know what options are available, how to access them and act on your behalf.

Individual support

Your Special Programs liaison officer can negotiate outcomes tailored to suit your circumstances. Where class attendance is considered part of the assessment and it clashes with sport-related travel commitments, you may be granted an exemption. Alternatively, your unit coordinator may consider opportunities for making up missed classes or assess you under the same criteria as an external student.


If you need help to tailor your course around your commitments your Special Programs liaison officer can help you take advantage of flexible learning options such as changing study mode, online catch-up lecture recordings and other online resources.

Represent Murdoch

You also have the opportunity to represent the University as an athlete, coach or manager at state and national competitions. Murdoch Sports provides reimbursement for your gym membership if you represent Murdoch at Tertiary Sports WA or the Australian University Games.

Find out more on how to represent Murdoch

Alternative arrangements for exams

If your commitments require you to travel during the exam period, you can arrange to sit your exams at an alternative location. The normal fee for making alternative exam arrangements will be waived.

Find out more about alternative exam arrangements

Deferred assessment and assignment extensions

You may have difficulties meeting assignment deadlines or sitting an exam at the scheduled time. Under these circumstances you may be eligible to defer an exam or assignment due date.

To apply you need to submit supporting documentation from your sporting body.

Find out more about applying for a deferred assessment

Credit for previous studies

You may relocate states, or even countries, prior to the completion of your studies. You may have also completed units from other institutions. In recognition Murdoch may waive the completion requirements you need to receive a Murdoch degree or transfer credits to another institution.

To apply you need to submit supporting documentation from your sporting body.

Find out more about Advanced Standing

Elite Athlete Support Fund

The Elite Athlete Support Fund provides financial support to students registered under the Elite Athlete Program.

Find out more and apply

Approved leave

You can apply for leave to take a break from your studies for up to four semesters.

Find out more about the process

Elite Athlete of the Year Award

The award honours a student who has excelled in sport, study and engagement with Murdoch University.

Find out more and nominate

Connect with us on Facebook

The Murdoch University Elite Athlete Program Facebook page is a forum where you can ask questions or participate in discussions relating to Murdoch studies. You are also encouraged to post news regarding your sporting achievements and news and events topical for the elite athlete community.

Your support team

Steffi Langer-Kool

Coordinator, Elite Athlete Program

Having completed a Bachelor of Social Work and a Teaching degree, Steffi has a very good understanding of the various students' needs and the support that is available on and off campus. Sport has always played a major part in her life. She used to play Handball in Germany at a State level. Steffi is now looking forward to work closely with the Elite Athletes at Murdoch University.

Dr. Fleur Van Rens

Academic Chair, Elite Athlete Program

Fleur has been the Academic Chair of the Elite Athlete Program since 2017. She is a lecturer in sports psychology and based in School of Psychology and Exercise Science. Fleur's research focusses on facilitating the wellbeing of athletes and performance artists. She has also researched the stressors athletes experience in their balancing act between study and elite sport.

Get in touch

Steffi Langer-Kool
+61 8 9360 7626
Building 350.3.001

Tuesdays 8:30am to 4:30pm