Elite Athlete Program
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elite Athlete Support Fund
The Elite Athlete Support Fund provides financial support to students registered under the Elite Athlete Program.
You can apply for leave to take a break from your studies for up to four semesters.
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
Elite Athlete Program Coordinator
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.