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The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) provides a funding subsidy to assist talented athletes who reside in regional Western Australian with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs to compete at regional, State and national championships
The intent of ATSS is to support regional athletes that have progressed into the talent development/high performance pathway of their chosen sport. Athletes must have undergone a selection process* endorsed by their respective Regional (RSA)/State (SSA)/National Sporting Association (NSO) to participate at an event/competition within their pathway* that is essential to be considered for selection to a higher-level team/event.
*Refer to the assessment criteria section section for detailed definitions of selection and pathway.
The ATSS is part of the State Government’s Regional Athlete Support Program, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), supported by the Royalties for Regions Program.
Applications can only be made retrospective of the event/program. Do not put in an application until after the event. Retrospective applications must be submitted within 90 days of the event date or they will be ineligible for funding.
Applications can be submitted by individual athletes who must:
*Note: 13 and under age group events/competitions are not eligible for support, even if an athlete has turned 13 years of age prior to the event/competition start date.
#Note: athletes who are not endorsed by their SSA for reasons not related to performance criteria (e.g. outstanding debts to the SSA, breaches of codes of conduct, etc.) will either be deemed ineligible for subsidy support or will have their subsidy payment withheld until the SSA advises that the issue has been resolved.
Note: regional athletes who attend school or university and are boarding in metropolitan Perth are classed as regional athletes but are ineligible to apply for performance category levels 4 and 5 or receive Regional Athlete Support Scheme funding for other performance categories.
. Refer to the clarification on metropolitan and regional boundaries.
A subsidy is provided to offset the athlete’s out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs only associated with involvement in one of the performance categories.
Funding is allocated against the applicant’s out-of-pocket amount and will not exceed the specified maximum funding limits. In cases where the number of applications exceeds the budget, eligible athletes will receive lower funding.
Note: out-of-pocket expenses refer to travel/accommodation costs less any other financial support e.g. Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), Local Sporting Champions, local government grants, etc.
Athletes who meet all points in the section above and are selected* to represent their region or Western Australia in an eligible SSA/NSO sanctioned state or national talent championships/event will be eligible to apply for funding.
*Selection refers to a process whereby clearly defined performance criteria are applied to select only the highest performing athletes onto a squad/team, within the athlete development pathway** controlled by the recognised SSA/NSO, and no element of chance is applied to that selection process. Where applicable, athletes must achieve advertised entry standards.
** The sport’s pathway is determined by those events and competitions that complement the
progression of the athlete towards national representation with the recognised peak organisation for
the sporting activity in Australia. It refers specifically to what is recognised by the SSA and the NSO
as the milestone events that it is critical for athletes to participate in, in order to progress along that
Athletes must meet one of the three performance categories in line with Australia
Institute of Sport (AIS) Foundations, Talent, Elite and Mastery (FTEM) framework to capture different sporting
pathways during the eligible funding period (refer to the department’s website) to be eligible for a
A subsidy cannot be used to offset costs associated with the following:
Athletes may only apply once for the same sport at the same category level, in the same financial year.
If an athlete has progressed to a higher category in the same financial year, an application can be submitted for consideration.
Athlete selected through a formal selection process to represent their sport’s region, traveling to compete in a State championship/event vying for selection into a State squad or WA country team or equivalent.
T1 Demonstration of Potential
Athletes typically exhibit demonstrable gifts or talents in the physical, physiological, psychological and skill domain, which indicate potential in high performance sport. This may occur through formal (TID testing) or informal TID processes
including self-identification prompted by an individual’s self- awareness of their ability to outperform their peers. In recognition of the complexity and limits of athlete prediction, T1 represents an initial assessment of potential
only and ideally should be confirmed in the next FTEM phase, T2.
Sport-specific skills are being refined and progressed, and where the young able-bodied athlete or athlete with a disability is committed to regular training and formal or informal competition. This level commonly is the beginning of most
club-based sporting pathway experiences.
Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes
Athlete as a member of a WA State squad, WA country team or equivalent, traveling to compete in State squad training/competition commitments, vying for selection into a WA State team.
T2 Talent Verification
The confirmation or verification of talent (T2) is seen as sequential and complementary to T1, where evidence- based testing (T1) is supplemented by the subjective judgements of coaches and talent scouts within the training and competition
environment. There are no fixed time frames for the T2 process, although months rather than days or weeks are recommended.
During the T2 phase, athletes are observed in a trial period of a specific training and competition environment to demonstrate and confirm their ‘trainability’ (sport-specific skill acquisition), commitment, motivation, ‘coachability’,
and other positive psychological, self-management and relevant traits. This phase is crucial to confirm whether initial impressions of potential can be sustained. Verification of talent by a known benchmark ideally leads to formal
support of an athlete within the T3 phase.
Athlete as a member of a State team (or equivalent) traveling to represent Western Australia at national championships.
T3 Practising and achieving
After being confirmed as potential elite athletes (T2), athletes are now committed to sport specific practice and investment in high training volumes, striving for continual performance improvements.
This phase arguably contains the largest cohort of future elite athletes. Central to maximising an athlete’s development at this level is the strategy of deliberate programming. In addition to skill practice, deliberate programming
encompasses other planned factors such as high-quality strategic planning, access to quality coaching, equipment, and the best possible competitions. Further, technical, financial and sport science and medicine support is advocated
to ensure athletes fulfil their potential.
Applications are open all year round.
Athletes who permanently reside in a regional location as defined by the State Government’s regional boundaries and are required to travel to attend events as described in the performance categories may be eligible for additional support through the Regional Athlete Support Scheme.
Athletes selected in a State team (category 3) and deemed eligible and endorsed by their SSA will receive up to $500 plus the below amounts based on available budget.
Up to $500
Up to $350
Note: regional athletes boarding in Perth are not eligible for Regional Athlete Support. Refer
to the department's website for information on regional boundaries.
For assistance, please contact your local Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries office.
61 8 9941 0900
61 8 9022 5800
61 8 9892 0100
61 8 9195 5750
61 8 9956 2100
61 8 9550 3100
61 8 9182 2100
61 8 9792 6900
61 8 9690 2400
61 8 6552 7300
Or use the travel subsidy enquiry email address: email@example.com
Note: enquiries made via the email address will be responded to during office hours only.
Applicants must read and agree to the terms and conditions in the
Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme online application form before submitting
Note: DLGSC reserves the right to randomly audit successful athletes as outlined in the terms and conditions.
Information required to complete the online application.
Eligible sports and the relevant State Sporting Associations.
Archery Western Australia
Athletics Western Australia
Axemen’s Council of Western Australia Inc
Badminton Association of Western Australia Inc
Baseball WA Ltd
Basketball (including Wheelchair)
Western Australian Basketball Federation
Billiards and Snooker
Billiards and Snooker Association of WA Inc
BMX Sports Western Australia Inc
Federation Sport Bocce of WA Inc
Australian Bowhunters Association Inc
Boxing WA Inc
Calisthenics Association of WA Inc
Clay Target Shooting
Western Australian Cricket Association Inc
Cycling – Road and Track
DanceSport Australia Ltd
Darts Western Australia Inc
Western Australian Diving Association Inc
Dragon Boating WA Inc
Eight Ball (Pool)
West Australian Eight Ball Federation Inc
Equestrian Western Australia Incorporated
Western Australian Fencing Association
Field and Game
Western Australian Field and Game Association Inc
Floorball Association of Western Australia
Western Australian Flying Disc Association
Football – Australian Rules
West Australian Football Commission Inc
Football – Soccer
Football West Limited
Gaelic Athletic Association of WA Inc
West Australian Gliding Association Inc
Goalball WA Inc
Golf Western Australia Inc
Gymnastics Western Australia
Hang Gliding Association of WA
Western Australian Ice Hockey Association Inc
Western Australian Ice Skating Association Inc
Ice Speed Skating
Western Australian Ice Speed Skating Association
Ice Sports (Olympic)
Sliding Sports Australia
Judo Western Australia Inc
Australian Karate Federation WA Inc
Australian Karting Association WA Inc
Australian Sailing Ltd (WA office)
Kung Fu Wushu
Kung Fu Wushu Western Australia
Lacrosse WA Inc
Marching WA (Drilldance WA)
Western Australian Modern Pentathlon
Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd (WA)
Motorcycling Australia WA Inc
Western Australian Mountain Bike Association
Netball WA Inc
Orienteering Association of Western Australia
West Australian State Parachute Council Inc
West Australian Pistol Association Inc
WA Polo Association Inc
Polocrosse Association of WA
Pony Club Association of Western Australia Inc
WA Council of the Australian Power Boat Association
International Practical Shooting Confederation WA Inc
West Australian Rifle Association Inc
Western Australian Rogaining Association Inc
Royal Life Saving
Royal Life Saving Society WA
Western Australian Rugby League Ltd (NRL WA)
Western Australian Rugby Union Inc
Rollersports Association of WA Inc (Skate WA)
Small Bore Rifle Shooting
West Australian Small Bore Rifle Association Inc
Ski and Snowboard Australia
Softball Western Australia Inc
Western Australian Speedway Commission
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia WA Inc
Surf Life Saving
Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc
Surfing Western Australia
Western Australian Swimming Association Inc
Western Australian Table Tennis Association Inc
Tae Kwon Do
Sports Taekwondo Western Australia
Tenpin Bowling Association of Western Australia Inc
Touch Football Australia Incorporated
Australian Underwater Federation
WA Volleyball Association Inc
Western Australian Water Polo Inc
Western Australian Water Ski Association Inc
Western Australian Wave Ski Association Inc
Weightlifting Western Australia Inc
Rebound WA (formerly Wheelchair Sports WA)
Wrestling Western Australia
Note: eligible Special Olympics athletes should select the relevant sport activity and related State Sporting Association.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.