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Balance study with your sporting commitments

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

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.

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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:

If you are registered with one of these listed organisations, you are eligible for the program:

  • 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.

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

SportSporting Organisation
ArcheryArchery Australia
AthleticsAthletics Australia
AFL - footballAustralian Football League
BadmintonBadminton Australia
BaseballBaseball Australia
BasketballBasketball Australia
BMXBMX Australia
BowlsBowls Australia
BoxingBoxing Australia
CanoeingAustralian Canoeing
CricketCricket Australia
CyclingCycling Australia
DivingDiving Australia
Dragon BoatAustralian Dragon Boat Federation
EquestrianEquestrian Federation of Australia
FencingAustralian Federation Fencing
FootballFootball Federation Australia
Gaelic FootballGaelic Football & Hurling Association of Australasia
GolfGolf Australia
GymnasticsGymnastics Australia
HockeyHockey Australia
Ice HockeyIce Hockey Australia
Ice SkatingIce Skating Australia
JudoJudo Federation of Australia
JujitsuAustralian Jujitsu Federation
KarateAustralian Karate Federation
KendoAustralian Kendo Renmei
Kung Fu WushuKung Fu Wushu Australia
LacrosseAustralian Lacrosse Association
MuaythaiMuaythai Australia
NetballNetball Australia
PoloAustralian Polo Council
PolocrossePolocrosse Association of Australia
RowingRowing Australia
Rugby LeagueAustralian Rugby League
Rugby UnionAustralian Rugby Union
SailingYachting Australia
Skate/Roller SportsSkate Australia
Ski and SnowboardingSki & Snowboard Australia
SoftballSoftball Australia
SquashSquash Australia
Surf Life SavingSurf Life Saving Australia
SurfingSurfing Australia
SwimmingSwimming Australia
Synchronised SwimmingSynchro Swimming Australia
Table TennisTable Tennis Australia
TennisTennis Australia
Touch FootballTouch Football Australia
TriathlonTriathlon Australia
VolleyballVolleyball Australia
Water poloWater Polo Australia
WeightliftingAustralian Weightlifting Federation
Winter sportsOlympic Winter Institute of Australia
WrestlingAustralian Wrestling Union
APC SportsAustralian Paralympic Committee

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

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

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:


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. These may include:

  • credit for study you have completed at other institutions
  • exemptions for class attendance, or opportunities to make up missed classes
  • flexible learning options such as changing study mode, online catch-up class recordings and other online resources
  • alternative arrangements for exams
  • deferred assessments and assignment extensions
  • approved leave to take a break from your studies for up to four semesters.

Connect 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.

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Your support team

Steffi Langer-Kool

Steffi Langer-Kool


Fleur Van Rens

Dr. Fleur Van Rens

Academic Chair

Get in touch

Steffi Langer-Kool


Phone: +61 8 9360 7626

Visit: Building 350.3.001

Hours: Tuesdays 8:30am–4:30pm