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.
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.
|AFL - football||Australian Football League|
|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|
|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|
|Lacrosse||Australian Lacrosse Association|
|Polo||Australian Polo Council|
|Polocrosse||Polocrosse Association of Australia|
|Rugby League||Australian Rugby League|
|Rugby Union||Australian Rugby Union|
|Skate/Roller Sports||Skate Australia|
|Ski and Snowboarding||Ski & Snowboard Australia|
|Surf Life Saving||Surf Life Saving Australia|
|Synchronised Swimming||Synchro Swimming Australia|
|Table Tennis||Table Tennis Australia|
|Touch Football||Touch Football 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.
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.