Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme


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Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy

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 or events.

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.

Athlete eligibility

Applications can be submitted by individual athletes who must:

  • permanently reside in regional (country) Western Australia (as per regional boundaries designated by the department)
  • be selected and competing in one of the three performance categories
  • be attending a recognised event that is part of their sport’s State or National pathway
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be aged 13* to 21 years at the commencement date of the event they are participating in
  • be a current registered member of a club or association that is affiliated with a SSA that is deemed eligible by the department (refer Appendix 2 for eligible SSAs)
  • be validated and endorsed by their SSA#.

*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.

What will be funded

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.

Assessment criteria

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 pathway.

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 subsidy.

What will not be funded

A subsidy cannot be used to offset costs associated with the following:

  • meals
  • team uniforms
  • sporting equipment
  • medical/physiotherapy expenses unless the above costs are included within a contribution levy required to be paid by the athlete to a NSO/SSA/RSA
  • travel to an international event, or a non-selection training camp, as a member of a national team
  • travel to Country Week not forming part of a SSA formal selection process
  • travel to school/university/touring team events
  • travel to events where the athlete has chosen to represent WA or a region in an event they have qualified or nominated for and has not been selected by the NSO/SSA/RSA
  • travel costs incurred by athletes competing in sports not deemed eligible by the DLGSC
  • travel costs incurred by athletes competing in State representation teams, talent squads and/or training squads not selected/endorsed by the NSO/SSA/RSA
  • travel costs incurred by athletes competing at events/competitions which do not form part of, or contribute to, the recognised NSO/SSA pathway
  • expenses for family members attending the event with the athlete.

Performance categories

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.

Performance categories
ATSS categoryFTEM alignmentSupport

Category 5

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

Category 4

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.

Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes

Category 3

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.

Up to $500 plus Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes


  1. Athletes competing at national championships as part of a State country or region specific team e.g., North West or country specific teams will be assessed a Category 4 or 5 as they are representing a specific region and not the entire State.
  2. Athletes competing at national championships as part of a club team or as an individual are only eligible as a Category 3 if they are also ranked as a State level athlete by their SSA.
  3. Athletes competing as part of a WA State School team/Special Olympics State team are only eligible if school/Special Olympics teams/competitions are recognised and integrated into their SSA’s pathway. Athletes should contact their SSA prior to submitting their application to confirm the status of the team.
  4. Where an RSA or SSA selects multiple teams in the same age group for the same event, only athletes in the highest ranked team are eligible. If equal teams are selected, then only those athletes ranked by the RSA/SSA as equivalent of the highest ranked team will be eligible. Regional athletes in State ‘B’ teams will be eligible for Category 4.

Application process

  • Applicants should read and understand the application guidelines before commencing the application process.
  • Applicants should direct any initial queries to their local Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries office, their SSA or via the travel subsidy enquiry email address
  • Applications can only be made online retrospective of the event attended, aligned to the athlete’s application.
  • Applications must be submitted using the online application form available via the DLGSC website and all sections must be completed (refer appendix 1 for all application information required).  In submitting the application, the athlete makes a commitment to the department to comply with the terms and conditions applicable to ATSS.
  • Athletes will be eligible to apply for funding more than once per financial year in the same sport, provided any subsequent application is not in the same performance category.
  • Payments are made to the nominated bank account stated within the application form, via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) after the round has closed and all applications have been assessed, validated by the SSA and processed.

Processing applications

Statewide assessment

  • DLGSC will contact the SSA to validate that the information relating to the athlete’s performance level and travel costs is accurate, and to confirm the team/event is integrated into the recognised pathway for that sport.
  • The SSA may withhold endorsement for matters not related to performance.
  • DLGSC will assess applications based on the eligibility criteria and performance categories funding framework.
  • Subsidy amounts are subject to the number of eligible applications received and allocated budget. Minimum funding thresholds will be applied and be determined by DLGSC.
  • The assessment decision is final and no appeal regarding a decision will be entered into.


  • The assessment and notification process will be completed within approximately 6 to 8 weeks of application.
  • Successful applicants will receive a letter from the Minister of Sport and Recreation, as well as a remittance email when the subsidy is deposited via electronic transfer.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.

Application periods

Applications are open all year round.

Regional Athlete Support Scheme

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.

Regional Athlete Support Scheme funding limits by region
Region Funding limit


Up to $500


Up to $500


Up to $500


Up to $350

Mid West

Up to $350

Great Southern

Up to $350



South West




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

Great Southern

61 8 9892 0100



61 8 9195 5750

Mid West

61 8 9956 2100


61 8 9550 3100


61 8 9182 2100

South West

61 8 9792 6900


61 8 9690 2400


61 8 6552 7300

Or use the travel subsidy enquiry email address:

Note: enquiries made via the email address will be responded to during office hours only.

Terms and conditions that apply to applications and funding 

Applicants must read and agree to the terms and conditions in the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme online application form before submitting an application.

Note: DLGSC reserves the right to randomly audit successful athletes as outlined in the terms and conditions.

Appendix 1

Information required to complete the online application.

Event details

  • event name (the full official event e.g. 2017 National Under 15 Boys Hockey Championships)
  • team/squad name (the full official team name e.g. 2017 WA Under 15 Boys Hockey Team)
  • event start date
  • event town/suburb
  • event state
  • event country
  • Australian citizen/permanent resident
  • sporting activity (refer Appendix 2)
  • name of your State Sporting Association (refer Appendix 2)
  • performance level category
  • out-of-pocket travel and accommodation only costs.

Athlete details

  • name
  • gender
  • date of birth
  • parent/guardian consent (if under 18 years)
  • parent/guardian details (if applicable):
    • name
    • home and/or mobile phone
    • email address
  • residential address
  • postal address (if different to residential)
  • home and/or mobile phone
  • email address
  • your local government/council


  • school/university you are currently attending, and the region (if applicable)
  • name of your club, and the region (that you are a registered member of)
  • bank account details (for subsidy payment if you are successful)
    • BSB number
    • bank and branch name
    • account number
    • account name.

Media permission

  • agree/decline permission to share contact details with local media for promotional stories

Terms and conditions

  • must meet and agree to all.

Appendix 2

Eligible sports and the relevant State Sporting Associations.

Eligible sports
Sport activity State Sporting Association


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

Bowls (Lawn)

Bowls WA


Boxing WA Inc


Calisthenics Association of WA Inc

Clay Target Shooting

Western Australian Clay Target Association Inc


Western Australian Cricket Association Inc


Croquet West

Cycling – Road and Track

AusCycling WA 


DanceSport Australia Ltd


Darts Western Australia Inc


Western Australian Diving Association Inc

Dragon Boating

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

Flying Disc

Western Australian Flying Disc Association

Football – Australian Rules

West Australian Football Commission Inc

Football – Soccer

Football West Limited

Gaelic Football/Hurling

Gaelic Athletic Association of WA Inc


West Australian Gliding Association Inc


Goalball WA Inc


Golf Western Australia Inc


Gridiron West


Gymnastics Western Australia


Handball West

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding Association of WA


Hockey WA

Ice Hockey

Western Australian Ice Hockey Association Inc

Ice Skating

Western Australian Ice Skating Association Inc

Ice Speed Skating

Western Australian Ice Speed Skating Association

Ice Sports (Olympic)

Luge Australia

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)

Modern Pentathlon

Western Australian Modern Pentathlon 

Motor Sport

Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd (WA)


Motorcycling Australia WA Inc

Mountain Biking

Western Australian Mountain Bike Association


Netball WA Inc


Orienteering Association of Western Australia

PaddlingPaddle Western Australia Inc


West Australian State Parachute Council Inc

Pistol Shooting

West Australian Pistol Association Inc


WA Polo Association Inc


Polocrosse Association of WA

Pony Club

Pony Club Association of Western Australia Inc

Power Boating

WA Council of the Australian Power Boat Association

Practical Shooting

International Practical Shooting Confederation WA Inc

Riding for the Disabled (Dressage only)Riding for the Disabled Association of WA Inc

Rifle Shooting

West Australian Rifle Association Inc


Western Australian Rogaining Association Inc


Rowing WA

Royal Life Saving

Royal Life Saving Society WA

Rugby League

Western Australian Rugby League Ltd (NRL WA)

Rugby Union

Western Australian Rugby Union Inc

SailingAustralian Sailing Ltd (WA office)


Rollersports Association of WA Inc (Skate WA)

Small Bore Rifle Shooting

West Australian Small Bore Rifle Association Inc

Snow Sports

Ski and Snowboard Australia


Softball Western Australia Inc


Western Australian Speedway Commission

Sporting Shooters

Sporting Shooters Association of Australia WA Inc


WA Squash

Surf Life Saving

Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc


Surfing Western Australia


Western Australian Swimming Association Inc

Synchronised Swimming

Synchro WA

Table Tennis

Western Australian Table Tennis Association Inc

Tae Kwon Do

Sports Taekwondo Western Australia


Tennis West

Tenpin Bowling

Tenpin Bowling Association of Western Australia Inc


Touch Football Australia Incorporated


Triathlon WA

Underwater (Hockey)

Australian Underwater Federation


WA Volleyball Association Inc

Water Polo

Western Australian Water Polo Inc

Water Skiing

Western Australian Water Ski Association Inc

Wave Skiing

Western Australian Wave Ski Association Inc


Weightlifting Western Australia Inc

Wheelchair Rugby

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.

Page reviewed 27 July 2022