Elite athlete status

In October 2004 ANU became a member of the national network of Elite Friendly Universities by signing an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission and the ACT Academy of Sports. We aim to identify elite athletes and assist them in the development of skills to help them successfully balance their sporting and academic aspirations.

The majority of elite athletes within Australia will be on scholarship within the Australian Institute of Sport or the network of institutes and academies of sport. However, there are many athletes that may fall outside of this cohort.


There are a number of reasons why you should identify as an elite athlete.

  • Being eligible to receive up to five bonus points towards your entrance rank.
  • Being granted flexible study options as the University will be made aware of your significant commitments outside of your study.

We will endeavour to assist elite athlete students to meet the requirements of their degree. Where necessary and possible the University will accommodate the elite athlete student’s outside commitments. Some of the ways this might be achieved are listed below.

  • Extra assistance with academic planning.
  • Provide support in negotiating and securing cross-institutional study.
  • Flexibility with assessment deadlines based on sporting related travel commitments.
  • Allowing the sitting of exams externally under exam conditions, within the athlete’s environment while travelling.
  • Waiving the minimum attendance requirements at lectures, tutorials or practicals where elite athletes are unavailable due to sporting commitments.
  • Tailoring a study load to integrate with sporting commitments.
  • Negotiating lecture, tutorial and practical timetables to accommodate sporting commitments.
  • Extending the maximum time to complete degree programs due to periods of decreased study load.
  • Flexibility with leave of absence where required due to increased sporting commitments.
  • Provide summer study alternatives and/or ability to swap between distance education mode and on campus mode.
  • Recognising credit achieved at interstate universities.
  • Providing access to distance education materials and class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals.


To be considered an elite athlete by ANU, a student must be identified and recognised as an elite athlete by one of the following organisations.

  • 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
  • National senior squad members from ACE supported sports

Students who don’t meet the above criteria may still submit an application and be considered as an elite athlete. The National Coach & Athlete Careers & Education Manager will act as a representative from the Australian Sports.

Applications may be considered for graduate students and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Elite athletes applying to ANU must follow the normal domestic application procedure described on the advisory page listed above.

Documentation that demonstrates your status as an elite athlete should be emailed to the contact details on this page, including your Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) application number.

If successful applicants will be awarded bonus points to your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).