Elite athlete status

In October 2004 ANU became a member of the national network of Elite Athlete 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 in Australia will be on scholarship with 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.
  • 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.

Students who don't meet the above criteria may still submit an application to 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

Enrolled ANU Students

Formal signed documentation from your national sporting body or approved organisation indicating your level of competition (state/national/international) including a statement of support for the application of elite athlete status must be provided along with any relevant training and competition schedules. You must register each year to continue to be eligible for elite athlete status using the Elite Athlete Status Application Form. Once you have obtained your documentation contact the Office of Access & Inclusion for an appointment or to have your documentation assessed for eligibility.  

ANU Bonus Points Scheme

Apply through UAC as normal indicating that you are an elite athlete as part of the application process. Then submit an Elite Athlete Bonus Point application form to the Office of Access and Inclusion at The ANU. This needs to include the following:  

  • A statement outlining your sporting commitments during  year 11 and 12 (only sporting commitments in year 11 and 12 can be considered) and how they impacted on your HSC result. Your statement must include your full name and UAC number.
  • A statement from your coach that you are considered to be an elite athlete and recognised to be a member under this category: State and territory institutes/academies of sport, national teams from Australian Sports Commission funded sports or participating professional sports.

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