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
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 on page 2 for detailed definitions of selection and
The ATSS is part of the State Government’s Regional Athlete Support Program, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and supported by the Royalties for Regions Program.
Applications can be submitted by individual athletes who must:
*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 (for example 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 department’s website for clarification on metropolitan and regional boundaries.
A subsidy must be used to offset the athlete’s out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs only associated with involvement in one of the performance categories.
Funding will be for either retrospective or future travel occurring within the eligible dates for the event.
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, and in extreme
cases some eligible athletes may not receive any subsidy.
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.
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 during the eligible start dates for the event to be
eligible for a subsidy.
A subsidy cannot be used to offset costs associated with the following:
Only one application per athlete per sport per round will be considered for support. Athletes who have already received a subsidy, in the same sport, in the same financial year, will only be eligible for further subsidies at a different
Note1: Performance Category 1 (member of a national team travelling to represent Australia at an international event) is no longer eligible for subsidy support. The change is effective from 14 April 2016 and all subsequent
Note2: Performance Category 2 (member of an Australian squad travelling to participate in Australian selection commitments) is no longer eligible for subsidy support. The change is effective from 2017/18 Round 1 and all
Athlete as a member of a State team (or equivalent) traveling to represent Western Australia at national championships.
Up to $500
plus Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes
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.
Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes
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.
Note 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 as Category 4 or 5 as they are representing a specific region and not the entire State.
Note 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.
Note 3: Athletes competing as part of a WA State school/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.
Note 4: Where a 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.
Applications must be submitted online by midnight on the advertised closing date, unless a different closing time is published on the department’s website. Late applications will not be accepted.
Application periods for each round will be open for five weeks.
Funding will be for either retrospective or future travel occurring
within the advertised eligible event dates for each round.
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
Up to $500
Up to $350
Note: regional athletes boarding in Perth are not eligible for Regional Athlete Support. Refer to the department's 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
61 8 9892 0100
61 8 9195 5750
61 8 9956 2100
61 8 9550 3100
61 8 9182 2100
61 8 9792 6900
61 8 9690 2400
61 8 6552 7300
Or use the travel subsidy enquiry email address: email@example.com
Note: enquiries made via the email address will be responded to during office hours only.
Applicants must read and agree to the terms and conditions in the
Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme online application form before submitting
Note: the department reserves the right to randomly audit successful athletes as outlined in the terms and conditions.
Unfortunately no. Over recent times funding provided to the sport and
recreation industry has been impacted by a number of factors. This has
required difficult decisions regarding allocation of budgets across a
range of programs. In the current financial climate, funding is no
longer available to support the continuation of the metropolitan
component of this scheme.
Yes. Athletes must be aged between 13 to 21 years of age at the
commencement date of the event. (Note: athletes selected for 13 and
under age group events are not eligible).
The ATSS age limits align with the department’s and the Australian
Sports Commission position on junior sport: that sport involvement of
children aged under 13 are best focused on participation, the
progression of fundamental skills and developing a commitment to
lifelong participation in physical activity.
Unfortunately, no. The guidelines have recently changed as the
department’s position is that funding of national representation is the
responsibility of the NSO.
Unfortunately, no. The guidelines have recently changed due to budget
constraints and the focus of ATSS is to support WA athletes aspiring to
represent WA at national events.
No, only one application per athlete per sport per round will be considered for support.
Yes. Athletes who meet the criteria are eligible for a subsidy in different sports in the same round/financial year.
No, however the department reserves the right to randomly audit
successful applicants so you should keep a record of the costs
associated with the event/competition you are participating in.
Yes. (Note: athletes will not be eligible for the additional Regional
Athlete Support Scheme if they are boarding in Perth at the time of the
Athletes must be selected in a bona fide State team to meet
Performance Category Level 3 (refer page 3). Athletes competing at
national championships as part of a bona fide State country team will be
assessed as Performance Category Level 4 as they are representing
country WA and not the entire state.
Yes. The success of the application will be determined once the
application is assessed against the Performance Category levels and the
relevant SSA consulted as to the athlete’s performance level/national
ranking in that sport’s high performance pathway.
Athletes must be selected in a bonafide State team to meet
Performance Category 3. Athletes selected in a State school team that is
endorsed by the SSA and forms part of the SSA’s athlete development
pathway may be eligible for a subsidy.
Unfortunately, no. Touring teams are not considered part of the
performance pathway and are not eligible under this subsidy scheme.
Yes, if there is no surplus income against the out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs.
Yes. An athlete attending a boarding school in another regional area
from where they live will be eligible for a subsidy. However, Regional
Athlete Support will be based on the location of the boarding school.
Information required to complete the online application.
Eligible sports and the relevant State Sporting Associations.
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
Boxing WA Inc
Calisthenics Association of WA Inc
Clay Target Shooting
Western Australian Cricket Association Inc
Cycling – Road and Track
DanceSport Australia Ltd
Darts Western Australia Inc
Western Australian Diving Association Inc
Dragon Boating WA Inc
Eight Ball (Pool)
West Australian Eight Ball Federation Inc
Equestrian Western Australia Incorporated
Western Australia Fencing Association
Field and Game
Western Australian Field and Game Association Inc
Floorball Association of Western Australia
Western Australian Flying Disc Association
Football – Australian Rules
West Australian Football Commission Inc
Football – Soccer
Football West Limited
Gaelic Athletic Association of WA Inc
West Australian Gliding Association Inc
Goalball WA Inc
Golf Western Australia Inc
Gymnastics Western Australia
Hang Gliding Association of WA
Western Australian Ice Hockey Association Inc
Western Australian Ice Skating Association Inc
Ice Speed Skating
Western Australian Ice Speed Skating Association
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)
Western Australian Modern Pentathlon
Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd WA
Motorcycling Australia WA Inc
Western Australian Mountain Bike Association
Netball WA Inc
Orienteering Association of Western Australia
West Australian State Parachute Council Inc
West Australian Pistol Association Inc
WA Polo Association Inc
Polocrosse Association of WA
Pony Club Association of Western Australia Inc
WA Council of the Australian Power Boat Association
International Practical Shooting Confederation WA Inc
Western Australian Rifle Association
Western Australian Rogaining Association Inc
Royal Life Saving
Royal Life Saving Society WA
ARLC WA Ltd
Western Australian Rugby Union Inc
Rollersports Association of WA Inc (Skate WA)
Small Bore Rifle Shooting
West Australian Small Bore Rifle Association Inc
Ski and Snowboard Australia
Softball Western Australia
Western Australian Speedway Commission
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia WA Inc
Surf Life Saving
Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc
Surfing Western Australia
Western Australian Swimming Association Inc
Western Australian Table Tennis Association Inc
Tae Kwon Do
Sports Taekwondo Western Australia
Tenpin Bowling Association of Western Australia Inc
Touch Football Australia Incorporated
Australian Underwater Federation
WA Volleyball Association Inc
Western Australian Water Polo Inc
Western Australian Water Ski Association Inc
Western Australian Wave Ski Association Inc
Weightlifting Western Australia Inc
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.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.