If you're an elite athlete or performer and your commitments will have an impact on your studies, you may be eligible to Register for ongoing support for your studies.
Who is eligible?
To be considered an elite athlete, you must be associated with one of the following organisations:
- Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) (or state-level institutes or academies of sport)
- AFL Players’ Association
- Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA)
- Rugby League Professionals’ Association (RLPA)
- Professional Footballers’ Australia (PFA)
- Australian Cricketers’ Association
- Australian Sports Commission (ASC) supported sports (state or national squad/league members).
You must also have been granted Elite Athlete Recognition through the Melbourne University Sport Elite Athlete Program.
To be considered an elite performer, you must be a performing artist with one of the following organisations:
- Australian Dance Theatre
- Actors Equity Australia
- Australian Dance Council (Ausdance)
- Australian Chamber Orchestra
- Symphony Services International
- Melbourne Theatre Company
- Opera Australia
- Victorian Opera
- Musica Viva
Types of support available
The University may make education adjustments to your studies to help offset any disadvantage you might face without them.
Education adjustments (sometimes referred to as equitable adjustments) are changes to how subjects are taught and assessed.
Adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis, and may include:
- Alternative exam arrangements
- Extensions to assignments
- Flexibility in attendance requirements.
Once you have applied for support, one of our Student Equity Advisers will work with you to create an Academic Adjustment Plan (AAP) based on your needs.
How to register
Registration for ongoing support is voluntary. You can register at any time during your studies. However, we recommend registration when enrolling in your course to allow for appropriate education adjustments to be accommodated by your academics and other support staff.
Once you have been granted Elite Athlete Recognition through the Melbourne University Sport Elite Athlete Program, you can provide us with your completed Elite Athlete Recognition form as supporting documentation for your registration.
It is your responsibility to contact Melbourne University Sport to complete this form and other necessary forms for the Elite Athlete Program. You can contact Melbourne University Sport using the following details:
Please provide a letter on the official letterhead of your performance organisation which outlines your professional obligations as an elite performer. The letter must be written and signed by your director, manager or a similar person of authority from one of the recognised institutions listed above.
These resources may also be helpful to students who are elite athletes or performers.
- Melbourne University Sport
Melbourne University Sport manages the fitness, sports and recreation facilities, programmes and activities of the University.
- Standards for equity support
Information about student equity and disability support standards at the University of Melbourne for students, staff, and the wider University community.
If you still have questions relating to ongoing support for elite athletes or performers, please contact Stop 1.