We’re here to help level your playing field. If you take part in high-level activities in sports or the arts, you might be eligible for ACU’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP).

Learn more about EAPP benefits and services, check your eligibility and find out how to apply.

Encouraging excellence with the EAPP

As a founding member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University agreement, we welcome all applicants to the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP). We couldn’t be prouder of our EAPP students.

What is the EAPP?

The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) is designed to give students who are top sporting or artistic performers the tools they need to achieve balance across their active and academic lives.

The program comes with a range of benefits, including:

  • adjustment factors to your entry score
  • early timetabling
  • academic support (deferred exams, extensions, special considerations)
  • access to travel grants and scholarships.

The program is administered annually, so all EAPP students need to reapply each year to maintain access throughout their study.

You can learn more by visiting elite athlete and performer support.

Elite athlete and performer support

Am I eligible for the EAPP?

We encourage individuals active in a wide range of sub-elite to elite sporting and artistic disciplines to apply for the EAPP. If you’re unsure about your elite level or discipline, we still encourage you to apply. You must have filled out a relevant TAC (UAC, VTAC, QTAC) application in order to apply.

Elite athlete definition

You’re considered an elite athlete if you’ve been identified as such by one of the following organisations: 

  • the Australian Institute of Sport
  • a state institute or academy of sport
  • a relevant national or state sporting association, of which you are a member e.g. Cricket Australia, Diving Queensland, Victorian Football League (VFL).

Elite performer definition

You’re considered an elite performer if you are a member of, and have had significant success in, a major artistic performing arts or production company at a state, national or international level.

What we expect from you

Being an elite athlete or performer is a great honour. However, there are also some extra responsibilities such as special orientations, performance goals and being an ACU ambassador from time to time. 

Before you apply to join the EAPP, make sure you read our terms and conditions.

Elite Athlete and Performer Program terms and conditions

How to apply

Firstly, you must apply for your ACU course via your local tertiary admissions centre (TAC). Following this, you will need to supporting documentation and submit an EAPP application form direct to ACU.

To get started, read our step-by-step application guide.

As well as applying for the EAPP directly to ACU, you’ll also be required to apply to your course via your relevant  tertiary admissions centre (TAC). 

Make sure you meet the course entry requirements and prerequisites to be offered a place in the course. 

To learn more about entry requirements and how to apply for an undergraduate course, visit undergraduate students.

Undergraduate students (How to apply)

Before applying for the EAPP, please ensure you have gathered the necessary supporting documentation: 

  • a sporting/performing resume summarising your achievements and experiences over the 12 months
  • a supporting reference letter from your relevant sporting or performing institution or association that verifies your level of elite involvement over the past 12 months and your ongoing commitments
  • current training and expected competition schedule for the upcoming year (if possible)
  • relevant high resolution competition or performance photo (action shot preferred).

Please note: Your supporting letter of recommendation must be on an official organisational letterhead, have the appropriate contact details (email and mobile) of your referee and explain your current involvement in your sport/performance. If your letter does not have these, your application will not be considered.

You can begin applying by filling out our online form. Get things underway by visiting apply for the EAPP online.

Apply for the EAPP online

To see what a completed application looks like before you apply, download our example application document.

Download example application (PDF 90KB)

EAPP applications for both future and current students are due by 7 December 2018 for early timetabling.

Applications will remain open after the closing date, however we cannot guarantee early timetable preferences.

Future student applications remain open all year round and are assessed on a fortnightly basis.

Late applications

If you miss the cut-off date you will be able to still submit your application. However, it will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Late applicants will also potentially miss out on early timetabling and scholarship opportunities.

Once you’ve applied for the EAPP, sit tight. You’ll be notified via your registered email address of the outcome.

It’s important to remember your EAPP application is only valid if you receive a formal offer to study at ACU.

Adjustment factors

Your EAPP outcome letter will let you know if you received any adjustment factors.

Unsuccessful applications

If your application was unsuccessful, you can re-apply for the EAPP if your sporting or performing circumstances change.

Re-applying for the EAPP

You can apply or re-apply for the EAPP at any time during the year using our online EAPP re-application form. This includes both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You should use this form if you are one of the following:

  • a current student
  • have already accepted an offer to study at ACU
  • your previous application was unsuccessful, but your sporting or performing circumstances have changed.

Re-apply for the EAPP

Contact us

If you have any questions about the EAPP or the application process, or would like to register your interest, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our EAPP coordinator.

You can access contact details or submit an enquiry form by visiting contact us.

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