Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme

The Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to regional Western Australian athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.

The Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is an initiative supporting regional athletes who have progressed into the high performance pathway of their chosen sport and are pursuing regional, state and national representation.

Eligible athletes can receive funding for out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses directly related to competitions and programs in accordance with the performance level categories and eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines.

Subsidies for regional athletes are provided through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

Previously the Department has supported a travel subsidy for both regional and metropolitan athletes.  Due to a prioritization of available funds and the conclusion of the subsidy in its current form, the Scheme will now only support athletes that reside outside of the metropolitan area.


The link to the online application form is only accessible when rounds are open. Late applications will not be accepted.

Before you begin your application

  1. Read the guidelines and have all the required information at hand before proceeding online, as you will not be able to save your information if you need to exit your application.
  2. Refer to your sport’s specific pathway mapping document to determine if the event you wish to apply for is eligible.
  3. Only applications from regional athletes will be accepted.
  4. Only individual applications can be accepted (no team applications).
  5. Only one application per athlete per sport per round will be considered for support.
  6. Ensure that the event you are competing in is approved by your State Sporting Association.
  7. Ensure that you have been selected via the high performance pathway established by your State Sporting Association.
  8. Athletes are eligible to apply for ATSS more than once per financial year, provided any subsequent application is for a different performance category.
  9. If successful, your funds will be paid directly into your bank account, therefore, please ensure you provide your correct bank details to avoid any payment delays.
  10. The Department reserves the right to randomly audit successful athletes as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

Sport pathway mapping documents

View your sport’s pathway eligibility mapping document.


Read or download the Athlete Travel Subsidy guidelines.

Please note:

  • Performance Category 1 (national teams representing Australia in international competitions) is no longer eligible for subsidy support. Applicants should read the new guidelines before commencing an online application.
  • Only athletes that reside in regional Western Australia are eligible for subsidy support.
Applications are now open. Apply for an Athlete Travel Subsidy.

More information


For regional enquiries, or if you have any problems with your application, please contact your local regional DSR office.

For general enquiries please email

Key dates

Round 1 2016/17

  • Opened 12 September 2016
  • Closed 15 October 2016
  • Eligible event start dates 15 May 2016 – 15 December 2016

Round 2 2016/17 

  • Opens 13 March 2017
  • Closes 18 April 2017
  • Eligible event start dates 15 November 2016 – 15 June 2017


Launched in 2013 for athletes in regional WA, the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme is part of the State Government’s Supporting Community Sport Initiative, which also features the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme.