International Sporting Leave for State Government employees

Sport and Recreation (WA), a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is responsible for providing advice to all Western Australian public sector organisations regarding their employees eligibility to receive special leave with pay when representing Australia at international sporting events.

Sport and Recreation (WA) assesses requests, provides advice and recommends the amount of leave to be approved if applicable – however the final decision to grant International Sporting Leave does remain at the discretion of the Director General or CEO of the employing agency of the applicant.

Public Service Award 1992 Clause 40

Under the Public Service Award 1992 Clause 40 – International Sporting Leave, public service employees who are selected as a competitor, coach, manager or official—regardless of any age categories and notwithstanding all other eligibility requirements—are entitled to receive special leave with pay.

This leave includes:

  • Up to five days allowing for travel, acclimatisation and mandatory training prior to the competition
  • The period of the competition
  • Up to two days to return to place of residence.

Guidelines for applicants

The International Sporting Leave – Guidelines for Interpretation provides information and lists all criteria considered by Sport and Recreation (WA) when assessing an application. It is recommended that applicants read these guidelines prior to submitting a request for leave.

Do you fit the criteria? A quick check list:

A list of the key criteria required to be approved for International Sporting Leave is provided below. If you answer no to any of these, you are not be eligible to receive leave:

  • I am a competitor/coach/manager or official
  • The event is sanctioned by the National Sporting Organisation (NSO)
  • The NSO is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission
  • The event is on the International Federation (IF) Calendar of Events
  • The sport has a State Sporting Association (SSA) or Affiliated Body recognised by Sport and Recreation (WA) (these sports are deemed a Sport of National Significance in Western Australia)
  • It is a world or international competition with more than four countries competing
  • I have written confirmation from NSO/IF that I have been selected to participate and will receive no contribution to my normal salary
  • The event is not limited to a specific group of people such as the Police and Emergency Services Games.

Assessment and approvals

Sport and Recreation (WA) assesses all requests for International Sporting Leave and provides advice based on the Public Service Award Criteria and the recommended leave to be approved if applicable – however the final decision to grant International Sport Leave remains at the discretion of the Director General, CEO or other delegated authority of the employing agency of the applicant.

Frequently asked questions

What documentation do I need to supply with my application?

You will need to supply a letter from the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) or International Federation (IF), this letter needs to be written on their organisations letterhead and outline:

  • Your selection on the national team
  • Competition details
  • That you will receive no financial contribution for your participation.

Your application will not be assessed without this letter.

What is the difference between being selected to represent Australia and qualifying to represent Australia?

Being selected to represent Australia means your NSO has chosen you to compete in your chosen sport on behalf of your country.

In certain situations, entry into a competition may be based off qualifying times from a previous competition/race. In this case the athlete will choose if they wish to attend the event, their NSO is not involved in their selection. An athlete must be chosen by their NSO to be eligible for leave.

Just because an athlete is traveling overseas to compete in an event does not mean that they are part of a national team.

What are some examples of leave requests that have not been recommended?

  • Ironman 70.3 World Championships – this event was not recommended as it was not endorsed by the National Sporting Organisation (Triathlon Australia) or the International Federation (International Triathlon Union).  This was a privately owned, for profit event.
  • Summer Universiade (World University Games) – this event was not recommended because it is limited to a specific group of people i.e. university students.
  • Bali International Open Judo Championships – this event was not recommended as it was not endorsed by the National Sporting Organisation (Judo Federation of Australia) or the International Federation (International Judo Federation).
  • Indigenous Marathon Project – this event was not recommended as it was not endorsed by the National Sporting Organisation (Athletics Australia) or the International Federation (International Association of Athletics), this event was also deemed not to be either a world competition or an international regional competition.
  • State Under 18 Ice Hockey Championships – this event was not recommended because it is not an international event.

Who holds the final decision to approve my International Sporting Leave?

The final decision to grant International Sporting Leave remains at the discretion of the Director General, CEO or other delegated authority of the employing agency of the applicant.

Am I eligible to apply for International Sporting Leave if I work for a Federal agency?

The Public Service Award 1992 only applies to public servants that work for a Western Australian state government department/organisation, not employees of federal agencies.  

Applying for International Sporting Leave

To apply for the Department’s recommendation regarding your request for International Sporting leave fill in the contact form below. The Assessing Officer will assess your application and be in contact with the outcome of your application via email.

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More information

Sarah Puglisi
Graduate Project Officer Industry Development – Sport and Recreation
Telephone 08 9492 9747
Email Sarah Puglisi