Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme

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

The Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is an initiative supporting 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. Metropolitan athlete subsidies are provided through funding from the Department of Sport and Recreation.


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 individual applications can be accepted (no team applications).
  4. Only one application per athlete per sport per round will be considered for support.
  5. Ensure that the event you are competing in is approved by your State Sporting Association.
  6. Ensure that you have been selected via the high performance pathway established by your State Sporting Association.
  7. Athletes are eligible to apply for ATSS more than once per financial year, provided any subsequent application is for a different performance category.
  8. 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.
  9. The Department reserves the right to randomly audit successful athletes as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.
Applications are now open. Apply for an Athlete Travel Subsidy.

Sport pathway mapping documents

View your sport’s pathway eligibility mapping document.


Read or download the Athlete Travel Subsidy guidelines.

Please note: the Guidelines have been updated since Round 1 of 2015/16. 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.

More information

Regional enquiries

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

Metropolitan enquiries

For metropolitan enquiries, or if you have any problems with your application, 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 14 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.