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Check if you are eligible for the Young Athletes Travel Subsidy

The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy (travel subsidy) aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events. The travel subsidy provides financial assistance through three event tiers and supports attendance at specific state, national and international events.

Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Who is eligible?

Applicants eligible to apply for support after attending the event are those who:

  • competed or officiated (as a coach, referee or scorer) at an eligible Queensland state or state school event, Australian national or national school event or international event in the past 6 months
  • have been residents of Queensland for at least 12 months preceding the event
  • were under the age of 18 at the start of the event
  • travelled a road distance of at least 250km (one-way) from their place of residence to the event location (check road distances using RACQ’s trip planner)
  • flew or travelled by rail a radial distance of at least 250km (one-way) from their place of residence to the event location (check radial distances)
  • have participation at the event confirmed by the regional/state/national coach or manager.

Applications must be correctly submitted within six months of attending the event to be eligible. Check the eligible event list for event details. You will receive an email with a PDF of the application if you have submitted the application successfully.

What funding is available?

The travel subsidy will allow up to a maximum of $1,200 in financial assistance over the three event tiers, once every two calendar years. Eligible athletes and officials can apply for one event per tier once every two calendar years.

For example, if an applicant attends a state and international event in 2016, they do not need to wait two years to apply for a national event. Or, if the applicant applies for all three event tiers in 2016 they must wait until 2018 before being eligible again.

The following travel subsidy amounts are available under the three event tiers:

  • state or state school event—$200
  • national or national school event—$400
  • international event—$600.

Lodging an application does not guarantee funding. The following requirements must be met:

  • applications will not be considered before the start of a championship—applicants are required to use their own resources to travel to the event as funding is provided retrospectively
  • applications must be received by us no later than 6 months from the last date of the eligible event.

Am I Eligible?

Please answer the questions below to check eligibility for the subsidy before applying. Answer all questions honestly and follow any instructions provided. The application is to be filled out by the parent or guardian of the athlete/official.

  1. Was the athlete/official under the age of 18 at the start of the event?
  2. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

    Not eligible

    To be eligible the athlete/official must have been under the age of 18 when the event began.

  3. Was the athlete/official a Queensland resident for the 12 months preceding the event? (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)
  4. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

    Not eligible

    The athlete/official cannot apply for the travel subsidy as they must have been a Queensland resident for the 12 months preceding the event.

  5. Has the athlete/official already received departmental funding for attendance at an event under this event tier within the last two calendar years? (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)
  6. (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)

    Not eligible

    The athlete/official is not eligible to apply under this event tier.

    Check What funding is available? for further information.

  7. Is the event listed on the eligible event list (new window)? (If you chose ‘No’ above)
  8. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

    Not eligible

    The athlete/official is not eligible to apply. If the event is listed on the event list (new window) please wait until after the event has been attended before applying.

    If the event is not on the eligible events list, please contact the relevant state sport and recreation organisation (new window).

  9. Has the athlete/official attended the event within the last six months? (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)
  10. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

    Not eligible

    You cannot apply for the travel subsidy as applications must be submitted within 6 months of attending an eligible event.

  11. Did the athlete/official travel at least 250km (one way) to attend the event? Check the distance travelled using the RACQ trip planner (new window) for road travel, or use the website As the Cocky Flies (new window). (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)
  12. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

    Not eligible

    To be eligible the athlete/official must have travelled a distance of at least 250km (one way) from their home to the event venue.

  13. The athlete’s/official’s participation at the event must be certified by the relevant regional, state or national coach or manager. Do you know the full name, organisation, phone number and email address of this person? (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)
  14. (If you chose ‘Yes’ above)

    Eligible

    Before you begin the application process, please familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions (new window) of the travel subsidy.

  15. (If you chose ‘No’ above)

    More information required

    Please obtain the full name, organisation, phone number and email address of the relevant regional, state or national coach or manager who can certify the athlete/offical’s participation in the event.

    If in doubt, please contact the relevant state sport and recreation organisation (new window).

Once your application has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome via email.

Apply now.