Elite athletes and artistic performers

Elite athletes and artistic performers

Athletes and performers

What is it?

The Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers (EAAP) Scheme is designed for applicants who believe that their performing, training and/or competitive commitments have affected their study preparation in the past two years. Macquarie University's Ranking Committee will consider the circumstances of the applicant and determine if they are eligible for four (4) additional adjustment points.

Approval under the EAAP scheme does not guarantee admission but allows you to be assessed as being 'elite' athlete or performer whose competitive commitments have impeded study performance. Approval under this scheme does not guarantee a successful Sport Scholarship application.

You'll be notified by mail of the outcome of your application by the end of December.

All degrees are eligible for EAAP adjustment factors excluding:

  • Macquarie’s Cooperative Education programs (Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and its double degrees.

Who you are

You are an athlete or artistic performer whose study performance has been affected within the last two years due to sporting or performance activities.

You're in Year 12 or a non-school applicant.

How you apply

If you think you are eligible, apply for EAAP Scheme adjustment points (Applications for 2020 open on 17 August 2019).

  • On time Elite athletes and/or artistic performers adjustment factor scheme applications close at 5 pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, 31st October 2019.
  • Late Elite athletes & artistic performers applications from 1 November 2019 to 30 November 2019 will incur a late fee of $200.00. No applications will be accepted after 30 November 2019. (Please ensure to pay the late application fee whilst completing the application, otherwise your application will not be considered.)
  • Continuing Macquarie University students applying for sports scholarship must submit their application by 30 November 2019. There are no late fee for sports scholarship only applications that are submitted between 1-30 November 2019.

Selection Criteria

Elite athletes

Applications for elite athletes will be assessed using the following criteria. You have to meet at least one of the criteria listed below to be assessed as an elite student athlete and be eligible for adjustment factors under this scheme, providing that you also achieve the required ATAR.

  • Member of a National Open squad or equivalent (eg. AIS, Olympic or Paralympic teams)
  • Member of a National Age squad member or equivalent (eg. Australian All Schools team, junior national team, U19 - U21 national teams)
  • Top 10 Open National Ranking or Top 5 Age National Ranking individual sports
  • Top 10 Age National individual competition results
  • Member of a State Age squad or equivalent (eg. NSW All Schools team, NSW Swimming)
  • Member of a State Institute of Sport or Academy program (eg. NSWIS, SAS)

Elite performers

In order to be eligible to be considered as an elite artistic performer, your performing activity must have been at an elite level and outside of assessed HSC material, for example:

  • Member of National Arts company (eg. Opera Australia)
  • Member of State Arts company (eg. NSW Youth Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company)
  • Significant success in major artistic performing arts competition
  • Success needs to be outside of applicants HSC curriculum (eg. elite level AMEB syllabus awards, AMusA and LMusA; not Grades nor the Certificate of Performance)
  • Undertaken a major role in commercial arts production as performer or producer
  • Needs to have been signed by a major commercial label or producer
  • Must have had significant success as an independent artist/producer with documented track record


As well as adjustment factors for elite athletes and artistic performers, Macquarie offers scholarships for elite athletes. Sport Scholarships are open to new or continuing students at Macquarie University. Click here for the Selection Criteria and Benefits.

Content owner: Admissions Last updated: 18 Dec 2019 11:25am

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