La Trobe University is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network, which recognises the unique needs of students who participate and compete in sport at an elite level.
We are committed to providing elite athlete students assistance and support by successfully combining their academic and sporting pursuits through the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP).
Find out if you're eligible
Current and prospective domestic students can apply for LEAP if they are competing at a national or international level of competition and are endorsed by one of the following organisations:
- Australian Institute of Sport
- State Institute or Academy of Sport
- AFL Players' Association
- Australian Cricketers Association
- Rugby Union Players Association
- Rugby League Professional Association
- Australian Professional Footballers Association
- National squad members from Australian Sports Commission funded sports
- Senior/head coaches from state and territory institutes/academies of sport, national senior teams from Australian Sports Commission funded sports or participating professional sports
International students may be considered eligible for LEAP if they are competing at a national level under an Australian National Sporting Organisation.
Athletes are required to provide a letter of support from their state/national governing body to endorse their status as an elite athlete. A list of national sporting organisations recognised by the Australian Sports Commission can be found here.
Apply for the Elite Athlete program
Applications for the 2018 Semester 1 intake are now closed. Students can continue to apply for the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program, but applications will now be assessed for the Semester 2 intake from June 2018.
To apply to LEAP, complete the online application form and submit your supporting documentation from your sport governing body.
STEP 1: Check if you're eligible (are you competing at a national level? Is your sport endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission?)
STEP 2: Fill out the online application form
STEP 3: Submit your completed form online, along with your supporting documentation
You will be advised of your acceptance into the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) via email.
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Elite Athlete Bonus Point Scheme
For future students applying for admission into an undergraduate course via VTAC, La Trobe University offers elite athlete students access to a bonus aggregate points entry scheme.
Eligible elite athletes can receive five bonus points (or additional consideration for non-Year 12 applicants) towards their aggregate score for admission to La Trobe.
The scheme is only available to domestic undergraduate applicants who:
- meet the eligibility criteria as an elite athlete as outlined under the Elite Athlete Program
- apply for their chosen La Trobe University courses through VTAC (as per VTAC course application timings)
- Can demonstrate that their sporting commitments have impacted on their previous studies
- complete the online application form
Eligibility to the scheme does not automatically lead to an offer of a place; you will still be required to meet the prerequisites and additional requirements (if applicable) of the course and compete for a place on the basis of academic merit.
After you apply
You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you meet the eligibility criteria, your application to the scheme, in conjunction with your VTAC application, will be considered by a selection committee to determine if the five bonus aggregate points will be applied.
Should your application be successful, you will be advised of your acceptance into the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program after VTAC offers are released in January 2018. Once you have enrolled at La Trobe, you will be automatically registered into the Elite Athlete Program.
If you require further information please contact Ms Renee Frizzell, Elite Athlete Program Coordinator, La Trobe Sport, 9479 1687 or e-mail at email@example.com.