More Funding for Australia’s Athletes

650 of Australia's best athletes will benefit from a newly designed program that reallocates $1.6 million directly towards our best medal hopes and emerging talent.

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10 May 2014

650 of Australia's best athletes will benefit from a newly designed program that reallocates $1.6 million directly towards our best medal hopes and emerging talent.

Minister for Sport Peter Dutton said that a re-designed Direct Athlete Support (DAS) programme – now worth $48 million over four years – would provide valuable support to athletes.

"More direct funding through the Australian Institute of Sport for potential Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games medallists is an important part of Australia's plan to remain on the podium of world sport," Mr Dutton said.

"Redirecting existing funds from administration to athletes will complement the broader reform agenda being driven by the Australian Sports Commission across high performance sport.

"The targeted eligibility criteria will ensure the funding reaches those athletes most likely to deliver results, who will each be in line for a boost in direct funding of up to 30 per cent.

"The scheme will also include a new category for our top ranked emerging talents, ensuring that around 200 additional athletes across the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines will be eligible for direct grants.

"It is important to remember that DAS is a means-tested payment to our most deserving athletes to help them train, recover and compete for Australia.

"The vast majority of these athletes do not earn a significant income from representing their country and must balance full time training commitments with work or study."

The DAS scheme's emerging athlete category coincides with the ten-year Winning Edge strategy, which aims to support our best emerging talent as early as possible in their sporting career.

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