Elite Student Athlete and Performer Entry Scheme

Monash is committed to helping students combine academic success with sporting or performing arts success. We know that for an elite athlete or performer, your ATAR might not accurately reflect your ability and we acknowledge the commitment and time it takes to be at the elite level and how this can affect your studies.

If you're an elite athlete or performer, you may be eligible for Monash University’s Elite Student Performer Entry Scheme. 

Additional consideration for up to 10 ATAR points can be given for entry into Monash University undergraduate and graduate degrees to applicants who:

  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa 
  • are recognised as an elite athlete or performing artist by one of the Recognised Organisations (listed below)
  • meet the prerequisites (and any other published entry requirements) of the course.
  • can demonstrate that they have undertaken elite training, competition and/or performances whilst preparing for entry to Monash University.


Elite athletes are defined as students who:

  • are competing at a national or international level in a Sport Australia endorsed sport
  • may be registered with a State institute or academy of sport
  • may be a member of a relevant national or state sporting association, eg. Cricket Australia, Diving Queensland, Victorian Football League (VFL).

Elite performers:

  • are defined as a student who participates in significant national or international performances, productions, installations, competitions or events. 

Recognised organisations:

  • ABC Concerts
  • Actors Equity Australia
  • Australian Athletes Alliance member organisations 
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Australian Dance Council
  • Australian Dance Theatre
  • Australian eSports Association
  • Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMMPS) Members (currently Seven National Sports Organisations) and their members (Professional Sports Clubs) including their High Performance pathways programs.
  • Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Monash University partner organisations with recognised high performance programs
  • Musica Viva
  • National representative or league members from Australian Sports Commission supported Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth or International University Sports Federation sports including their approved High Performance Pathways programs.
  • Opera Australia
  • State Institutes or Academies of sport
  • State representatives or league members from Australian Sports Commission supported Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth or International University Sports Federation sports including approved High Performance Pathways programs.
  • The Symphony Australia Orchestras
  • Victorian Opera

Key dates:

  • VTAC applications are now open.
  • Applications open on Monday August 23, 2021.
  • Applications close on Thursday October 21, 2021.


Applications for 2022 course entry are now open and will close on Thursday October 21. Please see below for steps on how to apply:

Step 1: Apply for courses with VTAC
First you need to choose your Monash University undergraduate degree preferences and apply with VTAC by the due date(s). We also encourage students to apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme, Category 1, as you may be eligible for recognition of other factors based on your personal information and location.

Please be reminded that students must also meet any other relevant criteria when it comes to the specifics of the course. Course prerequisites can be seen here.

Step 2: Submit an online application to Monash
Once you've submitted your course application through VTAC, you can apply online to Monash directly, for the Elite Student Performer Entry Scheme (link below).
You will need to provide a supporting letter from one of the Recognised Organisations (as listed above), specifically your State or National Sporting Organisation, Professional or National League team or Professional Player’s association. You will receive an email receipt for your application.
Step 3: Be assessed
Elite athletes who are currently in Year 12 and will complete their VCE or equivalent qualification in 2021, and meet the course prerequisites, will be considered for up to 10 additional ATAR points.
Step 4: Wait for offers
If your application is successful, up to 10 points will be added to your ATAR and you will be assessed for course entry based on your VTAC application. If eligible, you will receive a conditional offer for the upcoming 2022 Semester 1 intake. The offer will include instructions on how to accept. 
Step 5: If successful - ongoing ESPS support and obligations
Successful applicants will be contacted with information on how to be fast-tracked into the Monash University Elite Student Performer Scheme.

On an annual basis Students must maintain their performance discipline level, meet academic requirements, represent the University when available, act as an ambassador for the university and adhere to all University policies and procedures. Failure to do so may put your status in the Scheme at jeopardy.

Apply now:

Click the button below to complete and submit your application form for Monash University's Elite Student Performer Entry Scheme.


Contact Us

If you would like to know more about the scheme or have any questions, contact us via email at teammonash-talentsupport@monash.edu

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