Athlete development

TSA Athlete Scholarship

The TSA offers scholarships to Northern Territory athletes. These athletes should be identified by their National Sporting Organisation with scholarships awarded under the National athlete categorization framework.

TSA athlete scholarships are open to athletes who are from the Northern Territory and (where possible) representing the Northern Territory in competition.

A professional athlete who has a professional sport license (e.g. golf, triathlon) and/or is on a professional contract competition in a national or international league/championship side (e.g. AFL, NRL), is ineligible for the scholarship.


Athletes are assessed under one of the five categories of the National Athlete Categorisation Framework:

Level 1. Podium

Athlete who had a medal performance at a world championship (or equivalent) event in the previous 24 months and is considered capable of a medal at the next world championship (or equivalent) event.

Level 2. Podium Ready

Athlete who placed fourth to eight at the most recent world championship (or equivalent) event and is considered capable of progressing to Podium in the next two years.

Level 3. Podium Potential

Athlete who is considered capable of progressing to at least Podium Ready in the next two years.

Level 4. Developing

Athlete who is considered capable of progressing to at least Podium Potential in the next two years. Athlete that has signed a contract with a team competing in a national professional competition (or better).

Level 5. Emerging

Athlete who is considered capable of progressing to at least ‘Developing’ in the next two years. Athlete with capability to achieve national professional competition (or better) status within one to three years.

Coach Requirements

The TSA works in partnership with the nominated coach who will be required to have involvement in the TSA Coach Development Program. Along with involvement within the program there will be additional planning and managing of other services for the coach.

For more information please see Coach Development and Scholarships.

Scholarship Process

The TSA athlete scholarship application process follows the steps below:

Step 1. Athlete meets the selection criteria of the NSO as a nationally identified athlete or is an National Sporting Organisation (NSO) high performance categorized athlete.

Step 2. The athlete is advised by their coach to fill out the TSA Athlete Scholarship Application form  and return it fully completed to the TSA.

Step 3. The TSA will meet with the coach and/or parent and/or athlete to outline the requirements and commitment required of both the coach and athlete. The TSA may require an extended period (i.e. trial) for further evaluations to be made.

Step 4. The applicant may be ratified by the Program Management Group and start the NTIS process for scholarship commencement.

Fill out the TSA Athlete Scholarship Application PDF (274.4 KB).

If you need further information please email

TSA Training Agreement

Athletes seeking a TSA facility user agreement will need approval from the TSA Director, with approvals assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The following athletes may be considered:

  • A Northern Territory resident who is competing nationally or internationally as a professional athlete (but is not a national high performance categorised athlete);
  • A national level athlete from interstate or overseas, or a national high performance categorised athlete on scholarship within the National Institute Network, who is based in the Northern Territory for a short period of time (maximum three months);
  • An ex-TSA scholarship holder (up to 12 months hence) who has returned to the
    Northern Territory for a short period of time; or
  • A Talent Transfer athlete.

Athletes offered a TSA facility user agreement are not eligible for financial support from the TSA but can access TSA facilities and agreed services on a pre-arranged basis when in the Northern Territory.

Fill out the TSA Facility User Agreement PDF (288.4 KB).

Code of Conduct

All TSA athletes must follow the Athlete Code of Conduct.

Read the Athlete Code of Conduct PDF (141.7 KB).

Read the TSA Athlete Disciplinary Process PDF (144.5 KB).

Policies and guidelines

Read the following TSA athlete scholarship policies and guidelines:

Anti-Doping Education

All TSA athletes and coaches must complete the the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Level 2 Anti-Doping course each year. Read more on ASADA online learning website.

More resources and the Prohibited List can be found on the World Anti-Doping Agency website. Find out more on World Anti-Doping Agency website.

Concussion in Sport

The TSA endorses the Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement. Read the Position Statement.

Last updated: 15 April 2021

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