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dAIS Athlete Grants

dAIS athlete information

Frequently asked questions

As part of Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)’s high performance strategy, the dAIS scheme aims to provide athletes with direct financial support to enable them to focus on training and competitions to achieve the strategy targets in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports.

  • Athletes do not apply by themselves.
  • Only National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) invited by the AIS can nominate athletes for dAIS funding.
  • Athletes should contact their NSO if they have any questions about dAIS nominations.
  • Only the sports which have been targeted by the AIS to achieve medals in the next Olympics/Paralympic Games or Commonwealth Games can nominate their athletes for dAIS funding.
  • dAIS supports athletes from across 30+ sports each year.
  • There are two rounds for determining dAIS grants each year. The approximate dates for the two rounds are:
 Round 1Round 2
NSOs nominationsOctoberMarch/April
Offers to athletesNovemberApril/May
dAIS claim by athletesDecemberMay/June
  • As indicated in the table, dAIS athletes will:
    • receive Round 1 dAIS around December, and
    • receive Round 2 dAIS around May/June.
  • The dAIS Round 1 funding is to support athletes for the coming six months from January to June. Similarly, the dAIS Round 2 funding is to support athletes for the coming six months from July to December.
  • dAIS is not a rewarding scheme for past results achieved in a world championship or equivalent event. The dAIS scheme aims to support athletes for training and competing in the coming six months. Therefore, when an athlete retires from sport, he/she is not eligible for dAIS.
  • For the benefit of athletes, dAIS is tax exempt.
  • The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued a class ruling for dAIS. The ruling states that grants received by an athlete under dAIS are not assessable income provided that the athlete is not carrying on a business as a sportsperson. The dAIS class ruling is available on the ATO website.
  • Grants amounts that are periodical, regular or recurrent, and relied upon by the recipient for their regular maintenance and paid to them for that purpose are likely to be ordinary income which will be an assessable income.
  • Therefore, NSOs are required to submit new nominations for each round. There is no guarantee that an athlete who receives dAIS in a particular round will be offered dAIS in a subsequent round.
  • There is no restriction on how athletes should spend the dAIS funding.
  • Usually, athletes use dAIS to cover basic living costs so that they can focus on training and preparation to compete in the next world championships or equivalent events.
  • The standard government grant processes request recipients to acquit grants received.
  • The AIS does not request this of all dAIS athletes.
  • Instead each round only a small sample of dAIS athletes will be selected to go through the audit process.
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