Means Test & Resources
To ensure that the dAIS funding is allocated to those athletes who have the greatest need for support, dAIS is subject to means testing.
The after tax income threshold for receipt of the full dAIS allocation is $70,000 AUD per annum. When an athlete’s annual after tax income is over that income threshold, the athlete will get a reduced percentage of the full dAIS allocation, according to their income band, as per the table below:
|Income band||Annual After Tax Income range (AUD)||Eligible % of dAIS|
|Band B||$70,001 - $80,000||75%|
|Band C||$80,001 - $90,000||50%|
|Band D||$90,001 - $100,000||25%|
Income for the purpose of this means test includes: income from all sources excluding previous dAIS grants provided by the AIS, and discretionary grants issued by the Australian Sports Foundation arising from philanthropic donations.
An athlete’s annual income for the purpose of this means test can be determined based on either:
- a) the athlete’s average annual after tax income for the last four financial years ending 30 June; OR
- b) the athlete’s projected income for the current financial year ending 30 June.
Athletes are able to select the calculation option that gives them the most favourable outcome under the means test.
If selecting option b) and, at any point in time, the Athlete’s financial year income for the period exceeds the projected income used in the means test assessment with the effect of changing the declared Income Band, the Athlete must inform the AIS via email (AISInvestment@ausport.gov.au) immediately to adjust for any unentitled dAIS funding that was overclaimed through the Means Test.
Failure to inform the AIS of any change in projected income will result in a breach of the dAIS Means Test Audit in line with 5(e).