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Grants and Funding

Compensation Grant Program

The purpose of the Compensation Grant program is to provide financial support to Paralympians whose Disability Support Pension (DSP) payments have been affected due to travelling outside Australia for training and/or competitions exceeding the general travel allowance of 28 days in a financial year.

The ASC has committed $97,000 each financial year to support Paralympians whose payments have been impacted.

Applications are now open

There is only one round of applications for DSP Compensation Grant per financial year to ensure all deductions can be taken into account.

For the application round 2023/24, applicants can apply for compensation for the financial year of 2022/23. The key dates are:

Applications Open 19 February 2024
Applications Close 19 March 2024 – 5pm AEDT
Advise successful & unsuccessful applicants Late April 2024

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a DSP Compensation grant in this funding round, an athlete must:

i. Have been categorised by their National Sporting Organisation (NSO) within the ASC National Athlete Categorisation Framework (NACF) at any time during 2022/23;

ii. Have had their 2022/23 DSP payments affected as a result of travelling outside Australia (in excess of the general travel allowance of 28 days) for training and/or competitions in preparation for the Summer or Winter Paralympic Games; and

iii. Have the training and/or competitions mentioned in ii) sanctioned by their NSO.

Assessment and Grant Approval Process

Applications will be considered through a demand driven grant process.

All applications will initially be assessed by the ASC against the eligibility criteria. Only one application will be considered per athlete in a given financial year.

As part of the assessment process, the ASC will contact the relevant NSO to confirm that the training and/or competitions stated in the application were sanctioned. If the ASC identifies errors in an application, the applicant may be contacted to correct or explain the information.

Eligible applications will be considered successful provided sufficient grant funding is available.

If the total amount applied for from all eligible applications exceeds available funds, the ASC will award grants to successful applications on a pro rata basis.

The final grant amount offered to a successful applicant is at the discretion of the ASC. The ASC Director will provide final approval of grant recipients and the final grant amount offered considering the availability of grant funds for the purposes of the grant program.

How to Apply

Before applying you will need to read and understand these guidelines including the Terms & Conditions.

Only one application should be submitted per athlete for a given financial year.

Applications for a DSP Compensation Grant should be completed online via the application form.

You will receive an automated email receipt from the grants system if your application has been submitted successfully. If you do not receive such an email, please assume your application has not been submitted and please contact

If you need another format to submit the application, or are unable to submit the application online, please contact prior to the closing date.

To complete the application form, you will need to have the following information available:

  • The applicant’s personal details
  • The applicant’s bank account details
  • The applicant’s Services Australia Customer Reference Number (CRN)*
  • The details of the trip(s) that affected DSP payments in 2022/23:
    • start date
    • end date
    • destination, and
    • purpose of the trip (training or competitions)

*If you do not provide ASC with permission to access your Services Australia records for the purpose of confirming your international travel and the suspended DSP, you will need to provide evidence from Services Australia that your DSP had been suspended and for the compensation grant amount applied for.

You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete and accurate.

Late applications will not be accepted, unless specifically agreed by the ASC. If a prospective applicant believes they may miss the deadline, they should contact the ASC as soon as possible. The ASC reserves the right to refuse late application requests.

If you need further guidance on the application process, wish to request for an extension to submit application or wish to withdraw a submitted application, please contact:


Notification and Agreement

All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their application including:

  • the funding amount to be awarded
  • the terms and conditions of any funding

There is no review or appeal process after the final decision is made by ASC.

Disclosure of Information

The ASC must treat any personal information according to the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles.

Your personal information can only be disclosed to someone for the primary purpose for which it was collected, unless an exemption applies.

Personal information submitted via the online application is collected by the ASC for the purpose of considering applications for and administering the program. The information collected may be disclosed to other government agencies, including Services Australia for this purpose. With the applicant’s consent, via the online application form, the ASC may also obtain information from Services Australia to enable the ASC to assess the applicant’s eligibility for the program.

The personal details of successful applicants or participants (including name, home state, sport, supporting organisation, the value of the grant awarded and a brief description of the purpose for the grant) may be released by the ASC to the public and the media and may be placed on the ASC website, including for the use of promotional purposes.

View the ASC Privacy Policy.

Enquiries and feedback

If you have any questions regarding the Compensation Grant Program, please contact email:

If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the grant opportunity this can be done using the ASC complaints form.

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