Archery Australia High Performance Program

About the National High Performance Program

The purpose of the NHPP is to provide a system and support for Archery Australia’s High Performance Athletes in a structured, fair and transparent manner that enables the athletes to be the best Archers that they can be.

The ultimate objective of the NHPP is to win medals at World Championships, Olympic Games and World Cups by supporting identified athletes within the program via the Athlete Development Pathway.

The program is based in Brisbane and managed on a day-to-day basis by Archery Australia’s High Performance Manager (HPM) and National Coach who report to the Archery Australia Board via Archery Australia’s High Performance Committee. The NHPP is decentralized thereby allowing athletes from all of Archery Australia’s Regional Governing Bodies to participate from their home cities. 

It is important to note that only individuals who are current members of the Senior and/or Youth NHPP and have been for the 6 months immediately preceding final team selection are eligible for Senior Australian team selection for World Championships, World Cups and Olympic and Commonwealth Games or any other identified international event.

Archery Australia has limited funding and resources to support High Performance athletes and therefore has designed a High Performance structure that classifies athletes into tiers. This in turn enables Archery Australia to prioritise the support and funding that it provides to the NHPP athletes in a fair and transparent manner. Funding for this program is provided by the Australian Government and spending on the program as well as its activities are monitored by the Australian Institute of Sport.

The NHPP consists of four tiers that athletes are able to progress through as they further develop their skills and performances. The entrance criteria for each of these tiers has been designed to align with the Australian Governments Winning Edge Strategy meaning that athletes are eligible to receive more support as they progress through the tiers. The table below (Table 1) provides a brief summary of each Tier whilst Appendix A provides full details of each Tier including the number of positions available and the allocation of support and resources that athletes in each Tier are eligible to receive.

World Class – Tier 1                                                                 

Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC have demonstrated their ability to challenge or have actually achieved a recent podium position in top International Competition.

International – Tier 2

Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC are competitive in international competition and have the potential to progress to World Class within the next two years.

National – Tier 3

Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC are competitive at the National Level and are ready for international exposure under direction of the High Performance Unit.

Development – Tier 4

Athletes who in the opinion of the HPC are considered to be emerging and have the potential to progress through the tiers in the coming years due to demonstrated commitment.                                                                                        

For further information about Archery Australia’s National High Performance Program (NHPP) please refer to the following documents

(a) NHPP Policy - Recurve

(b) NHPP Policy - Compound

How to Join the National High Performance Program

Application Process

Membership of the NHPP is reviewed on a quarterly basis. Athletes who wish to be considered for the NHPP must submit their application within the timeframe detailed below. The quarterly review will be undertaken on the first working day of the quarter with Athletes notified within 7 working days of the outcome of their application.

Application Timelines



Applications  Open                              

Applications Close               

Notify   Outcome                                          

Quarter  1

1 January – 31 March                                                                            

15 December

31 December                    


10 January        

Quarter 2

1 April – 30 June

15 March

31 March

10 April

Quarter 3

1 July – 30 September

15 June

30 June        

10 July

Quarter 4             

1 October – 31 December             

15 September      

30 September                       

10 October                  

How to apply

Athletes wishing to apply for the NHPP should firstly get a copy of the NHPP Policy – Recurve and review it carefully paying special attention to the performance requirements, eligibility requirements and expectations of athletes in the program. The program is demanding and requires dedication, commitment and time. Only athletes who are willing to make that commitment should apply.

There are several documents that must be completed and submitted by the application closing date. Please refer to the section titled ‘Athlete Application Checklist’ in the NHPP Policy to ensure that all application requirements have been met. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Where to send your application

All applications shall be submitted electronically via email and sent to

Documents for applying to join the NHPP

NHPP Policy Recurve - Download Here.

NHPP Policy Compound - Download Here.

NHPP Application Form - Download Here 

Athlete Agreement and Athlete Code of Conduct - Download Here

Returning from Retirement Application Form - Download Here 




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