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Elite sport is inherently about excellence. The right to represent Australia at the Olympic Games and the World Championships (open and age) represents the pinnacle of elite sport, and as such is a privilege to be earned. The Selection System sets out the minimum criteria which must be satisfied in order for a fencer to be eligible for selection for these events. Fencers are encouraged to view selection as merely the first step in the process of achieving the performance goals they have set themselves, rather than an end in itself.

Contact Details

The Selection Commission may be contacted through the Chair of the Selection Panel via the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Sections 2.5 - 2.9 of the Selection Policy should be noted in this regard.

Process and Timing

The processes and timing of selections is documented both within the Selection Policy (for example, see section O4.10) and the relevant Operational Protocol (see here).  Note also the fact that the Selection Policy is complemented by some operational processes regarding entry to overseas events (see here).

Special Note Regarding Under-15s Rankings

The March 2015 Selection Policy introduced Under-15 Rankings.  However, a drafting flaw left open the issue of which events would constitute a point accumulation cycle, and how many events would constitute a ranking score.  As an interim measure, and consistent with the rest of the Policy, the Under-15s Rankings will follow the same process as the Cadet Rankings, as set out in C4.1 - C4.6, in addition to the inclusion of the National Under-15s Championships.  This drafting flaw will be addressed in a future version of this Policy.


Please be aware that AFF staff and directors cannot provide information relating to the intepretation of any section of the Selection Policy.

Changes to Selection Policy - October 2015

The Selection Policy was updated in October 2015.  The text of this appears below, and will be deemed to be published officialy (and therefore effective) on November 30 2015.  A summary of changes made to the Policy also is attached below.

Download this file (AFF Selection Appeals Policy (May 2013).pdf)AFF Selection Appeals Policy (May 2013).pdf[ ]96 kB
Download this file (AFF Selection Policy (Mar 2015) - Appendix A.pdf)AFF Selection Policy (Mar 2015) - Appendix A.pdf[Valid until November 29, 2015]154 kB
Download this file (AFF Selection Policy (Mar 2015) - Appendix B-G.pdf)AFF Selection Policy (Mar 2015) - Appendix B-G.pdf[Valid until November 29, 2015]125 kB
Download this file (AFF Selection Policy (Mar 2015).pdf)AFF Selection Policy (Mar 2015).pdf[Valid until November 29, 2015]337 kB
Download this file (AFF Selection Policy (Oct 2015).pdf)AFF Selection Policy (Oct 2015).pdf[Valid from November 30, 2015 onwards]476 kB
Download this file (Fencing 2016 Nomination Criteria (FINAL).pdf)Fencing 2016 Nomination Criteria (FINAL).pdf[Olympics Nomination Criteria]176 kB
Download this file (Selection Policy Changes 31 Oct 15.pdf)AFF Selection Policy (Oct 2015) - Summary of Changes[Valid from November 30, 2015 onwards]694 kB