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The Australian Fencing Federation often receives queries from fencers who are living overseas and have either Australian citizenship or dual nationality, and who wish to consider the possibility of competing for (or representing) Australia.

Commonwealth and FIE events (World Cups, Commonwealth Championships, Asian and World Championships, etc.) require an FIE licence in the country of citizenship.  Membership of the Australian Fencing Team and Australian Fencing Squad presume the ability to represent Australia, which is why the relevant Athlete Agreement requires an FIE licence.  Dual nationality fencers who already have a foreign nationality FIE licence must request a switch to an Australian FIE licence.  Under the FIE's rules, it is only possible to switch countries once in an athlete's life.  Athletes should also be aware that in some countries, this then stops them from being allowed to enter competitions in their country of residence.

Some regional or national events do not require an FIE licence, merely entry by an athlete or a National Federation nominating an athlete who identifies a particular country as their country of competition.

So, the basic requirements to fence as an Australian overseas are to:

* Join a nominal club in Australia (usually in the State that the athlete has either a direct or family link with);, if required by the State Fencing Association to do so.

* Affiliate through a State Fencing Association, nominating a "full" State affiliation, which will then be recognised by the AFF as a National membership.  This is sometimes known as a Competitive affiliation, as opposed to a Participative affiliation.

It is not necessary to submit any citizenship proof, or fencing results or resume.  Any queries regarding the steps above can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To progress to respresenting Australia as part of the Australian Fencing Team, or the Australian Fencing Squad, athletes should refer to the source documentation available on this site under the High Performance Program menu.