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Selection criteria

Scholarship applications are assessed on the following selection criteria:

Criterion 1: Financial need (maximum of 50 points)

You must provide evidence to demonstrate your financial need.

You are considered to be experiencing financial need if you satisfy any one of the following four conditions listed in the table below. The documents which can be used as evidence of financial need are listed for each category. 

Applications without the required evidence are not considered.

If your application is successful, you must continue to demonstrate financial need, by satisfying one of the conditions below, for the duration of your scholarship program.

Financial need

Category

Evidence

1. A person currently receiving an eligible Centrelink benefit.

A copy of Centrelink letter or current Income Statement showing receipt of any one of the following benefits:

  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Low Income Healthcare Card
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment Single
  • Parenting Payment Partnered
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance

Note: 

  • If you are using a Low Income Healthcare Card as evidence, you must provide a copy of the card (both sides) showing your full details and card expiry date.
  • If you are providing the Centrelink letter, it must have been issued within the three months before the due date for scholarship applications.

2. A person expecting to receive an eligible Centrelink benefit on commencing their eligible course of study.

You must indicate on your application form the Centrelink benefit or concession card you will apply for. 

The benefit or concession card must be on the above Financial Hardship Category 1 list. 

Use the Centrelink Payment Finder to generate the details of payments you may be eligible for and attach the printed copy with the application form.

Note: 

  • You must provide evidence of your application for an eligible Centrelink benefit or concession card listed under Financial Need Category 1 to accept your scholarship offer.
  • No scholarship payments are made until you provide evidence of receiving an eligible Centrelink benefit or concession card.
  • If you expect to receive Youth Allowance or Austudy, note that Centrelink applications for these payments can be made up to 13 weeks before starting the course; you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid any delays in receiving your Centrelink payments.
  • If you are facing extreme financial need, you should contact the Department of Human Services to request that your Centelink application be prioritised.

3. A child whose parent/guardian/approved care organisation is in receipt of the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A.

A current Centrelink Income Statement issued to the parent, guardian or approved care organisation showing receipt of the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A, and a copy of the Centrelink Healthcare Card (both sides) or other Centrelink document showing the names of the parent, guardian or approved card organisation and the dependent child.

4. A person whose income documents demonstrate financial hardship.

Your tax return for the previous year and your pay slips for the last eight weeks.

Criterion 2: Capability (maximum of 40 points)

You must provide a written response describing:

  • a past educational achievement, and/or
  • work achievement, or achievements, and/or
  • other achievements that help to demonstrate your ability to undertake your Eligible Course of Study.

You may support your response with additional documentation, but only where it is relevant and provides evidence of claims made in your written response. Some examples of evidence could include academic transcripts, awards, or a referee statement (for example, from a teacher or employer).

Educational and/or work achievements need not specifically relate to the Eligible Course of Study.

Other considerations (maximum of three points per category)

Additional points can be given from one or more categories below. You can receive an a maximum of three points for each category.

Other considerations

Category

Evidence

1. People proposing to undertake an internship, either through the Eligible Course of Study or independently.

Eligible Course of study: Evidence showing the course includes work integrated learning, such as a course outline.

Independent: Statement in your application that you intend to undertake an internship.

2. People from areas of high unemployment (greater than 8 per cent).

*Areas of unemployment are assessed based on Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) data at Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2).

Permanent home address at time of application as stated on the application form.

3. People from remote and very remote areas.

*Remote and very Remote areas as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

Permanent home address at time of application as stated on the application form.

4. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

*More information is available on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Studies website

Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are not required to provide evidence if they do not want to be considered for additional points under this category.

5. Women studying in fields with low female representation

*Determined by the proportion of female students in the narrow field of study as indicated in the Department's student statistics.

Proposed course of study as stated on the application form.

6. People with disability

A written statement from a registered health professional attesting to your condition.

People with disability are not required to provide evidence if they do not want to be considered for additional points under this category.

 

 

Page last updated: 04 Dec 2017