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Selection Criteria

Applications for the RRES Program and the Creative Arts Scholarships are assessed on the following selection criteria:

Criterion 1: Financial need 

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.

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
  • Job Seeker Payment
  • Parenting Payment Single
  • Parenting Payment Partnered
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Family Tax Benefit A


  • 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 a Centerlink Income Statement, it must have been issued within three months prior to the submission of your application.
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 that you have applied for.

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


  • 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 Dependent whose parent or guardian is in receipt of:

a) A Health Care Card with the student’s name on it;


b) A payment listed in Financial Need Category 1.

For 3 a) a copy of a Centrelink Healthcare Card showing the names of the parent or guardian and the dependent (both sides of the card); OR

For 3 b) both

  1. a copy of a Centrelink letter or current Income Statement showing receipt by the parent/guardian of any one of the benefits in Financial Need Category 1 AND
  2. evidence that the applicant is under the age of 22, together with a statement confirming that they meet the definition of ‘dependent’ as published by the Department of Human Services.
4. A person whose income documents demonstrate financial hardship.

Financial Hardship is assessed based on your total gross household income. The information you need to provide depends on your personal circumstances and should include:

  • A copy of your pay slips for the last eight weeks.
  • If applicable, a copy of your partners pay slips for the last eight weeks.
  • If you are under 22 you will need to provide a statement confirming whether you meet the definition of dependent or independent.  If you are financially supported by your parents or guardians, along with any income you earn, provide evidence of your parents or guardians gross income which includes a copy of their pay slips for the past 8 weeks.

Please note a Notice of Assessment as issued by the ATO does not show your gross income and cannot be used to assess your financial hardship under this category.

If your current circumstances are substantially affected by natural disasters such as drought or bushfire and are different from the previous year, please supply additional supporting information which will be taken into account.

Criterion 2: Capability

You must provide a written statement (maximum 300 words) that describes an achievement that you are proud of. This can include:

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

Please note that educational and/or work achievements need not specifically relate to the Eligible Course of Study.

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