Destination Australia Scholarship

  • Applications closed at 09:00am 28 Jul 2020
  • Outcome Notice Date:
    3 Aug 2020
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students
  • Value: $15,000
  • Duration: Various

Study on campus at Charles Sturt University – the #1 uni for graduate employment* – and you could receive $15,000 per year for the duration of your degree. This scholarship from Destination Australia – an Australian Government initiative – is designed to encourage students to study in regional Australia. So why not create a world worth living in at Charles Sturt? We’re right here in regional Australia. Studying in a regional area means you’ll become part of a strong community, enjoy a lower cost of living, and benefit from personalised support and hands-on learning. You’ll enjoy a vibrant lifestyle minus the hustle and bustle. Get the best of both worlds when you study at any of Charles Sturt’s vibrant campuses located in beautiful regional cities across New South Wales: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga. Apply now for a Destination Australia scholarship – there’s only a limited number available – and you could get $15,000 per year of financial help for study and living expenses for the duration of your degree.

Destination Australia

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this Scholarship you must be:

  1. a commencing student in July 2020
  2. enrolled as a full-time student
  3. enrolled as an on-campus student
  4. International Student visa holder
  5. enrolled at Charles Sturt University in one of the courses below at any of our regional campuses
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Communications (Journalism)
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Professional Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

When we determine your eligibility for this scholarship we will take into account any other scholarships for grants you have that help you to relocate or live on campus.

How do I know if I'm in financial need?

You’re considered to be in financial need if you are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or are in financial hardship (finding it hard to pay the for basic necessities). Supporting documentation will be required to demonstrate financial need.

Can I save my application and then finish it at a later date?

Yes, you can. Just log back in and submit your application before the closing date. 

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It can take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through. Or it might have gone to your spam or junk mail folder. Check there first. If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, email us, quoting the application number, your name and student ID, and we’ll sort it out for you.

When will I find out if I was successful?

We’ll send you an email by the outcome notice date, as advertised on the website.

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) to your nominated bank account. Payments will be made in two instalments per year, after the census date of session 1 and 2, subsequent to you maintaining your enrolment in the required course.

Simply go to the student portal and click on the My Details section.

You’ll certainly be in with a good shot, but because there are a limited number of scholarships available, it’s not guaranteed.

Definitions

  1. Active Student:  A student who is enrolled in subject/s in the current/commencing session. This excludes students on approved Leave of Absence.
  2. Carer: For Charles Sturt University’s purposes, a carer is defined as a person of any age, who without being paid (excluding Centrelink), cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person. Volunteers under the auspices of a voluntary organisation are not included. Scholarship recipients may be in receipt of a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.
  3. Census Date: The date at which you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial penalty.
  4. Commencing Student: A student enrolled in and undertaking subjects in their first year of study.
  5. Commonwealth Supported Place:  A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a subsidised higher education enrolment. The Australian Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University.
  6. Commonwealth Supported Student:  A student enrolled in a CSP is referred to as a ‘Commonwealth supported student’. Students only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount, set by the university, for their units of study. (As defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).
  7. Conditional Offer: An offer of a scholarship which is made based on you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements as at session Census Date.
  8. Continuing Student: A student enrolled in, and undertaking, subjects in their second and subsequent years of study.
  9. Domestic Student (Student): Means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:
    1. An Australian citizen
    2. A New Zealand citizen
    3. A diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or
    4. A student with an Australian permanent visa.
  10. Financial Need: A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or in financial hardship. Refer to Eligible benefits in these guidelines.
  11. Financial Hardship: A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they find it difficult to provide for themselves, their family or dependents basic necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment and education.
  12. Full Fee paying: If you're a domestic student in a full-fee-paying place, it means your place receives no financial contribution from the government and you are required to pay the full cost of the course.
  13. Full-time: A full-time student is one who is enrolled to undertake an amount of study of at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). At Charles Sturt University, this equates to being enrolled in three or more (8 point) subjects, or 24 subject points or more per session.
  14. Grade Point Average: A grade point is the numerical value assigned to a final grade to allow calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is the average of all final grades obtained by a student for courses within an academic program.
  15. Indigenous: for the purposes of these Guidelines, means a person who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.
  16. Integrated Program: Students are co-enrolled and study at both TAFE and Charles Sturt University.  Under this type of arrangement, specific courses are identified and a formal agreement is signed.
  17. Internal Student:  An internal student is a student that is studying the majority of subjects for any given session of the course as an on campus student.  For example, if a student is enrolled in four subjects for a session, then three or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus).  If a student is enrolled in three subjects for a session, then two or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). The status as an internal student can change for each session of study.
  18. Leave of Absence: Official approval to be absent from your study, whilst still maintaining the status of enrolled student.
  19. Online Student:  A student enrolled in 75% or more of subjects in a given session studying online.
  20. Part-time:  A part-time student is one who is enrolled in one or two (8 point) subjects per session, which equates to 8 or 16 subject points per session.
  21. Postgraduate: A person who has obtained a degree from a university and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification.
  22. Pro Rata: a proportional distribution of the total amount to ensure equal allocation.
  23. Regional, Remote or Very Remote Area:The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographical system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify different living zones in Australia.  Classifications are postcode based and are identified as ‘Remote’, ‘Very Remote’, ‘Major Cities’, ‘Inner Regional’ and ‘Outer Regional’. To find your classification, you can view the following map.
  24. Special Circumstances: Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which a reasonable person would consider is not due to the student’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the student is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.
  25. Undergraduate: Undergraduate students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.

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