Three Rivers Department of Rural Health Placement Grant

At a glance
  • Applications closed
  • Applications closed at 09:00am 25 Nov 2022
  • The final Outcome Notice Date:
    21 Mar 2022
  • Applications will open on 13 Feb 2023
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: Varies
  • Duration: one off payment

The Three Rivers Department of Rural Health is part of Charles Sturt University and aims to improve the recruitment and retention of nursing, midwifery, allied health, dentistry and oral health professionals across the Albury, Dubbo, Griffith, Orange, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga regions. Three Rivers DRH are funded under the Australian Government's Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program. The Placement Grant assists eligible students who are required to travel away from home for clinical placements within our rural footprint.

Three Rivers DRH

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this grant you must be:

  1. studying as an active student;
  2. enrolled in one of the eligible courses at Charles Sturt University;
  3. an Australian citizen, a New Zealand Citizen a permanent Australian Resident or a student with an Australian permanent visa;
  4. enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in a Commonwealth supported place. Full fee-paying students are not eligible.
  5. travelling over 80km (one way) from:
    1. your place of residence during university session, and
    2. your home/origin address to Professional Placement located within the Three Rivers DRH Footprint (check your postcode);
  6. placements are to be undertaken with external providers only - students undertaking their placement in a Charles Sturt University supported clinic are deemed ineligible;
  7. enrolled in a subject for which Professional Placement attendance is compulsory, the clinical practical component of the placement must be a minimum of 28 hours per week over 2 or more consecutive weeks;
  8. submitting an application prior to the completion date of the professional placement. Applications submitted after the placement is completed will be ineligible;
  9. not staying in Three Rivers DRH subsidised accommodation for the subject listed in your application.
  • The value of this grant will vary depending upon your placement, it will be calculated at $200 per week 1-5, $100 per week 6+ to a maximum of $3000. Further information about grant value can be found in the guidelines.
  • To be eligible for this grant you must be enrolled in a professional placement subject and have met all eligibility criteria by the closing date of this grant.
  • Only include one Professional Placement subject in your application for assessment, there is only one grant per student per subject. Preference may be given to students who have not received prior funding from this grant.
  • Applications for the Three Rivers DRH Placement Grant must be submitted prior to the completion date of the Professional Placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit the Three Rivers DRH Placement form if I confirmed my placement in InPlace?

No, you do not need to provide a form if your details are correct and confirmed in InPlace.

When can I submit my application for the Three Rivers DRH Placement Grant?

You must submit your application for this grant prior to completing your placement or your application will be deemed ineligible.

How many placement subjects can I include per Three Rivers DRH Placement Grant application?

Only one placement subject per application will be considered. Please complete a separate application for multiple placements.

How many placements per subject can I submit an application for the Three Rivers DRH Placement Grant?

You can only apply for one placement per enrolled placement subject. If your placement subject has two placements you will only be assessed on one placement.

How long do I have to provide further documents/information if the Scholarship Office contact me and request it?

If your application has been made incomplete and you have been requested to provide additional information or documents you have 48 hours from the date you receive the notification to provide the requested information and resubmit your application.

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

If you are receiving any other scholarship or grant for the purpose of relocating or accommodation you may not be eligible for this scholarship.

Can I submit a late application?

Applications received after the completion of the placement will not be considered

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

Yes you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the completion date of the placement and the closing date of the grant. 

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to quoting the application number, your name and student ID.

When will I find out if I was successful?

An email notification will be sent 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 EFT to your nominated bank account within 7 days of acceptance of your offer.

How do I register my bank details with Charles Sturt?

Register your bank details with Charles Sturt via online administration.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?

You must notify the Charles Sturt Scholarship Office immediately by emailing Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, Charles Sturt may reassess your eligibility.

Will I receive a scholarship/grant if I meet all of the eligibility criteria?

Charles Sturt receives a high volume of applications for scholarships and Grants, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.

Can I apply for this grant when I’m on a Leave of Absence?

Grants cannot be deferred. Grant recipients who defer their studies or take a Leave of Absence will have their grant withdrawn and the grant will not be paid. These students are eligible to apply in a future session providing they still meet the eligibility criteria.

Charles Sturt University will terminate your grant offer if:

  • you cease to meet the eligibility criteria;
  • you are guilty of academic misconduct;
  • the grant was awarded on the basis of false or misleading information.

Do I have to tell Centrelink or the Australian Tax Office about my grant?

A grant recipient should be aware that payments may be regarded as income by Centrelink or ATO it is the responsibility of the recipient to seek independent advice with respect to implications resulting from receiving this grant.


  1. The Three Rivers Department of Rural Health (DRH) is a key initiative in the Commonwealth Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program. The objective of this program is to improve the recruitment and retention of nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry professionals in rural and remote Australia. Three Rivers DRH aims to support more health students to live, study and work in regional Australia.
  2. The grant of $200 per week of placement for the first 5 weeks, then $100 per week up to a maximum of $3000 will provide funds to assist with costs associated with attending Workplace Learning placements.
  3. The grant is payable in cash (EFT) to the personal bank account that you have registered with Charles Sturt University. Payment will be processed within 7 days of offer acceptance.
  4. You can register bank details with Charles Sturt University on the Student Administration website by going to personal details to enter or change bank details.
  5. Placements are to be undertaken with external providers only – students undertaking their placement in a Charles Sturt University supported clinic are deemed ineligible for the Three Rivers Placement Grant. The university supported clinics are defined as any clinic on Charles Sturt campuses with Charles Sturt University as the placement provider for example but not limited to; Charles Sturt University Dental and Oral Health Clinics (Albury/Orange/Dubbo/Wagga Wagga/Bathurst) and Charles Sturt University Community Engagement and Wellness Centre (CEW-Albury/Wodonga).
  6. Students are unable to receive this grant if they have received another grant for the same purpose.
  7. The University reserves the right to recoup grant payments if your circumstances change and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.
  8. The Scholarships office will be responsible for the assessment, allocation and administration of this grant.
  9. The University receives a high volume of applications for grants; meeting the eligibility criteria may not guarantee applicants a grant offer.
  10. To be eligible for this grant, applicants must have met all of the eligibility criteria by the closing date. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Grants cannot be deferred.

Terms and Conditions

By the accepting the grant offer you agree to:

  • fulfil all requirements as set out in these guidelines;
  • consent to Charles Sturt University accessing your student records for the purposes of assessing and administering the grant;
  • provide any change of individual circumstances in writing to the Scholarships Office;
  • provide information and participate in surveys for promotional purposes and review of this grant;
  • accept the terms and conditions of this grant.

The University reserves the right to undertake audits of individual student’s records to ensure adherence to these guidelines.


Charles Sturt University will treat any information provided by the applicant within the terms of relevant privacy legislation. See Charles Sturt’s privacy policy for further information.

Due to privacy laws any discussion of a grant application or recipient will only take place with the grant applicant/recipient.

The information collected will be used by authorised University staff to assess eligibility and administer the scholarship program. The information may also be used for assessment purposes for other scholarships, grants and equity programs across the University. Recipient names and email addresses may be made available to departments within the University for marketing and research purposes. No details will be used externally for any reason without the recipient’s consent. Students should be aware that they provide information of their own free will.

Personal and health information provided by the applicant will not be made available to any person within the University or external organisation for any other purpose without the applicant’s consent, except where it may be a legal requirement of the University to provide information.


  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.

How to Apply

Forms and Documents

Download and save any forms you require for your application.


  • Complete an online application form.
  • Applications will be assessed in accordance with the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation.
  • Applications with incorrect or no supporting documentation (if required) will be deemed ineligible.
  • You may be assessed as eligible but not receive an offer due to quota restrictions.
  • There are no interviews required.


  • All applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.


  • Successful applicants are required to accept their grant/scholarship offer.
  • Offers not accepted by the offer expiry date will be withdrawn.

applications closed at 09:00am 25 Nov 2022

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