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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available from TAFE NSW each semester, and are designed to support students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who face significant challenges, including financial disadvantage that may prevent them from achieving their career and educational goals.

The scholarship is valued at up to $1,000 depending on the study area and this will assist with course fees and other course-related charges. Higher amounts may be awarded in exceptional individual circumstances.

Closing date: 14 February 2020

In addition to fulfilling the entry requirements for your chosen course, to be eligible to apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Be attending one of the following TAFE NSW locations: Hornsby, Meadowbank, Northern Beaches, Ryde, St Leonards, Design Centre Enmore, Eora, Gymea, Loftus, Petersham, Randwick, St George, Ultimo.

Please note:

  • You must take up your scholarship offer immediately. If you need to defer, you will need to re-apply at a later date and there are no guarantees that you’ll be offered the same scholarship
  • If you transfer to another course, your scholarship cannot be transferred
  • You may apply for more than one Industry scholarship (e.g. Equity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander). However, you will only be eligible to hold one scholarship at a time
  • TAFE NSW cannot provide you with financial advice on taxation or Centrelink matters. You are responsible for seeking taxation advice regarding your own personal circumstances. Information is available on the Department of Human Services website.
  1. Fill in the Application Form and supply all key documents as part of your application. Only complete applications with all documentation will be considered. Email your completed application form and all key documents to
  2. The Scholarship Assessment Committee will assess the information provided in your application form and create a shortlist of appropriate candidates. These candidates may then be invited to attend an interview.
  3. All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their scholarship application shortly after the selection process is completed. Please note this can take six weeks from the time of the application closing date.
  4. If you’re successful you will receive a Scholarship Recipient Agreement (offer letter) that outlines the terms and conditions of accepting the scholarship. You can also view the Industry Scholarship Terms & Conditions on the application form.

The selection criteria will be used by the Scholarship Assessment Committee when assessing your application.

You must:

  • Demonstrate your commitment and motivation to study and to successfully complete the course and gain employment, and
  • Provide proof of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage
  • Demonstrate educational disadvantage and financial hardship and also be currently receiving Centrelink benefits

Download and complete the application form. Ensure you sign the declaration and attach all relevant supporting documents.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
Application Form
(PDF, 816KB)

Scan and email the Application form with supporting documents to: by 14 February 2020.