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Destination Australia Scholarship

Destination Australia Scholarship

Destination Australia Scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government, and are designed to attract and support students who choose to live and study in regional communities. 

Each Scholarship provides $15,000 per student per year of course enrolment to support costs for living and studying in regional Australia.

Scholarships are provided for specific courses and locations only, as shown below, and require full time class attendance for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

For more information visit the Destination Australia website.

Destination Australia Scholarship - More Information

For more information on the scholarships and to find out when the next round will be open please email

Scholarships - Destination Australia - FAQs - International


  1. The relevant Head Teacher for each course, or a suitable replacement
  2. The Director for Student Services and Support in each region, or a suitable Student Services representative
  3. The Manager for International Business in each region, or another suitable International representative

New students are encouraged to apply, however if successful, you must be enrolled in an eligible TAFE NSW qualification at the time of receiving the Scholarship. If you are not enrolled in an eligible TAFE NSW qualification, you will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Successful applicants will know if they have been granted a scholarship within 5 days of the scholarship closing date.

You do not have to commence a course enrolment or visa application before applying. This process can commence after you have been notified of your successful scholarship application, however you will still need to meet the separate course entry and visa requirements. Your scholarship is conditional until these requirements are met.

Scholarship money is paid directly to the student’s Australian bank account in a lump sum of $15,000 (AUD) per year for a maximum of two (2) years.

Scholarship money is paid to the student within two weeks of presenting to the college to complete your enrolment and commence your course. This is one of the final steps in the course enrolment process that must occur face to face. TAFE NSW must be able to confirm you have actively participated in the required studies of your course.

Unless you are changing to another approved Destination Australia Program course, you cannot keep the scholarship money. You will be invoiced by the TAFE Commission to refund any pro rata amount.

Any initial relocation costs would need to be met by the student prior to receiving scholarship funds.

Scholarships will only be paid to students after enrolment in the required course and classes have commenced.

An Australian government initiative