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There are currently more than 3000 scholarships available to Australian students, across both the higher education and vocational sectors. Scholarships can cover an array of costs from tuition fees to living and accommodation costs.

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Capital Grants Program for Schools

Provides funding to improve non-government school capital infrastructure.

Eligibility :Open to non-government primary and secondary schools.

Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.

Agency :Department of Education and Training

Foundation Broken Hill – Skillshare Training Grants

The Training and Skill grants being offered are funded by the Foundation Broken Hill in conjunction with a gifted endowment from Broken Hill Skillshare. The Grants have been set up to enhance career opportunities for school leavers, those who are unemployed or retrenched, or who are working in a casual or part-time position.

The objective of the grant program is to encourage a person to pursue a course of study in a field which will benefit their future job opportunities. The successful applicants will be those wishing to upgrade their skills or qualifications in the pursuit of paid employment.

Each grant will be provided on an individual basis to meet the requirements of the applicant. Grants will be offered twice yearly prior to the commencement of educational semesters.

The grant applicants will be assessed by a sub-committee panel and the decision of that selection panel will be final.

Selection – Applicants must:
Be committed to their chosen studies,
Live in Broken Hill or the surrounding areas, and
Be undertaking a Course that leads to a recognised qualification or skills set.

Skillshare Training Grants

Sporting Schools – Sporting Initiative Grants

Overview / Purpose
This programme seeks to support NSO endorsed sporting organisations to be able to achieve quality sporting outcomes. It is part of Sporting Schools Programme, a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get children committed to a lifelong love of sport.

Sporting Schools aims to:
– Support sporting organisations in the delivery of great programmes that are suitable for children.
– Provide schools with opportunities to get their children excited about sports through quality and diverse programmes.
– Provide children with positive sporting experiences in the best possible way: by having a go.
– Support schools and coaches through an interactive website that is full with coaching resources and information to help them run programmes.

Funding is determined on a case-by-case basis up to set limits.

Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include sporting organisations that must:
– Be registered with the Sporting Schools programme.
– Be NSO endorsed sporting organisation within the Sporting Schools programme.
– Have no outstanding debts with the ASC (including residual amount debt from participating in the AASC programme).

Eligible activities include identified sport-based initiatives that meet local needs.

Sporting Schools Grant



The Australia-China Council (ACC) is the Australian Government’s advisory and funding body dedicated to strengthening of cultural, education, business, and more broadly, people-to-people relations between Australia and China.


In 2017/18 we will deliver around A$800,000 in grants for organisations and individuals across Australia. The Council’s funding is determined by the Government, and is subject to the scope and availability of funding in each financial year.

The Grants section of the website provides you with information about our 2015-16 funding program and the funding application process. It also includes information about what happens after you have applied and if you are successful.

Australia-China Council grants provide funding of up to $40,000 for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives of the Australia-China Council Strategic Plan 2014-18).

The objectives of the Australia-China Council 2017-18 grant round are centred on four areas Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China – and are underpinned by three cross-cutting themes – Mobility, Technology and Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.

  1. Education: Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China, and promote education, science and innovation connectivity between Australia and China
  2. Economic Diplomacy: Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia’s trade and investment relationship with China
  3. Arts and Culture: Showcase Australian arts and creative industries to Chinese audiences and build closer and broader cultural and artistic partnerships
  4. Australian Studies in China: Consolidate and strengthen the Australian Studies in China Program

Priority Areas

  • Education – Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China and promote education and knowledge connectivity between Australia and China.
  • Economic Diplomacy – Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia’s trade and investment relationship with China.
  • Arts and Culture – Showcase Australian arts, creative industries and sport engagement to Chinese audiences and build closer and broader cultural, artistic and sporting partnerships.

The Council’s grant-making and program activities in the above-mentioned areas will focus on the following three cross-cutting themes:

  • Mobility – Encouraging greater and more diverse professional mobility between Australia and China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, including through support of the New Colombo Plan
  • Capabilities – Building capabilities of organisations and individuals to enter into partnerships and work effectively with their Chinese counterparts; investing in information resources (including new digital and mobile platforms) that inform Australian communities and relevant sectors about opportunities, practices and risks in engaging with China.
  • New Areas of Engagement – Identifying and seeking practical solutions to develop new areas of engagement between the two countries.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

To be eligible you must:

  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
    • a consortium with a lead organisation2
    • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
    • an Australian local government body
    • an Australian State/Territory government body
    • a corporate Commonwealth entity
    • an Australian statutory authority
    • be an Australian or permanent resident of Australia
    • or be a well-established organisation in a country specified in Section 2.2 above with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests (e.g. an Australian Chamber of Commerce).
  • and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant.


The NSW Training Awards celebrate the best of vocational education and training (VET) in NSW and are the premier VET awards in the state. The awards are also a great way to receive recognition for your efforts in training people or being trained.


The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and medium employers.

Award categories recognise outstanding achievement by:

  • apprentices and trainees
  • school-based apprentices
  • graduates of certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses
  • teachers and trainers
  • medium and large employers who use training in their workplace
  • registered training organisations (training providers)

The Awards categories

There are 12 Award categories for the NSW Training Awards. They are:

Individual Awards

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

VET in Schools Award

  • VET in Schools Student of the Year (NSW Award only)

Organisation Awards

  • Large Training Provider of the Year
  • Small Training Provider of the Year
  • Industry Collaboration Award
  • Large Employer of the Year
  • Medium Employer of the Year

Who can nominate me for an award?

Apprentices, trainees, school-based apprentices/trainees can be nominated by their training provider or employer (or host employer if they are working for a group training organisation).

Vocational students can be nominated by their training provider or employer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can be nominated by their training provider or employer (or host employer if they are working for a group training organisation) if they are an apprentice or trainee.

VET in Schools Students can be nominated by their training provider or their employer.

VET Trainer/Teacher nominees can be nominated by their students, colleagues, employer or other industry group.

Employers/RTO – to be a full-time employee (not a contractor) etc. with permission from management of your organisation.

Can an individual nominate themselves?

Self nomination for individuals is allowed in the VET Trainer/Teacher category only, however the entry form must still be endorsed by a training provider or employer.

Self nominations in the Apprentice, Trainee, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student, Vocational Student, School Based Apprentice/Trainee and VET in Schools Student of the Year categories are not accepted.

Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Online
Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in developing countries. By providing opportunities for Fellows to undertake short term study and professional development, they aim to:

  • strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, in support of Australia’s economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives; and
  • increase the capacity of developing countries to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues of shared interest at the country, sub-regional and regional levels.

Fellowships target current and future leaders and mid-career professionals who will be in a position to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues on their return home. Fellowship activities are aimed at providing high-quality training, exchange of expertise, skills and knowledge, and opportunities to enhance networks on issues of shared interest.

Grant funding of up to $30,000 per Fellow (inclusive of overhead fees, mixed mode delivery including partner country activities) is offered on a competitive basis to Australian organisations to support a range of professional development activities. Fellowship activities may include a combination of short-term study and/or training, professional development, networking and work experience, and are delivered by the Australian Host Organisation for Fellows from eligible countries. Australia Awards Fellowships do not fund study that results in an academic qualification, as these opportunities are provided under Australia Awards Scholarships.

DFAT invites Australian organisations to submit applications that align with the aims of the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and the Australia Awards Fellowships program.  Applicants must identify the foreign affairs and development policy theme that is the focus of their Fellowship proposal from the list of aid program priority areas identified in the Fellowships Guidelines.

Eligible applicants

Australian organisations who are legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN) with links to overseas counterpart organisations in eligible developing countries may apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship. Overseas organisations and individuals are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the organisation’s interest in applying for a Fellowship grant.

Study opportunities for individuals from developing countries are available under Australia Awards Scholarships.

The Foundation’s annual work program represents positive interaction between two nations with different cultural heritages but common values and interests.  The AJF focuses on activities which increase understanding in both Japan and Australia of the areas of excellence and expertise in each country.

The AJF is also pleased to congratulate the three AJF Publication Awards each in honour of Sir Neil Currie, a former Australian Ambassador to Japan, for Japanese language publications about Australia.  Each recipient receives $10,000.  The 2016-17 titles are:

  • Australian Indigenous People and Performance;
  • Australian Party Politics; and
  • Indigenous Professional Development.

Australia-Japan Foundation grant recipients, 2016-17

Further information:


The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation (AKF) are to:

  • increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship
  • develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

Key priority areas

  • Building cultural understanding
  • Reciprocal Australian and Korean studies
  • Technological and scientific innovation
  • Trade diplomacy and geopolitics

Frequency of grant rounds

Generally, the AKF will conduct one major grant round each financial year, advertised on the AKF website and facebook page. Applications will be received February-April for projects in the following financial year. If further funding becomes available, a subsequent ‘inter-sessional’ grant round may be held within the financial year.


Grant applications for a minimum of $5,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year up to three years will be considered. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.Grant amount

Co-contributions from your Korean partner and other parties strengthen your application.

Opening date Early February
Closing date for submitting applications Early April
Unsuccessful applicants notified Early July
Successful applicants notified Early July
Processing of grant agreements for successful applicants Late July

“Enabling positive social change” is one of the focus areas of the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

The scholarship will enable the 17 successful candidates to do postgraduate study at an Australian university. It also entails overseas travel. A key feature of the scholarship is the Leadership Development Program, a nine month program created in collaboration with recognised experts in leadership excellence.

Two other focus areas are also available, taking the total to three: 1. Enabling positive social change 2. Technology and innovation 3. Strengthening Australia–Asia ties Each scholarship is valued at up to $120,000, typically over two to three years, for research or coursework studies at graduate level.

Eligibility You are eligible to apply if: • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident (New Zealand citizens who are not also Australian citizens are not eligible). • You completed your first undergraduate degree after 1 September 2013, or will complete by 31 December 2018. • You have achieved or are on track to achieve an average result of H1 or H2A equivalent (approx. 75%). • You have chosen to undertake a full-time Masters by coursework or research or a PhD at one of nine participating universities. Other eligibility criteria also apply. How to apply Applications close on September 5. For detailed information and to apply, visit bicentennial.…/future-leade

Applications are now open for the 2019 Russel Harland Memorial Scholarship program.

The scholarship was developed in memory of Russel Harland, a champion of natural resource management in western NSW, and is awarded annually to a tertiary student who displays strong personal, community and educational commitment to rural or regional areas, with particular reference to the Western region of NSW.

Eligible students will be approaching their final year of study. Relevant courses must be of Bachelor level and may include, but are not limited to Agriculture, Veterinary Science and Natural Resource Management.

The successful applicant will receive:

  • $5,000 scholarship (one off amount over two installments)
  • four weeks paid work
  • one year guaranteed field officer position (approx $55,864 p/a)
  • opportunity to work in a fast paced environment with a great team and advance your educational qualifications and personal skills.

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