Scholarship Program for Young Australians


NOW OPEN! Applications for Round 3
Part 1 open October 26 - December 4
Part 2 opens January 29 - March 12

If eligible you can receive up to $14,500 towards your vocational training.

Information regarding the Commonwealth Scholarships Program and eligibility requirements are below. 

What is the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians (and ex-ADF)? 

The aim of the program is to support Young Australians or ex ADF to gain critical employability skills, which are embedded in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, enabling them to enter and stay in the workforce.

Who are we helping?

Under the Australian Government’s $585 million Skills Package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow, around 400 young Australians or ex-ADF personnel will be supported to participate in VET courses through the introduction of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians. The participation in VET training will lead into occupations in identified areas of growth and skills needs, listed as in demand through consultation with regional representatives.

Young people aged 15-24 or recently exited ADF personnel (no age restriction) can apply for the scholarship program to undertake an eligible VET approved Program of Study. Priority will be given to applicants in the following cohorts:
  • Individuals who have exited from the Australian Defence Force in the previous 2 years (age criteria not applicable to ADF applicants);
  • Indigenous young Australians;
  • young Australians with a disability; and
  • young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Applicants who are eligible can apply for the scholarship to undertake an approved course of study at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma levels. Courses can be undertaken part-time or full-time, and Young Australian Scholars will receive up to $5000 per year in study assistance.

Further, as part of the scholarship, students are required to undertake a paid internship or work placement for 20 business days. In this time, Scholars will receive $3000 for the paid internship work and host employers will receive $1500 per intern.

Where will BUSY At Work be delivering this program?

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NSW Grafton and Gosford regions

Northern Territory (excluding Darwin)

QLD Maryborough and Townsville regions

SA Port Pirie region

TAS Burnie region

VIC Shepparton region

WA Wanneroo and Armadale regions

Please note: In some of these regions the boundaries have now been extended. More information can be found here.

You can also view the list of regions and contact details of the Scholarships Coordinators if you would like to discuss your eligibility.  Contact Details per Region PDF Document

How can I access this program?

Round 3 Applications are now open. Please note: Round 3 is broken into two parts:   Round 1 is open from 26th October until 4th December and Round 2 opens end of 29th January until 12th March. 

If you would like further information you can also contact your local Regional Scholarships Coordinator (PDF)

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