Destination Australia

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Applications for the Destination Australia Program grants for 2021 scholarships are open to eligible tertiary education providers until 7 July 2020.

Find out more below and via at the Community Grants Hub.

The Program

The Australian Government provides funding through the Destination Australia Program to help eligible tertiary education providers offer scholarships to domestic and international students to study and live in regional Australia.

The program:

  • Supports regional and remote Australian tertiary education providers by promoting activities that contribute to growth and sustainability
  • Offers students from Australia and overseas the opportunity to undertake high quality education, training and research, and to experience life in regional and remote Australia
  • Ensures regions share in the social, cultural and economic benefits that international students bring.

The Destination Australia Program was first announced as part of the Australian Government’s Planning for Australia's Future Population on 20 March 2019.

On 12 May 2020, the Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan MP,  Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business the Hon Senator Michaelia Cash and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education the Hon Andrew Gee MP announced round 2 of the program was open.

Information for education providers: Destination Australia 2021

Higher education and vocational education providers with a campus in regional Australia may be eligible to apply for scholarships of up to $15,000 per year for students to study at that campus from 2021.

Over $17 million in grants is available in 2021 to support scholarships for up to four years ($4.24 million per year for four years), announced by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minster for Education on 12 May 2020.

In 2021, the program will help regional and remote Australian education providers and communities to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing students and economic activity to the local area.

Education providers apply for scholarship grants through a competitive grants process. The Community Grants Hub manages the Destination Australia 2021 grant round. The online application form must be completed and submitted electronically.

The Destination Australia Program defines a regional location as any area outside of Major Cities of Australia, in line with the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure.

Destination Australia Program 2021 guidelines sets out eligibility, application and other requirements for the grant round.

How do students apply for a scholarship?

Students will be able to apply for a 2021 scholarship once successful education providers are announced, expected in early October 2020. Students can apply for scholarships direct with a successful tertiary education provider.

Destination Australia 2020

The Destination Australia Program in 2020 provided 1180 scholarships through 35 providers at 81 locations in regional Australia.

A list of successful 2020 providers is available.

Where can I find further information?

Apply through the Community Grants Hub.

Email destinationaustralia@dese.gov.au for help.