Destination Australia


The aim of the Destination Australia Program is to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia, to grow and develop regional Australian tertiary education providers and offer students a high quality learning experience.

The Destination Australia Program was announced as part of the Planning for Australia's Future Population on 20 March 2019. The program will:

  • enhance regional and remote Australian education institutions through promoting activities that contribute to growth and sustainability
  • offer students from Australia and overseas the opportunity to undertake high quality education, training and research in, and to experience regional and remote Australia and
  • ensure regions share in the benefits of our $35 billion international education sector.

How do students apply for a scholarship?

Successful Australian tertiary education providers for the 2020 round of the Destination Australia Program have been announced by The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minster for Education.

Students can now apply for a scholarship directly with a successful tertiary education provider for the 2020 academic year. A list of successful providers is now available.

Students cannot directly apply to the Department of Education for a scholarship.

What is the definition of regional used for the Destination Australia program?

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

Where can I find further information?

Enquiries can be directed to

Destination Australia Guidelines