Scholarship criteria definitions

Financial Disadvantage

In receipt or eligible for receipt of Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means tested income support payment or able to provide comprehensive information demonstrating financial hardship; or a student under 19 whose parent or guardian is in receipt of the Family Tax benefit part A

Educational disadvantage

Experienced for a period of at least 6 months an environment where educational performance has been seriously affected as a result of circumstances beyond the applicants control or choosing.  Examples of educational disadvantage may include disrupted schooling, financial hardship, disruptive home environment, English language difficulty, personal illness or disability, or other hardship or disadvantage.

Significant caring responsibilities

A person who, without being paid, cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care (may or may not be a family member; may or may not live with the person they care for; may be in receipt of Centrelink carer allowance or carer payment)

Includes sole parent responsibilities; a person who is single and has at least one dependent child under 18 who is wholly or primarily in their care and who is in Australia

Sporting ability

Demonstrate high achievement in chosen sport and currently competing at a State, National or International level in chosen sport

High academic achievement

Students who achieved a high ATAR score International Baccalaureate score or a high undergraduate weighted average mark.

Individual scholarships may have their own specifications regarding the level of academic achievement required.

Disability or ongoing medical condition

A person experiencing a long term medical condition or disability (including mental illness) or ongoing effects of abuse and their ability to study at university is affected or is likely to be affected

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

A person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives

Regional or rural background

Regional or remote disadvantage if within the two years immediately prior to the start of their proposed course in higher education they lived in a regional or remote area for at least 12 months.

Regional or Remote are all categories other than RA1 on the Australian Standard Geographic Remoteness Areas system map

Department of Health Remoteness Map

Remoteness Structure Information

Personal hardship

For example (not an exhaustive list); death or ongoing illness of an immediate family member or close friend; natural disaster; severe family disruption; abusive living environment; bullying, harassment or discrimination; homelessness; excessive family responsibility.

Non-English speaking background

Experiences difficulties due to their non-English speaking background that affects their ability to study; came to Australia from a non-English speaking country within the last 5 years; speak a language other than English at home

Service to the community

Demonstrated impact of volunteering contributions to the community in one or more of the following categories;

  • Community service or community group activities
  • Religious / cultural group activities
  • School leadership or social justice groups
  • Sport, performing arts or charity fundraising group activities

Leadership qualities

Demonstrated involvement in the community, University, or with external organisations in a leadership role.

Refugee background

A person is considered to have refugee status if they entered Australia as a refugee or on a Global Special Humanitarian Visa or entered seeking asylum and then gained a permanent humanitarian visa.

First in Family

First in your immediate family (parents; siblings) to attend University.