Scholarship criteria definitions

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

Asylum seeker, refugee or person from a 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.

Asylum seeker: deemed to be people currently seeking asylum who are Bridging Visa A or E, Temporary Protection Visa or Safe haven enterprise Visa holders.

Refugee: people born outside of Australia, that have had their refugee claim assessed and accepted in Australia and hold a Permanent Humanitarian Visa.

Refugee background: people that arrive in Australia as a refugee.

Care leaver

A care leaver is a person who has spent time in formal out-of-home care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18).  Out-of-home care includes foster care, residential care (e.g. children's homes) kinship care or being a ward of the state.

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

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.

First in Family

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

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

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.

Leadership qualities

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

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 10 years; speak a language other than English at home

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.

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

Resident of social housing

Social housing is housing provided by government agencies or non-profit organisations.  It can be public housing or community housing and is for those who are on low incomes and need housing, especially if they have recently experienced homelessness, family violence or have other special needs.  Public housing is a form of long-term rental social housing that is managed by the government.  Community housing is secure, affordable, long-term rental housing managed by not-for-profit organisations for people on low incomes or with special needs.

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

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