Supporting documentation

If you are applying for a scholarship that has specific selection criteria, this details the evidence that you need to provide in your application.

Financial Disadvantage:

  • Statement of benefit from Centrelink (certified copy).  Centrelink benefits must be valid at the time of application and documentation must match your name and date of birth.  If documentation is not in the applicants name, the applicant must provide evidence of the relationship
    to the person named in the documentation; or
  • Certified copy of Health Care Card, Pension Card or any payments received in exceptional circumstances (dated within the last 3 months from the date of scholarship application); or
  • Family Tax Benefit A; provide a certified statement (dated within the last 3 months of application) which clearly lists all family members and the annual household income; or
  • If the applicant is not receiving Centrelink benefits, then a description of the financial hardship and its impact on education, how long these circumstances have lasted and if these circumstances are expected to continue.  In addition;
    • a certified copy of Australian Tax Office Notice of Financial Assessment for the previous financial year; or
    • three consecutive pay slips dated within the last 3 months of the application; or
    • If financially dependent upon other people, then provide a certified copy (for each contributing member) of their Australian Tax Office Notice of Financial Assessment for the previous financial year or 3 consecutive pay slips dated within the last 3 months of the scholarship application.  Plus
      a statement specifying their contributions to the applicant.

Educational disadvantage:

  • Statement detailing educational disadvantage, with supporting documentary evidence.  (This may be in the form of a statement by a relevant responsible person (for example; health care professional, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader, school principal or teacher etc),
    unrelated to the applicant, who can verify the circumstances.

Significant caring responsibilities:

  • Statement detailing nature of caring responsibilities, including a statement by a responsible person (for example; health care professional, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader, etc) unrelated to the applicant, who knows the applicants circumstances; or
  • Certified copies of Centrelink carer allowance or payment

Sporting ability:

  • Evidence of selection in a representative team or participation in an event/s; or
  • Evidence of endorsement by a recognized sporting organization; or
  • Statement from sporting coach

High academic achievement:

  • Academic record or transcript (if from another tertiary institution)

Disability or ongoing medical condition:

  • A Medical Impact Statement completed by a registered health professional who is treating you for your condition that describes the impact on your educational performance.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander:

  • Personal statement

(Successful applicants are subsequently contacted by the Indigenous Strategy and Education Department).

Regional or rural background:

  • Documents substantiating the applicant’s residential address across the 12 months period (such as bank statements, letter from school, electoral commission enrolment form, utilities bill, phone bill etc).

Personal hardship:

  • Personal statement demonstrating how the circumstances have impacted on your education, including the adverse effect on your ability to study or attend school regularly and perform in assessment tasks.
  • Identify a relevant and responsible person (for example; health care professional, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader, school principal or teacher), unrelated to the applicant, who has knowledge of, and is able to discuss your circumstances and confirm the impact on your education.

Non-English speaking background:

  • Personal statement
  • A verified copy of immigration visa

Service to the community:

  • Personal statement
  • Statement from responsible person (for example; social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader, school principal or teacher etc), unrelated to the applicant, who can verify participation

Leadership qualities:

  • Personal statement of leadership activities within school and/or community
  • Written reference from a third-party referee supporting their statement of leadership activities.

Refugee background:

  • A certified copy of the applicants visa showing refugee status; or
  • A certified copy of the applicants Red Cross or UNHCR registration; or
  • A certified copy of the applicants Global Special Humanitarian visa

First in Family:

  • Personal statement