What is the Destination Australia Program?
The Destination Australia Program is a grant opportunity that aims 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 aligns with the National Strategy for International Education 2025.
The Destination Australia Program 2021 (Round 2) is funded under the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s Outcome 2.7 – International Education Support. The objective of Outcome2.7 is to support the sustainable growth of Australia’s high quality international education, training and research through strong government-to-government engagement, strategic policy and legislation.
The Destination Australia Program 2021 application round may have a greater proportion of domestic scholarships awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.
The Destination Australia Program will:
- enhance regional and rural 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 rural Australia, and
- ensure regions share in the benefits of our $35 billion international education sector.
The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:
- international and domestic students receive Australian Government scholarships for studying in regional Australia
- increased awareness of the benefits of living, studying and working in regional Australia.
The Australian Government is providing approximately $16.96 million (GST exclusive) over four years for the Destination Australia Program 2021 (Round 2).
Under the 2021 grant opportunity, there is approximately:
- $4.24 million in funding available during 2020-2021,
- $4.24 million in funding available during 2021-2022,
- $4.24 million in funding available during 2022-2023, and
- $4.24 million in funding available during 2023-2024.
Tertiary education providers must award scholarships to students who meet and adhere to the following criteria for the duration of the scholarship:
- Are a new student to the tertiary education provider.
- Maintain ongoing residency in a regional area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the duration of each of study period. Where a course includes study outside a regional area (for example, for a clinical placement), residency away from the regional area is permitted for:
- no more than one study period (not exceeding 6 months) per qualification where the qualification is longer than 2 years, or
- 25% of the qualification length where the qualification is 2 years or shorter.
- In cases where the requirements of a compulsory placement exceed the permitted study period away from a regional area, approval must be sought from the Department of Education.
- Are enrolled at and study at a regional campus of a registered tertiary education provider as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
- Are studying full-time in a course that can be fully delivered by one of the tertiary education provider’s regional campuses.
- Are studying one of the following qualification levels:
- Certificate IV
- Accredited Diploma
- Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
- Bachelor Degree
- Bachelors Honours Degree
- Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma
- Masters or Doctoral degrees.
- International students are also required to maintain a Student Visa for the duration of the scholarship in order to ensure protection under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.
Eligible expenditure items are:
- marketing, promotional, and administration costs – $1,500 per scholarship, per year
- scholarships – $15,000 per year to be allocated to eligible new students as selected by you.
You must incur the expenditure on your grant activities between the start date and end or completion date for it to be eligible.
To be eligible for this grant opportunity, you must be an Australian tertiary education provider with an active registration who meets the following criteria:
- If applying for scholarships for domestic students you must be:
- A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), or the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (WA TAC). You must have a registration status of Current or Current (Re-registration pending) at the time the grant opportunity opens. AND/OR
- A higher education provider registered with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). You must have a registration status of Registered or Ongoing pending renewal at the time the grant opportunity opens.
- If applying for scholarships for international students, in addition to the eligibility listed above, you must be:
- A tertiary provider registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). You must have a registration status of Registered at the time the grant opportunity opens.
Applicants will be required to provide their relevant registration ID/s within the application form.
All applicants must also meet the eligibility requirements listed below:
- Tertiary education providers must have a campus location in a regional area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the Australian Bureau of Statistics which is defined as:
- inner regional
- outer regional
- very remote.
- Tertiary education providers can include up to ten (10) eligible campus locations in their application.
- Tertiary education providers must only offer and administer scholarships through the Destination Australia Program to students studying at a regional campus and living in a regional or remote area.
Applications close 07 July 2020.