Care Leaver Bursary

Applications are open   Local students   Future and current students

Swinburne University of Technology is committed to improving the educational outcomes of care leavers - students who have experienced formal ‘out-of-home care’ (e.g. foster care, kindship, residential or permanent care).  We offer a number of Care Leaver Bursaries to help students achieve their academic goals. 

These bursaries are made possible through Swinburne’s partnership with Raising Expectations – a project designed to increase the number of young people in care and care leavers accessing tertiary education.

Please refer to the Care Leaver Support Page for further information, support and advice.


Courses eligible

Any Vocational Education course.

Eligibility / selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident;
  • be a commencing or current student studying full-time or part-time in a Vocational Education course at Swinburne; and
  • have spent time in formal ‘out of home care’ in Australia. This could be foster, kinship, residential, or permanent care.


The value of the bursary is $500.

Payment will be made following the census date in the teaching period that it is awarded. The single payment will be made one-time only for the duration of the student's time at Swinburne for the course.

How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form (Select 'Care Leaver Bursary' from the dropdown menu) and attach evidence of having experienced formal ‘out of home care’. You can apply for this bursary at any time that the bursary is showing that it is OPEN for applications on the Swinburne Scholarships webpage.


Arti Vallabh
Student Engagement
Ph: 9210 1947
Mob: 0499 911 908