Swinburne Student Achievement Awards (Vocational Education)

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The Swinburne Student Achievement Awards (Vocational Education) recognise students who have experienced significant personal hardship or adversity and have persevered with their studies.

There are a limited number of awards available, and successful applicants receive $1000 each.

These awards are offered by Swinburne Student Equity and AccessAbility Services. They are funded through generous donations made to the university.

Courses eligible

Vocational Education courses ONLY.

Eligibility / selection criteria

As a result of COVID-19 and the impact on our student population, we anticipate a large response to these awards. Please consider this before applying and ensure that you can satisfy ALL criteria before submitting your application.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be currently enrolled at Swinburne (in any Vocational Education course, including Foundation, Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanceed Diploma courses);
  • have evidence of low Socio-economic status* (either you or your caregiver/parent);
  • have passed at least one semester of study at Swinburne;
  • have overcome a significant personal hardship or adversity AND managed to persevere with your studies.
    • examples of significant hardship are: a disability, health issues, family issues, or an unexpected event.

All domestic Vocational Education students are encouraged to apply, including those:

  • living with a disability;
  • students studying full-time or part-time; and
  • studying with Swinburne Online

If you have already received this award or a Student Services Achievement Award you are not eligible to apply.

*Examples of low socio-economic status include:

  • Relocated from rural/regional area for study
  • In receipt of centrelink benefits (this can include parent/caregiver or spouse)
  • First in family to study at University
  • Identify as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander


Each award is valued at $1000.

How to apply

Applications close 11:59pm Monday 28 September 2020.

To apply, you need to submit:

1.     ONE complete online Swinburne Student Achievement Awards application form.

2.     Required financial documentation; AND

3.     TWO written referee reports.

Referee Reports

Each referee must be able to confirm and verify what you have presented in your application. Each report should be a maximum of 500 words:

·       Referee 1: a professional (ie: a counsellor, doctor or teacher); and

·       Referee 2: a family member or close friend.

You must answer all the questions on the application form and attach the required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please only submit your application once. Multiple applications will result in the first application being considered (if complete) and the second application being ineligible.

Only complete applications will be considered. Please take care with your application and only submit when it is complete.

Finding out the outcome of your application

All applicants will receive an email to their student email account, to notify them of the outcome of their application.

If your application is successful, you will be provided with advice for how to record your bank details to allow for electronic transfer of funds. As a result of COVID-19 and the restrictions in place at Swinburne, there will not be a ceremony in 2020.

The decision of the Selection Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. A final decision on your application will not be made until after the closing date for applications.


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