Indigenous VET Bursary

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To provide a once off payment for Indigenous VET students who are experiencing financial hardship to assist with start-up costs.

For further information about Indigenous Student Services, please contact an Indigenous Student Adviser:
Phone: +61 3 9214 8481

Courses eligible

Any Vocational Education and Training course offered by Swinburne University of Technology

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Indigenous VET Bursary, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • Australian citizen
    • Confirm they are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage by submitting a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage certificate (COA) with their scholarship application or a certified Statutory Declaration (Stat Dec) declaring that the individual applying for the scholarship is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and/or is accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly lived. 
  2. Meet the following criteria:
    • be a commencing Swinburne student in 2023
    • enrolled in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
  3. Have experienced financial and/or personal hardship that may have hindered access to education
  4. Submit a personal statement (300 words) outlining:
    • the circumstances of your financial and/or personal hardship
    • how this scholarship will benefit your ability to complete your chosen VET course


This scholarship is valued at $1000 (one-off payment). There are 5 bursaries available to be awarded.

How to apply


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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