Indigenous RISE Scholarship (VET)

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This scholarship supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a Vocational Education course at Swinburne University to realise their potential and engage in their studies with success.

This one-off scholarship payment aims to help students to purchase initial resources such as; IT equipment, course-specific equipment including tools, textbooks, journals, stationery or public transport passes, to ensure students have everything they need to reach their full potential.

Courses eligible

Any on campus Vocational Education course (including UniLink) offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Indigenous RISE Scholarship (VET), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • Australian citizen
    • Confirm you 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 your scholarship application or a certified Statutory Declaration 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 enrolment criteria:

    • be a 1st year commencing OR 2nd year Swinburne student in 2024
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • studying on campus
  3. A written statement (max. 500 words) or short video (no more than 2 minutes) addressing the following points:
    • aspirations for completing chosen course
    • how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals
    • Please upload your video to cloud based storage and provide a link in an MS Word or PDF document. The video must be downloadable by anyone - provide any passwords if necessary.
  4. Applicants are required to engage with the Moondani Toombadool Centre (MTC) at the commencement of your studies and complete an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) with an Indigenous Student Advisor.  
    • Provide evidence of the above by submitting a Letter of Engagement from a Moondani Toombadool Centre Indigenous Student Advisor. Students are required to meet with an Indigenous Student Advisor to obtain letter.
  5. Provide evidence of educational disadvantage. Disadvantage(s) may include: 
    • financial difficulty or low-socio economic status (Centrelink statement, payslips)
    • disability or medical condition
    • relocation from a rural or regional area in order to undertake tertiary study
    • first in family to attend university 


This scholarship is valued at $1,000 (One-off payment). 

Please note - It is the student’s responsibility to notify Centrelink or any other government body of any changes to personal income that might affect government payments received. 

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Help Guide.


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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