Rural And Regional Scholarships Now Open

Date —

11 Mar 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training, Higher Education

Summary —

The Australian Government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program encourages students in rural and regional areas to study at higher education and vocational education and training providers, by offering scholarships up to the value of $18,000. 

Key Issues —

The RRES program aims to improve educational opportunities and attainment for regional and remote Australians, including those residing in South Australia. 

In 2020, funding for scholarships will be available to students who are living in regional and remote areas wishing to undertake an accredited course in any discipline, with any higher education provider registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Registered Training Organisation (RTO) registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), or in Victoria the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) or in Western Australia, the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (WA TAC). 

The scholarships are valued at up to $18,000 for study from Certificate IV to PhD level through any mode of study, face-to-face or online/by distance. Scholarship recipients may also receive $500 to support and internship during their students. 

Applications will remain open during 2020 until the 1,100 scholarships available have been fully allocated, but scholarships can not be deferred. Students must commence (have commenced) the first year of study at any time during 2020.

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and geographical remoteness, with priority assessment given to the following applicants:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and provided supporting documentation 
  • Identify as having a disability, and provided supporting documentation
  • Chosen course relates to a field where there is low female representation
  • Affected by natural disasters such as drought, 2019-2020 bushfire and/or floods

Further information on the RRES program, including program guidelines, eligibility requirements and how to apply, are available online through the organisation administering the scholarships. 


Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — [EXT LINK]

Independent higher education providers located in rural and regional areas, including South Australia, are encouraged to promote the availability of the scholarships to students. 

Independent providers support approximately 7% of the 1.5 million students engaged in Australia’s higher education system and around 70% of the 4.1 million students enrolled in vocational education and training across Australia. 

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Higher Edcuation Reference Committee and ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.

Further Information —

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