There is financial support and scholarships for many different areas of study, apprenticeships and traineeships. Check some links, go on university websites.

There is something for everyone.


Financial Support for Apprentices and Trainees


Australian Apprenticeship Support Network – Read more
General financial information for Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Trade Support Loan – Read more
In order to support Australian Apprentices and help them to meet everyday costs whilst they undertake their training, eligible apprentices will be able to apply for Trade Support Loans. These loans provide up to $20,808 worth of income contingent loans and are paid monthly in arrears.

Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship – Read more
For people with skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are in high demand. If you are interested in training in these skills, you may be eligible for a $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow scholarship under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program.

VET Student LoansRead more
This new program helps students cover the cost of their fees and students only need to repay the loan when they reach a defined income level. Under the VET Student Loans program, loans will only be available for qualifications on an approved course list. (The compulsory repayment is means tested.)

Additional NeedsRead more
Fee exemptions for: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students; students with disabilities and their dependants; students receiving Australian Government welfare benefits and the dependants of Australian Government welfare recipients may qualify for concession fees when they enrol in Smart and Skilled training. (Course fee exemptions and wage support.)

Living Away From HomeRead more 
The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is an allowance for eligible Australian Apprentices of any age during the first three years of training if they are required to move away from their parents’ or guardians’ home in order to take up or retain an Australian Apprenticeship. The allowance is available to eligible full and part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices during the first three years of their training. (Means tested)

Rebate on Car RegistrationRead more 
Registration costs are a combination of administration fees and taxes or charges. You may be eligible for a concession on these costs. ($100)

Apprentice Travel and Accommodation Assistance – Read more
Apprentices and new entrant trainees may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance for travel if travelling more than 120kms round trip to attend day/block release with their RTO ($0.33/km over

Rheem Apprenticeship & Youth Scheme – Read more
There are 10 x $3,000 grants including $2,000 to go towards TAFE/ RTO fees and text books, and a $1,000 tool voucher. Grants are available to apprentice plumbers across Australia – both current and those just starting their courses in 2019. Applicants can self nominate or their bosses can nominate them.

FEE FREE Apprenticeships – Read more

From 1 July 2018, the NSW Government has made new apprenticeships fee-free – meaning no more upfront training costs for students or employers. ($2,000)

Financial Support for Study


There are a  number of scholarships available to study in the Western Riverina.
Some are directly through the education providers.

Country Education Foundation, Griffith – Read more
Supports a diverse range of education and career pursuits including apprenticeships, cadetships, degrees, diplomas, and certificate level studies or entry careers. Available to students who have lived/or attended school in Griffith Region. Allocated on a needs basis. Reimburses agreed expenses OR direct payment to provider.
Open: November 5
Close: December 31

Country Education Foundation, Coleambally Darlington Point Read more
Supports a diverse range of education and career pursuits including apprenticeships, cadetships, degrees, diplomas, and certificate level studies or entry careers. Available to students who have lived/or attended school in area codes 2706 / 2707. Reimburses agreed expenses OR direct payment to provider.
Open: September 1
Close:  November 30

TAFE NSW – Read more
Diverse range of scholarships for different levels of TAFE courses.

Flavourtech Grow Our Own Engineering Scholarship – Read more
Flavourtech Grow Your Own Engineering Scholarship has been established by Flavourtech Pty Ltd to support engineering students studying at Deakin University who are based in the Western Riverina NSW region. $5,000 / 1st year.
Open: August 28, 2018
Close: January 22, 2019

Bendigo Bank – Read more 
Bendigo Bank offers scholarships for rural and regional students first year tertiary students studying at an Australian university or college campus for the first time.  18 scholarships / $5,000 / 1st year.

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) – Read more
AIEF provides Accommodation + Living Allowance scholarships that enable Indigenous students in financial need to attend leading Australian schools and universities.

Cotton Australia – Read more
Cotton Australia offers $1600 for Student access to the Cotton Conference. Covers registration, travel allowance, accommodation and awards dinner.

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships – Read more
Scholarships (currently $5,000) will be provided for 17-26 year old LGBT+ students in their first year of study who desire to undertake full-time educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.

The Pinnacle Foundation Sponsored and Named Scholarships – Read more
These Scholarships are highly prized by students, and valued by The Pinnacle Foundation since they represent an outstanding opportunity to succeed. The Scholarships are generally of a higher value (currently $7,000), and available to students who undertake specific courses, attend a particular University or are undertaking a specific standard of study such as Bachelor or Masters degrees. There may be other requirements which the Donor or Sponsors has requested.

Soroptimist International Griffith Inc. – Read more
Soroptimist International is a global movement working to transform the lives of women and girls. The Griffith club offers a tertiary scholarship for young women who have completed Yr 12 or have been on a gap year in the last 12 months and are planning to embark on tertiary study in the coming year. Currently $1,500 / 1st year.

Casella Family Brands Pathways Scholarship Read more
The Casella Family Brands Supports a first year student CLOUD campus student from Western Riverina who has enrolled at Deakin University in either of the following:
• Engineering
• Early Childhood
• Commerce
$5,000 per yr / 2 years
Applications for Trimester 1, 2019 open: August 28, 2018
Close: January 22, 2019

Casella Family Brands Health Science Scholarship – Read more
The Casella Family Brands supports a first year student studying the following at CSU Wagga Campus:
• Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (major Medical Imaging)
• Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (major Nuclear Medicine)
• Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
• Bachelor of Nursing
3 x $10,000 / 1st year 

Casella Family Brands Travel Scholarship – Read more
The Casella Wines Travel Scholarship supports a first year student studying the following at CSU Wagga Campus:
• Bachelor of Wine Business
• Bachelor of Viticulture
• Bachelor of Wine Science
The scholarships enable Distance Education students in attending either the residential school or exchange components of the program.
3 x $10,000 / 1st year

Jan Cathcart Scholarship – SunRice – Read more
The Jan Cathcart Scholarship is open to women who are undertaking tertiary studies. Priority will be given to applicants from regional Australia and rice growing areas. Priority will be given to those enrolled but not limited to agricultural science, engineering and finance / business. Open to 1st year and continuing students.
$10,000 year / 3 years

Bert Evans Scholarships for ApprenticesRead more
The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships assist apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated: hardship in their personal circumstances, aptitude for vocational education and training to lead to successful completion of their trade training and a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off the job training.
$5,000 year / 3 years

CICL Grant Latta Bonded ScholarshipRead more
Opens 1st September 2018  |  Closes 30th November 2018
Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Ltd (CICL) and CEF Coleambally-Darlington Point is offering a scholarship for students studying Engineering in 2019.  Available to students who have lived/or attended school in area codes 2706 / 2707.
$5,000 (1st year)   $7,500 (2nd, 3rd, 4th year)