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.

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.  

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

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 Scholarship, which is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, provides first year apprentices who are experiencing financial and personal hardship with $15,000 over three years to assist them complete their training.

Apprentices who start their training between May 1, 2018, and July 19, 2019, are eligible to apply. Applications close on July 19, 2019.

Rural and Regional Enterprise ScholarshipsRead more
Opens 8th April 2019 | $18,000

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program supports students with the costs of studying at university or at a vocational education and training institution. The Scholarships are available to support students studying for six months full-time or up to 8 years part-time, on campus, or through online and distance education.

RAS Foundation Rural ScholarshipsRead more
Close 31st August  2019 | $6,000 – $3,000

Our Rural Scholarship program goes a small way to ensure students from regional areas can chase the same education dreams as students in the city and suburbs. 

 Rural Scholarships are available to support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a passion for rural communities and commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW.

Scholarships of $6,000 for full-time study or $3,000 for part-time study are available.


JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional JournalismRead more
Close 30th September 2019 | $10,000

This Award is an outstanding opportunity for a budding journalist to gain a diverse range of practical experience at the coalface of rural and regional reporting, with three relevant internships that will provide a launch pad to a career telling the rich stories from country Australia.

The Award includes a $10,000 cash scholarship along with the following suite of internships providing practical work experience with:

  • The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Media Team at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
  • Fairfax Agricultural Media at The Land Newspaper
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in their Brisbane newsroom


Sydney Royal Wine Scholarships 
Close 30th September 2019 | up to $6,000

The Sydney Royal Wine Committee together with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RAS Foundation), offers two scholarships programs. 

The Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship and the Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship.

These scholarships are funded from the sale of excess stock from the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Recipients will also be invited to join the RAS family by stewarding at the annual Sydney Royal Wine Show, held in July.