Australian Government Destination Australia Program for 2023

About the Scholarship:

Applications are now open for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program, providing scholarships to domestic and international students looking to study and live in regional Australia. This initiative is aimed at promoting regional education and addressing skill shortages while enriching regional communities.

About the Australian Government:

The Australian Government is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, consisting of three branches: executive, legislative, and judiciary. It operates similarly to other Westminster-style systems of government. The federal legislature comprises the House of Representatives (lower house) and the Senate (upper house). The executive branch, led by the prime minister, is formed by the party or coalition with a majority in the House of Representatives.

Details about the Australian Government Destination Australia Program:

  • Scholarship Sponsor: Australian Government.
  • Scholarship Value: Up to $15,000.
  • Number of Awards: Multiple.
  • Study Level: Postgraduate.
  • Host Institution: Australian Government.


The Destination Australia Program offers various benefits:

  • Scholarships of up to $15,000 per student per year.
  • Promotion of initiatives contributing to the development and sustainability of rural and remote Australian tertiary education providers.
  • Opportunities for Australian and international students to access high-quality education, training, research, and regional living experiences.
  • Economic, social, and cultural benefits for regional areas through the presence of international students.
  • Addressing talent shortages by supporting domestic and international students in programs aligned with the National Skills Priority List.
  • Financial support for domestic students from underrepresented groups to enroll in regional university programs.

Eligibility Criteria for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program:

To be eligible for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Commence a new full-time program of study with a recognized provider in the academic year 2023.
  • The program must be at the Certificate IV to Ph.D. level and have a duration of one to four years under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
  • Reside in a regional area at the start and for the duration of the research, as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure.

For International Students:

  • Maintain a valid student visa throughout the scholarship period.
  • Accept an offer to study a full-time program registered on CRICOS.

Application Process for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program:

The application deadline for the program is 9:00 p.m. on August 10, 2023. Please note that this application process is intended for approved tertiary education providers and not for students applying for scholarships in 2024.

A webinar for eligible tertiary education providers will be held on July 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. (AEST). This webinar will cover program details and the grant application process. Students looking to submit scholarship applications are not the target audience for this webinar. If you plan to attend, please send an email to [email protected].

Further Information:

Application Deadline: August 10, 2023.

The Australian Government Destination Australia Program offers valuable financial support for students seeking to study in regional Australia. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and submit your application by the deadline to be considered for this scholarship program. For additional details, please visit the official scholarship page.

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