Destination Australia Scholarship

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Pema Choki received a Destination Australia Scholarship to study occupational therapy (OT) at Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus. Pema, originally from Bhutan, decided to make the sea change to Coffs Harbour after working in Brisbane for three years. She said, “Coffs Harbour is the perfect mix of a city and the country.” Helping clients with their day-to-day activities and assisting them to be more independent was an attractive part of the job for Pema, who plans to work as an occupational therapist after graduation.

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Keen to study in regional Australia? You could be eligible for a scholarship worth $15,000 a year.

The Destination Australia scholarship is designed to support students to undertake their university degree in regional Australia.

Study at our regional campuses in Lismore, and enjoy the benefits of two of the most picturesque and affordable university towns in Australia.

Be a name not a number in one of Australia’s most vibrant regional universities with small class sizes, access to world class facilities and unique natural environments within easy reach of the campus.

Quick facts


$15,000 per year

Number available



Between one and four years

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Scholarship details

Different dates apply – check Eligibility Criteria below.

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To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  1. An Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a student with an Australian permanent visa or an International Student Visa.
  2. A commencing student in a course identified below relevant to the student. International Students are eligible for different courses to Domestic students.
  3. Enrolled as a full-time student at Lismore, Coffs Harbour or National Marine Science campus.
  4. Meet the Commonwealth of Australia definition of ‘new student to Southern Cross University’.
  5. Recipients must maintain ongoing residency in a regional area as defined by Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3, reference period (July 2021 – June 2026) for the duration of each study period.
    Where a course includes study outside a regional area (for example, for a clinical placement), residency away from the regional area is permitted for no more than one study period (not exceeding 6 months). In cases where the requirements of a compulsory placement exceed the permitted study period away from regional area, approval must be sought from the Department of Education by the university.
  6. International Students are also required to maintain a student visa for the duration of the scholarship in order to ensure protection under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.

In addition, to be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  1. Commencing the Bachelor of Nursing in 2024
  2. Enrolled at Lismore or Coffs Harbour campus full-time
  3. Identify as low socioeconomic status, or be first in your family to undertake tertiary study, or be living with disability or culturally identify as a First Nations person.
  4. Four places will be offered to students who meet the above criteria.
  5. Closing 18 February 2024.

  1. Enrolled full-time at Lismore, Coffs Harbour or National Marine Science campus
  2. Commencing in 2024 one of the following courses:
    • Diploma of Science – (Marine Systems and Earth and Environmental Systems specialisations ONLY)
    • Diploma of Engineering – any specialisation
    • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours) (Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering)
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
    • Graduate Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture
    • Master of Nursing
  3. Places available:
    • Closing 20 December 2023:
      • five to Master of Nursing students
    • Closing 22 January 2024:
      • five to Diploma, Honours or Graduate Diploma students
      • two to Bachelor of Nursing students
      • two to students of either Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours), or Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

Need more information? Please contact the Scholarship Office

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Scholarships Campus locations
T: 1800 005 687
Gold Coast
Coffs Harbour