Release type: Joint Media Release


Further scholarship round opening soon for regional study


Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience
Mr Pat Conaghan MP
Member for Cowper

Another round of a successful program which offers students $15,000 a year to study and live in regional Australia will be funded by the Liberal and Nationals Government. The Destination Australia Program will provide more opportunities for domestic and international students to study in regional centres in 2023.

From 26 May 2022, eligible tertiary education providers can apply for funding to offer scholarships to domestic and international students to study and live in regional Australia.

Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said the Destination Australia Program is a great way to encourage more students to take up opportunities to study in regional Australia, and the opening of international borders will see increasing numbers of international students return to Australia throughout the year.

“Since its launch in 2020, Destination Australia has supported more than 1,800 scholarship recipients, pumping more than $76 million into our regional economies, and this fourth round of funding will support around 480 new student scholarship recipients,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Because of this program, more students – both domestic and international – are getting the chance to experience the academic, cultural and lifestyle benefits of living and studying on a regional campus.

“These regional communities will also benefit significantly from having more students living, working, and studying in their locations  – so it is a win-win,” Minister McKenzie said.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan MP said the Destination Australia Program has already supported 76 scholarships with Southern Cross University since 2020.

“I encourage students, whether from a capital city or from overseas, who are planning to commence studies next year, to consider a regional tertiary education experience and take advantage of the financial support available through the program.

‘Destination Australia scholarships are valued at up to $15,000 per student per year, for up to four years, and will be available to students undertaking studies ranging from a Certificate IV through to a PhD,” Mr Conaghan said.

Southern Cross University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Carlin welcomed the announcement of a further Destination Australia scholarships round. 

“Our University has benefited enormously from the $4.73m distributed to Southern Cross students through prior rounds of the Destination Australia scheme, and we know that with further four-year scholarships on offer we can attract even more metropolitan based students to study at our vibrant regional campuses in Lismore and Coffs Harbour”.

The program contributes to the sustainability and growth of regional Australian communities, through supporting tertiary education providers, and facilitating domestic and international students to pursue qualifications in regional Australia.

Students commencing regional studies in 2023 will be able to apply for Destination Australia scholarships with the successful tertiary education providers by the end of 2022.

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