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Can I access financial support?

There are 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

  • General financial information for Apprenticeships and Traineeships – Read more
  • Trade Support Loan – Read more 
  • Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship – Read more
  • Fee-Free Scholarships – Read more
  • If you have additional needs, consider applying for these – Read more
  • If you have a disability, and you are applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship, you may be eligible for this – Read more
  • If you are Aboriginal Australian and/or Torres Strait Islander people, look at this – Read more
  • You may be eligible for an allowance if you are living away from home – Read more
  • Travel, Accommodation and Relocation Assistance – Read more
  • $100 rebate on Car registration for Apprentices and Trainees – Read more

Financial support for study

There are a number of scholarships available to study in the Western Riverina.

Some are directly through the education providers:

TAFE NSWRead more

Deakin UniversityRead more

Bendigo Bank
Bendigo Bank offers scholarships for rural and regional students to study with Deakin University. Read more

The Pinnacle Foundation
The Pinnacle Foundation offers scholarships for LGBTIQ students. Read more

Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia NC
The Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship (GGMS) is valued at $10,000 and $3,000 for the Peter Connor Book Award. Read more

QTAC – Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program
Scholarship recipients may receive total scholarship funding up to $18,000, based on course length and type of study or training. A further $500 is available to scholarship recipients to support an internship. Read more

Real Futures Grant
The grant is awarded annually to one person and is worth $5,000. Applications for the 2019–20 grant open November 1st 2019 until October 31st, 2020. Read more

 Byrne Trailers

Pre-Apprenticeship course is an opportunity to kick start your career in Metal Fabrication and Welding Industry. This 3 week course is delivered in partnership with Educational Living Pty Ltd and Byrne Trailers.  Cost of this course is Fully Government Subsidised. Read More 



 There are also scholarships available specifically for students from the Western Riverina:

Country Education Foundation
Your local Country Education Foundation (CEF) supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses.

Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment. Read more

Soroptimist International Griffith Inc.
SI Griffith works to improve the lives of women and girls, and offers annual scholarships to female students undertaking tertiary and vocational studies. (As of January 2020: Tertiary studies $1,500; Vocational studies $500.)

To apply for these scholarships:
Contact Scholarship Convenor: Sue Delves
Phone: 0435 635 605  |  Email:

Casella Family Brands, $10,000 / 2 years Deakin University
Casella Family Brands established this scholarship to allow highly motivated students the opportunity to overcome obstacles and through study at Deakin, become an innovator of the future.

We encourage you to apply if you are enrolled at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2020 in the first year of your degree undertaking a bachelor degree in commerce, engineering or early childhood education part-time, full time or via cloud campus. Preference will be given to students that have completed studies at TAFE NSW or who are experiencing financial or personal hardship. The total value of this scholarship is $10,000 over two years. Read more

Casella Wines Health Science Scholarships – CSU
Each year, Casella Family Brands offers scholarships to students across several fields including health, science and agriculture. The Health Science Scholarships for students studying Health Services & Support, Medicine & Nursing are designed to alleviate some of the financial pressures that come when studying so that students can focus on achieving exceptional results. Read more

Casella Wines Travel Scholarship
Each year, Casella Family Brands offers up to scholarships to students across several fields including health, science and agriculture. The Travel Scholarship is designed to alleviate some of the financial pressures that come when studying so that students can focus on achieving exceptional results. Applicants must be commencing study in Bachelor of Wine Business, Bachelor of Viticulture or Bachelor of Wine Science.

Scholarship value of $10,000 paid in two instalments of $5,000 over one year. Read more


Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships – applications now open
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.

From 2016, we are offering 25,000 scholarships over four years to students commencing selected qualifications under Smart and Skilled. Read more

Flavourtech Grow Our Own Scholarship – $5,000/ first year
If you’re a commencing student enrolled full time or part-time in your first year of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Trimester 1, 2020 at Deakin University and from the Western Riverina NSW region we encourage you to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship has been established as part of a Flavourtech Pty Ltd initiative to support students who are based in the Western Riverina NSW region to further their education.

Preference will be given to a student who is experiencing financial or personal hardship, or who is studying mechanical or mechatronics engineering. Read more

Jan Cathcart, SunRice Scholarship 2021 – $10,000, per year 

The Scholarship is open to female shareholders, growers and employees, and their extended families. We encourage women from across our networks to apply, or to nominate other eligible women who would benefit from the program. One applicant will be selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship for each year of her tertiary study, for up to three years, to start in the first Semester of 2021. The successful applicant will be chosen on: her commitment to a career in agriculture or agribusiness; her involvement in work experience and community service; leadership potential; and academic achievements


The scholarship is an excellent way for existing and potential students to receive financial support and to assist with the development of their career. Read more