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Contents

Australia Awards
Scholarships
2018 Information Booklet
for PNG Applicants

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Contents
Acronyms ............................................................................................................................ 2
Overview ............................................................................................................................. 3
Australia Awards PNG .................................................................................................. 3
Australia Awards for Papua New Guinea ......................................................................... 3
Australia Awards Scholarships ........................................................................................ 4
Supplementary Program .................................................................................................. 4
Australia Awards Scholarships ............................................................................................ 5
Application Process ......................................................................................................... 5
Electronic Applications..................................................................................................... 5
Eligibility Criteria .............................................................................................................. 7
Categories ....................................................................................................................... 8
Levels of Study ................................................................................................................ 9
Course and Institution Research ................................................................................... 12
Useful websites .............................................................................................................. 13
Australian Participating Institution websites .................................................................. 15
Selection Process.............................................................................................................. 17
Selection Quotas ........................................................................................................... 17
Notification of Selection Result ...................................................................................... 18
Interviews ....................................................................................................................... 18
English Language Proficiency ....................................................................................... 18
Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) ....................................................................... 18
Mobilisation ....................................................................................................................... 19
Pre Departure Briefing ................................................................................................... 19
Scholarship Conditions .................................................................................................. 20
Scholarship Entitlements ............................................................................................... 22
Immigration and Visas ................................................................................................... 23
Living and Learning in Australia .................................................................................... 24
Reintegration and networking ........................................................................................ 25
Reintegration and tracking of awardees ........................................................................ 25

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Acronyms

Acronyms

AASPCP Australia Awards Scholarships Promotion and Communication Plan

ACIAR Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

DIBP Department of Immigration and Border Protection

DPM Department of Personnel Management

GoA Government of Australia

GoPNG Government of Papua New Guinea

IELTS International English Language Testing System

TOEFL Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

STAT Special Tertiary Admissions Test

JSC Joint Steering Committee

M&E Monitoring and Evaluation

NGO Non-Government Organisation

NTC National Training Council

PNG Papua New Guinea

PNGAAA Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association

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Overview

Overview
Australia Awards PNG
The Australia Awards in PNG is designed to promote knowledge, leadership and enduring
ties between Australia and PNG. It aims to build knowledge and skills to address PNGs
economic and development challenges through international scholarships to Australia and
scholarships in PNG.
It offers the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea opportunities to acquire
professional and technical knowledge and skills relevant to the priorities of the
Government of PNG. The program fosters people-to-people links between Australia and
PNG and ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and
people from remote locations.

The Australia Awards include:

Award name Description

Australia Awards Scholarships Long term Australian based scholarships funded by


the Australian Government.

Australia Awards Pacific In-country scholarships for Papua New Guineans,


Scholarships and scholarships to study in PNG for awardees
from the Pacific Island Countries.

Australia Awards Fellowships - Short six to eight week courses for study in
PNG selected topic areas.

Australia Awards Endeavour Merit-based Awards managed by the Department


Scholarships of Education and Training that provide
opportunities for citizens around the world to
undertake study, research or professional
development in Australia and for Australians to do
the same overseas.

Australia has offered scholarships in PNG for more than 40 years, successfully
strengthening the relationship between Australia and PNG.
Australia Awards PNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the
Australian Government.
For more information on Australia Awards visit www.australiaawards.gov.au

Australia Awards for Papua New Guinea


Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the
Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to
undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving
Australians to do the same overseas. The Awards strive to develop leadership potential and
stimulate lasting change by empowering a global network of talented individuals through
high-quality education experiences in Australia and overseas.

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Overview

Australia Awards are a whole of Australian government initiative bringing together


Scholarships and Fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade; the Department of Education; and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural
Research.

Why are Australia Awards important?


The Australian Government recognises that education develops skills and knowledge,
builds enduring people, country and professional links, and has the power to influence
positive change.
The Awards strive to develop leadership potential and stimulate lasting change by
empowering a global network of talented individuals through high-quality education
experiences in Australia and overseas.
Recipients return home with new ideas and knowledge, and the ability to make a significant
contribution to their home countries as leaders in their field.
The Awards also demonstrate Australia's commitment to providing education opportunities
to improve living standards and stimulate economic growth in developing countries.
For Australia, the Awards build an engaged and influential global network of leaders,
advocates and change-makers and establish a network of ambassadors across the world.
The Awards also contribute to the productivity of Australia and the development of people-
to-people links between Australia, our regional neighbours and the broader international
community.

Australia Awards Scholarships


The goal of Australia Awards is to contribute to building a qualified workforce, filling critical
human resource gaps, and supporting good leadership in Papua New Guinea and thereby
assist with addressing the nations economic and development challenges.
The Awards aim attract, identify and incentivise good performing organisations to expand
the reach, coverage and quality of their contribution to service delivery and/or economic
development in Papua New Guinea.
Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic
competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in
PNG. Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and people
living and working in rural parts of PNG.
People from all walks of life are invited to apply. The application process is open and
competitive, providing equal opportunity to everyone regardless of gender ethnicity or
disability.

Supplementary Program

Allison Sudradjat Prize


The top ranked Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia and PNG may also
be eligible to receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize. Selections for this Prize are conducted by
the Australia Awards Office, Canberra Australia.

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Application Process

Indicative Key Dates


Applications Open 24 October 2016

Applications Close 28 February 2017

Initial selection completed Late May 2017

Final Selection completed Late July 2017

Institution Study Placement Requests August - September 2017

Pre Departure Briefing (compulsory week- Early November 2017


long program)

Mobilisation to Australia January March 2018

Electronic Applications
PNG applicants are strongly advised to visit the Australia Awards PNG website
www.australiaawardspng.org to register for an electronic application form.

Applications close
28 February 2017
Technical instructions on how to complete and submit the electronic application will be
emailed to applicants who have successfully registered for an electronic application form.

Supporting Documents
Applicants must submit with their application all of the relevant supporting documents listed
in the Scholarships Policy Handbook that can be found on the Australia Awards PNG
website.
Applicants must also provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for
PNG in the table provided.

Document type Certified

Proof of citizenship i.e. birth certificate /passport and photographic Yes


identification

Higher Education certificates Yes


i.e. Bachelors, Masters qualifications
Vocational Education and Training certificates i.e. Certificate IV,
Diploma
High School Certificate/s

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Document type Certified


(not required for Masters or PhD applicants)

Complete academic transcripts (where they are not in English please Yes
provide an English translation).

English language proficiency i.e. results from: Yes


IELTS - International English Language Testing System; or
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language; or
PTE Pearson Test of English

Academic Referee Reports (with seal: two reports for Masters by No


Research applicants; one for Masters by Coursework applicants)

Employment Referee report with seal (same template as above) No

Curriculum Vitae No

Development Impact Plan/Reintegration Plan No


(Applicants Supporting Statement)

Submitting Applications
It is important to ensure that your application is correctly completed to progress to the next
phase of the selection screening process. Individuals interested in applying for an Australia
Awards Scholarship are strongly advised to plan and prepare.
Take the time to ensure that all necessary documentation pertaining to your educational
background, employment and health including financial evidence are in order well before
submitting an application.
It is imperative that all applicants provide a reliable email address, as all notifications will be
communicated via email.

Electronic Application
For applications being submitted electronically, follow the instructions on the application
form. Applications are to be emailed to applications@scholarshipspng.org with all required
attachments ensuring that it will reach the office by 28 February 2017 by midnight.
Provincial applicants can choose to submit their application via a flash drive. This will need
to be sent via courier mail (e.g. TNT or DHL) and received no later than the closing date: 28
February 2017, 5pm.
Hard copy applications are only accepted via prior arrangement with the Australia Awards -
PNG office.
Late applications will not be considered.
Fraud
Fraudulent documentation used in support of your application will not be tolerated and
may lead to criminal prosecution. The Australian Government has a zero tolerance
approach to fraud.

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Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, applicants must be:
a Papua New Guinean citizen and be residing in Papua New Guinea;
able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(DIBP) for an Australia Awards Scholarship student visa and satisfy Australian
Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (notably: health,
character, financial etc.);
able to satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian university at which the
Scholarship is to be undertaken.

There are specific requirements that eligible candidates must also meet, these include:
applying for courses that falls within the areas of priority (see Choosing a Course of
Study)
have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.9 on a scale of maximum 4.0 (2.75 for
applicants from Australian Aid Geographic Focus Areas) and be able to satisfy the
English language requirements of admission to your chosen institution, an Academic
IELTS result with the minimum overall score of at least 6.5, with no band less than 6.0,
or a paper-based TOEFL overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test
of written English, or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of
21 in all subtests, or PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill
score less than 50. A certified copy of the English test result must be provided;
have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for recipients with a disability as
declared on the Australia Awards Scholarships application form;
apply for a degree at a level higher than their current highest qualification;
already hold an undergraduate degree, if applying for a Masters degree;
already have a Masters by Research degree, if applying for a Doctorate;
If applying for a Doctorate, applicants will be restricted to staff of universities, higher
education institutions, research institutes, key policy makers and targeted candidates in
other agencies associated with Australian Aid activities;
It is highly recommended for Doctorate applicants to have a letter of support from an
Australian university for their proposed field of study; including contact details of two
potential academic supervisors from the intended Australian university. In addition to a
list of publications and evidence of previously conducted or current research and
outcomes;
be willing and available to undertake interviews and English language proficiency tests.

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Applicants are NOT eligible to apply if you are:


married or engaged to a person who is eligible to hold Australian citizenship or
permanent resident status, at any stage of the application, selection, mobilisation
processes or while on-scholarship in Australia;
applying for a visa to live in Australia
applying for another long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside
Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a
previous Australia Awards Scholarship recipient in Australia for four years will not be
eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside
Australia or back in Papua New Guinea for eight years)
currently serving military personnel; be convicted of a serious crime; or be currently
facing legal action or police charges in PNG and/or in any country;
have less than two years relevant work experience (e.g. school leavers)

Categories

Public category
Public category applicants are employees from GoPNG organisations, national universities
and state owned enterprises. Public category applicants must be nominated by their Head
of Agency and endorsed by the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) for a
scholarship.

Public category applicants must:


be permanent public servants (employees of the GoPNG) and completed a minimum of
two years service;
comply with the requirements of the General Orders in terms of the necessary Overseas
Donor funded Learning & Development Bid forms with respective agencies in
consultation with Department of Personnel Management;
gain endorsement from their agency and approval by the Secretary, Department of
Personnel Management;
complete the Australia Awards Scholarships 2017 application form for Papua New
Guinea;
have the Current Employers Supporting Statement General Expectations and Plan,
and Current Employers Endorsement in the Australia Awards Scholarship 2017
application form completed and signed by the Head of the Organisation, Human
Resource Manager or Authorised Officer at their Department, Provincial Administration
or Statutory Body; and,
apply for a course related to their current employment (e.g.: Human Resource Manager
applying for Master of Human Resources Management);
Public category applicants are expected to return to their employment organisation or
sector in Papua New Guinea for a minimum period of two years at the completion of their
Award. This is in order to strengthen the public sector capacity of the country and thus fulfil
the objective of this prestigious Award in achieving development outcomes.

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Open category
Applicants are typically employed by faith-based Organisations, Non-Government
Organisations, and
private companies or are self-employed. All employed applicants must be endorsed by the
General Manager of their employing organisation. Self-employed applicants will require the
endorsement of their pastor or a senior community leader.
Open category applicants must be able to substantiate how their intended studies will
contribute to drive development in Papua New Guinea.
Open category applicants are expected to return to PNG for a period of two years after the
completion of their Award, to contribute to the development of identified priority sectors for
which they were initially selected.

Target Groups
Women, people living with disabilities (and their carers) and people living and working in the
provinces - especially remote locations, are encouraged to apply.

Levels of Study
In PNG, Australia Awards Scholarships are available for the following levels of study:
Diploma courses (limited quota available to people living with disabilities only)
Bachelor degree courses (limited quota available)
Master (course work & research) degree courses
Post Doctorate Degree (PhD) programs

Length of Study and Course Options


Scholarships will be available for full-time study of an Australian diploma, undergraduate
and post-graduate qualification for the minimum period required to complete the Award
through the relevant Australian university.

Diploma course
Diploma and Advance Diploma course durations range from a year to 2.5 years maximum
full time study. Depending on the institution and the course of study, precedence will be
given to courses selected in priority sectors by applicants who are living with a disability,
and carers or administrators working in this sector. Only a limited number of scholarships
will be available for this level of study, therefore selection for this level is highly competitive.

Bachelor Degree course


The maximum duration of study permitted for a Bachelor degree is four years. The course
preference selected must be within priority sectors and not available in any tertiary
institution in PNG.
Double Degrees (Combined Bachelors) are only considered in exceptional circumstances
and only after consultation with a course advisor during the selection process. Only a
limited number of scholarships will be available to this level of study. Therefore, selection
for this level is very competitive.

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Master Degree Courses


The maximum duration for a Master degree program is two years. The initial year
comprise prerequisite graduate certificate and graduate diploma level courses
articulating into Masters depending on meeting the requirements therein. This enables a
student to still graduate with a qualification but at an earlier date;
Master degree programs may be offered by coursework, by research or by a
combination of coursework and research. Masters by research or a combination of
coursework and research is offered only to those applicants who have demonstrated the
need for high level research skills. It is offered to enable further research, teaching or
supervise researchers upon their return home;
Masters by research applicants must also demonstrate that they meet the specific entry
requirements of their intended institution for postgraduate research candidates;
Double Master degrees are permitted only when both are included in the institution's
original offer and both courses can be completed within two years. Recommendations to
undertake a single Masters program may be made upon assessment of the academic
qualification and review of the candidates Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
result;
Applicants wishing to undertake a Masters by research must investigate an appropriate
supervisor. Details of at least two supervisors must be supplied at the time of application
for a scholarship. Australian higher education institutions websites identify the
institutions areas of research strength. Applicants must supply evidence of past
research undertaken, any publications written, and highlight outcomes.

Doctorate Degree (PhD) Program


The maximum duration for a PhD is four years;
Study at doctorate level (PhD) may be subject to partner government approval.
Normally, approval is given only where the applicant occupies, or is expected to occupy,
a senior position requiring individual research or the supervision and training of other
researchers in a research organisation (e.g. university or research centre) in PNG.
Applicants wishing to undertake doctorate level research must investigate an
appropriate supervisor. Details of at least two supervisors must be supplied at the time
of application for a scholarship. Australian higher education institutions websites identify
the institutions areas of research strength. Applicants should supply evidence of past
research undertaken, any publications written, and highlight outcomes.

Articulated study programs


An articulated study program is one that combines a lower and higher level course of study,
leading to the award of the higher qualification.
Examples include a vocational course providing a direct pathway to a university
undergraduate course of study, or a Graduate Diploma leading directly to a Masters, or a
Masters (research) leading directly to a PhD.
Scholarships are available for articulated study programs, but must not comprise more than
two courses or have a total duration in excess of the maximum duration permitted for the
higher qualification. For example, an applicant who applies for a scholarship for
undergraduate study cannot articulate to a Masters level (if successful in receiving a
scholarship).

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Types of courses not applicable under the Australia Awards Scholarship


Australia Awards Scholarships are not available for:
1. undergraduate courses that require more than four years of study (excluding veterinary
science programs for PNG candidates);
2. undergraduate courses that are available at tertiary education institutions in PNG;
3. training in areas related to nuclear technology or flying an aircraft;
4. legal workshops;
5. study by distance or external mode in Australia unless as part of CRICOS registered
course where the majority of units are undertaken in the primary institution;
6. study by distance or external mode while residing outside Australia unless as part of
CRICOS
7. registered course where the majority of units are undertaken in Australia;
8. military training;
9. training in counter-subversion methods, the suppression of political dissent or
intelligence procurement.
Scholarships will not be available for courses of study in Australia where the
applicant has already achieved that qualification and the qualification is deemed to
be equivalent to the Australian qualification at the same level.

Priority Sectors
Each year, both the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea agree on priority
sectors that will target key development areas in Papua New Guinea. For the 2018 intake,
the Priority Sectors include:
Health
Education
Governance
Law & Justice
Transport & Infrastructure
Agriculture

Priority fields of study


The priority areas of study for Papua New Guinea are:

Health:
E.g. Allied Health (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy); Public Health (including
Epidemiology; Maternal and Neonatal Health; Tropical Disease Prevention and Treatment)
and Nursing.

Education:
E.g. Education and TVET / Higher Education Policy and Management (including Quality
Assurance); Specialist Teaching (including teaching people with special needs).

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Law and Justice:


E.g. Law (including family, international, criminal, environmental, and other specialties);
Criminal Justice; Peace and Security; Anti-corruption.

Economics, Governance and Public Sector Management:


E.g. Enabling Systems and Service Delivery (Management, Accounting, Information
Technology, Public Financial Management, Human Resources, Procurement); International
Relations and Trade.

Transport and Infrastructure:


E.g. Public Infrastructure Planning and Management; Aviation (non-flying); Airport
Management; Safety; Security and Emergency Response; Civil Engineering / Maintenance
(airports, ports, roads).

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


E.g. Environment and Climate Change; Data Science; Monitoring and Evaluation;
Engineering; Technology; Physics; Mathematics; Biology and Chemistry.

Agriculture:
E.g. Agriculture; Agribusiness; Veterinary Science; Animal Science and Husbandry; Food
Security; and Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Other:
E.g. Gender, Family and Sexual Violence; Disability; Entrepreneurship / Small and Medium
Enterprise Development (including Tourism).

*Generic qualifications such as Business, Management and Information Technology


studies will only be considered if a strong contribution to a Priority Sector is demonstrated.
Preference will be given to applicants requesting a scholarship in the fields of study
specified.

Course and Institution Research

Research
It is important that you do your own research prior to submitting an application for a
scholarship. Consider your specific area of expertise when researching a course and
ensure you satisfy the pre-requisites (admission requirements) of the institution where you
are planning to study. When researching an appropriate course and institution, consider the
location of the institutions, environment and the cost of living in the state or area where that
institution is located, as this will have an impact on your study if you are awarded a
scholarship.

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Useful websites
There are useful websites that you can visit to source more information on courses,
institutions and other information relevant to your Australia Awards Scholarships
application.

Australian Government
www.dfat.gov.au
Official government website for the Australian Government that provides a wide range of
information about Australia, including fact sheets and in languages other than English.

Australia Awards
http://www.australiaawards.gov.au
This is the official Australia Awards website that provides information relating to all
programs under Australia
Awards.

Australia Awards PNG


www.australiaawardspng.org
The Australia Awards PNG website contains all relevant information for Papua New
Guineans applying for an Australia Awards and other programs managed, such as the
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships and Alumni Small Grants.

Endeavour Awards
https://internationaleducation.gov.au
The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships form part of the Australian
Governments Australia Awards. Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is an
internationally competitive program for Australians to undertake study, research and
professional development abroad, or citizens from eligible countries to undertake study,
research and professional development in Australia. This site will provide comprehensive
information relating to the application and eligibility criteria.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)


http://www.uac.edu.au/stat/
As an assessment tool, all shortlisted Australia Awards Scholarships candidates will be
required to sit for a Special Tertiary Admissions Test. This website provides information for
STAT candidates.

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students


http://cricos.education.gov.au/
This is the official Australian Government website that lists all Australian education
providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the
courses offered.

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Department of Education and Training


https://education.gov.au
Information on scholarships, fellowships and grants provided by the Department of
Education for international students to study in Australia and Australian students to study
overseas.

MyUniversity
Myuniversity.gov.au
MyUniversity provides students with a broad range of information about Australian
universities and other higher education providers.

Australian Universities list


www.australian-universities.com/list
This website provides a full list of Australian universities, courses and programs offered in
Australia.
The Good Universities Guide
http://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/
This website provides comprehensive and independent information on tertiary education
pathways, including postgraduate courses, in Australia.

Australian Education International (AEI)


https://internationaleducation.gov.au
The Department of Education manages this website and works with the education sector,
other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional
and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration.

Australia
http://australia.gov.au
This official Australian government website links information and services from around 900
Australian government websites as well as selected state and territory resources.

Study in Australia
http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
This is the official government website for international students. Use it to find courses,
institutions and scholarships. Australian public and private education institutions must be
registered with the Australian Government and meet high standards of quality and ethical
practice to enrol international students.

Study Overseas
http://www.studyoverseas.gov.au/
Information for Australians wishing to undertake an overseas study experience, including
financial assistance, travelling tips, health and safety, Australian Embassy information,
student testimonials and information for practitioners.

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Australian Participating Institution websites


Australian Capital Territory

Australian Catholic University www.acu.edu.au

Australian National University www.anu.edu.au

Canberra Institute of Technology www.cit.edu.au

University of Canberra www.canberra.edu.au

New South Wales

Charles Sturt University www.csu.edu.au

Macquarie University www.mq.edu.au

Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au

TAFE New South W ales www.tafensw.edu.au

University of New South Wales www.unsw.edu.au

University of Newcastle www.newcastle.edu.au

University of Sydney www.sydney.edu.au

University of Western Sydney www.uws.edu.au

University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au

Queensland

Aviation Australia www.aviationaustralia.aero

Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE www.barrierreef.tafe.qld.gov.au

Bond University www.bond.edu.au

Brisbane North Institute of TAFE www.bn.tafe.qld.gov.au

Central Queensland University www.cqu.edu.au

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE www.goldcoast.tafe.qld.gov.au

Griffith University www.griffith.edu.au

James Cook University www.jcu.edu.au

Southbank Institute of Technology http://tafebrisbane.edu.au

Queensland University of Technology www.qut.edu.au

Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au

Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE http://www.sunshinecoasttafe.edu.au

TAFE Queensland www.tafe.qld.gov.au

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Tropical North Institute of TAFE www.tnqit.tafe.qld.gov.au

University of Queensland www.uq.edu.au

University of Southern Queensland www.usq.edu.au

University of the Sunshine Coast www.usc.edu.au

Victoria

Box Hill Institute www.bhtafe.edu.au

Chisholm Institute www.chisholm.vic.edu.au

Deakin University www.deakin.edu.au/

Gordon Institute of TAFE www.gordontafe.edu.au

Holmesglen Institute of TAFE www.holmesglen.edu.au

Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE www.kangan.edu.au

La Trobe University www.latrobe.edu.au

Monash University www.monash.edu.au

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE)


http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/

RMIT University www.rmit.edu.au

Swinburne University of Technology www.international.swinburne.edu

University of Melbourne www.unimelb.edu.au

Victoria University www.vu.edu.au

William Angliss Institute of TAFE www.angliss.edu.au

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University www.cdu.edu.au

Western Australia

Curtin University of Technology www.curtin.edu.au

Edith Cowan University www.ecu.edu.au

Murdoch University www.murdoch.edu.au

TAFE Western Australia Education and Training International


www.eti.wa.edu.au

University of Notre Dame Australia www.unda.edu.au

University of Western Australia www.uwa.edu.au

South Australia

Carnegie Mellon University www.cmu.edu.au

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Flinders University www.flinders.edu.au

TAFE South Australia www.tafe.sa.edu.au/international

University College London (School of Energy and Resources)


www.ucl.ac.uk/australia/

University of Adelaide www.adelaide.edu.au

University of South Australia www.unisa.edu.au

Tasmania

Tasmanian Polytechnic www.polytechnic.tas.edu.au/

The University of Tasmania www.utas.edu.au (including Australian


Maritime College)

Selection Process
All applicants are considered by an independent Selection Panel comprised of
representatives from Australian and Papua New Guinean tertiary institutions, GoA, key
GoPNG agencies such as the Department of Personnel Management, Department of
National Planning and Monitoring, the National Training Council, and members of the
business community.
Only applications that have progressed for further assessment will be interviewed. The
interview will assess candidates' academic ability, clarity of study goals, and cultural
adaptability. A critical consideration will be how well the Australia Awards Scholarships
applicant is able to explain the relevance of their proposed
study area to the development of PNG. The interview will be accompanied by an IELTS and
STAT to assess the applicants academic English language proficiency.
The final list of recipients is subject to scrutiny and endorsement by the GoA and the Joint
Steering Committee. A transparent process is followed to ensure that applicants are
selected on merit.

Selection Quotas
Each year approximately 90 Awards are offered to Papua New Guineans
50% gender distribution of Awards (at least 50% of the Awards will be offered to
women);
A quota of Awards will be offered to the respective categories: Public and Open
Category
Diploma level awards will be offered to People with Disabilities
A quota of Awards will be for people working in the PNG Higher Education and
Research sector including Academics, Researchers, and Administrators. Applications
will be assessed for the potential to strengthen the PNG higher education and research
sector.

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Notification of Selection Result


Notification of selection results will be communicated to all applicants via email. All
applicants will be advised whether or not they have been selected for an interview. All
interviewed applicants will be notified whether or not they have been Awarded an Australia
Awards Scholarships. The result is final. Where appropriate, notification will include details
of pre-departure briefing (Basic Computer Training, academic skills, cultural preparation).
This training is compulsory and requires full-time attendance for the duration.

Interviews
All highly assessed scholarship applicants will be shortlisted and required to attend an
interview and relevant tests. Interviews for Undergraduate and Masters by coursework
applicants may be conducted in small groups. Masters by Research and Doctoral
applicants attend individual interviews. Australia Awards - PNG arranges necessary
academic tests to coincide with interviews. Further information will be provided to selected
applicants at that stage of the selection process through the email address provided on the
application form.

English Language Proficiency


An increasing number of Australian institutions require an academic English language test
score for international students. Applicants whose applications have progressed for further
assessment will be required to complete an English language test unless they have
successfully completed a test in the past two years.
There are three acceptable tests: IELTS, TOEFL and PTE. Scholarship applicants are
strongly encouraged to assess their academic English language levels and to be prepared
for the test before applying for a scholarship. You can download free information about the
tests and try the free sample questions at www.ielts.org/ or www.toefl.org/. You can also
order practice materials on the websites. The tests assess Listening, Reading, Writing and
Speaking. To be offered a place in an institution you need to be very competent in all of
these areas. If you are not competent in all areas, you should take the time to develop your
English skills before applying for a scholarship. It is worthwhile in your course research to
look at entry requirements such as IELTS requirements so that you can realistically assess
your academic English proficiency by attempting the practice questions on the IELTS
website.

Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT)


The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is used by many tertiary institutions in
Australia as part of their admissions procedure for special categories of applicants to
tertiary study. All shortlisted candidates are required to sit for a STAT (arranged by Australia
Awards PNG) to assess their academic levels. The STAT results further assist in the
placement process. Applicants are encouraged to visit the STAT website at
http://www.uac.edu.au/stat/ to get more information.
The following conditions apply to both Provisional and Reserve Australia Awards
Scholarship Candidates:
a) meet the minimum academic IELTS (English Language Testing System)
requirement for their approved study program at the participating Australian
Institution;
b) provide proof of good character (Police Clearance); and,

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c) meet the student visa requirements of the DIBP before an Award can be confirmed.

NOTE: Reserve candidates will take the place of Provisional Candidates who do not
satisfy all of the conditions (a, b and/or c) above.

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Pre Departure Briefing
The Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB) is compulsory for all Australia Awards Scholarship
recipients and varies in length from 1 week to 2 weeks (depending upon the need for a
candidate to undertake Basic Computer Training). PDB is conducted in Port Moresby. PDB
provides essential information that recipients need when they arrive in Australia to
commence their studies, such as advice about living and studying in Australia. The briefing
prepares Award recipients to settle into Australia and their institution quickly, making it
easier for them to complete their studies within the timeframe provided in their contract. The
briefings are also an opportunity to provide information about Award conditions, including
entitlements and obligations, such as the requirement that Awardees leave Australia and
return to their home country for a minimum of double the duration of the study in Australia.
Australia Awards PNG will meet the travel, accommodation and meal allowance cost for
provincially based candidates travelling in to attend the PDB.

Scholarship Requirements
Prior to travelling to Australia, scholarship recipients must:
receive an Australia Awards Scholarship contract from the Australian Government;
meet Australian immigration requirements for a student visa;
be medically fit to commence studies in Australia; and,
not have any criminal convictions or civil cases pending in Court.

In Australia, scholarship recipients must:

abide by the conditions of the scholarship and the rules of Australian tertiary institutions;
abide by the rules and regulations governing a student visa;
act in a way that will not bring disrepute Australia Awards, the Australian Institution or
PNG; and,
return to PNG for double the length of their time in Australia (i.e. four years if the
Australian study took two years). If during the two years travel exclusion period, the
scholarship recipient returns to live in Australia, a debt to the Commonwealth may be
activated OR any time spent in Australia may be added to the two-year exclusion period.
Calculation of the two years exclusion period starts when the scholarships recipients
arrive in PNG, not the visa expiry date.

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Scholarship Conditions
Scholarship recipients must:
commence the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered;
complete a full study program during the course of their scholarship;
not hold another Australian Government scholarship at the same time as the Australia
Awards Scholarships;
participate in the Pre-Departure Briefing arranged by Australia Awards PNG, and the
Institutions compulsory Introductory Academic Program (IAP) on arrival in Australia;
reside in Australia for the duration of the Scholarship (apart from holidays, reunion visits
or fieldwork visits to PNG);
complete their Scholarship award within the period stipulated in their Student Contract;
only undertake the approved program for which the Scholarship is offered and abide by
the rules of the Institution;
maintain an appropriate study load and achieve satisfactory academic progress in the
program for which the Scholarship was offered;
participate in all activities associated with the approved course of study, including all
lectures and tutorials, submit all work required for the course (e.g. assignments or
essays) and sit for examinations;
not undertake any additional off-scholarship tertiary studies during their time in Australia
on an Australia Awards Scholarship Student Visa;
be aware that any employment undertaken during term times that may compromise
academic progress;
liaise with the Student Contact Officer at the Institution regarding any proposed changes
to the approved program and acknowledge that approval is required from the Institution,
Australia Awards and Partner Government before any changes are made;
advise Australia Awards immediately, via the Student Contact Officer, if they marry a
person who is an Australian, or who has permanent residence status in Australia. The
change in an recipients marital status may affect eligibility to maintain the Australia
Awards Scholarships, and the Debt to the Commonwealth may apply if the recipient
does not return to their home country for a minimum period of two years;
upon completion of their study program the Awardee must return to PNG for double the
duration of their scholarship in Australia;
be aware that a Debt to the Commonwealth of Australia will be incurred if a recipient
fails to return to their home country, or if they apply for Permanent Residence or for a
visa to remain in or return to Australia within the two year period and that any time spent
in Australia during the two year return home period will accordingly extend the end date
of the two year period;
agree that their Scholarship may be terminated at any time for failure to make
satisfactory academic progress, failure to comply with the laws of Australia, misconduct,
breaches of the contract between the recipient and the Commonwealth of Australia
including breaches of the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarships or of the
Australia Awards Student Visa or if they apply to change their visa status;

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understand that the Scholarship may be terminated at any time if Australia Awards
becomes aware of any behaviour or illegal activity undertaken by the recipient prior to
accepting their offer of the Scholarship that were not disclosed at the time of application
and which, in Australia Awards opinion, would have resulted in the application being
rejected had it been disclosed;
understand that information about the recipient and their dependents may be collected
by and exchanged between Australia Awards and others, including Australian Ministers,
the Parliament, government agencies, Australian tertiary institutions, partner
organisations, Australian immigration authorities, medical insurers, medical practitioners,
home government, the Australia Awards alumni network and other parties relevant for
the purpose of the promotion and administration of Scholarships or in relation to other
development activities; and,
understand that the release of personal information is governed by the Privacy Act 1988.

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Scholarship Entitlements
Entitlement Description

Tuition Fees Full time fees for the approved study


programme.

Return Air Travel Travel between PNG and Australia at the start
and end of the scholarship. Standard
economy class air ticket by the most direct
route from an international airport in PNG to
the airport closest to the institution for
awardee only.

Re-union Air Travel The reunion airfare entitlement provides


unaccompanied and/or single Awardees with
return travel to their home country, on the
successful completion of each academic year
of study.

Establishment Allowance A once only payment of A$5,000 as a


contribution towards expenses such as rental
bonds, text books, study materials and other
miscellaneous needs at commencement of
study.

Contribution to Living Expenses CLE is a fortnightly contribution to basic living


expenses paid at a rate determined by
Australia Awards. CLE payable to students
studying under the Australia Awards
Scholarship program is currently A$30,000.00.

Introductory Academic Program (IAP) A compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the
commencement of formal academic studies
covering information on life and study in
Australia.

Overseas Student Health Cover For the duration of the scholarship (for award
Holder only) provided to cover the students
(OSHC)
basic medical costs.

Supplementary Academic Support This may be available when essential to


(Tutorial Assistance) improve the students performance to ensure
their academic success.

Pastoral Care Pastoral Care provided by the Australia


Awards - PNG Case Managers.

Fieldwork (for research students only) This may be available for eligible research
students for one return economy class airfare
via the most direct route to PNG or within
Australia.

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Immigration and Visas

Australian Student Visas


Entry to and residence in Australia is controlled by the Australian Department of
Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Australia Awards PNG will assist successful
Australia Awards Scholarships recipients with the visa application process; however, it is
necessary to ensure that candidates visit the DIBP website to source more information on
the law and regulations that govern the immigration and visa process.

Family Entry
Recipients can bring their immediate families to Australia at their own cost, and upon
meeting Australia Awards and immigration requirements. Further information on
requirements of Dependant Visas and family entry information can be sourced from the
DIBP website: www.immi.gov.au/ or through the Australia Visa Application Centre (AVAC)
website: www.ttsaustralia.com/ .
Dependents include your spouse or partner and natural or legally (National Court) adopted
children. It does not include Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, etc. Your
children aged over 18 years at time of application will not be permitted to travel to Australia
as Students Dependent.
Families are recommended to delay joining the awardee for the first six months of the
awardee's time in Australia. This is to enable awardee to settle into the accommodation,
study, acclimatise, become familiar with their surroundings, and adjust to the Australian
tertiary institution environment.
Additionally, recipients need to consider that planning for family entry will involve securing
suitable accommodation; school enrolment; child-care enrolment; and managing family
expectations. The responsibility of having your family join you in Australia is yours. There
will be additional expenses like family insurance cover; medical and travel expenses,
wellbeing and livelihood for the duration of their study in Australia.

For indicative Estimates on the Proof of funds required by DIBP refer to Table 1.
Table1. Estimates on the Proof of funds required by DIBP

Expenses Per Person Amount required in AUD


Travel Applicant Return air fare to Australia

Family members One return air fare to


Australia per person

Tuition Applicant Course fees

School-age year children AUD 8,000 per


aged 5-18

Living Applicant AUD 19,830 per year

Partner AUD 6,940 per year

Child AUD 2,970 per year

Source: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Student-Visa-Living-Costs-and-
Evidence-of- Funds#

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Living and Learning in Australia


The only country that is also a continent, Australia is situated in the Southern Hemisphere
in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Nearest neighbors to the north are Papua New Guinea and
Indonesia. New Zealand lies to the east, about a three-hour flight away. Almost one in four
Australians were born overseas. You will meet people from all corners of the globe who
have settled in Australia from Europe and Asia, to Africa, the Middle East and the
Americas.

New South Wales South Australia


www.visitnsw.com.au www.southaustralia.com
Capital Sydney Capital Adelaide
State population About 7.2 million Climate State population About 1.6 million Climate
Jan: 6680 F, 1927 C July: 4660 F, Jan: 6289 F, 1732 C July: 4760 F,
816 C 816 C

Victoria Tasmania
http://www.visitvictoria.com/ www.discovertasmania.com.au
Capital Melbourne Capital Hobart
State population About 5.5 million State population About 507,600
Climate Jan: 5880 F, 1427 C July: 46 Climate Jan: 5272 F, 1122 C July: 38
60 F, 816 C 52 F, 311 C

Queensland Australian Capital Territory


http://www.queensland.com/ www.visitcanberra.com.au
Capital Brisbane Capital Canberra
State population About 4.5 million Climate Territory population About 358,900
Jan: 7087 F, 2131 C July: 5070 F, Climate Jan: 5684 F, 1352 C July: 31
1021 C 52 F, -111 C

Northern Territory Western Australia


www.travelnt.com www.westernaustralia.com
Capital Darwin Capital Perth
Territory population About 229,700 State population About 2.2 million Climate
Jan: 6488 F, 1831 C July: 4864 F,
Climate Jan: 7893 F, 2634 C July: 70
918 C
90 F, 2132 C

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Reintegration and networking

PNG Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA)


The PNG Australia Alumni Association (PNG-AAA) was established following a
unanimous decision of almost 250 delegates to the 2006 Inaugural Alumni Conference held
in Port Moresby. Membership of the Association is open to any Papua New Guinean who
has studied at or through an Australian educational institution either privately funded or
under a sponsored program. Australia considers its relationship with PNG to be one of its
deepest and most enduring. It is strong on many levels, including the peopletopeople links
formed by the large number of Papua New Guineans who have studied in Australia. The
Association strengthens the links between the two countries and gives graduates a forum to
contribute to debate about PNG's future and ways in which both countries can benefit from
a continuing relationship.
On completion of studies, returning awardees will be eligible for membership of the Papua
New Guinea Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA). This Association is important for
professional development, mentoring, networking and making contacts and introductions if
you are going to be searching for a job when you return to PNG.
As a member of an alumni association you should be committed to participate in community
projects and to demonstrate leadership by taking charge of voluntary activities to benefit the
community.
Members of alumni association may make an appointment for access to office, copying,
telephone, email and internet facilities at the Australia Awards-PNG Information Centre
located at Port Tower, Hunter Street, Port Moresby.
Many Papua New Guineans have studied in Australia, both before and after Independence,
and since 1999 well over 1,000 Papua New Guineans have been awarded Australia
Awards Scholarships or similar scholarships.
For membership forms and other information on the PNG-AAA email
secretariat@pngaa.com or pdi@australiaawardspng.org.
Alumni membership fees for graduates returning in the first year is paid for by the Australia
Awards PNG office.

Reintegration and tracking of awardees


As part of your application for a scholarship award, all applicants will need to provide
information on how their study will contribute to Papua New Guineas development
priorities. It is expected that awardees coming home to PNG will provide a return on the
scholarship investment by applying the learnings from their study to organisation or service
improvements for their employer or by contributing to their community.
Prior to departure on award, all successful scholarship recipients will prepare an interim
reintegration plan that will guide their study and be a foundation plan for their return to PNG.
Reintegration Plans will be monitored to ensure they are being implemented. Awardees
returning to PNG must provide information for analysis of scholarship impacts by
participating in data collection and survey work over a period of two years to track the
experiences of awardees. Awardees returning to PNG are expected to commit to applying
their new skills at work or to commit to finding work to apply their new skills. Tracking will
commence just prior to the return to PNG and also at 12 months and 24 months after
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