Students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander on their enrolment form are encouraged to apply for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary is available to students enrolled in any year level, from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary recipients receive a 100% discount on tuition fees and 100% discount on the Parish/Building Levy. The Foundation covers 50% of school charges, families are asked to contribute the other 50% up to a maximum of $400 in Primary and $800 in Secondary.
Compulsory school activities and charges are covered by the bursary and may include swimming, excursions, incursions, ICT levy and P&F charges. It is possible that particular schools will have other incidental optional charges that will not be covered by the bursary and which may be invoiced, such as camps, representative sports, World Youth Day. Parents should be made aware of such costs at the time of enrolment.
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary awarded in K-6 continues into Secondary schooling when a new application is required. This is to ensure families and caregivers are notified of the school charges required at the Secondary school, and to ensure Census data for the bursary is kept current.
To apply, families are required to fill in the Application for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary form.
Please send emailed bursary applications to your school regional Bursary Coordinator:
- Eastern Region: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inner Western Region: email@example.com
- Southern Region: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop! If you are unsure of how to scan documents to email to the Foundation office please contact Fiona Blajic, Bursary Team Leader on 9568 8612 who will assist you.
Due to the confidential nature of information required, it is compulsory for bursary applications to be emailed to the Foundation with all supporting documentation included. This is to avoid sensitive information potentially going missing in the mail. The Foundation office also uses emailed applications as a tracking tool to process enquiries.
Please note, bursary applications sent to the Foundation office by post will not be accepted and will be returned to the school.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who identified and were enrolled before July 2012 and are receiving an Indigenous Scholarship will continue to receive support under their existing arrangements.