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Australian Government Destination Australia Program for 2023

Application is now open for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the Australian Government and Scholarship

The national government of Australia, a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, is the Australian Government, sometimes referred to as the Commonwealth Government. The Australian Government is composed of three branches: the executive (the prime minister, ministers, and government departments), the legislative (the Parliament of Australia), and the judiciary. This structure is similar to other Westminster-style systems of government.

The House of Representatives, which is the lower house, and the Senate, which is the upper house, make up the bicameral federal legislature. There are 151 members of the House of Representatives, each of whom represents an electoral district with a population of roughly 165,000. The Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, and the six states of Australia each have two senators in the Senate, making a total of 76 senators. The governor-general stands in for the reigning King Charles III of Australia.


The party or coalition with a majority in the House of Representatives is the executive branch of the Australian government, and the prime minister is the parliamentary leader who has the backing of the majority of the House of Representatives members. The governor-general appoints the prime minister in writing to fill the position.

Scholarships for domestic and foreign students to study and live in regional Australia are offered by eligible tertiary education providers thanks to funding from Destination Australia.

Details about the Australian Government Destination Australia Program:

Scholarship Sponsor: Australian Government

Scholarship Value: Up to $15,000

Number of awards: Several

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): Australian Government


Around 480 domestic and foreign students starting their studies in 2023 were eligible for scholarships in the 2023 round of the program, which awarded financing of up to $15,000 per student, every year.

The Destination Australia Program:

  • The promotion of initiatives that contribute to development and sustainability helps rural and remote Australian tertiary education providers.
  • Provides Australian and international students with the chance to engage in high-quality education, training, and research, as well as to experience living in Australia’s distant and regional regions.
  • Guarantees that areas benefit from the social, cultural, and economic advantages that international students bring.
  • By giving domestic and foreign students enrolled in programs that are in line with the National Skills Priority List, this initiative helps to address areas of talent shortage. 
  • Gives domestic students from underrepresented groups money so they can enroll in university programs in regional Australia.
  • Following the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure, the Destination Australia Program defines a regional location as any locality outside of Australia’s Major Cities.

Eligibility Criteria for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for the Australian Government Destination Australia Program:

  • Start a new full-time program of study with a recognized provider in the academic year 2023.
  • The program has a Certificate IV to Ph.D. level and a one- to four-year length under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
  • Live in a regional area at the start of the research and for the duration of it, as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure.

For International Students:

  • Keep their student visa current throughout the scholarship period
  • Accept a full-time study program offer that has been registered on CRICOS.

Application Process for Australian Government Destination Australia Program

The deadline for applications is 9:00 p.m. on August 10, 2023. Please note that students who desire to apply for a scholarship in 2024 must not use this application procedure; it is only for approved tertiary education providers.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. (AEST), a webinar will be held for qualified tertiary education providers. In addition to general program information, this webinar will also cover the grant application process. The webinar is not geared toward students who want to submit a scholarship application. Please send an email to if you plan to attend.

Further Information

The Application Deadline is: August 10, 2023

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other Australia scholarships here.