People living with a disability

Make a difference with an Australia Award Scholarship

The Australian Government wants to encourage Timorese people living with a disability to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship. As a result one scholarship place each year has been reserved for applicants living with a disability* and applicants have the additional option to study at the Diploma or Advanced Diploma level. These conditions recognise the additional challenges people living with a disability face accessing education in Timor-Leste.

For more information for applicants with disabilities please see below and download this factsheet. Australia Awards Timor Leste_Disability_Inclusion Factsheet

People living with disabilities are also eligible to be awarded a Scholarship through the regular scholarship stream, competing with all other candidates.

*subject to the Scholarship Selection Panel identifying suitable applicants.

Level of study available for people living with a disability:

  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Bachelor and Associate Degrees (undergraduate)
  • Master’s Degree and PhD


People with a disability who want to study for a diploma or advanced diploma can find a list of participating universities by clicking on the Why Study in Australia page here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

The Selection Process selects Provisional Candidates not Awardees.

If you are selected through the application and selection process, which runs from February to early August, you become a provisional candidate. You do not become a Scholarship awardee until a university accepts your application for admission.

For applicants with disabilities, the Australia Awards Timor-Leste (AATL) office will make appropriate adjustment to the selection process to allow your application which will be assessed on merit.

If you are awarded a Scholarship, the Australia Government and your university will work with you to reduce barriers to enable you to live and study in Australia for the duration of your award.

AATL will undertake an assessment of your academic and pastoral needs and, in negotiation with you and your chosen university, we will ensure you are well prepared and resourced to successfully complete your award.

Depending on the type of your disability, assistance might include, help to find appropriate housing, additional academic and English preparation, communication software, support during lectures, regular contact from AATL, additional tutoring and so on.

What course can I study and at which university?

Decisions about your level of study, course and university may require careful consideration between AATL, you and the Australia Awards Disability Technical Advisor. Discussions will focus on ensuring your course, institution and location have adequate supports to cater for disability related barriers.

What you need to do

In order for AATL to assess appropriate support, applicants with disability are requested to disclose your disability in your application form and provide details of your disability when contacted by AATL staff. As an applicant with a disability you will be requested to provide a medical report of your disability and complete a DFAT Disability Assessment Form.

The information will be used for the purpose of assessing the likely support required and will not be considered negatively in the selection process. This private information is handled according to Australia’s strict privacy laws and will be disclosed only on a need-to-know basis for the purpose of facilitating an accessible barrier-free environment for the Awardee.

Silvestre Ximenes on award student with a disability at Canberra Institute of Technology

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