Advice for On Award students currently in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please click on the following link: Australia Awards Timor-Leste COVID-19 Factsheet for awardees to download the latest information for on-awards students during the COVID-19 outbreak. The factsheet covers travel advice, visa extensions, health information and more.

Why study in Australia?

Education excellence

Australia’s pursuit of excellence in higher education is demonstrated by its commitment to excellent research and teaching facilities, including state-of-the-art buildings, labs and lecture theatres.

Australia prides itself on being an innovative and forward-looking nation, and a global leader in research, focusing on real world problems and current issues. Likewise, students are encouraged to be future-looking and high-achieving. Australia’s scientists and researchers have been responsible for major breakthroughs and technological advances around the world. Our best-known achievers have won international awards, including eight Nobel Prizes.

International recognition of qualifications

The Australian higher education system consists of independent, self-governing public and private universities and institutions that award higher education qualifications. There are 39 public universities and 4 private universities in Australia.

All higher education providers must be listed on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Register of Recognised Institutions and Authorised Accreditation Authorities. This is a national system established by the Australian Government, which links courses and qualifications. Obtaining a qualification under the AQF allows for recognition of that qualification in other nations which are able to align their national qualification Frameworks.

The AQF is a strong national and international system that is accepted by industry, is consistent and transparent, and is quality assured by national agencies and audit processes that promote confidence and trust in the system.

Multicultural community

Australia is a safe, friendly and harmonious country. Australians are open, friendly people and you will receive a warm welcome. Australia offers a healthy lifestyle where people are able to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities due to the climate and availability of beaches, rivers and mountain regions. Sport is an integral part of Australian culture and will always provide an opening to making new friends.

Australia’s rich cultural diversity is increasing as the country reaps the benefits of attracting creative, innovative and inspirational people from all backgrounds. Australia’s culture is a living, breathing, evolving melting pot of global influences, home-grown egalitarian traditions and sun-soaked physicality, which combine into a vibrant society quite unique from anywhere else in the world―and just as culturally valid.

Supportive academic environment

Education institutions in Australia are among the best in the world, offering modern and innovative facilities that will ensure the student experience is positive and valuable. Institutions take their responsibility for student welfare seriously. They provide specialist services to help international students adjust to life and study in Australia, as underpinned by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.

Services include language tuition, designated international student advisers, on-arrival reception, orientation programs, health, counselling and accommodation services

Where to Study in Australia?

The following list of universities have courses available for Scholarship recipients. For more information about the State or Territory in which these universities are located, please click on the relevant State or Territory in the “Choose your State” map.

New South Wales
Australian Catholic University
Charles Stuart University
Macquarie University
Southern Cross University
The University of New South Wales (including ADFA)
The University of Newcastle
The University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
University of New England
University of Western Sydney

Australian Capital Territory
Australian Catholic University
The Australian National University
University of Canberra
Canberra Institute of Technology

Australian Catholic University
Deakin University
La Trobe University
Monash University
RMIT University
Swinburne University of Technology
The University of Melbourne
Victoria University
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE
William Angliss Institute of TAFE
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
Box Hill Institute TAFE
Bureau of Meteorology

The University of Tasmania (including Australian Maritime College)
Tasmanian Polytechnic

South Australia
Carnegie Mellon University
Flinders University
University College London
The University of Adelaide
University of South Australia

Queensland University of Technology
Southbank Institute of Technology
The University of Queensland
Tropical North Queensland TAFE
University of Southern Queensland
University of The Sunshine Coast
Southbank Institute of Technology
James Cook University
Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
Griffith University
Bond University
Central Queensland University
Aviation Australia

Northern Territory
Charles Darwin University

Western Australia
The University of Western Australia
Curtin University of Technology
Murdoch University
Edith Cowan University

For people with a disability wanting to study for a diploma or advanced diploma participating universities are lists below;
RMIT University
Swinburne University
Victoria University
New South Wales
University of Technology, Sydney through their partner, Insearch
Western Sydney University through WSU College
University of Wollongong, through UoW College
Griffith University through Griffith College
Central Queensland University
Northern Territory
Charles Darwin University
Western Australia
Curtin University through Curtin College
South Australia
Eynesbury College is recognised by all three SA universities
University of Tasmania offers associate degrees (entry requirements are higher than for a diploma but lower than for an UG degree)

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