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					2014 Australia Awards Scholarships
Information Booklet for Papua New Guinean Applicants
TABLE OF CONTENTS
OVERVIEW .................................................................................................................................................................... 4
   SCHOLARSHIPS PNG..........................................................................................................................................................4
   AUSAID .............................................................................................................................................................................4
   SCHOLARSHIPS STRATEGY ................................................................................................................................................4
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS ................................................................................................................................................ 5
   AUSTRALIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS ...............................................................................................................................5
SUPPLEMENTARY AUSTRALIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS ............................................................................................... 5
   AUSTRALIA AWARDS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ..................................................................................................................5
   ALLISON SUDRADJAT PRIZE ..............................................................................................................................................6
   PRIME MINISTER’S PACIFIC PROGRAM .............................................................................................................................6
CATEGORIES ................................................................................................................................................................. 7
   PUBLIC CATEGORY ............................................................................................................................................................7
   OPEN CATEGORY ..............................................................................................................................................................7
   TARGET GROUPS...............................................................................................................................................................8
PRIORITY SECTORS AND FIELDS OF STUDY .................................................................................................................... 8
   UNDERGRADUATE APPROVED AREAS OF STUDY ..............................................................................................................8
   POSTGRADUATE (MASTERS AND PHD) AREAS OF STUDY......................................................................................................8
COURSE & INSTITUTION RESEARCH ............................................................................................................................ 10
   RESEARCHING .................................................................................................................................................................10
   USEFUL WEBSITES...........................................................................................................................................................10
   AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTIONS ............................................................................................................................................10
INTERVIEWS ............................................................................................................................................................... 13
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ............................................................................................................................. 13
APPLICATION PROCESS ............................................................................................................................................... 14
   2014 APPLICATION FORM ...............................................................................................................................................14
   ELIGIBILITY AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS .......................................................................................................................14
   SELECTION CRITERIA .......................................................................................................................................................15
   KEY DATES .......................................................................................................................................................................15
   SPECIAL CONSIDERATION ...............................................................................................................................................15
   BENEFITS.........................................................................................................................................................................16
IMMIGRATION AND VISAS .......................................................................................................................................... 17
   AUSTRALIAN STUDENT VISAS .........................................................................................................................................17
   PROCESS .........................................................................................................................................................................17
   APPLICANTS WHO ARE MARRIED OR HAVE DEPENDANTS*............................................................................................17
   FUNDS REQUIRED TO SECURE A VISA* ...........................................................................................................................18
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ................................................................................................................................ 19
LIVING AND LEARNING IN AUSTRALIA ........................................................................................................................ 21
   AUSTRALIAN STATES AND TERRITORIES .........................................................................................................................21


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   ACCOMMODATION ........................................................................................................................................................22
   TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION .........................................................................................................................................22
ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS AND NETWORKING .............................................................................................................. 24
   PNG ‐ AUSTRALIA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION .......................................................................................................................24
   REINTEGRATION AND TRACKING AWARDEES.................................................................................................................25
   AWARDEE CODE OF CONDUCT .......................................................................................................................................25




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                                                OVERVIEW
                                                SCHOLARSHIPS PNG
                                                Scholarships PNG is managed by GRM International and is an initiative
                                                of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand. Scholarships PNG
                                                manage the Australia Awards Scholarships in Papua New Guinea. The
                                                goal of the scholarship scheme is to contribute to equitable economic
                                                growth and poverty reduction in Papua New Guinea by the
                                                development of highly skilled men and women who are able to apply
                                                their professional and technical expertise, experience and leadership
                                                skills in the workplace and in society.
AusAID seeks to develop the
capacity and leadership skills of               AUSAID
awardees so that they can                       AusAID is the Australian Government agency that manages Australia’s
contribute to development in their              official overseas aid program. The aid program’s objective is to help
home country and to build people                developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable
to people linkages at the                       development, in line with Australia’s national interest. AusAID
individual, institutional and                   scholarships reflect the overall objectives of Australia’s overseas aid
country levels.                                 program. Through scholarships, AusAID seeks to develop the capacity
                                                and leadership skills of awardees so that they can contribute to
                                                development in their home country and to build people to people
                                                linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels. Australia
                                                Awards Scholarships are managed by Scholarships PNG

                                                SCHOLARSHIPS STRATEGY
                                                The Scholarships Strategy is to align the human resource development
                                                under the Australia Awards Scholarships to Papua New Guinea’s
                                                development priorities.

                                                The Australia Awards Scholarships seeks to provide men and women
                                                with the skills and knowledge to contribute to economic and social
                                                development within the priority areas of PNG’s national and provincial
                                                governments and within the private sector and civil society.

                                                The strategy embeds principles of equity and access through
                                                transparent decision making. AusAID strongly encourages women,
                                                people working in provincial locations and people with disabilities to
                                                apply.




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SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
AUSTRALIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) aim to contribute to the long-term
development needs of Australia’s Partner Countries to promote growth
and stability. AAS are a highly-valued form of development cooperation
between Australia and Partner Countries with which Australia has a
bilateral agreement. AAS target jointly agreed key priority areas and
provide the opportunity for people to obtain tertiary qualifications at
participating Australian Institutions. In doing so AAS equip people with the
necessary skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the
development outcomes of their own country.

Levels of Study: Bachelors, Masters (research and/or coursework),
Doctoral (PhD). Diploma for disabled applicants only.




SUPPLEMENTARY AUSTRALIA
AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
AUSTRALIA AWARDS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Australia Awards Leadership Program are aimed at enhancing leadership
and building partnerships and linkages within developing countries, while
addressing priority development areas.

Up to 200 Australia Awards Leadership Programs are available globally on
an annual basis for high achievers wishing to undertake postgraduate
study at an Australian higher education institution. Australia Awards
Leadership Programs target those whose chosen field of study equips
them to play a significant role in addressing, researching or combating
development challenges in their country and/or region. Awardees are
provided with opportunities to enhance their leadership capacity and
extend their networks.

Levels of Study: Masters (research and/or coursework) and Doctoral (PhD)

Outstanding candidates for an Australia Awards Scholarship at
Postgraduate (Masters or Doctoral) degree level will be recommended
for an Australia Awards Leadership Program.




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ALLISON SUDRADJAT PRIZE
The top Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia and PNG may also be eligible to receive an
Allison Sudradjat Prize.

PRIME MINISTER’S PACIFIC PROGRAM
The Prime Minister's Pacific Program (PMPP) are offered to recipients of Australia Awards Scholarships from
the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, who are leaders or potential leaders in their country.

The awards provide a combination of work placements and leadership training to build on awardees'
academic experience. The aims of the PMPP Awards are to:

   assist nation building through strengthening institutional capacity and leadership in the Pacific and East
    Timor
   build strong and abiding links between people in Australia and countries in the Pacific.

For more information visit http://www.pmpa.austraining.com.au/home




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CATEGORIES
PUBLIC CATEGORY
Applicants are public sector employees who are nominated by their Head of Agency and endorsed by the
Department of Personnel Management (DPM) for a scholarship award.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS OF ELIGIBILITY PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN AUSTRALIA AWARDS
SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION

    1. All overseas training aid bids are to be forwarded directly to the office of the Secretary for Personnel
       Management. Bids must be submitted on the correct form which is available at www.dpm.gov.pg

    2. Public Servants applying for the Australia Awards Open Category will not be accepted by
       Department of Personnel Management for inclusion in the training aid bid process.

    3. Approved training aid bids must be approved by the Head of the Organization or the delegate.

    4. All training aid bids must be supported by the Organization’s Annual Training Plans and Key Result
       Areas.

    5. The approved training aid bid nominations must fall within the Development Priorities of the
       Government of PNG.

    6. Applicants must be a permanent public servant and have worked for a minimum of two years in the
       chosen field of study (e.g.: HR Manager applying for Bachelor of Business (HRM).

    7. Training aid bid nominations must be equally balanced between males and females.

    8. Scholarship applications, not overseas training bid forms, should be sent directly to Scholarships
       PNG. Refer to www.scholarships.org.pg for further details.


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, in order to strengthen the
public sector capacity of the country.

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 and must be able to demonstrate that their intended studies will contribute to
Papua New Guinea’s development. Self-employed Applicants will require the endorsement of their pastor or
a senior community leader.

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 in which they were initially
selected.


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Unemployed persons or people with less than two years work experience (eg school leavers) are not
eligible to apply.

TARGET GROUPS
Women, people with disabilities (and their carers) and people from the provinces - especially remote
locations, are especially encouraged to apply.



PRIORITY SECTORS AND FIELDS OF STUDY
UNDERGRADUATE APPROVED AREAS OF STUDY *
 HEALTH (Priority Sector)                                       LEVEL OF STUDY
 Allied Health (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy,            Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 Speech Pathology.)
 TRANSPORT (Priority Sector)
 Aviation: Airport Management, Security and Emergency,          Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 Air Worthiness Inspection and Certification. (Non Flying)      BAppSc(Aviation)/BBus( Mgmt)
 Infrastructure                                                 Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 LAND DEVELOPMENT (Priority Sector)
 Regional and Town Planning                                     Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 RURAL DEVELOPMENT (Priority Sector)
 Veterinary Science                                             Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 Animal Science                                                 Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY (Priority Sector)
 Data Management and Analysis                                   Undergraduate (Bachelor)
 Actuarial Studies                                              Undergraduate (Bachelor)
*       Indicative allocation of up to 10 scholarships for Undergraduate places in 2014. Scholarships will
        only be available for the fields of study specified.


POSTGRADUATE (Masters and PhD) AREAS OF STUDY *
 HEALTH (Priority Sector)                       LEVEL OF STUDY
 Health Management, Planning or Research                               Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 HIV AIDs, STIs and Sexual Health                                      Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters (USyd)
 Allied Health (Occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech            Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Pathology)
 EDUCATION      (Priority Sector)
 Curriculum Development and Teaching Methodologies                     Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 (Basic, Secondary, TVET, Higher Education)
 Education – Policy and Development                                    Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 Specialist Teaching (Disabilities)                                    Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 Student Guidance and Counselling                                      Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 Teacher Education for Higher Education                                Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 Research or Teaching Research                                         Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD
 Quality Assurance and Accreditation                                   Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters and PhD


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 TRANSPORT       (Priority Sector)
 Civil or Maintenance airports, ports, roads                           Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Aviation: Airport Management, Security and Emergency,                 Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 air worthiness inspection and certification (Non Flying)
 Road Safety – data collection and analysis, black spot audit,         Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 management and infrastructure design
 URBAN DEVELOPMENT (Priority Sector)
 Infrastructure Planning                                               Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Design and Infrastructure                                             Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Regional and Town Planning                                            Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 RURAL DEVELOPMENT              (Priority Sector)
 Veterinary Science                                                    Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Animal Husbandry                                                      Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 LAW AND JUSTICE         (Priority Sector)
 Public Prosecutions                                                   Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Anti-corruption                                                       Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Legislative/administrative review and investigations                  Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Conflict prevention, resolution, peace, security                      Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Public Law                                                            Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT                            (Priority Sector)
 Public Policy, planning and research, policy analysis                 Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Public Administration                                                 Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Environmental Management                                              Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Public Sector Systems and Service Delivery (management,               Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 accounting, audit and implementation)
 RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY                 (Priority Sector)
 Economic and Social/Demography Survey                                 Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Statistical and Performance Reporting                                 Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Data Management and Analysis                                          Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Monitoring and Evaluation                                             Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 CROSS CUTTING FIELDS OF STUDY                 (Priority Sector)
 Disability, Disability Studies and Teacher Training (Disability       Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 specialisation)
 Gender                                                                Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Family and Sexual Violence                                            Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 AREAS OF STUDY AVAILABLE UNDER ALL PRIORITY SECTORS
 Information Technology (All disciplines)                       Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Management Studies                                             Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Development Studies                                            Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Information and Communication Technology, Teaching and Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Learning
 Project Management, Contract Supervision, Contract             Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters
 Management, Arbitration and Procurement
*       Indicative allocation of around 96 scholarships for Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters
        and around 4 places for PhD programs. Preference will be given to applicants requesting a
        Scholarship in the fields of study specified.

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COURSE & INSTITUTION RESEARCH
RESEARCHING
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.

USEFUL WEBSITES
You can visit the following websites to source more information on courses and institutions:
-   Scholarships PNG: www.scholarships.org.pg
-   Australia Awards Scholarships: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/australia-awards/Pages/default.aspx
-   Endeavour Awards: http://deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Pages/Home.aspx
-   Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): http://www.uac.edu.au/stat/
 - Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students: http://cricos.deewr.gov.au/
 - Study in Australia: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
 - Australian Universities list: www.australian-universities.com/list
 - The Good Universities Guide: http://gooduniguide.com.au/course/search

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTIONS
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
Australian Catholic University www.acu.edu.au
Charles Sturt University www.csu.edu.au
Macquarie University www.mq.edu.au
Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au
TAFE New South Wales www.tafensw.edu.au (All TAFE NSW Institutes are listed in the TAFE NSW website)
University of New South Wales www.unsw.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


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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
Moreton Institute of TAFE\ Southbank Institute of Technology www.southbank.edu.au
Queensland University of Technology www.qut.edu.au
Southern Cross University www.scu.edu.au
Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE www.sunshinecoast.tafe.qld.gov.au/
TAFE Queensland www.tafe.qld.gov.au
Tropical North Institute of TAFEwww.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/international
Monash University www.monash.edu.au/international/
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE www.nmit.edu.au/
RMIT University www.rmit.edu.au
Swinburne University of Technology (TAFE) www.international.swinburne.edu.au/courses/tafe/
Swinburne University of Technology www.international.swinburne.edu
University of Ballarat www.ballarat.edu.au/international
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
Flinders University www.flinders.edu.au



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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.amc.edu.au (including AMC)




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                                               INTERVIEWS
                                               All highly assessed scholarship applicants will be required to attend an
                                               interview and undertake relevant tests. Interviews for Undergraduate
                                               and Masters by coursework applicants will be conducted in small
                                               groups. Masters by Research and Doctoral applicants attend
                                               individual interviews. Scholarships PNG arranges tests to coincide with
                                               interviews.

                                               Further information will be provided to selected applicants.




An increasing number of
                                               ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Australian institutions require                An increasing number of Australian institutions require an English
                                               language test score for international students. All shortlisted PNG
an English language test score
                                               scholarship applicants are required to complete an English language
for international students.
                                               test unless they have successfully completed a test in the past two
                                               years.

                                               There are two acceptable tests: IELTS or TOEFL. Scholarship
                                               applicants are strongly encouraged to assess their English language
                                               levels and to be prepared for the test before applying for a
                                               scholarship. You can download free information about the tests at
                                               www.ielts.org/ or www.toefl.org/. You can also order practice
                                               materials on the websites. To assess your skill levels and be prepared
                                               for an English language test you should try the free sample questions
                                               available online at www.ielts.org/ or www.toefl.org/

                                               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 i.e. Listening,
                                               Reading, Writing and Speaking you should take the time to develop
                                               your English skills before applying for a scholarship.




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APPLICATION PROCESS
2014 APPLICATION FORM
Candidates can download a 2014 Australia Awards Scholarship application form for Papua New Guinea
applicants from the Scholarships PNG website at www.scholarships.org.pg

EMAILED APPLICATIONS must be received by Scholarships PNG by midnight on 31 March 2013.
HARD COPY APPLICATIONS must be received by 5pm on 28 March 2013 (Thursday).

Note that Scholarships PNG will be closed on 29 March 2013 (Good Friday).


ELIGIBILITY AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
   It is very important that you meet the following requirements before submitting an application for a
   scholarship. If you DO NOT meet the requirements, please DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A
   SCHOLARSHIP.

   ☐ Are you a citizen of Papua New Guinea? If NO, do not apply.
   ☐ Are you able to provide all relevant academic documentary evidence (transcripts and certificates of
       completed secondary and tertiary education levels? If NO, do not apply.

   ☐ Are you a current holder of an Australian Government funded Scholarship or have you been held a
       an Australian Government funded scholarship within the last two years? If YES, do not apply.

   ☐ If you have previously held a long-term AusAID scholarship, have you since resided in PNG for less
       than twice the time that you were in Australia on scholarship? If YES, do not apply.

   ☐ Do you hold citizenship or permanent resident status in Australia? If YES, do not apply.
   ☐ Are you married or engaged to be married, to someone who holds or is entitled to hold citizenship
       or permanent residency in Australia? If YES, do not apply.

   ☐ Have you ever been convicted of a serious crime, or are you currently facing legal action or police
       charges in any country? If YES, do not apply.

   ☐ Will you be able to meet the financial requirements to obtain a student visa? If NO, do not apply.
   ☐ Will you be able to undertake medical tests to determine that you are healthy? If NO, do not apply.

   In addition to the above requirements you will be required to:
        have high level academic results
        achieve high level results on English language tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening

   If you cannot meet these requirements you should defer your application.




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SELECTION CRITERIA
Selection is based on a competitive and transparent process that takes account of:

    ☐ Academic Ability including academic record and performance on a test of academic ability;
    ☐ Employment including employer reference, employment history and guarantee of employment
      upon return;
    ☐ Leadership and Organisation including applicant’s statement, current leadership and evidence of
      preparedness for a scholarship; and
    ☐ Development Benefit including sector of employment, proposed course of study, age and
      reintegration plan.

KEY DATES
    ☐ Application Open: early January 2013
    ☐ Application Close: 31 March 2013 (for emailed applications); 28 March 2013 (5 pm; for hardcopy
      applications)
    ☐ Initial Assessment Completed: 17 May 2013
    ☐ Final Assessment Completed and Allocation of Scholarships: early August 2013
    ☐ Institution Study Placement Requests: early September 2013
    ☐ Pre Departure Briefing Program: November 2013
    ☐ Mobilisation and Departure to Institution: December 2013 – February 2014

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION
    ☐   It is mandatory that previous AAS awardees spend at least two years working or residing in PNG
        before being eligible to apply for a further award.
    ☐   No undergraduate course can be of more than 4 years duration or available in PNG.
    ☐   The proposed course must be progressive (ie of a higher academic level than any qualification
        currently held). Double degree awards are not permitted.
    ☐   Applicants under the Public category, subject to being endorsed by the GoPNG in line with the
        General Orders, can expect financial support during award and employment upon return to PNG.
        Public category awardees should clarify eligibility and entitlements with their agency before
        submitting an application and accepting an award offer.
    ☐   Applicants under the Open Category are encouraged to consult with current employers to discuss
        possible support, career progression and future re-engagement prospects.
    ☐   Building capacity in Veterinary Science has been identified as a high priority need in PNG and
        applicants are invited to undertake undergraduate courses that provide pathways to a veterinary
        science degree. This is however an extremely challenging degree. Applications will only be
        considered where the applicant can clearly demonstrate at least one or more of the following:
    ☐   outstanding academic performance, particularly in relevant science subjects,
    ☐   relevant experience; and
    ☐   capacity to successfully complete the award in four years or less.

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   ☐   At least ten per cent (10%) of AAS 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.


BENEFITS

   Australia Awards Scholarships

   Tuition Fees                                                Full Tuition fees for the approved study program
   Return Air Travel                                           Travel between Papua New Guinea 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
                                                               closes 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.
   Visa Expenses                                               Contribution to initial visa expenses
   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 AusAID.
                                                               CLE payable to students studying under the
                                                               Australian Development 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 (OSHC)                        For the duration of the award (for award holder
                                                               only) provided to cover the students’ basic medical
                                                               costs
   Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial                    This may be available when essential to improve
   Assistance)                                                 the students’ performance to ensure their
                                                               academic success
   Pastoral Care                                               Pastoral Care provided by the Scholarships 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
   Leadership Development                                      Australian Leaderships Awards Scholarships (AALP)
                                                               recipients will participate in a prestigious
                                                               Leadership Development Program.

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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 Citizenship (DIAC). The website is
www.immi.gov.au

PROCESS
The Australian Student Health Check and Visa application process
begins when selected scholarship applicants are given the status of
Provisional AAS Scholar Status. Scholarships PNG will provide a
Provisional Pack to candidates containing visa forms, as well as                        ALL interested applicants who
explanations of the supporting documents required.                                      are married or have
                                                                                        dependents, must be aware of
APPLICANTS WHO ARE MARRIED OR HAVE DEPENDANTS*                                          the requirements set by the
If you are married and intend to submit an application for an Australia                 Department of Immigration
Development Scholarship:                                                                and Citizenship (DIAC) before
    ☐ You will be required to provide a consent letter/s from the                       considering applying for an
      other parent if your child or children will be travelling with                    Australia Awards Scholarship.
      you, or a court order granting your full legal responsibility for
      the child/ren.                                                                    Remember: The responsibility of
                                                                                        having your family join you in
    ☐ You must be able to provide evidence of sufficient funds to
                                                                                        Australia is yours. You will be
      support your dependent family members, regardless of
                                                                                        responsible in meeting the cost of
      whether they are accompanying you or remaining in PNG.
                                                                                        medicals and x-rays during the visa
      The amount of funds required as evidence depends on the
                                                                                        application process for your
      number of dependents. As an example, if you have a spouse
                                                                                        dependants. Under no circumstances
      and two children you will be required to provide financial
                                                                                        will DIAC permit family members
      statements indicating that you have more than PGK13,000
                                                                                        entry into Australia to mind children
      (estimate only) in your bank account for an Australian visa. An
                                                                                        of an Awardee.
      indicative listing of funds required is given below for your
      information and forward planning.
    ☐ You will cover the cost of the Overseas Student Health Cover
      (OHSC) for your family unit members, air fares, living costs and
      school tuition costs for the duration of your stay in Australia
    ☐ You will meet the cost of medicals and x-rays for your family
      members in support of their visa applications
    ☐ DIAC must be in receipt of the following documents to satisfy
      requirements before your family members can travel;
      Certified copies of Passports, certified copy of Marriage
      certificate, Original Birth certificate and Original Clinic Books,
      Bank Statement, Medicals, X-rays and a completed dependent
      visa application form (157A) for all family members.
    ☐ It is possible that DIAC will not permit your family to join you
      until 3 months after you have left for Australia. Get all


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           paperwork organised before you leave so that you spouse will not be overburdened when asked
           by DIAC for them.

*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 Brother etc. Your children aged over 18 years at time of
application will not be permitted to travel to Australia as Student’s Dependent.




FUNDS REQUIRED TO SECURE A VISA*

  Example for 7x               Dollars $                   PNGK-Rate @ 20 August
  Dependents                                               2012                                  EVIDENCE OF FUNDS
                                                           0.5153
  Living Cost                         $18,610.00                  K36,114.88
  (Student only)
  Spouse                              $6,513.50                     K12,640.20                          NIL
   st
  1 dependent                         $3,722.00                      K7,225.78
   nd
  2 dependent                         $2,791.50                      K5,417.23                       K5,488.81
   rd
  3 dependent                         $2,291.50                      K4,446.92                      K12,846.65
   th
  4 dependent                         $2,291.50                      K4,446.92                      K19,234.18
   th
  5 dependent                         $2,291.50                      K4,446.92                      K25,621.71
   th
  6 dependent                         $2,291.50                      K4,446.92                      K32,009.24
   th
  7 dependent                         $2,291.50                      K4,446.92                      K38,396.77

  Airfare per                  $1,000 x 7=$7,000           K1,940.61 x 7=K13,584.27
  dependent
  TOTAL                        $47,803.00                  K92,770.04


Notes: * Indicative figures as of August 2012. DIAC may increase the amounts and the Scholarship CLE
may change so it would be advisable to check with SPNG closer to the departure to get the latest
figures.




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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I intend to apply for a scholarship to study in Australia. Do I need to have additional funds even if I am
successful and my family is not accompanying me to Australia for my study?
Yes. If awarded a scholarship, you will be required as part of the visa application process to demonstrate
that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your dependents regardless of whether your
family members will accompany you to Australia or not. Failure to provide proof of your financial
capacity to support your family may result in you not receiving a student visa in which case the offer to
you of a scholarship will be revoked. Check carefully the financial requirements for a student visa which
are posted on the Department of Immigration’s website at http://www.immi.gov.au/students/student-
visa-living-costs.htm

Can I apply directly to my preferred Institution to secure placement for 2014 study intake?
No. If you are applying for an AAS scholarship to undertake a Diploma, Bachelors degree or Masters
degree by coursework, do not apply directly to your proposed institution. SPNG will apply on your behalf
if you are successful and arrange placement. However, you must identify at least two suitable courses –
preferably at different institutions. Ensure you meet the admission requirements to increase your
chances of securing a placement.
If you are applying to do a Masters degree by research or Doctoral degree, you are encouraged to send
your research proposal to at least two institutions, and to secure a possible supervisor for your research
study. Should you be successful in obtaining a scholarship, SPNG will apply formally on your behalf and
arrange placement.

I plan to take my husband and children to Australia. Will there be some special arrangements?

Family wellbeing and all associated costs while on study are entirely the awardee’s responsibility.
Partners of awardees are permitted to work and children are exempt from school fees. It is a difficult
decision whether to take your family or not and it should be carefully considered and researched as
often the presence of family can be disruptive to successful completion of the course of study. On the
other hand the family if remaining in PNG need to be adequately provided for.

Will there be holidays for us to come home and visit our family and go back to study?
Yes. There is a “Reunion Airfare” entitlement for students who decide to leave their family at home in
PNG. Reunion Airfares are only available to students whose course duration is two years or more.

With our certificates, do we only include the current and or the highest tertiary qualification?
You must provide all details of your academic qualifications and should include transcripts and
certificates for the all academic studies as indicated in your application’s ‘Study History’. It is critical that

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you supply a copy of the transcript and certificate for your highest completed educational qualification
as they will be used to assess your academic ability and form the basis for your possible admission to a
course in Australia.

I am a person with a disability. Can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes, you are encouraged to apply, even if you require additional support. You must complete the
‘Disability requirements’ section of the application form to assist Scholarships PNG and your proposed
Institution make preparations to assist you if you are shortlisted and awarded. Your disability will not
disadvantage you in the selection process and you will be allowed to apply for Diploma level courses.

I am interested in applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS). Can I submit an application for
an AAS on the Online Australian Scholarships Information System (OASIS)?

No. Application methods vary by country. PNG applicants must complete and submit a 2014 Australia
Awards Scholarship application form and not apply through OASIS.

Is the section asking for a “Current Employment Statement - General Expectations and Plan”
applicable to all applicants? The previous application form I had used for open category did not
require employer's recommendation so I want to be sure that this is a requirement even if my
employer is not recommending my study. What if I want to keep it a secret from them until I am
successful?

It is understandable that some applicants may not want to inform their employer of their
plans. However successful reintegration of Scholars depends on a successful and productive working
relationship with employers. It is best to engage with your employer and discuss your academic and
career aspirations at an early stage in the application process.

Why do you ask about “Connection or relationship to any staff employed at AusAID Posts or
Scholarships PNG” ?

Scholarships PNG and AusAID wish to ensure that the scholarship selection process is undertaken with
the highest degree of integrity. Declaring a connection to staff at AusAID or Scholarships PNG will not
affect the outcome and will enable SPNG to put in place measures which will protect you and our staff
from vexatious allegations. Maintaining transparency, openness and integrity is in all of our interests.




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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 neighbours 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 was 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

Australia has six states and two territories, each with its own distinctive history, regional style and
attractions.


AUSTRALIAN STATES AND TERRITORIES
The six states are New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD),
Western Australia (WA), and Tasmania (TAS). The two territories are the Northern Territory (NT) and the
Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

New South Wales                                              Victoria
www.visitnsw.com.au                                          www.visitvictoria.com
Capital Sydney                                               Capital Melbourne
State population About 7.2 million                           State population About 5.5 million
Climate Jan: 66–80 °F, 19–27 °C                              Climate Jan: 58–80 °F, 14–27 °C
July: 46–60 °F, 8–16 °C                                      July: 46–60 °F, 8–16 °C
Queensland                                                   Western Australia
www.queenslandholidays.com.au                                www.westernaustralia.com
Capital Brisbane                                             Capital Perth
State population About 4.5 million                           State population About 2.2 million
Climate Jan: 70–87 °F, 21–31 °C                              Climate Jan: 64–88 °F, 18–31 °C
July: 50–70 °F, 10–21 °C                                     July: 48–64 °F, 9–18 °C
South Australia                                              Tasmania
www.southaustralia.com                                       www.discovertasmania.com.au
Capital Adelaide                                             Capital Hobart
State population About 1.6 million                           State population About 507,600
Climate Jan: 62–89 °F, 17–32 °C                              Climate Jan: 52–72 °F, 11–22 °C
July: 47–60 °F, 8–16 °C                                      July: 38–52 °F, 3–11 °C
Australian Capital Territory                                 Northern Territory
www.visitcanberra.com.au                                     www.travelnt.com
Capital Canberra                                             Capital Darwin
Territory population About 358,900                           Territory population About 229,700
Climate Jan: 56–84 °F, 13–52 °C                              Climate Jan: 78–93 °F, 26–34 °C
July: 31–52 °F, -1°–11 °C                                    July: 70–90 °F, 21–32 °C




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                                 ACCOMMODATION

                                 Finding the right accommodation is one of the biggest challenges
                                 facing any new international student, and finding a place in your price
                                 range can be even harder. It is extremely important that you factor the
                                 high cost of housing into your budget before you come to Australia,
                                 and that you are able to access sufficient funds to cover possible rent
                                 increases. If your educational institution has an International Office,
                                 contact the staff well in advance of your arrival for information on
                                 housing options on and off campus.

                                 They might be able to provide you with links to accommodation
                                 boards on your institution’s website, or within the community. Also,
                                 regularly check websites such as www.domain.com.au and
                                 www.realestate.com.au that list rental accommodation as well as
                                 share accommodation, as does www.gumtree.com.au. On arrival, your
                                 college or university notice boards are also good places to find
                                 opportunities for shared and independent rental accommodation. If
                                 you have rented accommodation in your home country, consider
                                 getting references from your former landlord(s). Providing copies of
                                 these to an Australian real estate agent when you apply for a property
                                 can show that you have a proven record as a good tenant. You should
                                 also be prepared to provide the real estate agent with a bank account
                                 statement showing that you have enough money to pay for your
                                 accommodation.

                                 TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION

                                 There are many different types of accommodation available in
                                 Australia, so you should be able to find something that suits your
                                 needs. Cheap household goods are often advertised for private sale in
                                 newspapers and on campus notice boards, and can also be purchased
                                 from charity or opportunity shops and secondhand stores.

                                 Here’s a guide to what to expect from various accommodation
                                 options. Figures quoted are for accommodation only. Other living
                                 costs are additional.




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Campus accommodation (about A$150 to $280 a week)
Most universities and some VET and English language colleges offer a variety of accommodation on or
near campus such as apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. The cost varies depending
on the type of accommodation. Residential colleges are slightly more expensive and provide
accommodation with meals. They may also have sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and
computer facilities. Halls of residence are located on or near institution campuses and are generally
cheaper than residential colleges. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. If
you are interested in this type of accommodation, contact your institution and apply early. Places are
in high demand, and in Australia you are not guaranteed a room by simply being accepted for study.

Rental accommodation and tenancy agreements
Shared accommodation (about A$100 to $250 a week) and rental accommodation (about A$250 to
$500 a week).

Renting a house or flat, either on your own or with others, is a popular choice for many international
students.

However, the shortage of rental properties across Australia means that the cost of accommodation is
rising, and competition for places is getting tougher. The Residential Tenancy Act in each state protects
the rights of both the tenant and landlord, and a Tribunal determines unresolved disputes. You should
make sure you are aware of your rights, and can find more information about tenancy laws from your
state’s Residential Tenancy Tribunal (see the list below).

Before looking for a place to rent, gather information on the types of properties available, the costs,
and good locations. Ask your educational institution, other students or real estate agents. Check
campus notice boards, student and local newspapers or visit websites such as those mentioned above.

For more information visit the Study in Australia website: http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au




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                                                ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS AND
                                                NETWORKING
                                                On completion of studies, awardees will be eligible for membership of
                                                the Papua New Guinea – Australia Alumni Association. 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
‘ I’m grateful to the Australian
taxpayers through AusAID for                    Scholarships PNG Information Centre located at Port Tower, Hunter
bringing me out of a life of poverty,           Street, Port Moresby.
giving me a world-class education
and opening a world of possibilities
for me. My goal is to leave behind              PNG ‐ AUSTRALIA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
me a world that is better off than              The PNG ‐ Australia Alumni Association (PNG-AAA) was established
the one I was born into – for our               following a unanimous decision of almost 250 delegates to the 2006
future generations. ’                           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
CHARLIE GILICHIBI                               relationship with PNG to be one of its deepest and most enduring. It is
1998 recipient of an Australian                 strong on many levels, including the people‐to‐people links formed by
Development Scholarship, studied a              the large number of Papua New Guineans who have studied in
Bachelor of Information Technology at           Australia. The Association strengthens the links between the two
The University of Canberra (ACT).               countries and gives graduates a forum to contribute to debate about
He is currently the President of the            PNG's future and ways in which both countries can benefit from a
PNG-Australia Alumni Association                continuing relationship.

                                                Many Papua New Guineans have studied in Australia, both before and
                                                after Independence, and since 1999, around 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 pngaaasec@gmail.com or pdi@scholarships.org.pg

                                                Scholarships PNG pays first year’s alumni membership fees for
                                                graduates.




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REINTEGRATION AND TRACKING AWARDEES

As part of their application for a scholarship award, all applicants will need to provide information on
how their study will contribute to Papua New Guinea’s development priorities. It is expected that
awardees coming home to PNG will provide a return on the scholarship investment by applying the
learning’s from their study to organisation or service improvements for their employer or by
contributing to their community. 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.

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 2 years to track the experiences of awardees.

Tracking will commence just prior to the return to PNG and also at 12 months and 24 months after
return.

AWARDEE CODE OF CONDUCT

All successful scholarship recipients will be required to sign a Code of Conduct prior to mobilisation to
Australia. A copy of the signed Code will be retained by Scholarships PNG. The Code sets accountability
expectations for awardees and their accompanying dependants.

For the awardee, the Code specifies clear expectations for:

       Awardee academic performance;
       Personal behaviour when on award; and
       Staying in contact with Scholarships PNG.

Any failure by the awardee or their accompanying dependents prior to mobilisation or when on award,
may result in termination of the scholarship and consequential return to PNG.




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