Destination Australia Program

Grant Category Higher Education Vocational Education
Grant Status Closed
Delivered on behalf of Department of Education
Selection process Open
State/Territory National
Closing Date/Time AEDT

PLEASE NOTE: Students are not able to directly apply to the Community Grants Hub or the Department of Education for a scholarship.

Students will only be able to apply for a scholarship directly with a successful tertiary education provider once the outcomes of the 2020 funding round are known later in 2019. A list of the successful tertiary education providers will be published on GrantConnect and the Department of Education website at that time.

The Australian Government is inviting applications through a targeted competitive process to apply to deliver services under the International Education Support Outcome – Destination Australia Program from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

The objective of the grant opportunity is to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia, to grow and develop regional Australian tertiary education providers and offer students a high quality learning experience. The program will:

  • enhance regional and rural Australian education institutions through promoting activities that contribute to growth and sustainability
  • offer students from Australia and overseas the opportunity to undertake high quality education, training and research in, and to experience regional and rural Australia, and
  • ensure regions share in the benefits of our $35 billion international education sector.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • international and domestic students receive Australian Government scholarships for studying in regional Australia
  • increased awareness of the benefits of living, studying and working in regional Australia.

The program will provide grants to eligible Australian tertiary education providers to allocate, administer and promote scholarships for international and domestic students studying in regional Australia.

More information

More information about the Destination Australia Program, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • Questions and Answers
  • Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement with General Grant Conditions
  • Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement Supplementary Terms

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Organisations and individuals interested in Community Grants Hub grant rounds are encouraged to subscribe to receive alerts when new information is made available.

Other future grant opportunities are published on GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system.

Contacting the Community Grants Hub

If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email

More information about the Community Grants Hub can be found on the Community Grants Hub website.

If you are a provider who has applied for funding, please quote 2019-2992 – Destination Australia when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.