Helping students to a better future through education

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of         ex-service men and women to a better future through tertiary education. Through the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors and private donors, we provide scholarships which assist recipients to obtain the tertiary qualification they need for their chosen career.


Applications for 2018 Scholarships will open on August 18 and close on October 31.

Register your interest through the Contact Us page and an application package will be sent to you in July.


Our scholarships help students to a better future.

You can sponsor a scholarship with a regular or one-off donation. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.


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What is happening at AVCAT?

A very warm welcome to the new AVCAT Chairman, Major General Bill Crews OA (Ret’d) (pictured above with AVCAT CEO, Joan Hughes). Bill has been appointed by the Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon Dan Tehan MP. Bill served in the Australian Army for more than 37 years, retiring in 1999 from the position…

2017 NT Presentation is a wrap!

On Friday May 12, the first Presentation of the Long Tan Bursary and Sponsored Scholarships for 2017 was held in Darwin. A special mention must be made to the DVA Darwin staff for coordinating the presentation, especially to Acting Deputy Commissioner Lance Johnson who facilitated the event. It was an intimate gathering celebrating the achievements of our two…

Wrap up from the 2017 NSW Presentation Ceremony

Last Friday, May 26, we celebrated the remarkable achievements of our NSW 2017 recipients at the Long Tan Bursary and Sponsored Scholarship presentation ceremony. The presentation event was generously hosted by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs office in Sydney. Thank you to the Sydney DVA staff who went above and beyond to ensure…

Long Tan Bursary recipient Jake Stalker is helping others to a brighter future through education

Riverstone resident Jake Stalker knows first-hand that education is the key to overcoming adversity. The Swinburne University student is currently completing the third year of a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), thanks to the financial support of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in the form of a Long Tan Bursary. Inspired by this support,…

Article about Eleanor Harper in the Daily Telegraph

It is always wonderful to see our scholarship recipients getting coverage in the news! Be sure to have a read of this article in the Daily Telegraph about Ellie Harper, one of our recipients of the Legacy Australia Scholarship which is funded through Westpac. Read More >


“My bursary has proven to be of invaluable assistance to me during these times. I truly cannot express how much it helps to have that little bit more to rely on”

– Susie Benton,
Long Tan Bursary recipient

"This bursary meant a lot to me. It wasn't just the financial assistance but knowing someone cared and was sharing the journey.

I wanted to complete my degree here in Townsville so that I could be close to my father and he could continue to be a part of our lives. Dad has been the major role model in the lives of my three children. He is a good and stable influence. Thank you so much for your support.

- Wilhelmina Rawling 

Long Tan Bursary Recipients

"Thank you for absolutely everything. For being the reason I could afford to print lecture slides for every class, park at uni, purchase the latest textbooks for reference and for being the reason I could visit my family during holidays.

They say that it is the little things that count and this could not be more true. By being provided the scholarship, I was able to complete two university degrees with a high distinction average, receive an award for academic excellence, gain practical industry experience, and remain sane in the meantime. TPI NSW, thank you!"

- Lyndell Dewar

TPI NSW Scholarship Recipient