Frequently asked questions
The Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity that manages tertiary scholarships and bursaries for the children and grandchildren of Ex-Service men and women. The scholarships managed by AVCAT are valued at approximately $4000 per year, for up to three years of full time study.
The scholarships are sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (Long Tan Bursary), Ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors, community groups and individual donors. Applicants need only complete one application form for all AVCAT managed scholarships and bursaries and our assessors will determine which scholarships you may be eligible.
More information about the various scholarships that AVCAT manages is available here.
You are eligible to apply for an AVCAT managed scholarship or bursary if you fulfill the following criteria:
- be the child or grandchild as defined by AVCAT's Constitution (to include adopted children, foster children, and step-children). The veteran must be an ex-serving Australian Veteran with operational service, including eligible war service, warlike service, and peacekeeping/peacemaking service, OR have three or more years of continuous full-time service in the Australian Defence Force. (You can search the Nominal Rolls for service documents)
- You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
- You are you enrolled, or planning to enrol, in full-time tertiary studies for 2021, for a minimum of one year.
- You are receiving, or eligible to receive, a Centrelink means-tested educational payment, such as Youth Allowance.
- Please see Centrelink's Payment Finder to assess your eligibility for a payment.
Applications for the 2021 AVCAT scholarship round will open on August 18 2020 and close on October 31 2020 at 5 pm AEDT.
As AVCAT has only a limited number of scholarships and bursaries available each year, unfortunately not all candidates are successful.
Please ensure that you review AVCAT's application eligibility requirements prior to submitting your application.
AVCAT implores a committee of selectors, consisting of educationalists and veteran members when determining who to select each year. When assessing applications, the committee of selectors reviews the following factors:
- Need: the level of financial need is determined by the means test eligibility for a Centrelink educational payment. Additionally, an applicant's household assets and liabilities are reviewed.
- Merit: an applicant's academic merit is assessed on recent academic results and the submission of an Academic Referee Report.
- Deservedness: any personal challenges, family circumstances or health issues that may impact an applicant's studies are taken into account.
It is advisable to start preparing your documents before applications open as this can take a lot of time. Some of the documents that you can prepare in advance include:
- A copy of your full birth certificate
- A copy of an official document showing the Veterans’ operational service and/or the period of continuous full-time service as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Airforce (e.g. Discharge Certificate, Certificate of Service)
- Veteran service record information may be found on the Department of Veterans' Affairs Nominal Roll.
- A copy of your academic results for the last 18 months.
- For current Year 12 students this will be your school report and results.
- For current tertiary students this will be a transcript or results.
- An up-to-date resume.
When completing your AVCAT scholarship application, please submit all of the listed supporting documentation to ensure your application is assessed. If you have any questions please contact AVCAT on 02 9213 7999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of February 2020.