Rural and Regional Support

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

The fourth round of the Australian Government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program is open for applications for the 2020 academic calendar year.

If you are from a regional or remote area, you can now apply for a Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship, valued at up to $18,000 for study Australia wide, and available for courses in any discipline.

Special consideration will be given to rural and regional students who are affected by natural disaster, such as drought and bushfire.

There are 1100 scholarships available for eligible students throughout the 2020 academic year. Scholarships will remain open for the 2020 academic year or until scholarships are fully exhausted.

This scholarship can support you for up to four years (or the part-time equivalent) with the costs of studying a Certificate IV to a PhD level course. It is also available for flexible study and includes part-time and online students. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for an additional $500 to undertake an internship during their studies.

Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of need and merit, with additional consideration for specific categories, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women studying in fields with low female representation and people with disability.

How to apply

Information about the scholarships, including eligibility requirements and how to apply is available through the support organisation, QTAC.

If, as a result of a natural disaster, students are experiencing difficulty developing or submitting an application, they can contact QTAC directly to discuss their circumstances and eligibility:

QTAC Phone: 1800 290 979

QTAC Email:

Applications for the Fourth Round of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship program will operate on a rolling basis for the 2020 academic calendar year.

Note: the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has contracted QTAC as the Scholarship Support Organisation, to manage the application and selection processes, distribute scholarship funding, monitor continued eligibility and compliance with scholarship conditions, and report to the department.

Destination Australia Program

The aim of the Destination Australia Program 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 Destination Australia Program was announced as part of the Planning for Australia’s Future Population on 20 March 2019.

Please find further information on the Destination Australia program on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

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