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Supporting documentation

As part of your scholarship application you will normally be required to submit documentary evidence in support of your application.  In most cases you will upload these documents as part of your on-line application.

What do I need to provide?

The supporting documentation that you will need to supply will depend on the information you provide in your application. 

Your documents must confirm the information you provide.  This documentation will be reviewed as part of your application and should be as specific as possible.  Remember it is the quality of documentation not the quantity that will be most useful in assessing your application. 

The documents supplied need to confirm your personal statements as well as any impact on your studies.

Financial hardship

The supporting documentation depends on the information you provide in your application.  The following are the three categories of financial hardship.  The supporting documentation for each category is different.

During the application process, if you state you receive a Centrelink benefit you must provide a current Centrelink Income Statement.

The Centrelink Income Statement must:

  • be a recent statement (ie. dated in the last 2 weeks)
  • show your correct name and address
  • indicate the benefit you receive (this should be the same as in your application)
  • show the payment amount and date

We recommend you download this statement as a PDF directly from the Centrelink website and upload it as part of your on-line application.  The PDF must be the original downloaded from the Centrelink website. Please don't print and scan the document. 

The following documentation is not acceptable:

  • Family Tax Benefit statements as this benefit is based on estimated taxable income and not actual taxable income
  • screen captures of the Centrelink website
  • statements older than 2 weeks
  • letters from Centrelink indicating you have applied for a benefit
  • Centrelink payment summaries statements (ie. group certificates)
  • Centrelink reporting/interview statements

During the application process, if you state you are self-supporting and have an income under the HELP repayment threshold you must provide a certified copy of your current Tax Assessment Notice and a Statutory Declaration.

The certified copy of your Tax Assessment Notice must:

  • be the most current Tax Assessment Notice available (ie. for the previous financial year)
  • show your correct name and address

In the Statutory Declaration you must :

  • declare you are self-supporting and do not rely on others for your financial support
  • provide an income estimate for the current financial year

The following documentation is not acceptable:

  • bank statements
  • group certificates
  • pay-slips
  • an old Tax Assessment Notice (ie. not for the previous financial year).

During the application process, if you state you are family supported and have a combined income under the HELP repayment threshold you must provide a certified copy of the current Tax Assessment Notice of everyone who provides for your support including yourself and a Statutory Declaration.

The certified copy of theTax Assessment Notice/s must::

  • be the most current Tax Assessment Notice available for everyone who contributes to your financial support (ie. for the previous financial year)
  • show the correct names and addresses

In the Statutory Declaration you must declare:

  • you are financially dependent and list the names of the people who provide for your financial support
  • provide an income estimate for the current financial year

The following documentation is not acceptable:

  • bank statements
  • group certificates
  • pay-slips
  • an old Tax Assessment Notice (ie. not for the previous financial year).

Medical disadvantage

During the application process, if you state you have a medical condition which impacts your education you will need to provide a statement from your Health Care professional which confirms your statement.

The letter/statement must:

  • confirm the information you have provided in your statement
  • indicate the level of impact your medical condition has on your studies

Other forms of disadvantage including rural

Other disadvantages

The supporting documentation you will need to supply will depend on the information you provide in your application.  The supporting documentation must confirm the information you provide in your application.  This documentation will be reviewed as part of your application and should be as specific as possible. 

For example, if  you have experienced drought, bush fires, floods supporting details of this should also be provided.

If you are finding it difficult to provide evidence of your disadvantage you can submit a Statement of Support  written by a lawyer/solicitor, accountant, religious or community leader, school principal/teacher.  A Statement of Support is essentially a letter written by someone on your behalf.  This letter should be as specific as possible about what you are experiencing and the impact it is having on your studies.  Please do not provide a Statement of support written by a family member as these will not be considered.

Rural

During the application process, if you state you are from a rural or regional area you do not need to provide evidence of this.  Your address details will be confirmed via StudentConnect (or VTAC).

Due date for documents

The Supporting Documentation Due Date is detailed on the individual scholarship pages and will vary depending on the scholarships applied for.

You should keep a list of the scholarships you are applying for and check their individual due dates for the date the supporting documents needs to be supplied.

If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you should provide the supporting documentation before the first due date. This will ensure that your application for all scholarships will be considered.

Supporting documents submitted after the due date will not be considered and your application will not assessed.

Need assistance with what supporting documents to provide?

We have some Frequently Asked Questions which should help you with what documents you need to supply.

If you need assistance with the types of documentation you need to supply please contact the Scholarship Office.


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