Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust

This financial support is not administered by the University.


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.

Field of study

Any Discipline


Eligibility for the AVCAT scholarship include the following:

  • Australian residency status
  • Planning to enrol or enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Australia of one or more academic year's duration in a university, TAFE college or registered training organisation
  • Be studying or planning to study full time online or face to face. Priority is given to those who have not previously undertaken tertiary education
  • Applicants who are seeking a scholarship for a second degree, Masters or Doctorate degrees may be considered for a scholarship but will be treated as a lower priority. If an applicant has received a Long Tan Bursary, they cannot be considered for another Long Tan Bursary.
  • In receipt of or eligible to receive Centrelink payments including Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Austudy or an accepted means tested Commonwealth government payment.
  • Be a child or a grandchild of an ex-serving veteran as defined by AVCATs Constitution (adopted children,foster children, stepchildren and grandchildren). Stepchildren and foster children must have resided with or been financially supported by their veteran stepparent for 5 of the last 10 years.
  • The veteran must be an Australian ex-serving veteran with operational service including eligible war service, war-like service and peacekeeping/peacemaking service OR 3 or more continuous years of full-time other service, as a member of the Australia Navy, Army or Air Force. People who are serving in the Reserve Forces are considered to be serving so the applicant is not eligible.


Selectors look for three things when deciding who to select each year. These things are:

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Potential
  • Deservedness


Scholarships are valued at about $4,000 per year for a period of three years

How to apply

Applications are available from the AVCAT website on the day applications open. You can click the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

It is advisable to start preparing your documents before applications open as this can take a lot of time. Information regarding the application process and documents required are availble under the section "Reference Document"