Awardees

An awardee is an applicant who has received an Australia Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Government.

Offers for Australia Awards are deemed 'conditional' until awardees meet the academic and English language entry requirements of their selected university. Awardees then sign a contract in respect of the award with the Commonwealth of Australia.

Awardees undergo two complementary processes - Placement and Mobilisation - to facilitate their study in Australia.

Awardees' FAQs

Awardees' FAQs provide detailed responses to common questions which are raised about Placement and Mobilisation.

Placement

Scholarship applicants are not required to have an offer of placement from an Australian university when they apply for Australia Awards.

Applicants must have researched their preferred courses and ensure that their courses are included on the CRICOS register.

During the EAP or Foundation Year program, awardees will be supported by the Academic team through the process of selecting the most appropriate course and university for their study program. At this stage, awardees will be asked to complete the full Australia Awards application form and submit this to the Awards office for submission to Australian Universities and TAFE colleges for placement.

Australian universities and TAFE colleges will assess the information in the application form and supporting documents and, if awardees meet the criteria, a letter of offer will be sent to the Awards Office for processing and approval. Once approval is obtained from the Australian Embassy, the offer letter will be handed to the awardee for their consideration. Once the offer is accepted, the process of mobilisation will commence.

If a request for placement is rejected by the University or TAFE college, the second preference is actioned by the Awards Office. If the Awards Office is unable to secure an offer of placement from the awardee's preferred institutions the scholarship does not proceed.

Course changes and downgrades (e.g. from master's to graduate diploma) will only be considered in exceptional cases.

Mobilisation

Depending on your English language levels and the availability of your selected course, awardees are mobilised to commence their studies in Australia for semester 1 in late December to January and in May to July for semester 2. Several universities have three semesters.

Awardees must commence their studies in the academic year for which it was offered, unless the Australian Government has agreed to defer an awardee's studies.

Pre-course English language training will be available in Laos for up to 12 months depending on a conditional awardee's level of English language competency.

  • Awardees with disability have access to special support provisions to enable them to study on an equal basis with other awardees.
  • Awardees with families are responsible, including financially responsible, for their family members who accompany to Australia.
  • Life and study in Australia provides useful information on various aspects of living and studying in Australia, covering financial issues and support, banking, accommodation, health care, employment and study conditions, useful websites, awardees' obligations and visa requirements.
  • The Awards Office provides assistance with preparation of Visa applications for awardees and will lodge Visa applications with the Australian Embassy on behalf of Awardees.
  • A medical examination is required as a first step in the process of applying for a student visa.
  • The visa application form sets out the required documents for submission with the application.

Travel Arrangements

Economy class travel to Australia is arranged by the Awards Office, flying the most direct route.

On Arrival

The Student Contact Officer is the point of contact with the scholarship program while awardees are studying in Australia.

Temporary accommodation will be arranged by the university for awardees when they arrive, if they do not have accommodation already arranged. Temporary accommodation is generally on a first come, first served basis. It is important that during mobilisation, awardees advise the Awards Office in Lao if they require temporary accommodation so that it can be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.