InTrain Scholarships


What is an INTRAINInTrain scholarship?

Indigenous training and recruitment initiative (INTRAIN) scholarships were introduced to improve the diversity and responsiveness of the Victorian public, health and community sector by increasing employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications for the 2014 intake open on 16 October and close 8 November 2013.

INTRAIN scholarships are offered to Victorian Aboriginal people to assist them to complete degrees and diplomas in the areas of health, allied health and community sector. The aim is to improve the general health and wellbeing of the Victorian Aboriginal community by enhancing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

These scholarships will assist eligible full-time or part-time students to study by providing a fortnightly living allowance to:

  • complete the last one or two years of an undergraduate course
  • complete the last one or two years of a postgraduate course
  • complete the last year of a diploma or advanced diploma
  • complete a Certificate IV in Youth Justice (Yvonne Luke).

The department will be offering a limited number of INTRAIN scholarships in 2014.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for an INTRAIN scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be accepted by the community in which you live or have lived
  • currently reside in Victoria or based in Victoria
  • want to work for the department or sector
  • study a course that is relevant to a career within the health or allied sector
  • will not be receiving any other financial assistance for your studies, other than Abstudy, for the duration of your INTRAIN scholarship (successful applicants will be required to provide a statutory declaration to prove this criteria)
  • will not undertake full-time work
  • be in the final one or two years of studynot have previously received an INTRAIN scholarship.

Priority will be given in 2014 to those undertaking undergraduate, postgraduate, diplomas and certificate IV (youth justice) studies in the areas of health, allied health and human services including:

  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Community development
  • Social science
  • Housing
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Dental and Oral Health
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health promotion
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Allied Health
  • Health Information Management
  • Medicine.

What is the scholarship entitlement?

The INTRAIN scholarship provides a fortnightly living allowance to students while they are studying. In 2014, the department will offer scholarships valued at $25,470 per year, paid on a fortnightly basis to successful applicants that are studying full time.

The department will offer reduced scholarships for part time students. The financial amount of the scholarship offered will be determined by the recipients study load.

How are scholarships awarded?

Applications will be assessed by the selection panel against the eligibility criteria, taking into consideration the written application, community participation, interview and referee reports. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to discuss their applications with the selection panel.

What is the process for applying?

Students are required to:

  • review the guidelines
  • complete the application form (including Attachment A and additional information as per the checklist).

Completed applications should be forwarded to:

Senior Project Officer,Aboriginal Employment
Aboriginal Outcomes Branch
Department of Human Services
Level 9, 50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
email to:

When do applications close?

Applications close 8 November 2013.

How can further information be obtained?

For further information, please contact:

Aboriginal Employment Unit on 1300 092 406 or email:


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