For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students working, or intending to work in the social and emotional well-being workforce, enrolled in related programs; worth up to $135,000 for tuition fees, SSAF and financial support.
The scholarship provides the following for the standard duration of program, up to a maximum of eight years:
*Values are based on a full-time enrolment load.
**Student and Amenities fees for 2024 are still to be confirmed, and the value listed is subject to change.
Additional supports of up to $5,000 per annum may also be available, including:
Note: This scholarship is regarded as taxable income if a recipient is undertaking their study at a part-time enrolment rate. We recommend that you obtain taxation advice from an accountant or the Australian Tax Office regarding scholarships.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
Complete the online application by the close date. Partial applications will not be assessed.
Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.
You will need:
Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.
It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.
You can find the Centre for Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing's (the Centre) (hosted by VACCHO) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the scholarship here.
Find out more about applying for scholarships.
Applications are now open.
Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 28 January 2024. No late applications will be accepted.
Understand that the following information will be provided to the the Victorian Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation (VACCHO) and the Department of Health (Mental Health and Wellbeing Division):
Recipients of this scholarship understand that:
View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).
The Department of Health is partnering with VACCHO and RMIT University to implement an Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) Scholarship Program. The program aims to assist Aboriginal people working in Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing teams to complete further education in clinical and therapeutic mental health qualifications to build Victoria's Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing workforce.
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (the Commission) recommendation for the statewide expansion of Aboriginal SEWB teams will lead to increased demand for Aboriginal health professionals. Although Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) can employ non-Aboriginal clinicians in the teams and can purchase clinical expertise from non-Aboriginal services, the Commission considers that building the Aboriginal workforce is integral to the success of social and emotional wellbeing services in the longer term. Evidence suggests that Aboriginal health professionals apply unique technical and socio-cultural skills to improve client care while promoting self-determination for Community.
In recognition of both the urgent need for reform and the need to take to a social and emotional wellbeing approach to mental health, the Commission’s Interim Report recommended a suite of reforms to support Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations to provide comprehensive care for Aboriginal people, their families and communities. A key workforce recommendation from the interim report includes scholarships to enable Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing team members to obtain recognised clinical and therapeutic mental health qualifications from approved public tertiary providers.
The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.
Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.
For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.