Frequently Asked Questions

  • I applied for a 2020 Pacific Secondary School Scholarship. What does COVID-19 mean for the program and my application?

    Due to COVID-19, the process for awarding scholarships under the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program (PSSSP) has been temporarily paused.

    This was a difficult but necessary decision, reflecting the COVID-19 health emergency. The safety, welfare and health of students is the Program’s highest priority.

    Students who applied for a scholarship earlier this year will be contacted directly.

  • How will student safety and protection be ensured during the lifetime of the scholarship?

    Living in another community, state and country brings new opportunities and challenges. The welfare, safety and protection of scholarship students is of the highest priority. All arrangements and activities during the scholarship duration will align with the Australian Child Safe Framework.

    Australia has a rigorous legal framework for the quality assurance of education programs for overseas students, and this Program is no exception. The welfare of students will be the responsibility of all Program partners. Host families provide a safe and welcoming home environment for the students, providing supervision and support in their daily life

  • Where will I live when studying in Australia?

    Students will live in a homestay arrangement for the duration of their scholarship with an Australian family. Host families will confirm household routines and rules, such as meal times, bed time, school schedule, and contribution to any household chores.

  • Can I choose the secondary school I attend in Australia?

    On the application form, students can indicate a preference for a school in New South Wales or Queensland, but this does not guarantee a particular school or location. Students will be placed in a school in these jurisdictions based on the identified educational needs and interests of the student and the availability of homestay to meet any health or welfare requirements. Students will be informed of the specific school during the enrolment process.

  • How should I prepare for my scholarship in Australia?

    Each scholar and their family will work with the Program to develop an individualised support and communication plan. This outlines how students and parents will keep in contact with each other for the duration of the scholarship. Students will also need to attend a pre-departure course with their families immediately before departing to Australia.

  • What costs are covered by the scholarship?

    This Program provides a fully-funded scholarship for a two and a half year course of study in Australia. The scholarship will cover the costs of education as well as accommodation fees, insurance, and a living allowance to help cover living costs and expenses in Australia. This allowance will be appropriate to support a student under the age of 18 living away from home. Return travel to and from Australia, twice per year during school holidays, is also covered by the scholarship. Flights to and from Australia at the commencement and completion of the scholarship will also be covered.

  • How are scholars selected?

    Successful scholarship students are selected based on their academic performance and attitude to schooling; demonstrated community service and youth leadership; personal qualities of maturity, independence and resilience necessary to live away from home for an extended period; and evidence of parental support. A selection committee will be established in each participating country. If you are successful you will receive a provisional offer, following which you will need to enrol in the education system in Australia, which will determine your school and homestay placement. Following your confirmation of enrolment, you will also need to complete mandatory immigration processes to get a student visa.

    Provisional scholarships are subject to school enrolment and Australian immigration processes. Applicants will need a passport. The offer of a provisional scholarship does not guarantee school enrolment or a visa.

  • Can I apply if I have a disability?

    Yes. This is an inclusive program, and students with a disability are encouraged to apply. The application form asks you to identify if you have a disability and what your disability is. If you are shortlisted for interview, we will ensure that you are able to participate in the process in a way that ensures you have an equal opportunity to succeed. All students who are offered a scholarship will have to undergo a medical assessment as part of the visa application process. The practical availability of accommodation and the need to organise any adjustments may impact on the start date for a student with a disability.

  • When can I apply?

    Applications for the 2020 scholarship intake have now closed.

  • In what countries are the scholarships offered?

    Pacific Secondary School Scholarships are offered in seven partner countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu.

  • What are the scholarship age requirements?

    Applicants must be at least 15 years of age at the time they apply and must not turn 18 years of age on or before December 31 of that same year (for example, in the first year of the program, students will need to still be 17 at 31 December 2020).

  • Where can I get more information about the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships program?

    If you have a specific question that is not addressed on our website, please contact Palladium. Palladium is the managing contractor engaged by the Australian Government for the administration and logistical management of the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships. Please see the Contact Us section of the website.