Australia is a world leader in providing international education. Through scholarship programs like the Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan, the Australian Government continues to support the education of emerging leaders across the region.

Launched in 2020, the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program provides a new and exciting opportunity for high performing Pacific island students to attend an Australian secondary school for an international education experience. Not only that, students will build their leadership skills, and form lifelong connections with the Australian community and their fellow Pacific alumni. The Program builds on Australia’s strong commitment to education as part of its Pacific development assistance program.

By completing senior secondary school in Australia, students will have the necessary skills to pursue further education, training or employment pathways in their home country or elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region. They will be better prepared for social and economic leadership in a changing world, ready to contribute to development in their country.

The first intake of successful scholarship students will commence study in July 2020 in year 10. Following this, students will complete two years of senior secondary school study and after passing all subjects, obtain a school leaving certificate at the end of year 12. For those students seeking to progress to university, they will obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. While in Australia, students will live in an approved homestay arrangement with an Australian family arranged by the school.

Importantly, the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program is an inclusive program, providing equal opportunities for girls and boys. Students with a disability and students from remote and regional areas are encouraged to apply. The Program complies with Australia’s Child Safe Framework, as well as the Education Queensland Student Protection Policy and New South Wales Department of Education Child Protection Policy. At all times, the safety and physical and mental well being of students is prioritized. Scholarships are offered to students from seven Pacific countries, as seen in the map below:

A separate but complementary arrangement will be established with Nauru to reinforce its existing secondary school scholarship program to Australia.