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Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook January 2017 You must read this Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook carefully and fully understand its contents before signing the Contract with the Commonwealth of Australia. The handbook is provided to answer any questions you may have about your scholarship. Please also read the other information in your pre-departure pack and follow the instructions carefully. For further assistance, please contact DFAT at scholarships@ dfat.gov.au
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     Australia  Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook January 2017    You must read this Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook carefully and fully understand its contents before signing the Contract with the Commonwealth of  Australia. The handbook is provided to answer any questions you may have about your scholarship. Please also read the other information in your pre-departure pack and follow the instructions carefully. For further assistance, please contact DFAT at scholarships@ dfat.gov.au  This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyrights Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Commonwealth Copyright Administration, Attorney- General’s Department, Robert Garran Offices, N ational Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 or posted at www.ag.gov.au  ISBN 1 920861 77 7 Internet: www.dfat.gov.au  Contents AUSTRALIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP CYCLE....................................................................................... vii GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ACRONYMS.............................................................................................. 8 1. Australia Awards .......................................................................................................................... 11 1.1. Australia Awards Scholarships .......................................................................................... 12 1.2. How to use this scholarships policy handbook .................................................................. 13 1.3. Management responsibilities ............................................................................................ 15 2. Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship........................................................................... 18 2.1. Eligibility criteria ............................................................................................................... 18 2.2. Country and regional profiles ............................................................................................ 19 2.3. English language requirements ......................................................................................... 19 2.4. Finding an appropriate course and institution ................................................................... 21 2.5. Types of courses available to applicants ............................................................................ 22 2.6. Types of courses for which Australia Awards Scholarships are not available ...................... 24 2.7. Application process .......................................................................................................... 25 3. Fraud ....................................................................................................................................... 28 4. Selection .................................................................................................................................. 29 4.1. Selection process and criteria ........................................................................................... 29 4.2. Reintegration plans........................................................................................................... 30 4.3. Successful and reserve applicants ..................................................................................... 30 4.4. Advising applicants of selection outcomes ........................................................................ 31 5. Placement ............................................................................................................................... 31 5.1. Request for placement and placement offers ................................................................... 31 5.2. Preparation programs ....................................................................................................... 33 6. Accepting the scholarship and its conditions ............................................................................ 36 6.1. Accepting the scholarship ................................................................................................. 36 6.2. Scholarship conditions ...................................................................................................... 36 6.3. Child protection ................................................................................................................ 40 6.4. Deferring an offer ............................................................................................................. 41 7. Pre-departure .......................................................................................................................... 42 7.1. Pre-departure information................................................................................................ 42 7.2. Family ............................................................................................................................... 43 8. Visas ........................................................................................................................................ 44 8.1. Visa requirements for awardees ....................................................................................... 44  8.2. Visa requirements for accompanying dependent family members .................................... 44 8.3. Visa requirements for awardees with disability ................................................................. 45 8.4. Visa requirements for the carer of an awardee with disability........................................... 45 8.5. Visa obligations ................................................................................................................ 46 8.6. Applying for a further student visa (scholarship extension) ............................................... 47 8.7. Two-year exclusion rule .................................................................................................... 47 8.8. Early completion of the scholarship .................................................................................. 48 8.9. Post-scholarship externally funded program in Australia................................................... 48 8.10. Debt to the Commonwealth ............................................................................................. 50 9. Awardees with disability .......................................................................................................... 51 9.1. Support for people with disability ..................................................................................... 51 9.2. Applicants with disability .................................................................................................. 51 9.3. Principles for providing disability support for Australia Awards Scholarship awardees ...... 52 9.4. Assessing disability support needs .................................................................................... 53 9.5. Reasonable adjustments ................................................................................................... 55 10. Scholarship fees and entitlements ....................................................................................... 58 10.1. Summary of scholarship costs ........................................................................................... 58 10.2. Establishment allowance .................................................................................................. 60 10.3. Contribution to living expenses ......................................................................................... 61 10.4. Overseas Student Health Cover ........................................................................................ 62 10.5. Visa costs .......................................................................................................................... 64 10.6. Conditions that apply to travel .......................................................................................... 64 10.7. Mobilisation travel............................................................................................................ 65 10.8. Reunion airfare ................................................................................................................. 66 10.9. Completion travel ............................................................................................................. 68 11. General support services ...................................................................................................... 69 11.1. Standards for support services .......................................................................................... 69 11.2. Arrival in Australia ............................................................................................................ 69 11.3. Accommodation ............................................................................................................... 69 12. Academic support ................................................................................................................ 71 12.1. Introductory Academic Program ....................................................................................... 71 12.2. Supplementary academic support..................................................................................... 71 12.3. Fieldwork.......................................................................................................................... 72 12.4. Fieldtrips .......................................................................................................................... 74 12.5. Work attachments, placements or work experience ......................................................... 75 12.6. Academic progress ........................................................................................................... 75
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