Applying for a scholarship
To apply, you need to register and use the online application portal. Please note that you only need to register and create an account if you are starting a new application. If you are re-submitting a previously unsuccessful application, you can request to move your profile so you can edit your existing application using your username and password.
In completing your application we require you to upload two references, and both need to be connected to the agency with whom you volunteer. You will need to upload two separate documents: an agency endorsement letter, and a reference.
Agency endorsement letter
The endorsement letter can be very brief but it is one of the most important parts of the application. It demonstrates that you have whole-of-agency support for your application. Although it might be different in each organisation, usually the national or state office, usually the chief executive officer (or equivalent) should endorse you. The example Word template shows that a nominated delegate is acceptable (for example, the person given responsibility to act on behalf of the agency in this matter).
Please ensure your agency endorsement letter is signed by the officer and carries the organisation letterhead.
The reference need only be a short (one-page) letter that shows someone of seniority who knows you is willing to offer support. It should demonstrate your commitment to ongoing participation in an emergency or disaster management volunteer role. Ideally, it is someone who has known you as a manager and can offer their support. It is helpful if they confirm your role and period of service, any previous role training, and why the training or education might be of service to the agency, and the town/location of the role.
Units of Competency
If you are planning to study an Advanced Diploma or Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management), you do not need to list the individual Units of Competency. However, you must provide a start and an end date for your studies. Applicants for higher education courses and individual courses or Units of Competency must still list, where possible, each unit and its date.