Indigenous Pathways Advance Queensland VET Scholarship

The Indigenous Pathways Advance Queensland VET Scholarship support Indigenous students to obtain qualifications to pursue their chosen careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) industries. The scholarships are supported by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative focused on growing the economy and creating jobs through innovation. This includes establishing pathways for Indigenous innovators and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students keen to forge a pathway in STEAM industries.

Scholarship Value: $5,000

Length of Scholarship: Duration of VET course

Number Available: 8

Opening Date: 04 May 2022

Closing Date: 11 June 2022

Study LevelVET
Year of StudyAny
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen
EthnicityAboriginal; Torres Strait Islander
Study Region Queensland
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

To be eligible to receive an Indigenous Pathways Advance Queensland VET Scholarship, successful applicants must:
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and provide a Confirmation of Identity;
  • Be enrolled in one of the following STEAM related VET Certificate or Diploma course in 2021:
    • HLT30113          Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
    • FNS30317         Certificate III in Accounts Administration
    • AUR30316        Certificate III in Auto Electrical Technology
    • BSB30115         Certificate III in Business
    • CPC30211         Certificate III in Carpentry
    • HLT35015          Certificate III in Dental Assisting
    • UEE30811         Certificate III in Electrotech Electrician
    • MEM30305        Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
    • MEM30205        Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
    • HLT33115          Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
    • AUR31116         Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AHC30716        Certificate III in Horticulture
    • AHC31416        Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
    • ICT30115          Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
    • MSL30118        Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
    • AHC30916        Certificate III in Landscape Construction
    • AUR30616        Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR31216        Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
    • AHC31016        Certificate III in Parks & Gardens
    • CPC32413        Certificate III in Plumbing
    • CUA31115         Certificate III in Visual Arts
    • TLI31616           Certificate III in Warehousing Operations
    • HLT40113          Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
    • HLT40213          Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
    • FNS40217         Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
    • MEM40105        Certificate IV in Engineering
    • MSL40118         Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
    • BSB42015         Certificate IV in Leadership/Management
    • TAE40116          Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
    • BSB41415         Certificate IV in Workplace Health  and Safety
    • FNS50217         Diploma of Accounting
    • BSB50215         Diploma of Business
    • BSB50415         Diploma of Business Administration
    • BSB50618         Diploma of Human Resource Management
    • ICT50115           Diploma of Information Technology
    • BSB51918         Diploma of Leadership/Management
    • HLT54115          Diploma of Nursing
    • BSB51415         Diploma of Project Management
    • PUA52312         Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
    • SIT50116           Diploma of Travel and Tourism
    • CUA51115         Diploma of Visual Arts
    • BSB51315         Diploma of Workplace Health  and Safety
  • Reside in Queensland for the duration of the scholarship;
  • Not be receiving another CQUniversity Scholarship of similar or higher value
  • Not available for qualifications undertaken as part of a schools program, a traineeship or an apprenticeship.

Applicants will be assessed on their written submission of no more than 500 words and supporting documents addressing the following:
  • Career goals and how a scholarship will assist in achieving their educational and employment objectives in their STEAM industry;
  • Extracurricular activities – such as community and cultural activities;
  • Life experiences, celebrations and challenges.


Applicant information will be disclosed and shared with the Queensland Government department administering the Advance Queensland initiative.  Successful scholarship recipient’s personal information will not be published by Advance Queensland without your prior authority.

Where authority has been given, Advance Queensland may request CQUniversity to develop case studies on recipients for publication and share these with the Queensland Government.

The Queensland Government will manage personal information in accordance with Information Privacy Principles and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

Expectations of Recipients

There may be opportunities for you to share your experiences as a Scholarship recipient. Your participation in these promotions would be highly valued.


The successful applicants are required to enter their current banking details into their MyCentre for payment to occur. This must be done within 2 weeks of the Scholarship offer being accepted to avoid delays.

Payments will be made as follows:

  • $2,000 at the commencement of the qualification (on proof of enrolment and attendance);
  • $2,000 on completion of a full semester of study;
  • $1,000 on evidence of successful completion of the qualification.

Payment will be made to the successful applicant following eligibility checks in the relevant intake, review of Unit completion and confirmation of completion of study.  Payments will be credited electronically to the student’s nominated bank account.

Indigenous Pathways Advance Queensland VET Scholarship recipients who successfully complete their nominated VET course may have an opportunity to apply for a “top up” scholarship of a further $5,000 to support study in a higher level STEAM VET qualification or degree study at a Queensland university.

Further details in relation to this “top-up” scholarship will be provided to eligible Indigenous Pathways Advance Queensland VET Scholarship recipients.

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:
  • Confirmation of Identity;
  • Resume;
  • Written submission/personal statement detailing community and or cultural involvement.

To apply for the Indigenous Pathways Advance Queensland VET Scholarship:

Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined here

Complete Applications must be received at the Student Scholarships Team by 5 pm AEST on the closing date. Please ensure all supporting documents are attached to the application as incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Students and Corporate Services Division will assess scholarship applications. Academic progress will be taken into consideration for those applicants who are continuing CQUniversity students. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via their CQUniversity student email as soon as possible after the selection panel meets. Decisions are final.
Advance Queensland

The Queensland Government, through Advance Queensland, is supporting Queenslanders to complete vocational education and transition into university studies in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries.