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Regional bursary for TAFE international students

  • Get AUD$5,000 to study, work and live in regional Western Australia (WA)
  • Limited time only – for students starting February or July 2025

Your adventure awaits! Enjoy long stretches of perfect coastline in the mid west, forests and mountains in the south west, or tropical deserts and sandy beaches in the north. The WA Regional TAFE International Student Bursary gives international students a unique experience of life in beautiful regions of WA, while receiving high quality education and training.

Bursary details

Enrol in an eligible study package* at a WA regional TAFE college to receive:

  • AUD$5,000 bursary;
  • support to find work and a place to stay in the area;
  • access to potential migration pathways to extend your stay in Australia; and
  • a genuine Australian life experience!

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Eligible study packages
Eligibility criteria
Campus locations
Central region: Geraldton, KalgoorlieNortham
North region: Broome
South region: Albany, BunburyMandurah

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* Eligible study packages

There is a range of different study packages available. 

Not all courses are available at all regional campuses.

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Eligibility criteria

To apply, students must:

  • be an international student on a subclass 500 visa;
  • commence in February or July 2025;
  • maintain a continuous enrolment over at least one year in a valid regional course pathway;
  • maintain ongoing residency in the nominated regional location for the duration of your bursary period; 
  • meet academic and English language requirements prior to commencement of each course; and
  • understand the bursary will be paid to awarded students in one of two ways, either as: 
    • two payments ($2,500 each semester, with the first payment approximately six weeks after the start of first semester); or 
    • one payment ($5,000 in second semester).


Located on the south coast of WA, Albany(opens in a new tab) is known for amazing beaches and beautiful heritage buildings. 

With a large selection of retail hubs, eateries and entertainment venues all within walking distance of the town square, Albany is a well-connected community that’s easy to explore.

At South Regional TAFE Albany campus, you can study community services and early childhood education. The campus has an extensive library of books and electronic resources.

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Broome is a top tourist destination(opens in a new tab) with a tropical climate and relaxed lifestyle. This region is great for adventuring, with national parks, native wildlife and unique landscapes.

North Regional TAFE Broome campus is near the town centre and iconic Cable Beach. At Broome you can study commercial cookery, community services, early childhood education and hospitality. 

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Known for dolphins, calm waters and green mangroves packed with wildlife, the Bunbury(opens in a new tab) area is perfect for students who want to be close to nature. 

South Regional TAFE Bunbury campus offers courses in commercial cookery, early childhood education and community services. With the fine dining Epicure Training Restaurant and child care centre on campus, there is a range of opportunities to gain real world work experience.

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Coastal town Geraldton(opens in a new tab) is four hours drive north of Perth, known for its great fishing spots and other outdoor adventures. 

At Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE) Geraldton campus, you can study aquaculture, commercial cookery, community services, early childhood education and nursing. CR TAFE offers on-campus student accommodation at Pepperell Village, purpose built for students studying at the college.

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Kalgoorlie(opens in a new tab) is a modern outback city of more than 30,000 people, with a community full of opportunities for newcomers. Kalgoorlie’s city centre has everything you need, while outside the town you can explore the iconic red outback.

Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie campus offers training in commercial cookery, community services, early childhood education and nursing.

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WA's largest regional city, Mandurah(opens in a new tab), is less than an hour drive from Perth. It features boardwalks, canals and dolphin spotting in an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.  

You can study hospitality at the Mandurah campus, which is part of the Peel Education and Training (PET) campus, sharing the Peel campuses of Murdoch University and John Tonkin College. 

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Situated in WA’s Avon Valley region(opens in a new tab)Northam(opens in a new tab) is a quiet, charming town of less than 10,000 people. Northam is great for outdoor adventures, full of gorgeous scenery, hiking trails and the magnificent Avon River.

Northam is known for its agriculture and farming; the grain, wheat, barley, sheep and cattle industries are prominent in this region. International students at Northam campus can expect plenty of part time and casual job opportunities to help fund travelling and discovering more of WA!

At Central Regional TAFE Northam campus, you can study nursing. 

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Hong Ye

I have been fortunate to have four exceptional lecturers. Studying in a regional area allows you more personal time, free from traffic and unnecessary stress. Read my story of studying Nursing

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When you apply online(opens in a new tab) for an eligible study package [PDF 118 KB](PDF document - opens in a new tab) starting in 2025, you will automatically apply for this bursary.
View our TAFE application process page for detailed steps on how to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact TIWA:
Phone: (+618) 9218 2100

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Last updated on July 18, 2024