The Veterans SA Tertiary Scholarship Program provides grants of up to $5,000 (incl. GST) to support eligible veterans and partners of current-serving and former ADF members to undertake higher education and training.

Financial challenges can heavily influence the career direction and progression of veteran community members as they navigate their professional lives in the civilian workforce.

The Veterans SA Tertiary Scholarship Program is a pilot program, that aims to reduce this burden, and support applicants to pursue study and training opportunities to further their career aspirations.

About the scholarship program:

Through the scholarship program, eligible veterans and partners of current-serving and former ADF members can apply to receive up to 75% of their out-of-pocket education expenses, capped at $5,000 (incl. GST) per applicant. The funds can be used to support costs such as tuition, textbooks, resources and required course equipment.

The scholarship process is competitive, and applications may be funded in full, partially funded or not funded at all.

Higher priority will be given to applicants who seek to develop their skills and knowledge in the State Government’s priority skills areas of construction; defence and space; early childhood education and care; health and aged care; IT and cyber security; manufacturing and carbon neutral energy; hospitality and tourism and resources.

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible to apply for funding under the Veterans SA Tertiary Scholarship Program, applicants must:

  • be South Australian residents
  • have Australian residency status
  • be a former permanent serving member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) or the partner of a current or former serving ADF member.
  • be enrolled or planning to enrol in a tertiary course of study (recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework) at a university, TAFE or a registered training organisation in Australia.
  • not be in receipt of any education scholarships at the time of application, including but not limited to scholarships from the Australian Government designed to offset higher degree research fees.

Round one of the Veterans SA Tertiary Scholarship Program will fund study or training undertaken in Semester 2, 2024.

How to apply:

Applications for the Veterans SA Tertiary Scholarship Program open 20 May 2024 and will close at 5.00pm ACST on 18 June 2024.

Application forms must be submitted via the online form. Late submissions will not be accepted.

For detailed information on the fund assessment and application process:

Apply now: 

Key dates:

20 May 2024: Scholarship fund applications open

18 June 2024: Applications close

19 June – 21 July: Assessment period

22 July 2024: Applicants notified of outcome (by Public Trustee). Successful applicants to complete required information.

12 August 2024: Payments made to successful applicants (pending completion of required documentation).


For more information:

  • Contact: Eric Parnis, Veteran and Family Policy Officer, Veterans SA
  • Phone: 08 8226 5844
  • Email:

Please include ‘Veterans SA Tertiary Scholarship Program – (nature of the enquiry)’ in the subject line. A response will be provided within three business days.