Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed $610,500 in funding to support local scholarship opportunities through the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program.


Tony Pasin said the funding would enable 19 scholarships to be offered through local tertiary education providers in Barker.


“This Australian Government funding will enable scholarships worth up to $15,000 to be offered to 19 students from next year,” Tony Pasin said.


“This will help TAFE SA’s campuses in Mount Gambier and Nuriootpa in Barker to attract and support students to study in our regional areas”


“The Destination Australia scholarships not only help to support students financially, but they encourage students to consider the high-quality educational opportunities available outside of the city and experience what Barker has to offer”.


“Attracting more students will benefit Barker’s businesses, education and training providers and our regional economy, especially as we recover from the effects of COVID-19.


“These scholarships complement the additional $400 million in support to regional students and regional universities contained in our Government’s Job-ready Graduates reforms.


“I encourage students across Australia to contact these tertiary education providers in Barker for more information on the scholarships, including the application process.”


Round two of the Destination Australia program will help give more than 250 students the opportunity to pursue tertiary education qualifications at 17 providers across 36 campuses in regional communities. The funding will be provided over the next four years, with $9.5 million available for tertiary education institutions from semester one 2021.


For more information, visit www.education.gov.au/destination-australia.


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