Vision Australia further education bursary

Bursary applications are now closed for 2016. Bursary applications for 2017 will open August 2016.

Young woman uses a braille note to type. Image also includes photos of an tablet device and mobile.Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

Our own research tells us that people from the blindness and low vision community who have a diploma, certificate or degree are more likely to be employed. Our bursary program is just one way in which we are levelling the playing field by supporting people to further their education and build a meaningful career.

This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the bursary program. Since 1996 we have supported over 330 students on their tertiary education journey.

Meet the 2016 and previous year's bursary recipients.

To learn more about the bursary program, watch this YouTube video, which features Vision Australia's chief executive officer, Ron Hooton.

Eligibility Criteria

Students of any age can apply for a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.

Applicants must:

  • Be or become, a client of Vision Australia
  • Have a current (within the last 12 months) eye report on file with Vision Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living or moving to Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study at an institution in Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study in at least Certificate IV or higher accredited courses including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (not a Foundation or Enabling course) at the start of the year or be already enrolled in such a course (preference may be given to those in the early stages of a course).

Selection Criteria

The Bursary Committee will take the following criteria into consideration when making their selection, thus Applicants are advised to address these factors in their application:

  1. Eye condition and history
  2. Future goals
  3. Potential for success in chosen courses
  4. Extra curricular activities
  5. Demonstrated need for the equipment

For further information, please contact Belinda Wilson, Vocational Consultant at

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