Long Tan bursary

The Long Tan Bursary scheme is an initiative of the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans' Affairs and has been established to help eligible children of Vietnam veterans meet the cost of post-secondary education. Fifty bursaries, worth $9,000 over three years, are awarded each year to successful applicants from each State and Territory. The scheme is administered by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust on behalf of the Department.

The History of the Battle of Long Tan

The Battle of Long Tan was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tần, about 27 kilometres north east of Vung Tau, South Vietnam on 18 August 1966.

The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF), encountered the Viet Cong (VC) 275 Regiment and elements of the D445 Local Forces Battalion. D Company was supported by other Australian units, as well as New Zealand and United States personnel.

The battle is often used in Australian officer training as an example of the importance of combining and coordinating infantry, artillery, armour and military aviation.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, a person must:

  • be the child of an Australian veteran who served in the Vietnam war during the period 31 July 1962 to 30 April 1975;
  • have Australian residency status;
  • be planning to enrol or be enrolled in post-secondary education in Australia, in an approved course of one or more academic year’s duration;
  • be in disadvantaged circumstances such as financial need (as determined within the means test eligibility for Youth Allowance educational benefits), health and other non-financial family and personal circumstances where these circumstances could prevent the recipient from undertaking post-secondary education without the bursary; and
  • not be a previous recipient of a bursary.

Within the eligibility criteria, those selected are to be the most deserving applicants on merit as assessed.  Consideration will be given to applicants who require a second degree to complete their course of study and enable them to enter the workforce (provided they have not previously received a bursary). 

Those seeking to achieve a Masters degree or Doctorate will also be considered where a bursary has not previously been awarded.  However, they will have a lower priority to those seeking to achieve a base-level qualification which will allow them to enter the workforce in their chosen career.  

Each course must be of a standard approved by the administrator and will generally be one where Commonwealth educational support benefits are payable.

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How do I apply?

Applications for the Long Tan Bursary open annually on Vietnam Veterans' Day, 18 August each year, and close on 31 October.

Application forms are available from the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust on:
1800 620 361.

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How are applicants assessed?

Applicants for the Long Tan Bursary are assessed against specific criteria, including:

  • personal circumstances that could prevent an applicant from undertaking post-secondary education without the bursary, such as financial need, health, family and other circumstances; and
  • academic record and the applicant’s prospects of successfully completing their first year of post-secondary study.

In your application you will need to include:

  • information about yourself and the Vietnam veteran you are related to;
  • your academic background and referee reports;
  • the means test and details about your family situation.

You will also be required to write a statement on why you feel you should be awarded a Long Tan Bursary.

All applications are treated in the strictest of confidence.

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Who will assess my application?

Applications are collected and assessed by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust and are treated in the strictest of confidence.

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How am I notified about my application?

Successful applicants will be notified early in the new year — generally mid to late February or early March. The $9000 Bursary will be paid to recipients in instalments and can be used to help cover costs such as enrolment, course fees and textbooks.

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Where can I get more information?

If you would like to find out more about the Long Tan Bursary, contact the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust:

Phone: 1800 620 361
Fax: (02) 9213 7307
Email: avcat@dva.gov.au
Website: www.avcat.org.au
Address: PO Box K978

Please note: Although the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) host the Trust’s email Service, departmental staff cannot and do not access the Trust’s email correspondence.  Email Communication with the Trust is entirely confidential.