The Long Tan Bursary scheme is named after the Battle of Long Tan, the best‑known battle fought by Australians during the Vietnam War. The scheme provides funding to help eligible children and grandchildren of Australian Vietnam veterans meet the cost of post‑secondary education and to help them obtain formal qualifications and skills needed to pursue their chosen career.
Thirty seven (37) bursaries, each worth up to $12,000 over three years of continuous full-time study, are awarded annually to successful applicants across Australia. The Long Tan Bursary scheme is administered by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
To be eligible for a Long Tan Bursary, you must:
- be the child or grandchild 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 at an Australian University, TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation
- be studying, or planning to study, full-time on-line or face-to-face
- qualify for continuous payment of full-time means-tested educational benefits under Youth Allowance or a comparable Commonwealth educational benefit, for example Abstudy or Austudy
- not be a previous recipient of a bursary
Grandchildren, as well as children of Vietnam veterans, will be able to receive a Long Tan Bursary from the 2020 education year onwards. They will be able to apply when applications open on 18 August 2019. During the assessment process, children of Vietnam veterans will be given first priority over grandchildren of Vietnam veterans.
Applications for the Long Tan Bursary open each year on Vietnam Veterans' Day, 18 August, and close on 31 October later that year.
Application forms are available from AVCAT on (02) 9213 7999.
In your application you will need to include:
- information about yourself, your family situation and the Vietnam veteran you are related to
- your academic background and referee reports
- details of your financial means
You will also need 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.
Applications are collected and assessed by AVCAT as part of its administration of the Long Tan Bursary program. DVA and the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme take no part in the assessment process. All applications are treated in the strictest of confidence.
Applications are assessed on evidence of academic merit, financial need and deservedness. Specific assessment criteria include:
- personal circumstances that could prevent an applicant from undertaking post-secondary education without the bursary, such as financial need, health, family and other circumstances
- academic record and prospects of successfully completing a proposed post-secondary course of study.
Children of Vietnam veterans will be given first priority over grandchildren of Vietnam veterans. Consideration will be given to applicants who require a second degree to complete their course of study and enable them to enter the workforce in their chosen career (provided they have not previously received a bursary). This includes those seeking to achieve a Master’s degree or Doctorate where a bursary has not been previously awarded. However, these applicants will have a lower priority than those seeking to achieve a base-level qualification. Unfortunately, the Long Tan Bursary is not available to students undertaking professional training, such as the College of Law.
Each course must be of a standard approved by AVCAT and will usually be one where Commonwealth educational support benefits are payable.
Successful applicants will be notified early the following year, generally early March. The bursary will be paid to a recipient’s bank account in monthly instalments over the period of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
The Battle of Long Tan was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong (VC) forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, 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 (1ATF), encountered the 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.
In torrential rain, just as daylight was fading, the fragmented Australian unit endured three hours of intense fighting as they held off an enemy force that outnumbered them ten to one, until relief arrived.
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.
If you would like to find out more about the Long Tan Bursary, contact the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust:
Although DVA host AVCAT's email service, departmental staff cannot, and do not, access AVCAT’s email correspondence. Email communication with AVCAT is entirely confidential.