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Factsheet GS04 - The Long Tan Bursary

Purpose

This Factsheet provides information about the Long Tan Bursary, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.

What is the Long Tan Bursary?

The Long Tan Bursary is named after the Battle of Long Tan, the best known battle fought by Australians during the Vietnam War.  Information about the history of the Battle of Long Tan can be found on the Long Tan Bursary page of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) website.

The Long Tan Bursary 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 are available annually across Australia.  Each bursary has a total value of up to $12,000 over three years of continuous full‑time study and can be used to help cover costs such as enrolment, course fees and textbooks.

The Long Tan Bursary is administered on DVA's behalf by the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT).

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, a person 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.

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), although those seeking Master’s and Doctorate level qualifications will be given a lower priority than those seeking base‑level qualifications.  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 generally be one where Commonwealth educational support benefits are payable.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Long Tan Bursary open each year on Vietnam Veterans' Day, 18 August, and close on 31 October later that year.  All applications are treated in the strictest of confidence.

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 about why you feel you should be awarded a Long Tan Bursary.

To apply, request an application form from AVCAT and return the completed application to them by mail.  AVCAT’s contact information is:

Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

Phone: (02) 9213 7999*

Fax: (02) 9213 7307

AVCAT Email: avcat@dva.gov.au^

AVCAT Website: https://www.avcat.org.au/

Post: PO Box K978, HAYMARKET NSW 1240

How are applications assessed?

Applications are 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 an applicant’s academic prospects of successfully completing the proposed post‑secondary course and demonstrated disadvantage such as financial need, health, family or other personal circumstances that could prevent study without a bursary.

How am I notified about my application?

Successful applicants will be notified early the following year, generally in 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.

How do I provide feedback about the Long Tan Bursary?

You can provide feedback and comments about the LTB by emailing the feedback inbox.

More Information

Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

Phone: (02) 9213 7999*

Fax: (02) 9213 7307

AVCAT Email: avcat@dva.gov.au^

AVCAT Website: https://www.avcat.org.au/

Post: PO Box K978, HAYMARKET NSW 1240

DVA General Enquiries

Phone: 1800 555 254*

Email: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au

DVA Website: www.dva.gov.au

Factsheets: www.dva.gov.au/factsheets

* Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges

^ Please note that although DVA hosts AVCAT’s email service, DVA staff cannot access AVCAT’s email correspondence.  Email communication with AVCAT is confidential.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this Factsheet is general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this Factsheet. Where you are required to lodge a written claim for a benefit, you must take full responsibility for your decisions prior to the written claim being determined. You should seek confirmation in writing of any oral advice you receive from DVA.

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24 May 2019