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RCLDS Further Education Scholarships

Financial Support for the on-going higher education for individuals working in the residential care sector 

  • Application Information
  • Aims of the scholarship
  • Selection of Successful Scholars
  • Successful Scholarship Applicants
  • Selection Criteria

The Residential Care Learning and Development Strategy, Further Education Scholarship offers financial support for the on-going higher education of people working in the residential care sector.

The aim of The Residential Care Learning and Development Strategy is to continue to support the
improvements in residential care service provision, by supporting residential care workers who have a Certificate IV in Child Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) or similar to obtain a relevant Diploma or Undergraduate Degree.

Successful applicants will be offered up to $2,000 which is to cover fees and essential books. Funds will be made available upon proof of enrolment.


The decision about who will receive a further education scholarship will be made by a sub-committee of the RCLDS Reference Group. Their decision will be final and no correspondence related to their decision will be entered into.

The successful applicant must begin their studies in the year of application. Successful applicants are to ensure holidays are pre-planned and the course is completed in the year the Scholarship has been awarded.

Successful applicants will need to provide permission for their names to be published to the sector, which may include attendance at Resi Rocks for an official presentation, including photos. The applicant must be employed by a Community Organisation funded by DHHS Out of Home Care, to provide youth residential care services in Victoria. The applicant must have been employed in the residential care sector for at least two or more years.

Applicants must occupy a role where their studies directly benefit children and young people in care such as a direct care Residential Worker, unit-based Supervisor, or Residential Care Managers. The applicant must not have previously received a RCLDS scholarship.

The application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s employer and signed by relevant manager. In the case of multiple applicants from the one organisation, the selection committee will seek advice from that organisation as part of the assessment process.

The Scholarship will be offered to applicants who are, or will be undertaking tertiary study relevant to residential care practice and must be studying an accredited tertiary course (such as Diploma or Undergraduate Degree) in an area which supports improvements to the practical provision of residential care
service

The applicant must be employed by a Community Organisation funded by DHHS Out of Home Care, to provide youth residential care services in Victoria. The applicant must have been employed in the residential care sector for at least two or more years. Applicants must occupy a role where their studies directly benefit children and young people in care such as a direct care Residential Worker, unit-based Supervisor, or Residential Care Managers.

The applicant must not have previously received a RCLDS scholarship.

The application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s employer and signed by relevant manager.

In the case of multiple applicants from the one organisation, the selection committee will seek advice from that organisation as part of the assessment process.

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