Changes to the Youth Scholarship Program

Under the Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW the NSW Department of Family and Community Services is currently reforming and expanding its existing scholarship programs to assist students to further their education and/or training.

What’s changed?

Applications will open in early 2017

In previous years the application phase has opened mid year, schools and applicants advised in November, with enrolments confirmed and scholarships funds paid at the beginning of the following academic year.

Applications for 2017 Scholarships will open in mid January 2017 and will close in mid March 2017.

An email will be distributed to all NSW high schools and TAFE colleges in late 2016 advising of the opening and closing dates of the scholarship applications.

Applications will be submitted online

Applications for the 2017 Scholarships will be submitted via an online system. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must have a valid email address in order to receive communication about the application.

More Information

Please continue to visit this page for updates on the scholarship program or you can email us youthscholarships@facs.nsw.gov.au

Fee-free training for young people

Are you a NSW social housing tenant or client and aged 15-30? The NSW Government is providing fee-free training to eligible young people. This means that you can get the skills you need to get the job you want and your course fees will be covered.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • a tenant living in public housing (owned and managed by the NSW Government or managed by a community housing provider)
  • a tenant living in community housing (owned and/or managed by community housing providers)
  • a tenant living in Aboriginal housing (owned and/or managed by the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) or Aboriginal Community Housing Providers)
  • a client receiving crisis accommodation/supported accommodation (Specialist Homelessness Services)
  • a client receiving private rental assistance funded by Family and Community Services (for example: private rental subsidy, rental bond loans, tenancy guarantees).

 For more information, please visit the Smart and Skilled website.