The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)
Allied Health Undergraduate (Entry - Level) Stream
Eligibility Criteria for 2012 - 13:
The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS): Allied Health Undergraduate (Entry – Level) Scholarship is available to students enrolled in or intending to enrol in, an accredited/approved undergraduate or graduate entry allied health course.
Applicants will be assessed against the following eligibility criteria:
- An Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
- Enrolled, intending to enrol or have applied to enrol as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited/approved Australian undergraduate or entry - level allied health course. Year 12 students may apply provided they have applied for university entry in an accredited /approved allied health or oral health profession.
- Must not be in receipt of another scholarship or bursary funded by the Department of Health and Aging (This does not include the NAHSSS – Allied Health Clinical Placement Scholarship).
- Rurality (currently live, or have resided in a defined Australian rural area (ASGC-RA classified area 2-5) for a minimum of 5 consecutive or 8 cumulative years, from the age of five). Five consecutive years means residing in a rural area continuously for five years. Eight cumulative years means residing in a rural area for a total of eight years.
- Financial need (No assets test will apply, but eligibility for this scholarship does include predetermined maximum limits for assessable income, above which the applicant will become ineligible for the scholarship). Income limits are reviewed yearly, but will not be made public.
1. Rural Residency is assessed from the principal home address.
- For boarding school and university students, the principal home address is the place where you would have usually lived but for living away from home to attend school or university.
- If your parents are separated or divorced, the address of the parent with whom you would have normally lived for the most time in each calendar year.
- If you are assessed as being independent, the address of your usual place of residence.
- Where you have had more than one principal home address during a year, the location where you resided for most of the time, as calculated in months, will be your principal home address for that year.
2. Rurality is determined by use of the ASGC-RA which is a geographic classification system that was developed in 2001 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), as a statistical geography structure which allows quantitative comparisons between 'city' and 'country' Australia.
RA1 - Major Cities of Australia.
RA2 - Inner Regional Australia.
RA3 - Outer Regional Australia.
RA4 - Remote Australia.
RA5 - Very Remote Australia.
If you are unsure if your community is an ASGC-RA classified area 2 – 5, please follow this link for clarification www.doctorconnect.gov.au
3. Financial need will be assessed on the basis of assessable income averaged over the last two financial years. An applicant will be assessed as either dependent or independent. If the applicant is assessed as dependent, both personal and parental ATO assessment notices will be used to determine financial need. For those assessed as independent, personal and partner (if applicable) ATO assessment notices will be used to determine financial need. (As the financial criteria forms part of the order of merit selection process, income limits will not be disclosed publicly)