Diploma of Nursing Rural Travel Scholarship Incentive

The Diploma of Nursing Rural Travel Support Incentive provides financial travel assistance for Diploma of Nursing students from a rural area (MM3-MM7).

About the scholarship

The Travel Support Incentive aims to increase opportunities for individuals to undertake a Diploma in Nursing by supporting the cost of travel to a recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is 150km or greater from their residential address.

The applicant can apply for a travel incentive of $5,000 and use the funds for associated travel and accommodation costs related to Diploma of Nursing studies.

Download Scholarship Guidelines for full application and eligibility criteria

Scholarship priorities

These Travel Incentives are limited and competitive. While all eligible applications will be considered, the following applications will be given priority:

  1. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People living in a rural area. The person must be:
    • Of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
    • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and
    • Be recognised and accepted by the Aboriginal community in which they live or work.
  2. Greater priority to the higher the Modified Monash Model Scale of Rurality location: MM3 (low) – MM7 (high) (find Modified Monash Model (MMM) classifications on the Health Workforce Locator.
  3. Outcome from review panel assessment of application.
  4. Demonstrated intention to remain in the rural NSW Health workforce.
  5. Areas of workforce need.

Who is eligible?

Diploma of Nursing Travel Support Incentive Applicants must:

  1. Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of NSW.
  2. Live in a location classified as Modified Monash Model 3 or above (MM3-MM7) and live more than 150km from the Registered Training Organisation offering the Diploma of Nursing.
  3. Be enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing course accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
  4. Not have previously received the Diploma of Nursing Rural Travel Support Incentive.
  5. Be able to provide evidence of enrolment in an accredited Diploma of Nursing course.

How to apply

Complete the online application form by midnight Friday 19 May 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

  1. As part of this application, please respond to the following question and upload your responses in one document:
    • Describe how this Travel Incentive will assist you to contribute to the future of rural and regional NSW Health and to remain in rural practice (maximum of 300 words)

Scholarship timeframes



Diploma of Nursing Rural Travel Support Incentive opens

30 January 2023

Travel Incentive closes

19 May 2023

Applications reviewed

May/June 2023

Notification of outcomes to applicants

2 June 2023

Acceptance of scholarship by applicant

Within 7 days

First instalment transferred on commencement of the Diploma in Nursing

To correspond with applicant’s course commencement

Second instalment transferred 6 months after commencement of the Diploma of Nursing

6 months after first instalment transferred