TAFE Directors Australia

Supporting our member institutes since 1998

TAFE Directors Australia is engaged in two scholarship programs to support its members.

The TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation was established to advance education by assisting current and prospective TAFE students with valuable TAFE National Scholarships. Two types of scholarships are available - equity and merit. Equity scholarships, known as Mick Young Scholarships, assist students who demonstrate motivation to complete their studies but need financial support to do so. Merit scholarships, known as TAFE National Achievement Scholarships, are awarded to students who show exceptional potential in their chosen field.

The National Scholarships Foundation will be the vehicle for a new, broad-based approach as a national charity to assist students – and reward achievements – of those undertaking skills training around Australia. . . . What we are celebrating tonight is a real maturing in the growth of educational philanthropy. We are proud that our TAFE Directors Australia has taken on this initiative, at this time, leveraging not merely our great public provider network but outreaching to the skills community, industry partners, and the wider business and local communities. (Nicholas Hunt, former Chair, TDA National Scholarships Foundation, 1 March 2013 )

Click here to read Nicholas Hunt’s full speech at the launch of the Foundation at “Mick Young’s Big Night Out”.

Funds for scholarships are raised through a number of means including donations made by individuals, events conducted at individual TAFEs, major fundraising activities such as gala dinners with auctions and through corporate philanthropy.

DONATE NOW to change the life of students motivated to succeed in their chosen careers but need your help to complete their studies.     


The TDA/ AVETRA 2014 Industry Innovation Scholarship provides $6,000 to an individual or group of TAFE practitioners to investigate innovative ways to meet industry or community skill needs.

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