Application Process

Applicants must fully complete the Application form and the relevant “Appendix” specifying their particular need from Chances, including additional supporting documentation if appropriate.  Please refer to the checklist on the application form.

Two professional referees are required to support an application.  Examples of a referee may include:
  • Teacher, Principal, Wellbeing Officer
  • Registered counsellor, Allied Health or Medical Personal
  • Case worker or Professional person who has detailed knowledge of your circumstances & their educational impact

The referee cannot:
  • Be a family member or family friend
  • Financially benefit from any application they submit

Applicants are welcome to discuss their application with Chances and are encouraged to do so if unsure whether you are eligible to apply.

All applications are treated as strictly confidential. Approval of application is at the discretion of the Chances Selection Committee. The committee will make careful confidential assessment of the degree of need for each individual application and will allocate available funds to those where need is considered the greatest.

To ensure informed decisions are made, on occasions, applicants may be requested to provide further information. Additional information may be from relevant individuals for whom a signed release of information consent form has been obtained.

Timing of decisions will be dependant on Selection Committee meetings. Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

The applicant will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application after the above deliberations have occurred.

Incomplete applications:
Where the application, supporting documentation or requested information is not returned within the nominated time frame, the application will be considered incomplete and therefore not eligible to be submitted to the Selection Committee for consideration. It is the responsibility of the person submitting the application to ensure it is complete. This includes relevant signatures. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
In most instances, support for tertiary study is granted for the duration of the request contained in the application. E.g. three years of study. To ensure support is appropriate and ongoing, recipients need to attend regular reviews with Chances staff to determine the level of support to be provided.
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