Tips for Applicants

How can I avoid making common mistakes?

  • All fields on the application form must be filled in and submitted with all supporting documents before the Australia Awards closing time and date.  Incomplete applications or late submissions will NOT be considered, and there will be no exceptions.
  • Submitting supporting documents in PDF in A4 size format (with colour, if possible) is the most preferable. 
  • Please note that the maximum upload size is 2 MB per file.
  • The declaration in the Additional Form must be signed.  Without a signature, this form will be ruled ineligible.
  • Any form without CRICOS information will be ruled ineligible.
  • A Course CRICOS code is a 6-digit number with 1 capitalised letter, e.g. 008927K (PhD of Applied Geology); 083295D (Master of International Finance).
  • Do not be confused with the University CRICOS Provider which is a 5-digit number with 1 capitalised letter, e.g. Monash University CRICOS Provider is 00008C.
  • A course that has no CRICOS code is not for international students or Lao students.
  • Family Registration Book or Family Book:
    • Before you scan the book, make sure the Lao version of your family book has your photo and official stamp, and mark which number you are on the list.
    • The English version of the family book in one page is the most preferable.  A sample is available in the above website (Word/PDF files).
  • What do certified documents mean?
    • Certifying that your original documents have been sighted and the copy has been sworn to be a true copy of the original.
    • Certifying that documents in an English version are properly translated based on the original Lao version.
  • Who can certify your supporting documents?If you are studying, you MUST provide a letter from the institution where you are studying. The letter must state: the date you commenced study, what you are studying (e.g. Bachelor of Economics), and what year your study will be finished.  If you do not include this letter, your application will not be considered as we cannot confirm that you are enrolled.
    • An authorised person who is either the official records department of the institution that originally issued the document such as universities, workplaces, village administration office and other organisations.
    • the Australian Embassy
    • A Notary Public (an officer of the Justice Department licensed by the state to certify true copies of documents)
  • If you are studying, you MUST provide a letter from the institution where you are studying. The letter must state: the date you commenced study, what you are studying (e.g. Bachelor of Economics), and what year your study will be finished.  If you do not include this letter, your application will not be considered as we cannot confirm that you are enrolled.
  • Make sure you select the correct scholarship preference:Do not alter dates or withhold information about your qualifications. Applicants found altering dates or omitting to withhold qualifications will be ruled ineligible.
    • A Public applicant is a government employee who works for and is paid by the Government of Laos.  A government employee can choose to apply for either the Public or Open category, but not both.
    • Everyone else is an Open applicant.
  • Applications with unexplained 'gaps' between periods of study and employment, or after study, will be considered incomplete and ruled ineligible.
  • Less is more. It is good to have multiple awards, but before submitting all copies, please ask yourself if they are relevant to your future study in Australia, e.g. a Grade 6 science award is not likely to be relevant and to be submitted if you wish to study a Masters in Economics.