Lived and Living Experience Workforces Tertiary Scholarships
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Lived and Living Experience Workforces Tertiary Scholarship Program

The Victorian Department of Health (the Department) is offering scholarships of up to $13,000 for tertiary level qualifications to lived and living experience workers (LLEWs) employed in state funded mental health or Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) services.

The scholarships are available to eligible individuals who are enrolled or intending to enroll in an eligible undergraduate and postgraduate course in semester two, 2022.


Applications are now closed, applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by late June 2022

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • be employed in a state funded mental health or AOD service
  • be employed in a designated LLEW role
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen
  • be eligible to enrol in a tertiary level qualification (i.e., bachelor’s degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, higher degrees)
  • have a lived or living experience of mental illness or psychological distress, substance use or addiction, or be a family member or carer
  • have at least three years’ experience working in a designated LLEW role.

You must be able to provide a letter of recommendation from your line-manger and/or lived/living experience senior (if relevant), confirming the applicant’s length of employment in the sector and how the service will support the applicant’s learning (e.g., through study leave, flexible workload, etc).

Eligible courses

Tertiary level courses that build service management and leadership skills are eligible for funding. These scholarships are not designed to support lived and living experience workers to qualify as mental health clinicians and funding is not available for degrees in clinical disciplines (nursing, medicine, psychology, social work or occupational therapy).

Applications from candidates wishing to complete higher degrees by research focused on lived or living experience research topics are encouraged.

Areas of study that applicants could consider include (but are not limited to):

  • Research and evaluation
  • Training and assessment
  • Change management
  • Finance and administration
  • Policy and governance
  • Health services management
  • Project management.

Selection criteria

Scholarships will be awarded based on your responses to the selection questions and additional weighting will be given to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants, and those who work in regional or rural Victoria.

The selection questions are below:

Describe how you have demonstrated commitment from a lived or living experience perspective within the mental health or AOD sector.

Describe how the qualification, along with your lived or living experience, will support your career goals and pathways, and capability to lead in your work context.

Value of the scholarship

Scholarships are up to approximately $13,000 and can be used to cover up to 90 percent of course fees for an eligible course.

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