ACAP Byron Bay are pleased to announce that they have secured a limited number of $15,000 scholarships as part of the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program.
The Destination Australia program funds eligible tertiary education providers like ACAP to offer scholarships to students to study and live in regional Australia. Domestic students from underrepresented groups such as from low socio−economic backgrounds, those who are first in their family to study at a tertiary level, those living with a disability, and First Nations people will be given priority. The eligible study areas include the one-year Diploma of Counselling Skills and three-year Bachelor of Counselling courses.
ACAP CEO, George Garrop, highlighted the importance of the funding and the expected opportunities within the counselling industry. “This investment will financially assist new domestic counselling students who wish to live and study in the Northern Rivers region,” he said. “In addition, these funds will support the growing counselling sector, which is expected to expand by 14 per cent until 2026.”
Byron Bay is known for its strong and vibrant community. Former Destination Australia scholarship recipient, Fernanda Gerdes, shared her success story moving from her native country.
“Receiving the Destination Australia scholarship was life-changing for me,” Fernanda said. “It not only allowed me to relocate from my home in Brazil to Byron Bay, but since graduating I’ve been able to build a successful business locally.”
This financial injection reaffirms ACAP’s commitment to providing exceptional counselling courses, while supporting the Northern Rivers economy.