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We have changed our name from DCJ Scholarships to Youth Development Scholarships.

We know there are many bright, ambitious students who want to excel in their studies. But focusing on school is not always easy, especially if you're facing challenges with your health, caring duties, home life, or the cost of education and training.

We will be offering up to 1,200 scholarships to students enrolled in education or training in 2022. Successful applicants will receive $1,000 to help with school expenses and secondary support services.

Can I apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are:

Studying in Year 10, 11 or 12 in NSW at one of the following in 2022:

  • a NSW high school or equivalent at a TAFE college including Pathways
  • home schooled
  • doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship

You must also be either a social housing client or living in out-of-home-care.
This can include:

  • living in public housing, including Aboriginal housing
  • being on the NSW Housing Register (wait list)
  • receiving private rental assistance from DCJ (not Centrelink)
  • receiving a Rent Choice product
  • living in community housing/Aboriginal community housing
  • living in housing provided by a Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • living in supported accommodation
  • living in out-of-home care

When can I apply?

Applications for the 2022 Youth Development Scholarships have closed. Successful students have been notified.

The opening and closing dates for the 2023 Youth Development Scholarships will be made available on this page, once confirmed.

How do I apply?

Applications are completed online.

Click on to register or log in.

Can I reapply as a returning applicant for a scholarship?

Students who received a scholarship in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 or 2021 can reapply as a returning applicant if they are still in social housing and taking on further studies in 2022.

What can I use the scholarship for?

Examples of items or services which can be purchased with the scholarship include (but not limited to):

Primary Support – specific to the student

  • school uniform including sports clothing and shoes
  • course related/elective or subject fees
  • tutoring
  • study camps and excursions
  • text books, workbooks, study guides
  • course related equipment, materials and clothing
  • sporting equipment
  • stationery
  • computer desktop, laptop, tablet, chromebook
  • printer, scanner, usb, cables, smart drives
  • computer software and licence
  • internet access, portable wi-fi
  • smart phone *
  • study furniture (e.g. desk, chair)

Secondary Support – specific to the student

  • transport costs (e.g. opal travel cards, driving lessons)
  • medical and support needs (e.g. glasses, speech therapy)
  • social inclusion (e.g. in-house sports and youth programs, formal tickets)
  • training and employment (e.g. CV writing, job ready skills and job clothing for interview)

* It is important that all schools have an acceptable use of mobile phone policy that is clearly communicated to students and parents. Some schools have a policy which does not allow the use of smartphones during school times and students/parents/guardians will need to follow school policy.

The student will need to provide justification for the use of a smart phone for educational purposes.

What material can I use to promote the Youth Development Scholarships?

Where can I find out more information?

  • Call the Housing Contact Centre on 1800 422 322, press 2 for Housing Services then press 3 for General Enquiries.
  • Email the Scholarships team on
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Last updated: 14 Jun 2022