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What does QATSIF stand for?

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation. It is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education).

How is QATSIF administered?

QATSIF’s work is overseen by the QATSIF Board of Advice. The QATSIF Board of Advice is made up of both prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other influential community members. The day to day operations of QATSIF are done by the QATSIF Secretariat, which is currently made up of a Secretariat Director and three full and part-time QATSIF Project Officers. The Public Trustee of Queensland assists QATSIF by providing financial and human resources support.

Who can receive a QATSIF QCE Scholarship?

QATSIF QCE Scholarships provide financial support to assist eligible Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education).

Why does QATSIF support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain a QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education)?

Current research indicates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who complete year 12 and gain a QCE increase their chances of employment or further study by 1/3rd.

How do I apply for a QATSIF QCE Scholarship?

Queensland Secondary Schools apply on behalf of their current Year 10 or 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families starting in around mid-June each year for a scholarship in the following year.

Can parents/carers apply for a QATSIF QCE Scholarship on behalf of their child?

Parents / carers are unable to apply directly for a QATSIF QCE Scholarship, but should approach their school community to apply on their behalf. It is best to do this in the first half of the year when your child is in Year 10 or before.

Do parents and carers have a say on how the QATSIF QCE Scholarship is spent?

QATSIF schools are encouraged to work with their parents and carers to determine the best way to spend QATSIF funds within our QATSIF QCE Scholarship guidelines. The school Principal has the overall responsibility for overseeing that QATSIF funds are spent within the QATSIF guidelines and in a manner that will be of most benefit to the student.

What happens if my child gets a QATSIF QCE Scholarship, but changes school during their senior years?

As it is the school that applies for and holds the QATSIF QCE Scholarship, the Principal has the final say on what will happen. The Principal may elect to allow the scholarship to be transferred over to the new school, may replace the departing scholarship student with a new eligible student from within their school, or may return the scholarship. Transfers of scholarships to non-QATSIF schools will also require the QATSIF Board of Advice’s approval.