Media Release: Attracting more students to Herbert

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Attracting more students to Herbert

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said 30 scholarships would be available to international and domestic students to study in Townsville next year.
Mr Thompson said tertiary education providers in Herbert had been provided $660,000 to offer the scholarships through the Coalition Government’s $93.7 million Destination Australia program.
Destination Australia provides scholarships worth $15,000 a year to students who study at a regional university or vocational education provider.
In Herbert there will be:

  • 18 scholarships at the Townsville campus of James Cook University
  • 9 scholarships at the Pimlico campus of TAFE Queensland
  • 2 scholarships at the Vincent campus of Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation
  • 1 scholarship at the Townsville campus of Central Queensland University

“Our region has a great story to tell and we can be an attractive destination for international and domestic students,” Mr Thompson said.
“That’s why I have worked with local providers and the Education Minister to secure these scholarships for our electorate.
“Attracting more students to study in Herbert will be good for our community, good for local businesses and good for tourism.
“International students who study in regional Australia rate their living and learning experience higher than students based in metropolitan centres yet just three per cent of our 690,000 international students were enrolled in regional Australia last year.
“Our Government’s Destination Australia program is helping to attract more students to study in regional Australia and we can help by promoting Townsville as an attractive study destination because of our lifestyle, lower cost of living and smaller class sizes.”
Students can apply directly to institutions. Successful tertiary education providers can be found at


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