Australia Awards Cambodia

Recipients with Families

The Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependants of recipients.

Applicants must identify at the scholarship application stage if they intend to bring family members with them to Australia.

Recipients are responsible, including financially, for their family members who accompany them to Australia.

Recipients are not permitted to leave their dependent children, under 18 years of age, on their own during recipients’ absence from Australia, during their scholarship without arranging a legal guardian to care for them.

Recipients are strongly encouraged to wait until they themselves have had time to adjust and settle in to their new environment - six (6) months- before having family members join them in Australia. This will allow the recipient to attend the Introductory Academic Program and become established in their program of studies without the distraction of family responsibilities.

A "No Objection" letter is issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the recipient for submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

For more information on recipients' responsibilities for their spouse and dependent children should they come to Australia, contact DIBP ( or the university where you wish to study.

Recipients may contact the DFAT Contact Officer at your university upon arrival to find out about accommodation, as well as schooling and child care for dependants, as it varies from state and university.