Berrigan Shire Local Government Scholarship
The Berrigan Shire Local Government Scholarship aims to provide a student from the local area with an opportunity to acquire the skills, qualifications and experience that will enable them to pursue a career in Local Government with Berrigan Shire Council in fields including, but not limited to, civil & environmental engineering, town planning, health & building surveying, accounting & finance, risk management etc.
Awarded on an as-needs basis, the scholarship is open to commencing or continuing university students from the local area or mature age students.
The Berrigan Shire Local Government Scholarship consists of the following components:
12 weeks per annum paid vacation employment with the Berrigan Shire Council.
Full reimbursement of text book costs at the end of each successfully completed semester.
Full time employment with the Council following graduation with repayment of one year’s deferred course fees (HECS) for every year of employment.
Applications will be judged competitively and selected on merit. The scholarship will be awarded based on identified existing or probable skill shortages within the Council.
The eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship includes:
- Students must study full time.
- Be from or have a strong association with the local area.
- Possess a sound academic performance record.
- Demonstrate personal accomplishment and qualities.
- Have a desire to work within Local Government and with Berrigan Shire Council.
Applicants are required to complete an application form and attach the following documentation:
- A cover letter explaining the applicant's desire to take up this opportunity.
- A current resume including experiences, skills and activities undertaken.
- A copy of UAI/ENTER or university transcript(s).
Contact details of two referees or two written references.
Berrigan Shire Council Local Government Scholarship Conditions
The Local Government Scholarship will support you for the duration of your university studies including full time employment upon graduation with repayment of deferred course tuition fees.
Vacation employment will be organised in consultation with the student and available from the beginning of December to the end of February (approximately 12 weeks) each year for the duration of the course. The salary provided to the student will be at the appropriate Local Government trainee rates and commensurate with experience.
Upon offer of the scholarship the student will be required to undertake a pre-employment medical examination. On commencement of the initial vacation employment period the student will need to complete an induction. The Council will also provide the student with career development opportunities, relevant safety equipment, and opportunities to obtain any certification or tickets required to undertake the position.
A probation period will apply for the duration of the first period of vacation employment. The student will be allocated a supervisor to assist with their studies, liaise with the university (where required), and manage the day to day activities during their vacation employment periods.
Following graduation the student will be eligible for full time employment with Berrigan Shire Council. Salaries will be commensurate at the relevant rate.
The Council will reimburse the student the cost of essential text books prescribed to undertake the enrolled course subjects at the end of each semester. The student will need to complete Council's forms for reimbursement and include proof of purchase.
If the student accepts the offer of full time employment with the Council following graduation, the Council, will reimburse the student one year of the deferred course tuition fees for every year of continued employment, up to the total cost of the course. Proof of course tuition costs will be required. The Council will not be liable for any fees or charges that fall outside of the course tuition fees as agreed prior to commencement of the scholarship. These costs may include: general services fees, late enrolment fees, library fines, parking costs etc.
Details about employment, salary and leave conditions can be provided on request and will differ between professions. Superannuation and other predetermined amounts will be deducted as required.
The student must adhere to Council's Code of Conduct. The Code is available by following this link - Council Plans & Codes.
The student is responsible for and expected to fulfill all course and university requirements in order to complete the agreed qualification. During the period of the scholarship, the student is required to advise their supervisor of all subjects undertaken and provide a copy of the university transcript(s) detailing the results achieved in each subject at the end of the semester. The student must stay enrolled in the same course.
The student is obligated to advise the General Manager in writing of any material changes to the student's circumstances, especially if it may affect the amount of time taken to complete the agreed qualification. The student will be required to enter into a contract with the Council. The Council reserves the right to renegotiate or terminate the scholarship in the following circumstances:
Repetition of a subject, semester or year - Repetition of subjects will be at the student's expense.
Resignation - The student resigns from the course of study, university of study, or from employment with the Council.
Disciplinary problems - Normal disciplinary procedures apply.
For further information please contact:
Mr Matthew Hansen
Director of Corporate Services
Berrigan Shire Council
Berrigan Shire CSU Accommodation Scholarship
The Berrigan Shire CSU Accommodation Scholarship is offered annually to students from Berrigan Shire who are commencing or continuing their studies at Charles Sturt University. The intent of the scholarship is to provide assistance to students to achieve their university studies.
The eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship are as follows. To be eligible, applicants must:
Be studying any undergraduate degree, full-time Charles Sturt University.
Live in the Berrigan Shire
Possess a sound academic performance record.
Demonstrate personal accomplishment and qualities
Demonstrate the capacity to be a good ambassador for the Berrigan Shire Council area
For further information please contact:
Mrs Joanne Ruffin
Strategic and Social Planning Coordinator
Berrigan Shire Council