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CPA Australia - CPA Program Scholarship - 2018/19

CPA Australia and the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) offer up to five 100% scholarships annually. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations to enhance their knowledge and skills to further contribute to the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations.

Scholarship Overview

The scholarship entitles recipients to an exemption from all CPA Program subject fees. The award covers course fees starting from the date awarded.

Guidance for Applicants:

The scholarships will be awarded each January. They are effective from the date awarded and will be tenable for six years, subject to the satisfactory progress by the recipients towards the completion of the CPA Program.

The scholarship does not require the recipient to render any service to the donors.


CPA Program Testimonials:

"Getting the scholarship was one of the most exciting things to happen to me in years. Every subject, every module enriches my knowledge and I can see how it can be applied to my day-to-day work. I can definitely see the difference in my decision-making process and the way I see accounting practice now. 

The fact that CPA is flexible allows me to use a self-paced approach which has helped me maintain a balance between my personal, work and academic life; being able to be a mum, worker and student all at the same time - who would have thought this would be possible?"

~ 2018 scholarship recipient - Luisa Diaz-Zeledon, Regional Accountant at Anglicare Victoria. Read more about Luisa's story here.

"The scholarship awarded to me by ASF and CPA has allowed me the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. I have gained confidence in my professional capabilities and in my ability to provide more valuable skills to my employer. The financial value of my scholarship is also saving Melbourne Legacy close to $10,000 which can be redirected to our most financially distressed clients."

~ 2018 scholarship recipient - Brett Tillotson, Finance Officer at Melbourne Legacy

"I was so delighted when I was accepted into the CPA scholarship program because it is such as valuable opportunity...

As Finance Manager, I not only utilise a high level of accounting knowledge and skills from the CPA program in my daily work, but I also apply management and analytical skills to lead the Finance Team to produce high quality financial reports that respond to industry-specific needs.

I am passionate about working in not-for-profit sector and the CPA scholarship program has been successfully providing me the ‘essential skills’ to be able to perform and contribute to the sector."

~ 2018 scholarship recipient - Annie Harris, Finance Coordinator/Manager at Brisbane Youth Service


Scholarship Inclusions:

We’re offering five 100% scholarships, which will entitle recipients to enrolment into the six CPA Program subjects, valued at approximately $7,440. The award does not cover completed subject fees prior to applying for the scholarship or Foundation subjects if required.



To be eligible, applicants must:

  • provide evidence that they are currently employed as managers or financial officers at registered charitable not-for-profit organisations.
  • have at least 12 months full-time (or part-time equivalent) accounting work experience and be currently employed at least 17.5 hours per week.
  • be Associate members of CPA Australia or eligible to join CPA Australia at Associate level. To enrol in the CPA Program, applicants must hold as a minimum an Australian bachelor degree that is accredited by CPA Australia or an overseas bachelor's degree that CPA Australia has assessed as being comparable to an Australian bachelor degree.
  • fulfill ASF's general eligibility requirements available on our FAQ's page.


Important Dates:

Applications open Monday 5 November 2018
Applications close Friday 30 November 2018
Scholarships awarded early - mid January 2019
Semester one begins Monday 28 January 2019
Semester two begins July 2019 (dates TBC)

Click here to see other important program-related dates.

Scholarship recipients will be given the choice of beginning their studies in either Semester One or Semester Two in 2019.


Application Process:

As part of their application, applicants must submit coloured scans of the following:

  1. A brief resume
  2. A certified copy of their higher education provider degree/s clearly indicating the:
    • Title of the award
    • Name of the higher education provider
    • Year the degree was awarded
  3. A certified copy of an itemised academic transcript showing subjects passed by year and grades awarded
  4. A detailed written reference from their employer which must be a registered charitable organisation.

Applicants will be required to complete an online application form via the ASF platform (no hard copies are required). This process involves creating a profile page for yourself (if you haven't already) - the information on this page will be assessed in conjunction with the application form, so be sure to fill in all relevant fields.

After creating a profile page, click on the red 'Make an Application' button and choose 'CPA Program Scholarship - 2018/19' from the drop-down menu. If it isn't listed there, check in the 'My Applications' section just below for the link. This will take you to a summary page with links to upload various documents and complete the online application.

Need help completing your online application? Download instructions for Creating a Profile Page and Making an Application. 


Selection Process and Committee:

Scholarships will be awarded by the selection committee solely based on the applications received. Decisions of the selection committee will be final.

No correspondence or discussion will be entered into concerning any aspect of the award. The committee is not obliged to award any scholarships.

Award recipients will be announced in CPA Australia’s INTHEBLACK magazine or website and Australian Scholarships Foundation’s website. If you do not want your name published advise the Scholarship Coordinator, CPA Australia on 1300 73 73 73 or Australian Scholarships Foundation on 1300 248 675.

The chairperson of the selection committee will submit a brief report each year to the CPA Australia Board of Directors.


More Information:

For more information about the CPA Program, please visit CPA Australia's website. For any queries regarding the CPA Program or eligibility requirements, contact CPA Australia via

Have questions? Check our FAQ's page for answers to the most common questions. Or if you need assistance with the application process, please contact us.


Applications for the CPA Program Scholarship close Friday 30 November, 2018 at 5pm AEDT for scholarship recipients wanting to begin the CPA Program in semester one or two, 2019.

Selection Criteria
Before you apply for the CPA Australia - CPA Program Scholarship, you should check that you satisfy the entry criteria for the Program as set out on the CPA Australia website (, as well as any other requirements of the program. The scholarship will only be awarded to persons eligible for admission to the CPA Program. CPA Australia also requires the following: applicants must be Associate members of CPA Australia or eligible to join CPA Australia at Associate level; applicants must supply a certified copy of their degree if they are not Associate members of CPA Australia; applicants must supply a certified copy of their transcripts if they are not Associate members of CPA Australia. Eligibility: The Scholarship is awarded jointly by ASF and CPA Australia to applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents employed by a charitable not-for-profit organisation and whose completion of the program would, in ASF's view, benefit their employing NFP organisation. Selection is based on the applicant meeting the CPA Program's entry requirements for the nominated program and written reference from the respective charitable organisation.
Closing Date : 30/11/2018
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