It is compulsory for Australia Awards Scholarship Awardees to participate in a pre-departure briefing. The Australian Government and Palladium are responsible for providing the briefing and it is normally delivered across several locations in Africa in the October prior to the students’ departure for Australia. Africa Awards Fellowship Awardees are not required to attend these sessions.
Pre-departure briefings provide essential information that Awardees need upon arrival in Australia, such as advice about living and studying in Australia. The briefing aims to help Awardees to quickly settle in once they are in Australia and at the institution, so that they are able to complete their studies within the duration of the award.
The briefings also provide an opportunity to remind Awardees of their scholarship obligations, including the requirement that they leave Australia and return to their home country for a minimum period of two years after completing the Scholarship.
As participation in a pre-departure briefing is compulsory for all Australia Awards Scholarship Awardees, relevant costs for Awardees to attend will be covered. Family members of Awardees, especially those who expect to accompany them to Australia, are encouraged to participate in the briefing, but attendance will be at their own cost.