Frequently asked questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions, please contact your student contact officer.

How do I get to the event?

Each event is located in a central district where there is sufficient public transport available. Please check the event location in your state or territory and plan your trip prior to the event.

Some regional campuses will be offered transport to the event held in their state or territory. Please click on the venues and transport tab above for further information. If your campus is not listed as receiving a transfer, it is up to you to make your own way to the event.

What happens when I arrive at the event?

Be sure to print and bring your email confirmation and barcode to the venue with photo identification.

When you arrive please make your way to the registration table at the entrance of the room where the event is being held. Please provide the registration team with your barcode to collect your name badge which is required for admission.

Can I bring a guest along with me?

Due to venue restrictions, only Graduating students are able to bring a guest. This guest will need to be registered before the event. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate other family members or friends.

Do I need to wear a graduation gown?

No, you don’t need to wear a graduation gown for the event. The dress code is business attire or national dress.

What happens if I cannot attend?

If you are unable to attend the events to collect your Australia Awards certificate please contact your student contact officer at your institution to arrange for collection or to provide your forwarding address.

Will I receive a certificate?

Certificates will only be offered to scholars who have finished or who are about to finish their studies.

If you have finished or are about to finish your studies but are unable to attend the event, please contact your student contact officer at your institution to arrange for collection or to provide your forwarding address.

Why do I need to write my name phonetically on the registration form?

At the ceremony, the presenter will read out your name in full just before you receive your certificate. If your name is not a common one in Australia or difficult to pronounce it is helpful to provide us with some guidance.

Below are some examples of pronunciation:

  • Paul Harvey von Bergheim = Paul Harvey von Berg-hime
  • Hooi Peng Soon = Hoo-ee P-eng S-oon
  • Rebecca Malkkah Lachovitzki = Rebecca Mul-ka Lah-koh-vitz-kee

You can also visit the website Pronounce Names for further assistance.

Please do not:

  • write your full name, without giving us some help
  • include “sounds like” or “rhymes with”; if you do it will be deleted

If you need help, ask your student contact officer for assistance.

How long do the events go for?

Each event will run for three hours.

The program will be as follows;

Sydney

  • 9-9:20 am – Registration
  • 9:30 amMC welcome
  • 9:35 amDFAT representative speech
  • 9:45 am – Keynote speaker – Institution representative
  • 10 am – Two student speakers
  • 10:20 am – Graduation certificate presentation and photo opportunity
  • 11 am – Morning tea and networking
  • 12 pm – Event concludes

Canberra

  • 1:30-1:50 pm – Registration
  • 2 pmMC welcome
  • 2:05 pmDFAT speaker
  • 2:15 pm – Keynote speaker – Institution representative
  • 2:30 pm – Two student speakers
  • 2:50 pm – Graduation certificate presentation and photo opportunity
  • 3:30 pm – Afternoon tea and networking
  • 4:30 pm – Event concludes

Melbourne-Adelaide-Brisbane-Perth

  • 1-1:20 pm – Registration
  • 1:30 pmMC welcome
  • 1:35 pmDFAT representative speech
  • 1:45 pm – Keynote speaker – Institution representative
  • 2 pm – Two student speakers
  • 2:20 pm – Graduation certificates presentation and photo opportunity
  • 3 pm – Afternoon tea and networking
  • 4 pm – Event concludes

Will there be an official photographer?

Yes, there will be a photographer at each event.

There will be time for you to have an individual or group photograph. These photos will be available via the photos tab after the event.

There will also be a professional videographer who will capture the events proceedings.

Please note that by registering for the event you give permission for images in which you appear to be used for publications and public relations activities by, or in relation to, the Commonwealth Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In particular, this may include use in print and electronic media, including the internet and official social media platforms. Please click here for more information.