Infographic on diversity in the New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan encourages students from all disciplines and diverse socio-economic backgrounds to participate, including Indigenous Australians, people with disability, LGBQI persons, and students from regional and remote areas.

The New Colombo Plan has measurable positive impact on diversity

According to Professor Kent Anderson, University of Western Australia, studies show that “the New Colombo Plan has a measurable positive impact on diversity such as encouraging a greater portion of low and medium socioeconomic students to study abroad.”

New Colombo Plan actives diverse student profile

  • A clear picture of diversity emerged from the questionnaires given to returning students by the Australian Survey Research Group in 2016-17.

Scholarship recipients are:

  • female – 54 percent
  • identifying with a disability – 5 percent  
  • born outside Australia – 7 percent
  • from regional Australia – 32 percent
  • speakers of a language other than English at home – 17 percent

*sample of 150 returned scholars


Approximately one per cent of scholars in last for rounds have identified as being indigenous

In 2017 the New Colombo Plan launched two initiatives for encourage greater participation by indigenous students:

  • The introduction of the Indigenous Fellow Award for the top-ranked Indigenous scholar
  • the appointment of an Indigenous New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador.

Mobility Grant recipients are:

  • female – 63 percent
  • born outside Australia - 16 percent^
  • from regional Australia - 37 percent^
  • speakers of language other than English at home – 23 percent^

^sample of 4960 returned mobility students

Mobility Grants

Mobility Grants offer flexibility on the age range criteria to facilitate the involvement of Indigenous, regional and mature age students

Mobility grant selections are weighted 40 per cent in favour of projects targeting “student groups that would not otherwise have the opportunity to undertake a mobility experience”.


Infographic on diversity in the New Colombo Plan [PDF 253 KB]

Last Updated: 24 October 2018