2020 Indigenous Scholarship – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
What is the Diploma of FM?
How long is the Diploma of FM?

How much time will I need to allocate to study each week?
Who will support me during my study journey?
How do I apply?
How is the winner selected?

What are the conditions?
 

Who can apply?
The scholarship is open to FMA members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who work in the facilities management industry. If you are not currently an individual member of the FMA or your company is not a corporate member, please contact FMA to discuss your options on 03 8641 6666 or email info@fma.com.au.
 

What is the Diploma of FM?
The Diploma of Facilities Management allows you to gain on-the-job experience and formal recognition in this dynamic field. It is designed for people who work in the FM industry; there are no academic prerequisites. Learn more about the Diploma of FM 
 

How long is the Diploma of FM?
The Diploma is undertaken via online learning. The successful applicant must enrol within 2 months of receiving the scholarship, and progress and complete the Diploma within two years of enrolment. Students must successfully complete 12 units: eight core units and four electives. 
 

How much time will I need to allocate to study each week?
The estimated time to complete the Diploma is 6–8 hours per week over a period of 18–24 months. It is important that you consider your personal and professional circumstances and are able to make the commitment to study.  It’s a good idea to discuss this with family, friends and your workplace.
 

Who will support me during my study journey?

  1. Your manager Balancing study and full-time work can be challenging. Therefore, we recommend that your manager makes some provision for successful applicants to dedicate a portion of their work hours towards study (3–4 hours per week is recommended) and be available to support your study journey as required.
  2. Your Indigenous Engagement Officer (if there is one in your organisation) or Human Resources Manager may be engaged in working out this arrangement with the Scholarship recipient and your manager. 
  3. Mentor – Your organisation must nominate a colleague to act as your mentor (e.g. your manager). This will be an informal arrangement to assist and guide you as required.
     

How do I apply?
Submit an Application Form. Arrange for your manager to complete the Nomination Form and provide support if you are successful. Applicants who are shortlisted will also be required to complete a short interview (approximately 30 minutes) via Zoom with someone from the Diversity Portfolio Group and FMA.
 

How is the winner selected?
The winner will be selected by an independent judging panel, based on the Application Form (including CV), Nomination Form and Zoom interview.
 

What are the conditions?
The successful applicant must complete the Diploma of FM within two years of receiving the Scholarship. During this time, they must retain their FMA membership and remain working in the industry (circumstances such as illness or redundancy may be grounds for an extension of the two-year timeframe). The Scholarship recipient is also expected to support the FMA and UNE Partnerships in promoting the Diploma of FM within the industry and among Indigenous communities. Read the full Terms & Conditions