Sustainable tourism development

Applications for this Short Course are now open

Applications will close 20 December 2019

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Applications are now open for the Australia Awards Short Course on Sustainable Tourism Development (Sri Lanka). Funded by the Australian Government, this Short Course will build the skills, knowledge and experience of the Australia Awards Short Course participants to contribute to the ongoing development of the tourism sector in Sri Lanka. It will provide participants with an enhanced awareness of the benefits of a well-planned and appropriately resourced tourism industry using contextually appropriate examples of successful Australian approaches. Participants will receive broad exposure to a range of models and practices of relevance to the tourism sector in Sri Lanka.

The course will be delivered in three components between January and June 2020:

  • Component 1: an online component (20 – 24 January 2020),
  • Component 2: comprising two weeks of training in Australia (8-23 February 2020)
  • Component 3: a workshop in Sri Lanka (3 days in the first half of June 2020).

Please note delivery dates for Components 2 and 3 may be subject to change.

Application deadline for this Short Course is 20 December 2019.

Eligible candidates who are currently employed in the tourism sector and have the potential to apply the knowledge and experience gained from the course in Sri Lanka upon their return are encouraged to apply.

Please read and ensure you understand the below eligibility and selection criteria prior to applying.

Up to fifteen emerging and middle management executives who are representatives of government, non-government and private sector organisations with existing responsibility for formulating and implementing tourism strategies and associated programs in Sri Lanka, will be selected as participants of the Australia Awards Short Course.

Selected applicants will be required to complete a negotiated ‘Return to Work’ plan, which will involve the implementation of observations and learnings obtained during the short course in Australia.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be a Sri Lankan citizen and currently reside in Sri Lanka
  • not have applied for or hold permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand
  • satisfy Australian Government requirements for entry to Australia
  • obtain the necessary study and travel approvals from their employer
  • be able to provide attested documents for processing a visa application to enter Australia for the duration of the Short Course
  • meet the specific eligibility criteria specified for this short course and adhere to the application process detailed in this document
  • complete a Return to Work plan with their supervisor.

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • be currently working in a relevant area in the tourism sector and possess industry experience or experience in developing and implementing tourism programs or projects
  • be representatives from the public sector responsible for program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the tourism sector; or be representatives of the private sector demonstrating experience in tourism development
  • be employed at their current position for at least one year with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience
  • not be retiring or being considered for a transfer for at least one year from the conclusion of the Short Course
  • not have participated in an Australia Awards Fellowship or Short Course previously
  • have access to the internet and be computer literate
  • be assessed by the Australian education provider as having an adequate level of English to be able to participate in this course (approximately equivalent to IELTS 5.5)
  • be committed and available to participate in each of the three major components of the training course listed above.

Women, people with disability and individuals from traditionally-marginalised groups are encouraged to apply.

Selection process:

All interested applicants will need to complete their applications online through the Australia Awards – South and West Asia Short Course application portal here by 20 December 2019.

Completed eligible applications will be assessed and ranked based on the above selection criteria. A shortlist will be provided to the Australian High Commission in Colombo to finalise the selection process.

Application process

To apply for the Short Course, applicants must follow the following procedure:

  • Register and access the online application on the Australia Awards – South and West Asia Short Course application portal here 
  • Select Sustainable Tourism Development from the drop down menu as the course option.
  • All applications should be completed and submitted online; no paper applications will be accepted.
  • All required supporting documents need to be uploaded at the time of submission.
  • Only complete applications submitted by 20 December 2019 will be considered for assessment.
  • For more information call 011 577 2980 or email



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