Australia Awards works with local and international organisations to provide Short Courses and Australian Professional Opportunities (APO) to nationals of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Short Courses

All Short Courses address specified learning outcomes and are delivered by an approved Australian Higher Education provider or an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia program encourages tendering institutions to explore partnerships with organisations in the South Asia region, where appropriate.

The Short Course Handbook will form a binding part of a contract with a preferred tenderer. The handbook stipulates the pre-course preparation, delivery, logistics, welfare/pastoral care, monitoring and evaluation, course materials, and communication and public diplomacy requirements.

Read the Short Course Provider Handbook below for details.

Short Course Provider Handbook

Request for Tender 

Short Course on Foundational Skills for Change Agents (Regional)

Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia is seeking a cost-effective Short Course training program for up to 200 pre-mobilised Australia Awards scholars. This Short Course will be delivered via an online platform over three to four months, commencing in mid-January 2022 and completing no later than mid-May 2022.

The Short Course will offer scholars awaiting mobilisation to Australia the opportunity to consolidate and extend their academic skills, preparing them to take full advantage of learning and networking opportunities whilst in Australia

Please submit all tenders to by 5.00pm (Adelaide time) on Monday 15 November 2021

RFT 02-2021- Short Course on Foundational Skills for Change Agents (Regional)

Attachments 5 & 6 – Financial Proposal & Indicative Budget

Attachment 8 – Short Course Provider Handbook

Attachment 9 – Scope Global Services Agreement Template

Upcoming Short Courses

Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia plans to delivery the below listed Short Courses in the financial year 2021-2022. Short Course providers will be selected through a tender process, which will be announced on this website and the Australian Government’s website, AusConnect.

Country  Course name Mode of delivery  Procurement date
Bangladesh Women in Policing OR Using Social Media to Counter Radicalism Online / Australia Late October 2021
Sri Lanka Promoting Value Chain Improvements, Market Integration and Trade in Agribusiness TBC Late Oct/early Nov 2021
Sri Lanka Trade Promotion and Marketing Post COVID-19 TBC November 2021
Bangladesh Integrating health planning and evaluating the effectiveness of health policies, planning and services Online / Australia November 2021
Regional Trade Promotion and Marketing OR Governing in a Digital Age One of the countries in the South Asia region January 2022
Bangladesh Maritime Professional Development Program Online / Australia February 2022
Maldives TBC TBC TBC


Note: The above-mentioned courses are indicative only. The thematic focus and/or schedule may change prior to a request for tender being released.

Register your interest

You can register your organisation's interest in current or future procurement opportunities related to Short Courses and APOs.

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Question 1: Do I have to be a registered training organisation (RTO) or higher education provider to deliver a Short Course?

The lead tenderer must be an Australian higher education provider or RTO in Australia.

Question 2: If I do not fit the above categories, how can I be involved in the delivery of a Short  Course?

Organisations that are not RTOs or higher education providers and who are based either in Australia or internationally, can form consortia with RTOs and higher education providers to deliver Short Courses.

Question 3: Can I propose the subject area of a Short Course?

Short Course topics are driven by Australia’s aid objectives within the country or region. A Short Course concept note is developed in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in that country; in-country partners such as government departments and ministries; and our Australia Awards in-country team and Continuing Professional Development Solutions team. The intended outcomes of the course will be articulated in the Request for Tender, Scope of Services. Tendering organisations can then propose their delivery approach based on their technical expertise, within the parameters of the RFT document.

Question 4: Can an organisation who is already receiving DFAT funding, deliver a Short Course.


Question 5: Can we partner with organisations based in the recipient Program country?

Yes, we encourage partnership with in-country partners, especially those who can support in person delivery in the recipient country and who have subject matter experience relevant to the course.

Question 6: How do we cost for these local facilitators mentioned in question 5?

Additional facilitators can be added as a fixed cost in sections A1 and A2 of the RFT budget template. If the input of the in-country personnel is minimal, for example an individual is engaged as a specialist presenter, then they can be added as a reimbursable under section B1 ‘Personnel Costs for Delivery of Course.’

Question 7: With the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, should we still cost for in-person delivery in the country of origin?

The RFT Scope of Services will specify the mode/s of delivery for a specific short course. If the Scope of Services needs to change after a service agreement has been executed, Scope Global will negotiate these changes with the Provider.

Question 8: What if I budget for in country facilitation and the other tenderers do not and my financial proposal is substantially higher?

Financial assessments comprise 20% of the overall score and are based on the fixed cost of the financial proposal alone. The addition of in country partners is a desirable outcome and thus the merit of the technical proposal will be balanced against the additional costs as part of the overall value for money assessment.

Question 9: If there isn’t a topic listed in the tender, is it possible to propose a topic for consideration?

If the topic aligns with the intended learning outcomes, then yes it can be proposed.

Question 10: Can an assessment component be built into a Short Couse as a form of micro-credentialing and then be used as a pathway to a tertiary education degree?

We encourage Short Courses to be a pathway to certification if possible, however, this is not a requirement.

Question 11: Do I need to register my intention to submit a tender in order to be eligible?

No, you don’t. However, only organisations which register an intention to submit, receive addenda to the RFT which may help in developing your proposal. An Intent to Submit does not commit your organisation to submit a proposal.

Australian Professional Opportunities

Australian Professional Opportunities (APOs) are learning and development activities funded by the Australian Government. If you are running an event or have a training opportunity that could be delivered as an APO, register your interest and our Continuing Professional Development-Solutions team will be in touch.

To deliver or host a recipient of an Australian Professional Opportunity, your organisation does not need to be an Australian registered training organisation or an Australian higher education provider.

For further information

Please direct any enquiries to Enquiries from tenderers between a tender issue date and a tender closing date will be answered through formal addenda.

Short Course Provider Info Session – material available

Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia, Continuing Professional Development Solutions team conducted a virtual Short Course Provider Information Session on 21 September 2021. The recording and slide deck have been made available from the session in the below link for potential Short Course providers looking to learn more about tendering and delivering Short Courses.

Short Course Provider Info Session material