Tertiary Leaders

Taking the next step towards their dream

CYLP supports Year 12 students from Cape York to transition to the workforce or continue to tertiary education throughout Australia. There are currently more than 15 students on a Cape York Leaders Program Tertiary Scholarship attending universities throughout Australia.

Join the waiting List

Program Overview

Many of our Tertiary Leaders are the first in their family to attend university, so our support and motivation is integral to their success.

Our dedicated Student Support Officers provide ongoing support and guidance to ensure they stay on the path to success.

Our Tertiary Leaders volunteer their time to mentor our Secondary Leaders at camps, leadership seminars and events. This 'giving back' is a cycle of real-world honest support from those who understand the challenges they face. 

After graduation, many Tertiary Leaders return to their home communities to make a difference and inspire the next generation.


What’s included

Students receive fortnightly payments to ease the financial pressures of living away from home so students can focus on their studies.

We also provide ongoing support and mentorship to the Leaders.

Application information

Eligibility Criteria (not in order of importance)

  • Students must confirm community affiliation within Cape York
  • Must be ABSTUDY eligible
  • Must plan to study full-time on campus
  • Be 17-25 years of age
  • Currently enrolled or plan to enrol in tertiary education at a Diploma level or higher
  • Currently completing Year 12 or completed Year 12 with an OP score

Complete an application form here and submit it through the online portal, by email or by post.

By email: send completed applications to info@capeyorkleaders.org.au.

By post: send completed applications to 302/310 Sheridan Sheridan St, Cairns City QLD 4870.

View our Tertiary Handbook here or contact us for further information.


"CYLP has broadened my horizons - through CYLP I have a blessing and an opportunity to fulfil my potential. I can help others and inspire others as I’ve been inspired."

Amily Phineasa

Frequently Asked Questions

Complete an application. Submit the completed application and any required documents by email, post, or online portal to the Cape York Leaders Program. You will then receive confirmation that we have received your application within four weeks.

Complete an application form here, then submit your completed application and any required documents by email, post, or online portal to the Cape York Leaders Program.

Confirmation of ABSTUDY eligibility, copy of confirmation of enrolment (if enrolled) and Year 12 school reports.

Yes, provided you confirm your community affiliation within Cape York.

No, only Secondary Leaders are able to transition to Tertiary Leaders.

CYLP supports Tertiary Leaders with Fortnightly payments to support the costs of living while studying full-time, as well as wrap-around support from CYLP Student Support Officers and regular workshops.

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