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If personal circumstances impact your ability to study, you may qualify for support through Government or provider assistance programs.

Students with disability

Education providers can help with access and participation, provide disability support officers, counsellors, on-campus medical services, and help you manage your study load.
If you have an NDIS plan, it may be possible to organise additional support through your planner or existing providers.

Information about programs and services available for people with a disability can be found at the Department of Social Services website.

Culturally and linguistically diverse students

Check with your education provider to see if they offer English-language support, orientation activities, and other services such as peer-mentoring.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Most education providers have indigenous student support centres and may offer scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Some providers offer scholarships (to assist with course fees and/or living expenses) for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas.

Sexually and gender diverse (LGBTIQ+) students

Contact your education provider’s equity or diversity area to access support or get involved in the LGBTIQ+ community.

Students who are carers

Students with carer responsibilities can access flexible learning options, on-campus child-care, parent rooms and parent support groups through their education provider.

Learn about the programs and services available for carers at the Department of Social Services website.

Find out about specific carer payments through the Services Australia website.

Students who are parents

Assistance with the cost of childcare is available through Services Australia.

Search for information on child-care in your local area at Child Care Finder.

Rural, Regional and Remote students

The Australian Government has an ongoing commitment to improving the higher education access, participation and attainment rates of students from regional and remote areas of Australia and offers a number of targeted programs and initiatives to support these students to succeed in their studies.

Full value scholarships under the Government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program are valued at $18,000 (for full-time study over four years, or the part-time equivalent) to assist eligible students with the cost of their higher-level tertiary study (pro-rata amounts apply depending on study load and course duration).  

Regional University Centres support tertiary students to study online with any Australian education providers. The Centres provide student support and campus-like facilities, like study spaces, video conferencing, computer and internet facilities, in regional and remote areas across Australia.    

The Government’s Job-ready Graduates package announced additional opportunities for regional students, including increased funding to expand and strengthen the Regional University Centres program, and a new $5000 tertiary access payment for school-leavers from outer regional or remote areas who relocate more than 90 minutes from their home to undertake full‑time, higher‑level tertiary education.

What am I eligible for?

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