Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

Application process

Complete the online application via UAC.

  • Session 3, 2021 applications close 16 November, 2021.

Number available

To be confirmed.


$2,805.50 one-off payment (2021 value, indexed annually).
See Information for recipients for details about general conditions and payments.

Course of study

Preparing for Success, studying on-campus and studying full-time (part-time may be considered).

Selection criteria

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status

For the purposes of the assessment of Indigenous commonwealth scholarship, a person will be considered to be an Indigenous person where:

  • Is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and
  • Identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and
  • Is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.


Applicants must be an Australian Citizen

Residential requirement

In general you need to have resided in a remote or regional area for three of the last four years; or completed final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a regional or remote area prior to commencing your current course. It was also necessary to move to undertake your current course and as a consequence you incurred additional accommodation cost.

Low socio-economic status

Applicants must meet the criteria for low socio-economic status by demonstrating one of the following:

  • Receiving or expecting to receive a Centrelink means-tested income support payment (such as ABSTUDY, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment Single, Carer Payment etc.)
  • Provide evidence of exception financial hardship
  • Dependent students aged between 16-20 years whose parent/guardian is in receipt of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A.

Non eligibility

You are not eligible for consideration if you:

  • Already hold a bachelor's degree or higher level award, unless the award you hold is a prerequisite to the course you are enrolled in (or will be enrolled in)
  • You must not receive a Relocation Scholarship from Centrelink at the same time as being paid an Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship
  • You must not receive Residential Costs Option (RCO) under the ABSTUDY scheme from Centrelink

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