Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are subsidised by the Australian Government. Students in a CSP pay a portion of their tuition fees, called the student contribution, and the Government pays the remaining portion (Commonwealth contribution) directly to the University. Eligible students can defer payment of their student contribution to a HECS-HELP loan.
Eligibility for a Commonwealth supported place
A Commonwealth supported place will be offered to domestic students who meet the citizenship and residency requirements. To be eligible for a CSP, you must be:
- an Australian citizen who will undertake at least one unit of study in Australia
- a New Zealand who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study
- an Australian Permanent Resident or Humanitarian Visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study
To secure your Commonwealth supported place, you must:
New requirements for continued CSP eligibility
The Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) is the legislation that governs higher education funding for Australian Universities and determines the conditions for students receiving Commonwealth assistance.
In October 2020, additional eligibility conditions for Commonwealth assisted students were incorporated into the legislation when the Higher Education Support Amendments (Job Ready Graduates and Supporting Rural and Remote Students) Bill was passed by Parliament. The new requirements will be introduced from 1 January 2022 for new students.
What you need to do
During your studies, you must meet the following conditions to maintain your eligibility for Commonwealth assistance for the duration of your program.
- be a genuine student and actively engage in your studies
- maintain a satisfactory completion rate of at least 50% of courses attempted*
- be assessed as academically suited to your chosen program of study and the courses you enrol in each Teaching Period
- maintain a reasonable study load of no more than 2.0 EFTSL (16 units) in an academic year
Students who do not meet the above requirements will no longer be eligible for Commonwealth assistance and will have their fee category changed to fee-paying for any further enrolment in their current program. Eligibility for Commonwealth assistance will be reinstated when a student has increased their completion rate to 50% or higher.
Important: courses withdrawn after the census date without academic penalty are considered ‘not successfully completed’ and will be included in calculations for assessing the 50% completion rate requirement. Courses with an incomplete grade are still in progress and are not included in the completion rate calculations.
Monitoring and support
The University will ensure that all students who commence studies in a Commonwealth supported place :
- have been assessed as academically suited to their chosen field of study
- are provided with sufficient information to plan and manage their enrolment in accordance with Program completion requirements
- are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place and understand the requirements to maintain their eligibility for Commonwealth assistance
During your studies, the University will monitor your engagement and academic progress at the end of each Teaching Period. Students whose progress may be at risk will have access to support services and academic skills development opportunities early in their program to help them develop strategies for successful progression.
Students who are no longer eligible for Commonwealth assistance for their current program will be provided with advice on alternative options for continuing with their studies.
Students who do not demonstrate an appropriate level of engagement in their studies, may be referred to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment as a non-genuine student.
Students whose academic progress has been impeded by unexpected adverse circumstances may apply for withdrawal without academic or financial penalty
The above eligibility requirements apply to all Commonwealth assisted students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate and pathway programs.
Student Learning Entitlement
The Student Learning Entitlement is a limit on the amount of study you can undertake as a Commonwealth supported student. SLE will apply to studies undertaken from 1 January 2022 onwards. Students will be allocated a Student Learning Entitlement balance of 7 years equivalent full-time study. Your SLE balance reduces with each course you undertake.