Tertiary Access Payment (TAP)

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The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) has been developed in support of the Government’s broader agenda to strengthen tertiary education in regional and remote Australia.

The TAP will help outer regional and remote school leavers with the increased costs associated with relocating to a new city or town to undertake tertiary study and provide support to assist with the first year of study. Importantly, it will provide an incentive for students to start tertiary study immediately after completing secondary school, rather than taking a gap year to save money or qualify for other types of income support.

If you’re studying a Vocational Educational and Training (VET) course at Swinburne, you must claim through Services Australia.

Courses eligible

Any Associate Degree or Undergradute degree course offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, permanent humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand Citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991
  • have completed Year 12 in 2020 (or in 2019 if in 2020 you had a documented medical reason/emergency that prevented you from commencing your higher education studies in 2020)
  • be relocating to study at any Swinburne campus which is at least 90 minutes one way by public transport from your family home that is located in an outer-regional, remote or very remote area (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check eligibility)
  • be enrolling full-time at Swinburne in semester 1 and 2, 2021 in your first year of an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree that is at least one academic year in duration, studying face-to-face or a mix of online and face-to-face (online only is ineligible)
  • demonstrate that your parent/s or guardian/s have a combined income of less than $250,000 (adjusted taxable income) in the 2019-2020 financial year*. 

*Parental income is not assessed in certain circumstances where an applicant cannot reasonable obtain parental income, for example an applicant who can demonstrate that they:

  • are unable to live at home due to extreme circumstances
  • are an orphan
  • have parents who can’t look after them
  • have or had a child
  • are a refugee
  • are in state care
  • are specially disadvantaged
  • are caring for someone else’s child
  • have been in prison for 6 months or more
  • are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background and have adult status in their traditional community, or due to other reasons such as having returned to live in an Indigenous community after being adopted or fostered by a non-Indigenous family for more than 2 years.


$5,000 for one year (paid in two instalments). 

    How to apply

    Applications for this Scholarship are now closed


    Please read the detailed Program Guidelines on the Australian Government's Tertiary Access Payment website to check your eligibility and conditions of the payment.


    Fees and Scholarships Team, Student Administration and Library Services