Tertiary Access Payment Scholarships

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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.

Courses eligible

Any Diploma, Advanced Diploma, 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 a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, 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) (Australian Apprenticeship programs are 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

    Applicants must download and complete the Tertiary Access Payment declaration form.

    The completed declaration form must be attached with all other supporting documents to the online application form by 11:59pm Sunday 14 March 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Applicants must submit the following documentation with their completed online application form: 

    • evidence of Australian citizenship, permanent residency (if Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period has been served), holding a permanent humanitarian visa or being a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991, such as a passport, birth certificate or Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) check
    • proof of residence in an outer regional, remote or very remote area in Australia, such as a current driver's license or bank account statement
    • evidence of combined parental income* by providing either: 
      • the 2019-2020 ATO Notice of Assessments for each parent and/or guardian; or
      • a letter from an account stating the 2019-2020 financial year combined income of each parent and/or guardian
      • if applicants are exempt from providing this evidence due to being a refugee, they must provide either a copy of:
      • if applicants are exempt from providing this evidence due to one of the other circumstances outlined in the eligibility/selection criteria, they must provide a statutory declaration stating what these circumstances are.

    *Combined parental income includes: 

    • taxable income 
    • adjusted employer provided benefits for the relevant tax year 
    • foreign income 
    • total net investment losses, plus 
    • tax free pensions and benefits, plus 
    • reportable superannuation contributions for the appropriate tax year, less 
    • maintenance amounts paid out  


    Please read the detailed Program Guidelines on the Australian Government department’s website for the program to check your eligibility and conditions of the payment.


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