Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships (ICECS and ICAS)

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The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) aims to improve higher education access for Indigenous people, particularly those who need to relocate from regional and remote areas, through payments to assist with education costs.

Courses eligible

Any higher education degree 

Eligibility / selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • be an Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander
  • provide evidence of low socio-economic status or financial hardship (documents such as Centrelink statement, payslips. Bank statements can be used if an explanation is provided in a personal statement)
  • be a commencing or current student stuyding full-time or part time in an undergraduate degree at Swinburne in 2020


Please note:

  • If you are in receipt of a Centrelink Student Start Up Scholarship, Student Start up loan, Relocation Scholarship, ABSTUDY Residential Costs Options or Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships and you are offered an ICECS/ICAS, you may choose to either accept or decline the offer. If you do accept the offer, you must contact Centrelink for information about how to return the Centrelink Student Start Up Scholarship, Relocation Scholarship or Student Start up loan payment.


ICECS is valued at $2,727 per year paid in two instalments in the year. This scholarship is available for up to eight payment cycles.

Also, you will automatically be assessed for Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS). To be eligible for ICAS you must have lived in a regional or remote area of Australia within the past 4 years and need to relocate to undertake the current study. Please refer to Rural and Regional Calculator to determine your geographic classification (Click on the 'Start now' button at the link provided. Choose 'Search a Location' or 'Search the Map'. Provide your address and select Australian Statistical Geographic Standard Remoteness Areas classification option to determine your geographic classification). Value $5,355 per year paid in two instalments in the year. This scholarship is available for up to eight payment cycles.

How to apply

Application can be made in two ways:

1. Through VTAC by completing the VTAC Scholarship Application Form which is available through your VTAC user account. Refer to VTAC for opening/closing dates.

2. Directly to the University by completing  the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship online application form and submitting with supporting documentation. Applications for Semester 1, 2020 (if you have not applied through VTAC) close on 31st January 2020.

For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Application Help Guide.


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.



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