Housing grants

The Student Housing Grants are available to assist students with accommodation costs in 2014. Students must apply providing details of their financial situation and demonstrate that they have a genuine need for financial support for their accommodation costs.


The Grant is a fortnightly payment of $70.  

The total value of each grant is $1120.


Trimester 1 & 2, 2014.

Number per year

Up to 350.


To be eligible for this Grant you must:

  • be enrolled in either an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Deakin
  • be a recipient of a Centrelink benefit or  can demonstrate that you have a personal or combined family taxable income below $51,309 
  • pay rent and you can provide a certified copy of your lease agreement or certified proof of your rental arrangement for the current year or
  • have a housing loan for your principle place of residence and can provide certified proof of your housing loan.

Selection criteria

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the information you provide in your application and the supporting documentation you supply.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online application via the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal and supply supporting documentation.

We would encourage you to apply prior to the date of closing. 

Closing Date

Applications for 2014 are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in May.

Please note: Late applications will not be considered.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process, you will also be required to provide supporting documentation. You must upload your supporting documentation as part of the online application process no later than the closing date.

The supporting documentation required includes evidence of:

  • proof of ongoing income (Centrelink documents, Tax Notice of Assessment)
  • certified copy of the lease agreement or certified proof of rental arrangement or
  • certified proof of housing loan for your principle place of residence
  • if  applicable, copy of parental or spouse's Tax Notice of Assessment
  • if  medical or personal grounds, please include a medical certificate or supporting letter from a medical practitioner, registration with the Disability Resource Centre, or health professional

For further information about the supporting documentation required for proof of ongoing income or medical or personal grounds, please visit the Supporting documentation page.

Please note: Incomplete documentation will not be considered.

Important information about Centrelink

If your application for the Student Housing Grants is successful, it is your responsibility to declare to Centrelink that you are in receipt of this grant as it may have an impact on your fortnightly Centrelink payment.

You can receive up to $7,310 of equity and merit-based scholarships or grants before your fortnightly Centrelink payment may be affected.

Any amount of the scholarships/grants over $7,310 is still considered personal income and may affect your payment rate. The excess amount is averaged over the remaining fortnights of the period of the scholarship. This means it will have a consistent impact on your fortnightly rate of payment.

The $7,310 applies to the total amount of eligible scholarships that you receive - not to each scholarship.

Contact Centrelink on 13 2490 if you have any questions about your Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy fortnightly payments.

Important information about the Australian Taxation Office

Eligible students should check with the ATO if the Student Housing Grant is tax exempt.

The calculator on the Australian Taxation Office website will be able to guide you.

Other support

If you would like to review your accommodation needs, consider contacting the Off-Campus Housing Service who can assist you to find affordable and suitable housing.

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