Indigenous Access Scholarships

The primary aim of the Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) is to improve higher education access for Indigenous people, particularly those who need to relocate from regional and remote areas, through a one-off payment to take up higher education undergraduate courses. The Indigenous Access Scholarship is targeted at eligible commencing students.

What are the benefits for you?

Cash payment of $4904

Duration One-off payment

Eligibility criteria

All conditions must be met

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be a commencing student enrolled for the first time at Deakin University in your undergraduate bachelor degree in Trimester 2 2016 in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • not be holding a bachelors degree or higher-level award unless such award is a prerequisite of your current undergraduate course of study
  • have not previously received payment for an IAS
  • be in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit, or able to demonstrate that you have a personal or family taxable income below the HECS-HELP repayment threshold, depending on independence status
  • be relocating from a regional or remote area to attend your course of study.
Number available To be advised
Selection criteria
  • responsibility for others
  • financial, education or social disadvantage
  • the degree of your involvement in your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • your disability status
Opening and closing dates

Applications for Trimester 2 2016 open 6 June 2016 and close 11 July 2016 at 5pm.

How to apply

Apply online via the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm your circumstances.

The supporting documentation required includes evidence of:

  • your financial hardship
  • any medical condition
  • any other disadvantage you are experiencing
  • confirmation of any statement you have provided in your online application.

Please visit the Supporting documentation page for examples of the types of documents you could provide.

You must email your these documents with your six-digit applicant ID number in the subject line to

Due date for documentation: No later than the closing date of the scholarship. Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

When will I know All applicants applying will be advised of the outcome of their application within six weeks after the closing date.

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