Indigenous Access Scholarships

Indigenous Access Scholarships (IAS) aim to improve access to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly those who need to relocate from their remote or regional location.


Cash payment per year ($4702 in 2014). This amount is indexed annually and is anticipated to be higher in 2015.


A one-off payment.

Number per year

Deakin was allocated 66 IAS in 2014.  The number of IAS available in 2015 is to be confirmed.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • undertaking an undergraduate course of study for the first time with Deakin in a Commonwealth supported place
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
  • 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
  • not holding a bachelors degree or higher-level award unless such award is a prerequisite of your current undergraduate course of study

Selection criteria

  • enrolled to study at the Institute of Koorie Education
  • the degree of your involvement in your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • financial, education or social disadvantage
  • responsibility for others
  • your disability status

How to apply

Application for 2015 will be online via the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Applications will open in February 2015.

Please contact Ms Toni Bowen, Institute of Koorie Education.

Phone 03 5247 9358 or email

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