Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)

What are the benefits for you?

Cash payment of $2 543 per year (2015 value)


Up to four years (eight payments), provided eligibility is maintained.

Eligibility criteria

All conditions must be met

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • a commencing student enrolled for the first time at Deakin University in your first year of your undergraduate bachelor degree in Trimester 1 2016 in a Commonwealth Supported Place 
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • not holding a bachelors degree or higher-level award unless such award is a prerequisite to your current undergraduate course of 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.
Number availableSeven
Selection criteria
  • the degree of your involvement in your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community
  • financial, education or social disadvantage
  • responsibility for others
  • your disability status.
Special conditions

Successful applicants are not permitted to hold an ICECS and Student Start-up Scholarship payable through Centrelink concurrently.

Opening and closing dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2016 open in February 2016.

How to apply

Apply online via the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will also be required to provide supporting documentation. You should email your supporting documentation with your applicant portal id number in the subject line to no later than the closing date of the scholarship. Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

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.

The types of documents you could provide are listed on the Supporting documentation page.

When will I knowYou will know the outcome of your application within six weeks of the January closing date.

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