Commonwealth supported students

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a higher education place available to domestic students for which the University receives some government funding.

Students enrolled in CSP's contribute to part of the cost of their course. This is referred to as a 'student contribution'. Sometimes you may hear it referred to as HECS or CSP. CSP students may also be eligible for HECS-HELP to help pay for their studies.

The cost of your course depends on the units you study. Your fees may vary each study period as your enrolled units change. You should view your invoice each study period to check your tuition fees and make sure your enrolment details are correct.

To find out what fees you owe and whether you are enrolled in a fee-paying place or CSP, check your course offer or view your invoice in StudentConnect. For more information about Commonwealth supported places please visit StudyAssist.

On 19 June 2020, the Australian Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package which passed through Parliament and came into effect from 1 January 2021. The University is currently working through the proposal and impacts on students.

2021 Student Contributions

On 19 June 2020, the Australian Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package which has now passed through Parliament and came into effect on 1 January 2021.

The draft legislation applies to CSP students who commenced from 1 January 2021 and also makes considerations for CSP students, who commenced their studies prior to 2021 and remain in the same course, to ensure they will not to be adversely impacted. These considerations are referred to as 'grandfathering' arrangements.

Students commencing in a new course from 1 January 2021

Study disciplines Amount for 8 credit points Rate per credit point
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture 1&2 $14,500 $1812
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology3, English, Mathematics or Statistics, Nursing, Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3950 $493
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology4 or Professional Pathway Social Work5 Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies or Science, Pathology $7950 $993
Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science $11,300 $1412

Students continuing in the same course they were enrolled in 2020 (grandfathering arrangement)6

Funding cluster Part of funding cluster Amount for 8 credit points Rate per credit point
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce,  Communications, Society and Culture Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Public Relations or Commerce $11,355 $1419
Any other subpart of the Society and Culture part of the first funding cluster $6804 $850
The Social Studies or Behavioural Science subpart of the Society and Culture part of the new first funding cluster $6804 $850
Communications $6804 $850
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics or Statistics $3950 $493
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment or Computing $7950 $993
Visual and Performing Arts $6804 $850
Professional Pathway  Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work $6804 $850
Nursing, Foreign Languages, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science Nursing, Foreign Languages $3950 $493
Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies or Science $7950 $993
Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pathology Agriculture $3950 $493
Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science $11,300 $1412
Pathology $7950 $993

Footnotes

1.Excluding Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units, which are in funding cluster 2 (see note 3), and excluding Professional Pathway Psychology units with FOE codes starting with 0907 which are in cluster 2 (see note 4).
2.Excluding Professional Pathway Social Work units with FOE codes starting with 0905 which are in cluster 2 (see note 5).
3.Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units of study are in funding cluster 2 and are psychology units of study (FOE code 090701) that contribute to courses of study that are accredited for the purposes of professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and which lead to Endorsed Areas of Practice in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology and Community Psychology.
4.Professional Pathway Psychology units of study are Behavioural Science units (with FOE codes starting with 0907) that contribute to courses of study that lead to a bachelors degree, honours degree or masters degree in psychology with a course structure that makes it compulsory to study the units relevant to professional registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia, and which itself represents a pathway to professional registration as a psychologist.  
5.Professional Pathway Social Work units of study are Human Welfare Studies and Services units (with FOE codes starting with 0905) that contribute to courses of study that lead to a bachelors degree, honours degree or masters degree in social work accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
6.New funding clusters and contribution amounts will take effect in the 2021 academic year. Grandfathering arrangements will be in place for students who would see an increase in their contribution amounts. Under these arrangements, students who commenced their course of study before 1 January 2021 facing increased student contribution amounts for a unit, will instead have their student contribution and Australian Government contribution amounts remain as they were under the previous arrangements (with existing rates being indexed by CPI each year. If continuing students are enrolled in units that will see their student contribution amount lowered, their student contributions will be the lowered amount and the Australian Government contribution would be the new rate. That is, there will be no “mixing’ of old and new rates for a unit.

SSAF and other fees and charges

Further information

Overview of Commonwealth supported places

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