Tertiary Access Payment Program

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) aims to assist eligible commencing students relocating from their outer regional and remote home location to study at their Deakin campus.

The TAP is a Government initiative which aims to support eligible students from outer regional and remote school leavers with the increased costs associated with relocating to a new city or town to undertake tertiary study and provide support for your first year of study. Deakin is administering this scheme on behalf of the Federal Government. Program Guidelines are available from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Eligibility

After you enrol in your course in StudentConnect, you can submit your application for TAP. Please ensure that you meet the criteria below.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or meet permanent residency requirements and
  • be from an outer-regional, remote or very remote home location (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check if your home location qualifies) and
  • have completed Year 12 or a Year 12 equivalent course in 2020 and
  • be relocating to study at a Deakin campus which is at least 90 minutes one-way by public transport from your home location and
  • be undertaking eligible tertiary study at Deakin University in 2021 and
  • be commencing your full-time studies at Deakin University in Trimester 1/Semester 1 2021 and
  • have combined parental/guardian annual income of less than $250,000.

Selection

Funding for this scheme is limited and will close without notification when fully allocated.

Your complete application* will be assessed based on the date/time of submission of your responses and supporting documentation. If all required documentation has not been provided, your application will not be considered complete and will not be assessed. As a result, please double check your responses and documentation prior to submitting.

* a complete application is an application with responses to all questions and all required documentation provided. If an application is submitted without all required documentation it will not be considered complete.

Special conditions

This scholarship cannot be deferred or intermitted and must be taken up for the period of offer.

Supporting documents

As part of the application process you are required to upload supporting documentation. Your application will not be considered complete, or be assessed, if you do not provide the correct documents.

Identity

Please provide one document listed below:

  • Australian driver’s license - current license, learner permit or provisional license issued by an Australian state or territory road transport authority in your name with photo and signature.
  • Australian passport - a current passport issued in your name or former name.
  • Foreign passport - current passport issued by another country, with a valid entry stamp or visa, in your name.
  • Proof of age card - current card issued by a state or territory Government agency in your name with photo.

Citizenship

Please provide one document listed below:

  • Australian birth certificate - a full birth certificate in your name or former name issued by an Australian state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. (Birth extracts or birth cards will not be accepted).
  • Australian visa - must be a current visa issued in your name or former name.
  • Australian citizenship certificate - issued in your name or former name. If you do not have an Australian citizenship certificate issued in your name, your parents’ certificate can be accepted if you are listed as a child with your full name and date of birth.

Home location

Please provide one document listed below which shows your home location:

  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Age Card
  • Bank statement
  • Utility Bill
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Electoral enrolment card

New address location

Please provide one document listed below which shows your new address location:

  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Age Card
  • Bank statement
  • Utility Bill
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Electoral enrolment card

Independence status

If you are dependent on your parents/guardian you do not need to provide documents from this section. If you are independent you will need to provide documentation which confirms one of the items listed below.

You are classified independent if you have documentation which confirms, you:

  • are living independently (please provide confirmation documentation eg. Centrelink statement)
  • have (or have had) a dependent child (please provide your child’s birth certificate)
  • are an orphan (please provide confirmation documentation)
  • parents are unable to exercise parental responsibilities eg. parents are in prison or asylum (please provide confirmation documentation)
  • cannot live at home because it is unreasonable to live at home  (please provide confirmation documentation)
  • are a refugee (please provide confirmation documentation)
  • are in State Care (please provide confirmation documentation)
  • Indigenous students only:
    • have Special Adult Status in a traditional community (please provide confirmation documentation)
    • currently have care of another person's child (please provide confirmation documentation)
    • have returned to live in an Indigenous community after being adopted or fostered by a non-Indigenous family for more than 2 years (please provide confirmation documentation)
    • are aged 18 or over, and have been in lawful custody for six months (please provide confirmation documentation)

Parental/Guardian income (was/are living with parents)

Please provide the document listed below:

  • Tax Assessment Notice for the 2019/20 financial year (for parents/guardian)

If your parental/guardian income has reduced significantly since the 2019/20 financial year, they will be required to submit documentation confirming the reduction in income in your application.

Your income (if classified as independent)

Please provide your Tax Assessment Notice for the 2019/20 financial year or a Centrelink benefit statement.

Application process

Before applying, please check your home location is in an outer-regional, remote or very remote area, You can use the Centrelink Student Regional Area Search to confirm your home location falls within one of these groups.

Applications for 2021 have now closed.

Finding out if you are successful

If you are successful, a notification will be sent to your Deakin email address. We anticipate this being within 6 weeks of your submission date.

If you are not successful, a notification will be provided to your Deakin email address.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Tertiary Access Payment?

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-off payment of $5,000. It is available to eligible school-leavers to assist with the cost of moving away from home to attend university straight after completing Year 12.

Who is eligible to apply for the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP)?

You will be eligible for the TAP if you are:

  • from an outer-regional, remote or very remote area (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check your eligibility)
  • relocating to study at one of our campuses located at least 90 minutes by public transport from your family home (either in another regional location or a metropolitan location)
  • enrolled full time study load
  • studying face to face – or a combination of face to face and online study
  • studying in the year straight after completing your Year 12 or equivalent (or the first available trimester of their chosen course if the course has a mid-year start).

This payment will be means-tested. This means you will need to be below a parental income threshold of $250,000 to receive this payment.

How can I apply for the Tertiary Access Payment?

Applications for the Tertiary Access Payment are currently closed.

How do I receive the payment?

The TAP will be paid in two instalments – a $3,000 payment at the beginning of the year, to assist with upfront costs, and a $2,000 payment toward the end of the first year of your studies.

The payment will be made shortly after the relevant trimester census date.

This payment will only be available in your first year of study – no further payments will be made in the second year of study or beyond.

What can the money be used for?

There are no restrictions, conditions or directions on what you spend the TAP money on. The TAP can be used to cover costs associated with study including, but not restricted to:

  • bond for accommodation
  • assistance with rent and other household bills
  • groceries
  • textbooks and other study supplies.

I am eligible for Youth Allowance/ABSTUDY. Am I also eligible for the Tertiary Access Payment?

Yes. If you meet the eligibility criteria, but you are receiving the following payments, you will still be eligible for the TAP:

  • Youth Allowance
  • ABSTUDY
  • Relocation scholarship linked to Youth Allowance/ABSTUDY.

I’m not eligible for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY. Can I get the Tertiary Access Payment?

Yes. Your parents’ income might mean you can’t get a fortnightly payment from Centrelink. But if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Tertiary Access Payment you can get it.

Why is this payment limited to students from outer regional and remote areas?

The Napthine Review explicitly recommended this payment be targeted at outer regional and remote students who are relocating more than 90 minutes from their home (Recommendation 2, Action 7).

People living in outer regional and remote areas have substantially less access to tertiary education providers than those living in metropolitan and inner regional areas. Tertiary attainment rates are also lower in all regional and remote areas, compared to metropolitan areas. The Napthine Review highlighted that this disparity increases the further away from metropolitan areas a person resides and is more pronounced at the university level.

Where can I go for more information about the Tertiary Access Payment?

For more detailed information about the Tertiary Access Payment, or to read the Program Guidelines and eligibility criteria, visit the Australian Government Tertiary Access Payment page.

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