Tertiary Access Payment (TAP)

Are you from an outer regional or remote area and finished Year 12 in 2020? If you’re thinking of relocating for study, and you live more than 90 minutes one-way by public transport, from your Deakin campus, you might be eligible for the new Tertiary Access Payment (TAP).

Important dates

Applications are now closed.


Cash payment up to $5000 (2021 only)

($3000 following Trimester 1 census date and $2000 following Trimester 2 census date)

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a payment of $5,000 paid to eligible Year 12 (or equivalent) school-leavers from outer regional or remote areas who relocate more than 90 minutes away from home to study full-time with a higher education provider. This payment is only available for your first year of study – no further payments are made in the second year of study or beyond.

Moving away from home can be costly. The TAP is here to help ease some of those financial pressures. The TAP can go towards anything - accommodation, text books, food/groceries, fuel or other study supplies.

The TAP is means-tested, so you will need to demonstrate parental income below the threshold of $250,000 to be eligible to be considered for this payment.


Receiving other forms of support, such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a Relocation Scholarship (linked to Youth Allowance/ABSTUDY) does not affect your eligibility for this payment, however you should contact Services Australia to see if this payment will affect any other financial support payments you receive.

Eligibility and how to apply

If you completed Year 12 in 2020, relocating to study at a Deakin campus which is more than 90 minutes from your home location, you could be eligible for this support payment.

For full eligibility criteria and application process, please visit our Current Students Financial Assistance website.

Visit our Financial Assistance website

Further information

For detailed information about the Tertiary Access Payment, Program Guidelines see the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.