Aboriginal Scholarships and Grants

All scholarships and grants that are listed on this page are open only to students who identify as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander.  

Aboriginal Grouped Schemes

When you apply for one of the following scholarships, you will automatically be assessed against the eligibility criteria for all of the scholarships listed within the table.   Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by the Scholarships team within 5-7 business days and advised supporting documentation you are required to provide. 

Scholarship Name

Value

Career

When / Where to apply

Aboriginal Pathways Grant $2,500 College Applications via my Scholarships from 24 January 2020 to 8 March 2020      
Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship $5,000 per annum, up to $20,000 Undergraduate
Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal Scholarship (sponsored by Department for Industry and Skills) $5,000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal Scholarship (sponsored by Haigh's Chocolates) $5,000 per annum, up to $20,000 Undergraduate
$10,000 Undergraduate
Goodes O'Loughlin UniSA GO Scholarship $6,000 per annum up to 4 years Undergraduate
Irene & David Davy Scholarship for Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Up to $5,000 Undergraduate
Resthaven 75th Anniversary Undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarship $5,000 per annum, up to $10,000 Undergraduate
Resthaven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health Scholarship $5,000 per annum, up to 2 years Undergraduate
UniSA Online Aboriginal Grant $5,500 Undergraduate
Yangadlitya Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarship $5,000 per annum, up to $10,000 Postgraduate

Discipline Specific

The following scholarships are open only to students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and who are enrolled in a program within a relevant discipline.

Scheme Name Discipline  Value Career Contact

Shirley Harper Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship in Education

Education

$4,000 per annum (up to 4 years)

Undergraduate

Ask Campus Central

UniSA Business Aboriginal Scholarship

Business, Commerce, Law

$6,000 per annum (up to 5 years)

Undergraduate

Business School

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MBA Scholarship

Business Administration

refer to scholarship details

Postgraduate

mba@unisa.edu.au

Dr Alitya Rigney High-Achieving Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarship

Justice & Society

Up to $16,000

Undergraduate

 

Goodes O'Loughlin UniSA GO Scholarship

Sport and Recreation Management

Up to $24,000

Undergraduate

Ask Campus Central

Gladys Elphick Memorial Scholarship

Health Science

$5,000

Undergraduate

UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance

Resthaven 75th Anniversary Undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarship

Nursing

Maximum $10,000

Undergraduate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Resthaven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health Scholarship

Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology(Honours), Psychological Science, Social Work

$10,000

Undergraduate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Yangadlitya Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarship

All

Up to $10,000

Postgraduate

Ask Campus Central

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training.

It aims to assist students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who are experiencing financial need, particularly those from remote and regional areas. Commonwealth Scholarships are available through all Australian universities. 

For students who currently have ongoing receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship, please see our Ongoing Recipient section below for general information, ongoing eligibility requirements and payment information. 

Scholarship Name

Value

Career

When / Where to apply

Commonwealth Education Costs Indigenous (CECS-Indigenous)

$2,755 per annum up to 4 years

Undergraduate

Applications via SATAC - Equity Scholarships Applications  

Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship Indigenous (CAS-Indigenous) 

$5,512 per annum up to 4 years

Undergraduate

Commonwealth Education Costs Indigenous Enabling (CECS-Indigenous Enabling)

$2,755 per annum up to 1 year

UniSA College

Applications via my Scholarships from 15 July 2020 - 23 August 2020 

Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship Indigenous Enabling (CAS-Indigenous Enabling) 

$5,512 per annum up to 1 year

UniSA College

Commonwealth Education Costs Postgraduate Scholarship (CECS-PG)

$2,755 per annum up to 3 years

Postgraduate

 

Commonwealth Education Costs Indigenous (CECS-Indigenous)

CECS Indigenous provide students with A$2,755 a year for up to four years to assist with general study costs.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Meet the low socio-economic status criterion.
    • Students must be able to substantiate claims of financial hardship. One of the ways that you can verify financial disadvantage is by showing that you are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink Benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy), and/or a Health Care Card. Not all Centrelink benefits are means-tested.
  • Be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an eligible UniSA undergraduate program as a Commonwealth supported student (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003)
  • Meet the full-time student requirements.
    • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student for the duration of the scholarship period to be eligible (minimum 75% load or minimum 13.5 units for the half year). There are two scholarship periods for Commonwealth Scholarship:
      • From 1 January to 30 June, and
      • July to 31 December
    • Some students may be deemed full-time in exceptional circumstances (e.g. students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities).
  • Students are not eligible for CECS-Indigenous or CAS-Indigenous if they have already received CECS, or CAS, or CECS-Indigenous, or CAS-Indigenous for the maximum duration (equivalent of eight scholarship periods).

How to apply:  SATAC - Equity Scholarships Applications  

Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship Indigenous (CAS-Indigenous)

CACS Indigenous provide students who have moved from regional or remote areas to undertake their university studies with A$5,512 a year for up to four years to assist with accommodation and study costs.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Meet the low socio-economic status criterion.
    • Students must be able to substantiate claims of financial hardship. One of the ways that you can verify financial disadvantage is by showing that you are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink Benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy), and/or a Health Care Card. Not all Centrelink benefits are means-tested.
  • Be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an eligible UniSA undergraduate program as a Commonwealth supported student (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003)
  • Meet the full-time student requirements.
    • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student for the duration of the scholarship period to be eligible (minimum 75% load or minimum 13.5 units for the half year). There are two scholarship periods for Commonwealth Scholarship:
      • From 1 January to 30 June, and
      • July to 31 December
    • Some students may be deemed full-time in exceptional circumstances (e.g. students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities).
  • Students are not eligible for CECS-Indigenous or CAS-Indigenous if they have already received CECS, or CAS, or CECS-Indigenous, or CAS-Indigenous for the maximum duration (equivalent of eight scholarship periods).
  • Other additional requirements

How to apply:  SATAC - Equity Scholarships Applications  

Commonwealth Education Costs Indigenous Enabling (CECS-Indigenous Enabling)

CECS Indigenous Enabling provides A$2,755 a year for up to one year to assist with the costs of studying an eligible enabling course.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Meet the low socio-economic status criterion.
    • Students must be able to substantiate claims of financial hardship. One of the ways that you can verify financial disadvantage is by showing that you are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink Benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy), and/or a Health Care Card. Not all Centrelink benefits are means-tested.
  • Be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an eligible UniSA College program, either full-time or part-time.
    • If part-time, if you wish to progress to another form of Commonwealth Scholarships, then students must meet the full-time requirement
    • Some students may be deemed full-time in exceptional circumstances (e.g. students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities).
  • Students are not eligible for CECS-Indigenous Enabling or CAS-Indigenous Enabling if they have already received a CECS-Indigenous Enabling or CAS-Indigenous Enabling for the maximum duration (equivalent of two scholarships periods).

How to apply: my Scholarships

Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship Indigenous Enabling (CAS-Indigenous Enabling)

CAS Indigenous Enabling provides A$5,512 a year for up to one year to assist with the costs of rural/remote students who must relocate to access an eligible enabling course.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Meet the low socio-economic status criterion.
    • Students must be able to substantiate claims of financial hardship. One of the ways that you can verify financial disadvantage is by showing that you are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink Benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy), and/or a Health Care Card. Not all Centrelink benefits are means-tested.
  • Be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an eligible UniSA College program, either full-time or part-time.
    • If part-time, if you wish to progress to another form of Commonwealth Scholarships, then students must meet the full-time requirement
    • Some students may be deemed full-time in exceptional circumstances (e.g. students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities).
  • Students are not eligible for CECS-Indigenous Enabling or CAS-Indigenous Enabling if they have already received a CECS-Indigenous Enabling or CAS-Indigenous Enabling for the maximum duration (equivalent of two scholarships periods).
  • Other additional requirements

Please note, some students may be deemed full-time in exceptional circumstances (e.g. students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities).

How to apply: my Scholarships

Commonwealth Education Costs Postgraduate Scholarship (CECS-PG)

CECS-PG provides students with A$2,755 a year for up to three years to assist with general study costs.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Meet the low socio-economic status criterion.
    • Students must be able to substantiate claims of financial hardship. One of the ways that you can verify financial disadvantage is by showing that you are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink Benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy), and/or a Health Care Card. Not all Centrelink benefits are means-tested.
  • Be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an eligible UniSA program (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003) or a graduate diploma (or equivalent postgraduate course of study) in an area of National Priority required for initial registration to practice in the chosen National Priority.
  • Meet the full-time student requirements.
    • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student for the duration of the scholarship period to be eligible (minimum 75% load or minimum 13.5 units for the half year). There are two scholarship periods for Commonwealth Scholarship:
      • From 1 January to 30 June, and
      • July to 31 December
    • Some students may be deemed full-time in exceptional circumstances (e.g. students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities).
  • Students are not eligible for CECS-Indigenous or CAS-Indigenous if they have already received CECS, or CAS, or CECS-Indigenous, or CAS-Indigenous for the maximum duration (equivalent of eight scholarship periods).

Priority will be given to students who have moved from regional or remote areas for the purpose of study.

How to apply:  my Scholarships

Additional CAS requirements

In addition to the basic eligibility requirements and specific eligibility requirements described above for a student to be eligible for CAS-Indigenous, and CAS-Indigenous Enabling scholarship UniSA must be satisfied that:

  • within the four years immediately preceding the commencement of the current higher education program of study, the student:
    • has lived in a regional or remote area of Australia for a total of at least three years OR
    • completed the final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a regional or remote area OR
    • moved away from a regional or remote home to complete the whole or the majority of their secondary schooling at a high school or college in a major city OR
    • has lived in a regional or remote area of Australia for a total of at least two years and relocated from the regional or remote area to undertake vocational education and training (e.g. TAFE) for a maximum of two years duration immediately preceding commencement of their undergraduate course
  • it was necessary for the student to move from the regional or remote area in order to undertake their higher education study; or in the case of paragraph (a. iii) and iv)) above, it was necessary for the student to remain in a major city in order to undertake their higher education study
  • as a result of (b), the student will incur additional accommodation costs
  • the student is enrolled as an internal student in a unit of study that forms part of the program of study the student is undertaking. Some students may have exceptional circumstances preventing them from enrolling in any internal units. Some students enrolled externally may be deemed eligible in exceptional circumstances. For example, students with a disability or significant carer responsibilities.

In determining a student's eligibility for a CAS, UniSA will determine whether the student has lived in a rural or regional area consistent with the Australian Bureau of Statistic's ASGC Remoteness Areas classification.  The classifications are:

  • Major Cities of Australia (MC)
  • Inner Regional Australia (IR)
  • Outer Regional Australia (OR)
  • Remote Australia (R)
  • Very Remote Australia (VR)

Check the classification of your home postcode

A student who has come from a locality classed as belonging to the Major Cities of Australia class will be deemed ineligible for a CAS.