Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

From regional and rural or remote areas


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
12 March 2021

What you'll receive

Approved applicants will receive a total of $5,000, paid in 2 instalments.

The first instalment of $3,000 will be paid after the census date in Semester 1, once all eligibility criteria have been met.

The second instalment of $2,000 will be paid after the census date in Semester 2, if the applicant remains eligible.


You may be eligible if:

  • you are a domestic student (waiting periods may apply for newly-arrived permanent residents)
  • you completed year 12 (or equivalent) in 2020
  • you will be commencing a diploma or bachelor's degree course at QUT in Semester 1, 2021
  • you will be enrolling full time (i.e. with a least a 75% full time study load in both Semester 1 and Semester 2, 2021)
  • you will be under 22 years of age on the day you commence your course.
  • you are relocating (or have recently relocated) from your family home to study at QUT
  • your family home is in an outer regional, remote or very remote area (as per the Student Regional Area Search tool) and is more than 90 minutes away (by public transport) from the QUT campus where your course is offered
  • your parents/guardians have a combined income of less than $250,000 per year.

How to apply

Applications for 2021 are now open.

To apply, complete and submit the Tertiary Access Payment application form.

Please note, scholarships will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The order will be based on when the Equity Scholarships team receives your application form and all required documentation.

Applications will close at 4.30pm on Friday 12 March.

Required documentation

In addition to completing the application form, you will also need to provide:

1. One of the following citizenship/residency documents:

  • 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 cannot be accepted
  • Australia visa - a current visa issued in your name
  • Australian citizenship certificate - issued in your name.

2. One of the following identity documents:

  • Australian driver’s licence - current licence, learner permit or provisional licence 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
  • Foreign passport - current passport issued by another country, with a valid entry stamp or visa
  • Proof of age card - current card issued by a state or territory government agency in your name with photo.

3. Your parents' or guardians' income tax return for the 2019-2020 financial year.

Evidence of your move

Although we can assess your application based on your intent to relocate, you must provide evidence that you have actually relocated before payment can be made.

Examples of suitable evidence include but are not limited to:

  • lease agreement
  • updated driver’s licence showing your new address
  • household bill showing your new address.

What happens next?

We'll assess your application against the criteria and will let you know as soon as we determine whether you are eligible for the scholarship.

Eligible applicants will be awarded scholarships on a first come, first served basis.


You must be enrolled full time (i.e. at least 75% full time study load) to be eligible for the scholarship. Before we pay your scholarship, we'll check your enrolment status to ensure you are still enrolled and eligible.

About the scholarship

The Tertiary Access Payment is a scholarship provided by the Federal Government to assist students with the cost of relocating from an outer regional or remote area for tertiary study. The payment is intended to help ease the burden of expenses such as accommodation, household bills, groceries, textbooks and other study supplies.

Contact us

Equity Scholarships Team

3138 5582
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 5582
+61 7 3138 5600
Postal address
QUT Equity Scholarships
Victoria Park Rd
Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059

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