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Support for students

Financial support

Managing your money while studying can be challenging. Our welfare officers can help you manage your finances and access financial support.

While you're studying, you may be able to access Equity Emergency Bursaries, Equity Work Integrated Learning Bursaries and the Student Financial Assistance Scheme (SFAS) loan to help you meet basic study and living expenses.

We also offer a wide range of scholarships for students from all backgrounds, including equity scholarships, which are specifically for low-income students. Explore the scholarships we offer and apply for any you're eligible for.

If you're an Australian student studying full-time, you may be eligible for Austudy, Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY. Find out more how Centrelink can help you meet your living costs via the Human Services website.

LGBTIQA+ support

We’re proud to support our staff and students who identify as lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender; intersex; queer or questioning; asexual, agender or aromantic; and those with other diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTIQA+). Our Ally network provides support, safe zones, services, events, information and resources to the QUT community.

You’ll be able to access counselling, medical services and specialist health clinics that can help you with any health concerns.

Our QUT Guild and Queer Collective have a strong history of representing diversity on campus and contributing to a safe, fair and equitable experience for all students.

Disability support

We offer support services to students who have a disability, injury or health condition – permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating.

Our Disability Advisers are located on both campuses, and you can make an appointment to discuss your support options. Appointments are free and confidential, and they won't appear on your student record.

Our disability services

Learning support and study skills

Your uni learning curve can be difficult, and we’re here to help you succeed.

We offer library help, study advisers and a mentoring program for one-on-one support. You can sign up for workshops and training to build your study and research skills, or help you get ready for your assessment. We also offer specific support for students studying maths, science and IT concepts in any course.

Our staff and students are here to help you, through extracurricular support and peer learning. Our Student Success Advisers are part of our peer support program, and they’ll help make sure that you’re aware of the services available, and can help you make a successful transition to university study. This is all part of our goal of fostering a supportive learning community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support

All Indigenous students can access support for study and community networking with our Oodgeroo Unit and Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit. Our services align with your level of study, giving you the right support at the right time.

Language support

We offer specialised programs to help students from non-English-speaking backgrounds succeed at study. This includes international students and Australian students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Access support services like online resources, drop-in support sessions, group study sessions, workshops, and individual consultations for students with high needs.

Counselling and support

If you’re struggling with any aspect of your life at uni, our counsellors and welfare officers can provide you with free, professional and confidential services to support you while you’re studying.

Employment support

If you’re looking to develop your skills for your future career, we can help you build your resume, practice your interview skills and help with job searches.

Get real-world work experience with our Career Mentor Scheme, which matches you with an industry professional who’ll mentor you throughout the academic year. You can also complete work experience outside of your course, or work-integrated learning during your course, which will give you a head start in your future career.

You can also find part-time or casual work through the QUT Guild to earn money while you’re studying.

Health services

If you need medical care, information or advice, you can visit the QUT Medical Centre. They cover general medicine, men's and women's health, travel medicine, immunisations, sexual health, mental health and skin checks.

Our QUT Health Clinics also offers free or low-cost appointments in nutrition and dietetics, exercise and movement, optometry, podiatry, and psychology and counselling.

International students on student visas must have valid Overseas Student Health Cover to access healthcare in Australia.

Religion and spirituality

We have mulitfaith chaplaincy centres for students of all faiths. Our bookable spaces, prayer rooms, student clubs and pastoral care are available to all students.

Student ombudsman

If you ever have an academic or administrative complaint or issue, our student ombudsman has a free, confidential and independent service that can help you find a solution.

Support for international students

Moving to a new country can be a big change. We support international students to make the transition to living in Brisbane and studying with QUT. We can support you with:

  • pre-arrival information and airport reception
  • international orientation
  • adjusting and settling into life in Australia
  • bringing your family
  • accommodation and homestays
  • advice and counselling
  • financial assistance
  • social trips and activities.

Contact International Student Services at issadvice@qut.edu.au to see how they can help your international study journey.