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Scholarship details

2022 Semester 2 - Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship (Current students)

Status: Closed

Applications open: 15/06/2022
Applications close: 12/08/2022

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About this scholarship

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is funded by the Australian Federal Government. It aims to assist Indigenous Australian students experiencing financial hardship, and particularly those from remote and regional areas.

There are two different types of Commonwealth Scholarships within the program:

  1. Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)
    • This scholarship is available to students experiencing financial hardship to assist with the costs of studying
  2. Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)
    • This scholarship is available to students who have relocated from a rural or remote area to study and are experiencing financial hardship. It assists with the costs of relocating and housing

  • Current Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Pathways to undergraduate
  • Undergraduate
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Australian Citizen
  • Need Based

The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships will provide the following support for the normal expected remaining duration of your course

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)

  • Full-time: $1,500 per semester
  • Part-time: $750 per semester

The scholarship will assist with education related costs.

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)

  • Full-time: $3,000 per semester
  • Part-time: $1,500 per semester

The scholarship will assist with relocation and accommodation costs.

Scholarship Details

  • Enabling courses
  • Associate Degree courses
  • Bachelor Degree courses

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply or the Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS):

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time (at least 50 credits per semester) in one of the eligible courses at Curtin University in semester 2, 2022
  • Demonstrated financial hardship by:
    • Being in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink income support payment on fortnightly basis (e.g. ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance, Austudy, Parenting Payment, Disability Support Pension, etc.) or
    • On the basis of income assessment conducted by the Scholarships Office
  • Minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 50 (if applicable)
  • Not already have completed a course of study that is equivalent to a bachelor degree at any university, unless such degree is a prerequisite to a current course of study
  • Not already in receipt of an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship
  • Not in receipt of a Student Start-up Scholarship/Loan through Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Not in receipt of any Commonwealth Scholarship(s) that was awarded prior to 2022

Additional criteria that needs to be met for the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)

  • Relocated from a regional or remote area of Australia to study
  • Enrolled as an internal student (e.g. attending units on campus) unless exceptional circumstances prevent this
  • Not already in receipt of an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship
  • Not in receipt of a Relocation Scholarship through Centrelink
  • Not in receipt of ABSTUDY Residential Costs Option through Centrelink
  • Not in receipt of any accommodation scholarship

Please note:

  • Priority will be given to students from a regional or remote area of Australia (E.g. A student's permanent address is regional or remote). Proof of residency in regional or remote area of Australia is required (either current or previous address immediately prior to commencement of University study).
  • If you are already in receipt of a Centrelink Scholarship/Loan you must contact Centrelink and cancel your Centrelink Loan/Scholarship first.
  • This scholarship is not deferrable.

Application process

Step 1: Access application form

  • Application form can be accessed via the ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page
  • Please note that this link will direct you to the general "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Program" application form. Once you submit your application, you will then be considered for all scholarships that you are eligible for in this round.

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found on the ‘Applying for scholarships’ link on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page and within the Scholarships Channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications for the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstration of financial hardship
    • Socioeconomic background
    • Priority will be given to students who are from a rural and/or regional area of Australia

Step 6: Outcome

  • All successful and unsuccessful applicants notified of their outcome via the Scholarships Channel (Student OASIS) within 6-8 weeks of the scholarship closing date

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) by the deadline

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship is not deferrable
  • Scholarship is not transferable to another university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet all of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible course of study
  • Maintain a full-time enrolment (at least 75 credits each semester) or part-time (at least 50 credits each semester) at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each semester
  • Fail no more than one unit attempted each semester


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T: 1300 222 888

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Further Information

Application Advice

For further information about applying for scholarships including important dates and tips for preparing your application, utilise the resources available on the Applying for Scholarships webpage.

Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines
The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships guidelines are available within:

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