Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship Program is a Federal Government Program administered by each University. The Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships Program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those from rural and regional areas, with costs associated with higher education.

Scholarship Value: $2,756

Length of Scholarship: Term 1, 2021 with opportunity to reapply in Term 2 2021

Number Available:

Opening Date: 21 September 2020

Closing Date: 28 January 2021

Study LevelSTEPS; TEP; Undergraduate
Year of StudyAny
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen
EthnicityAboriginal; Torres Strait Islander
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

An Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship will be awarded on the basis that the applicant meets the Indigenous Student Assistance Grants (Special Grants) Notifiable Instrument 2018.

To be eligible for an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship applicants should provide evidence that they are:

  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and provide Confirmation of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Identity documents as detailed under Supporting Documents below.
  • Preference is given to students from a remote or regional area
  • enrolled in an undergraduate course, associate degree, eligible enabling course, or enrolled in a postgraduate course in an area of National Priority (currently Nursing and Education) required for initial registration to practice in the chosen National Priority
  • a Commonwealth supported student at CQUniversity
  • in receipt of a Centrelink benefit or can demonstrate low personal/family income;

Students will be ineligible if they:

  • have already completed the requirements of a course of study (with any provider) regarded to be equivalent to or higher than a bachelor's award, unless such award is a prerequisite to your current undergraduate course of study
  • are in receipt of a Centrelink Relocation Scholarship or Residential Costs Option, Centrelink Start-Up Scholarship or Loan

More detailed eligibility information can be found via the above guidelines.

Applicants will be assessed on the application form and a written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following:

  • Career goals and how the Scholarship will assist you in achieving your educational goals
  • Academic performance
  • Extracurricular activities – (can be sports, school, community, workplace initiatives or volunteering)
  • Life experiences

Additional Information

Applicants who have received a Commonwealth Scholarship or Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship at another institution must declare this at the time of application.

Applicants who are receiving Centrelink Relocation Scholarship or Residential Costs Option must declare this at the time of application. Failure to declare this may result in your scholarship being withdrawn and any paid monies being reclaimed.

Eligible applicants may receive both a Commonwealth Indigenous Education Costs Scholarship and Commonwealth Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship at the same time where they meet the criteria for both.


Applicants must ensure they have entered current banking details into My Centre for payment to occur. Scholarship payments will be made to successful applicants in Week 6 after final post Census date eligibility checks each term. Payments will be credited electronically to the student’s nominated bank account. When payment has been made into the nominated bank account, confirmation will be sent to your official CQUniversity student email address. There is no advance payments of scholarship money.

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Identity Documents:
    • Provide a letter signed by the Chairperson and with the seal of an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander organisation in the community in which the student lives or has previously lived; or
    • A student may submit a Statutory Declaration stating that they are in the process of obtaining a Confirmation of Identity, along with the expected date they will be able to submit it.  The expected date should be prior to Census date in that term, as actual payment cannot be made without the Confirmation of Identity document.
  • Written submission addressing the Selection Criteria
  • Documents demonstrating prior or previous academic success or University Unofficial Transcript
  • Documents demonstrating community involvement (can be sports, school, community, workplace initiatives or volunteering)
  • Resume
  • Income statements of applicant and
    • Income for their partners (if partnered)
    • Income for their parents (if under 22 and not deemed ‘independent’ by Centrelink)
  • Possible required documents for low income verification:

  • Centrelink Income Statements (if applicable) –
    • for yourself
    • your partner if partnered or
    • parent/s if you are under 22 years of age
  • (How to obtain a Centrelink Income Statement)

  • 3 x current consecutive payslips (if applicable) -
    • for yourself and/or
    • your partner if partnered or
    • parent/s if you are under 22 years of age
  • Please note: additional documents may be requested if low income is difficult to determine.

To apply for the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship:

Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined here

  • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) apply through MyCentre. You will need to log in with your student details.
  • For Future students (applicants who have applied or are intending to apply to study at CQUniversity but not yet received or accepted an offer) apply here.

Complete Applications must be received at the Student Scholarships Office by 5 pm AEST on the closing date. Please ensure all supporting documents are attached to the application as incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Student Life and Wellbeing Centre will assess Commonwealth Scholarship applications. Academic progress will be taken into consideration for those applicants who are continuing CQUniversity students. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via their CQUniversity student email as soon as possible after the selection panel meets. Decisions are final.
Commonwealth Government

Commonwealth Government Indigenous Student Success Program