Apply for the Tertiary Access Payment

There is still time to apply for the $5,000 Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) if you have relocated for further study.

The TAP helps to:

  • Ease relocation costs required to attend higher education
  • Contribute to Closing the Gap targets
  • Improves participation rates Indigenous students through improved financial support.

To be eligible for the one-off, $5000 payment, you must:

  • have started further study in 2021, immediately after completing Year 12 in 2020
  • be aged 22 years and under
  • have moved from an outer regional and remote areas of Australia, to study at an education provider located at least 90 minutes by public transport from their family home
  • have a permanent family home address from an outer-regional, remote or very remote area of Australia
  • be enrolled in a full-time tertiary course (Cert IV and above) with a duration of at least one academic year
  • be studying face to face, or a combination of face-to-face and online, for at least part of the course
  • have a combined parental/guardian income of less than $250,000.

Use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check your eligibility.

If you are studying at university, you will need to apply through your participating university

If you are studying at a non-university higher education provider, or a VET provider, apply through Services Australia.  

The TAP is one of the Government's responses to recommendations made in the National Regional, Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy (the Napthine Review). 

For more information, visit the Tertiary Access Payment page.