DFAT Australia Awards

Australia Awards are an important component of Australia's investment in education. They provide long and short term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe.

The scholarship program aims to improve mutual understanding between Australia and partner countries through education and enrichment

ANU has one of the largest cohort of Australia Awards scholars.

Applications for DFAT Australia Awards scholarships are managed by DFAT, not ANU. See the Australia Awards website for further information.

If you have recently received an Australia Awards Offer to study at ANU, we have some important pre-arrival information for you such as how to accept your offer, organising accommodation and airport pickup.

Please read the relevant sections carefully and the reference documents attached.

- Accept your offer

Congratulations on receiving your Australia Award Scholarship and we look forward to welcoming you to the Australian National University.

Please follow the instructions provided in the offer letter when completing your ANU Offer Acceptance Declaration form.

Please sign and return your ANU Acceptance form to the respective person as indicated in your offer letter as soon as possible. Please also forward any other documents outlined in your offer letter.

Other relevant information are available under the "resources" box on the top right hand corner of the page. We hope this will assist you in your preparations.

- Arrival information

Can I arrive on a weekend or a public holiday?
We strongly recommend that you arrive on a weekday (Monday to Friday during business hours) so that we can organise airport pick-up and temporary accommodation accordingly.

What can I bring?

Australia has strict quarantine laws to protect its valuable agriculture industries and unique environment. Before you travel, find out what you can't take into Australia:

When you enter Australia you must complete an Incoming Passenger Card and declare whether you are carrying any food or plant material and animal products. If in doubt, declare.

  • Other items you must declare include medicines and any currency amount over AUD $10 000 in Australian currency or foreign equivalent. If you are using prescribed medication, contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission to confirm that the medicines and the amount are permitted. You should also bring a letter from your doctor with details and purpose of the medication.

It is prohibited to carry illicit drugs.

- Organising Temporary Accommodation and Airport Pick-up

The University can assist in facilitating temporary accommodation and airport pickup, if requested. You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and will be taken either to your temporary accommodation or the University first whichever is more appropriate at the time of your arrival.

Please submit the Temporary Accommodation & Airport Pickup form (even if you have organised your own arrangement) at least 3 weeks before arriving in Australia by returning the completed form to sponsored.students@anu.edu.au and liz.ingram@anu.edu.au


Organized by ANU

Should you indicate that you require temporary accommodation upon arrival, we will place you in a student residence for a nominated period. Please be aware this is NOT a permanent offer of accommodation and you will be required to depart on the nominated check out date.

All check-ins will start from 4 June 2019. We will not accept early arrivals so if you do plan on arriving prior to that date, you will need to source your own bridging accommodation. DO NOT arrive at your temporary accommodation outside of the advised dates as you cannot be accommodated.

Departures will be on 28 June 2019 and you are required to depart by 10am on the advised day.

Your temporary offer of accommodation is for yourself only. You cannot share your room with other students/family members.

Payment for temporary accommodation is your responsibility.

Cancellation Policy
Confirmed bookings for temporary accommodation require payment for the entire period. Please be aware that if you arrive after your check in date or wish to check out prior to the contract date, you are still liable for the full payment.


- Self Organised Temporary Accommodation

You can organise your own temporary accommodation by contacting one of the following short term accommodation providers.

- Applying for Permanent Accommodation

Please be aware that it might take a while to secure permanent accommodation so we recommend that you organise at least 3 weeks of temporary accommodation before you arrive in Australia. Please see Organising Temporary Accommodation and Airport Pickup for information on how to organise temporary accommodation.

On Campus Accommodation (for Single and Couples only - no children)

To apply for permanent on campus accommodation you must do the following:

  1. Complete the online Registration and application by midnight 8 June (AEDST) if you are an undergraduate student or by midnight 15 June (AEST) if you are a postgraduate student.  Registration is free and without obligation, so we do encourage you to make an application. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered so it is important that you check all areas of the application and ensure that you submit it.
  2. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee you an offer of accommodation so please ensure you are looking into off campus alternatives upon your arrival to ANU.

Our permanent accommodation contracts will commence on 10 July and finish on 4 December or 31 December depending on which accommodation you are in. 

You must be aware that, when you accept your offer, you will be required to pay from/to these dates regardless of whether you choose to arrive after the contract start date or depart before the end of the contract. Please ensure you carefully read your accommodation offer contract dates and contractual obligations. If you break your contract you will be charged a cancellation fee and will be required to pay until your room if filled.

Costs do vary between each Residence so please ensure you are familiar with our Fees & Charges so that you can budget towards any variances that may come with your accommodation offer. You will receive only one accommodation offer from the ANU and, while you will be considered for your preferred residence, due to the high level of demand and limited accommodation in each Residence, we cannot guarantee that you will be offered a place in your preferred residence.

Your formal offer of accommodation, subject to you meeting the criteria, will be sent electronically to the email address that you provided to us in your application. You will have 48 hours to accept this offer from the date the offer is sent. Please note: If you receive this offer on a weekend and you experience any difficulties accepting the offer or need to speak to staff in regards to the acceptance fees, simply make contact with the Residence on the first business day after receiving the offer.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly once the applications close. If you are not able to check your email personally, please ensure you elect someone else to check your email for you so that you do not miss out on your accommodation offer. Accommodation offers will commence in mid-December and continue on throughout January so you must check your email account regularly.

If you have any enquiries about your application or this process, please contact sponsored.students@anu.edu.au and liz.ingram@anu.edu.au  and we will be happy to assist you. Please provide the following information when you liaising with us.

  • Family/Surname:
  • First name:
  • Date of birth:
  • Entry ID (6 digit application ID you received when registering):
  • Name of hall/residence you have applied for:

- Off-campus Accommodation and Accommodation for Couples and Families

ANU residential halls and colleges provide accommodation mainly for single students, with a very limited number of rooms for couples. This means that couples and families will need to find a house or flat to rent off campus.

Single students may also prefer to seek off-campus accommodation for privacy, or to save on accommodation costs by sharing a rental property.

Please be prepared! Rental properties are in short supply and high demand in Canberra, and time and perseverance is needed to secure accommodation. Be aware of accommodation scams: never arrange to rent off-campus accommodation without first viewing the property.

If you are not single, you are strongly advised to arrive in Canberra alone and have your family join you later.

There are important reasons for this. Firstly, short-term accommodation suitable for families is limited to hotels, which are very expensive. Secondly, the most suitable long-term family accommodation is an apartment or house and you should never arrange to rent this sort of accommodation without first inspecting the property.

What options are available?

Options for off-campus accommodation are:

- Renting a property for yourself (and your family, if they are accompanying you)

- Sharing a rental property with one or more unrelated people

- Boarding - renting a room with a local family, and the boarding fee may include utilities and/or meals.

For more information on accommodation options and renting procedures, please see:

http://www.anu.edu.au/study/accommodation/accommodation-alternatives and http://www.anu.edu.au/study/accommodation/advice-procedures/renting

Shared accommodation (known as 'share housing' or 'group housing') is a great starting point for single students new to Canberra as this can make renting off-campus more affordable. The benefits of a group house could include security, sharing expenses and domestic responsibilities, and making new friendships. Some other factors you need to consider are the lack of privacy, personality clashes and social distractions that may affect your study.

How much does off-campus accommodation cost?

Rental prices can vary from around A$300 to A$500 per week or more for an unfurnished apartment or unfurnished small house in Canberra. Rentals in Queanbeyan (a town on the border of Canberra) are slightly lower - rent for a two-bedroom apartment will be around $250 per week and upwards. Furnished accommodation will be about $50 per week more than unfurnished.

You will need to consider other set-up costs such a rental bond (refundable at the end of the lease if you leave the property in a clean and appropriate condition), establishing utilities, and purchasing furniture. For example a sample rental establishment budget could look like this:

- Overseas Health Cover (OSHC)

We will be assisting you on arrival and in your Introductory Academic Program (IAP) to understand your health cover and also how to order a membership card.

Your OSHC policy number is your 7 digits ANU ID number end with ANU, eg. 6123456ANU.  If you need your OSHC certificate, you can print it yourself after creating your account via this link https://allianzassistancehealth.com.au/en/auth/verifyAccount/

- Money & Banking

We will be sending information through email on how to open a bank account in Australia closer to the date of your arrival.

Please ensure you have at least $500.00 cash in Australian currency when you arrive, available to buy your first meals and purchases in Canberra on arrival.

It may take a while before you can withdraw your establishment allowance from the bank,

From 1 July 2017 the new Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Common Reporting Standard (CRS)  for foreign nationals requires that they provide their Tax ID number (TIN) when they open new bank accounts.  This effects all international students, so please make sure you bring your TIN confirmation. CRS is a regulatory requirement and all financial institutions in Australia will be collecting this information. Every customer has to provide their tax residency information.


The Introductory Academic Program (IAP) is mandatory and intended to provide awardees with support during their first weeks in Australia, to assist in preparing for study in Australia, to enhance their ability to meet the demands of their studies and maximise the likelihood of completing their course by the scholarship completion date.

The Pre-sessional program (PSP) aims to prepare students who may be embarking on graduate coursework for the first time, or who may have been away from formal studies for a significant period of time. It ensures students can adjust to the academic culture and expectations of graduate study.

IAP and PSP commences on 13 June 2019 and concludes on 19 July 2019. The schedule will be provided to you when you arrive in Australia.



- Contact Details

Sponsored Students Team 
Tel: 02 6125 4581 or  02 6125 7625
Email: Sponsored.students@anu.edu.au
Address:  Student Central (Building X-005), 121 Marcus Clarke Street, Acton ACT 2601

Australia Awards Crawford Team
Tel: 02 6125 3914 or  02 6125 5448
Email: liz.ingram@anu.edu.au 
Address: 132 Lennox Crossing Acton ACT 2601